How to Avoid Over-Complicating Your Escape Experience

Thu, 14 Nov, 2019

Over the years we’ve seen mixed results when it comes to escape attempts. We never know whether a group will stumble at the first hurdle or rise to the occasion. One this IS clear though – most successful groups usually follow the same pattern.

So, for the competitive among us, and for those who are curious about uncovering the special recipe for success, here’s a list of escape room tips to give your group the best possible chance at a triumphant escape experience!

Remain Calm

Once the door is locked behind you, it’s common for escapers – especially newbies – to feel overwhelmed or unsure where to begin. This is particularly true with rooms that don’t follow a linear narrative. Knowing that your allotted time is quickly disappearing can also add to the pressure and panic that you’re likely to initially feel.

It’s important to know that experiencing these feelings is completely normal! Take a moment to compose yourself and then start with anything that catches your eye. Things will quickly fall into place from there!

Think of a System Beforehand

Now, this might sound tedious, but thinking of an ordered system is one of the best ways to complete a room in record time. Do this by delegating roles to each group member and choose an easily accessible area of the room to place any keys, objects and clues from the escape room puzzles. This way, you won’t lose anything important to the narrative or lose any time figuring out who has what. 

Think Simple

Escape rooms have a great mix of mind-bending brainteasers and must simpler straight-to-the-point puzzles that don’t require much thinking at all. They do this to throw off their players and to keep everyone second-guessing themselves and their teammates. You should keep this in mind when you’re in there – sometimes the answer you’re looking for is hiding in plain sight!

Ask for Advice When You Need it!

If you find yourself standing around not knowing what to do next, ask the game master! The game master will be keeping a watchful eye on you from their control room and are always willing to help when things get sticky. They have an abundance of knowledge and know ALL the escape room tips! Watching how the groups progress is one of the many perks of the job, so if you’re at a stalemate, we guarantee the game master will be just as bored!