Escape Room Clichés and How We Avoid Them

Mon, 29 Jul, 2019

Low Light

Escape rooms in Dubai sometimes fall victim to this lazy escape room trope. It goes without saying that low light levels will add to the difficulty of the room, but this tactic is often used as a cheap ploy to mask the room’s inadequacies. If it works in parallel with the narrative, great! If not, you’re in a poorly designed room.

(Un)necessary Use of Blacklights

Blacklights are the double-edged sword of escape rooms in Dubai. Sure, effective use of blacklights can bring a level of excitement after players discover a cryptic message that wasn’t there only seconds ago. But at the same time, the tech risks disrupting the immersive aspect that we love when used in a themed room where they seem out of place.

Locks… Locks… Locks

The room needs more content? Add locks 

Need to save money? Add locks

The room is too short? Add locks

Locks are quick and easy solutions to a variety of problems that escape room developers are typically faced with. Combination locks, directional locks and padlocks – we’ve seen them all! Try thinking out the box in escape the room Dubai and use locks in moderation when possible.

Crossword Puzzles?

To put it simply: crossword puzzles are NOT the type of puzzles we want in an escape room in Dubai. They are the fun sponge of puzzles. Nothing sucks the enthusiasm out of a room more than forcing players to sit and figure out a crossword puzzle when the clock is ticking down. They’re tedious and anti-climactic and best to avoid.

Object Hunt

Object hunts form the basic foundations for most escape rooms. They’ve become so embedded in the concept that we can pretty much expect to be searching for one of two hidden objects in escape rooms in Dubai. This is absolutely fine…when used sparingly. No one wants to spend an hour re-enacting that one time they lost their wallet!