Preparing for Your Next Escape Room Escapade
Escape Room scenarios are always unique, which means you can never prepare for them. If you believe in that, then you’re doomed to fail from the beginning. Regardless of the efforts of escape room designers, they will always repeat certain elements which, if you are keen enough, will help you move to the next step.
Of course, the main idea is to maintain good observation and communication skills even when tensions run high. But besides that, there are pointers you can remember to make sure that your upcoming Escape Room encounters will be easier than ever.
One typical problem is groups obsessing about one small detail and forgetting that they have an entire room to search for more clues. Multitasking is a good solution. Assign some members of your group to linger on an extremely difficult puzzle while others work hunt for more clues. In general, whenever you feel like you’ve reached a dead end, and disconnect yourself from the frustrating element so you can restore some clarity that you will need to figure out a solution.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you find something that looks like a clue, whether you’re sure or not, announce it! If you feel that you’ve uncovered the solution but you could use some of your group mates’ thoughts, ask them. Otherwise, you will almost surely fail; on the other hand, engaging with one another can only make all of you smarter than ever.
Now remember, you just have a small amount of time to achieve your goal. If you waste any one second feeling negative, you will only hurt your chances more. Fact is, enthusiasm can beat brain power anytime in an Escape Room environment.
Most games are to be solved without having to learn anything beforehand, so your quantum physics degree or ten-year reign as a national chess champion will only make you overthink the mysteries. What does boost your chances of conquering the game is having a happy and enthusiastic attitude. So enjoy each step, maximize every second you have, and support your team members when they seem like they’re on a roll. These are some of the most important ways to boost your chances of a victory.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. But for as long as the clock isn’t zero, it can never be defeat. So, forget your pride and ask for that help if you need it.