Escape rooms are built and designed to be difficult, confusing, and challenging. It wouldn’t be much of a puzzle if they weren’t. Nonetheless, we are often asked by players what it takes to be successful and win a game. Rest assured you don’t need a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (although it wouldn’t hurt). Obviously there are no cheat codes like in a video game and we can’t just give you the answers to a few puzzles, but there are things you can do to tip the scales in your favor. Mostly this has to do with how you approach the game and what you do with your teammates.
Here’s our list of tips and skills that can help you win any escape room. Teamwork is vital, especially if you are playing with people you don’t know. You better get friendly real quick. Odds are they will find something on one side of the room that goes with something you found on the other side. If you find something, shout it out for your teammates so they know too. Part of teamwork is divide and conquer. There’s a lot to explore in a room so do it systematically and with a coordinated effort. Leave no stone unturned. There’s a certain amount of hide and seek so explore everything. Communication is key. Don’t just shout things out; talk to your teammates and discuss ideas and thoughts. You will need to think critically, but also creatively. Try to think outside the box. Sometimes three or four clues that go together to solve a puzzle. Don’t forget to take your Ritalin. Attention to detail is important. If something seems like an important clue, it probably is. Don’t get distracted by something shiny on the other side of the room. Most importantly, never give up. There can be moments of frustration, but just keeping working with your team and you will improve your chances of success.
Sign up for our newsletter to hear about exciting updates, like us on Face Book, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
You haven’t lived, until you’ve tried to escape.