8 Tips That Can Get You Through An Escape Game
An escape game is a brilliant way to pass time, and they’re one of the most trending and popular group activities in the world right now. How does it work? Well in a group of friends (or colleagues or family) you find a escape room company and book a room for a set time.
When you arrive at your room, you’ll be locked inside as a group, and expected to find your way out by solving puzzles and riddles and finding clues. Escape rooms are designed to test even the smartest minds, and you’ll find that everyone in the group will have something to contribute or add to the experience.
With most escape rooms you’ll be against the clock – so you’ll need to work fast and under pressure to solve the escape game in time. This can add to the atmosphere, and it is certainly one of the elements that makes escape rooms so much fun.
So how can you get through an escape room successfully? Here are some great tips…
1 – The clues are there for a reason
It might seem odd but there are some clues that stare right at your face all throughout the game. They may seem too simple and thus not worth the moment, but believe us when we say it is. If the clues are so obvious, it does have something important do with the progression of the game. Should you find any difficulty in deciphering it, enlist your partners to help find what they can unless you want to stay stuck in the rut you find yourself in. If you have a big group of people, it’s worth assigning someone the job of examining everything and anything they can during the time limit – this way you hopefully won’t miss anything vital along the way!
2 – Shove “Mr. Personality” out the door and listen to your team
There are some folks who are born leaders, with a more direct and head on approach, while there are others who are just plain loud and obnoxious. If you have a great idea, share it with your team and solve the clues in a coordinated effort. Never keep it to yourself. Share the ideas with your team and let them in to help with yours. Sometimes it helps to assign a leaders at the start of the game, so there’s no confusion or arguing!
3 – Schedule your time and organise your tasks
A good thumb rule would be to not spend more than 8 minutes on a particular clue or hint. Sometimes, teams often stumble at this critical juncture where they spend a whole lot of time on less important clues to only find themselves stumped at critical hints. Depending on the rules and the time allotted to you, the clock is ticking and the glory won’t wait forever. Play smart.
4 – Communicate with your squadmates
This is a sector where we wish to doubly emphasis the point of collaboration. Stuff such as “Hey, look what i found! A handkerchief”, may sound odd and silly but yelling it out for your tensed teammates might solve a particular dilemma they are scrambling to solve. It’s very common for clues to relate to other hints, so pay close attention. And communicate well with your team.
5 – When stuck, ask for help
There will be clues you might be stuck on. So, it makes sense for you to switch and clear out other tasks while you are awake and fresh. Maybe your partner has a perspective which could illuminate the solution to that particular problem that has been plaguing you. Take the needed time off to focus on newer challenges and solving other clues needed to move the game’s progress. Regardless, it’s extremely important to move on and not waste time. The clock is ticking!
6 – Make a strategy
If everything has gone a bit chaotic, then take a few minutes and organise a strategy. Give people certain roles, and assign people certain tasks. It’s all too easy when you enter the room to get excited about all the potential clues and possibilities. But the truth is, you need to make a plan and then you need to stick to it.
7 – Assign a timekeeper
Make sure it’s always someone’s job to check the time! Time will tick by so quickly during the game, and you won’t want to run out of time before solving the puzzle! Whoever has a wrist watch with them during the game has to be responsible for calling out the time every 5 minutes, trust us, it’ll keep you all on track for a winning game.
8 – Remember, it’s just a game!
Don’t let anyone get too emotional or too serious. It’s just a game and it’s meant to be lots of fun for everyone involved. If you notice the tension rising, crack a joke if you can! Remember, a negative team who are arguing is far less likely to solve the escape game in time!
There you have it. Now it’s time to book your next escape room and bring your friends along.