What It Takes To Complete Escape Room Games On-Time
If you are an avid escape room gamer, then you know for sure that time is a vital factor. You have no choice but to think quickly and your feet. Anything else other than time and quick thinking can easily mean you’ll be out of the game within minutes.
You want to make sure before going in that you’re all on the same page, and that you all know what the process is. Being against the clock puts everyone under more pressure, so it’s important to have a clear head and to enter the room with the end goal in mind.
How to Complete Escape Room Games on Time
So just how do you solve puzzles, unearth mysteries and find clues within the shortest time possible?
Carry A Wristwatch
It is after all, the only item you will be allowed to carry into an escape room for use during the game. This is a big plus for you and your teammates. The watch should help you keep an eye on how much time you still have left. If you’re in a big group, assign one person the role of ‘timemaster’ and make sure they update with you how much time is left every 5 minutes or so.
Time can fly by in the escape room, and it’s easy to lose track of it if you don’t have someone monitoring it.
You will therefore have an upper hand over your competitors if the game you intend to play does not come along with a clock or it only provides a clock in one of the puzzle rooms.
Have A Strategy
When you’re working in a big team trying to reach a singular end goal – you need to have a strategy. Assign a leader, and figure out what people’s strengths are. Without a strategy you’ll be lost at sea with no idea what way to turn or which puzzle to solve next.
Taking 5 minutes at the start of the escape room to put a plan together, might save you loads of time in the long-run!
In simple terms, never use excessive force. If a lock does not open, then you have the wrong key. Forcing the lock to open will certainly lead to undesirable results and you could spend (and waste) time trying to open something completely incorrect or irrelevant. It can also be bad for player safety and functionality.
The extreme consequence could be a tampered game sequence. Keep things simple by opening locks as you do at work or at home.
If anything does not come off the wall easily, leave it and move on to the next task. Likewise avoid touching the ceiling or climbing on furniture.
Imagine trying to solve a puzzle when you’re tipsy. It sounds funny. The bigger picture here though, is the fact that getting into the escape room drunk is also a safety hazard.
It may also hamper your judgment and in the process, affect your decision making and effective communication skills. Hold it together and celebrate after the game.
Focus On The Prize
The aim here is to save time. That means you shouldn’t be stuck on a single puzzle for long. Try not to overthink. To stay ahead of the pack, delegate some duties.
This should be as simple as having one of your teammates tracking the main prize. The rest of you should collectively and in small teams figure out what the small puzzles are all about. Focus too on what the main objective is in the back of your mind.
So you have a teammate on one hand focusing on the main outcome while the rest of you work as a team to reach the end. Remember each puzzle matters, so do not overlook anything.
Keep Things Simple
The answers to most, if not all the toughest puzzles are simple things. Think outside the box but then again, do not complicate things. There is a reason why new escape room games do not require players to plan before the game.
All the thinking that needs to be done should be done inside the room. The only card you should have on your sleeve is teamwork. Get in the room, enjoy each move and focus on time!
Escape room games are hugely popular but that doesn’t mean everyone is good at it. It requires a certain levels of skill to overcome many of the obstacles and puzzles and you’ll want to use your time wisely to make sure you’re one of the winners.
Omescape has all it takes to help you refine your skills and has many games to choose from. From quirky concept games to horror games – there’s something for every taste. The only thing left to do is gather your friends and book a date!