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Tips to Beat Your Escape Room Challenge

Escape Room is an adventure game where players enter a room and solve a number of puzzles and riddles with the use of hints, clues and strategy to reach a final goal – escape. There will be a time limit for them to unveil the secret plot that leads to their goal.

Although escape rooms are fun and helpful in team-building, they can also be extremely challenging. On your next adventure, remember the following:

1. Be united as a team but avoid bunching.

This is rather basic advice but it comes with a catch when applied to escape rooms. Most well-designed escape adventures pull a fast one of “escapees” by distributing several parts of the same puzzle in different parts of the room. Thus, all members of your group should be hunting around for hints instead of standing around a few. Usually, when a team member finds something, everyone rushes to it and that’s the time they begin failing.

2. Say it out loud.

Each time you find a good clue, announce it to everyone. As the game begins, it’s not even the puzzle you should think about, but the plot. And when somebody calls out what they’ve seen, everyone jumps into the same boat. What’s most crucial at this stage of the game is having everyone look in one direction.

3. Humble yourself and be decisive.

When people are comfortable knowing they have an hour to solve the problem, they may dawdle during the first few vital minutes. When they realize the trouble they’re in, it’s usually too late. Hence, that sense of urgency should begin right at the get-go.

Ask for hints if you need them, and don’t think that’s cheating because it’s not. Swallow you pride and ask as soon as possible, not when it’s 5 minutes to the end. Who doesn’t want to be a Sherlock, but if you also want to win, be more like Columbo – ask questions!.

4. Think like an engineer.

The best escape room games are designed by electrical, mechanical and software engineers, so think like them when you’re up against the wall. As nearly everything in an escape room is custom-built, there’s a 99.99% probability that almost everything in it will help you solve the problem. Take notes mentally, and always consider thinking backwards.

5. Think like an writer too.

You read it right, a writer. Besides, what kind of escape room will have no plot? If all stones have been turned and still you have nothing, think like a storyteller. Just picture out what might happen from the point of view of a narrative. If you’re a Lit major, it’s time to get to work.

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