Lets make that escape happen!
Forget those lists of 20+ tips that, let’s be honest, you only remember a couple of tips from once you get into the room. I’m going to focus on our top five things I believe will help you succeed at your next escape room.
1) If it doesn’t have a lock on it, try and open it.
Dear god please. The amount of drawers and cupboards that contain helpful things (calculator, pens, paper, etc) that go unopened for 30 minutes plus makes me die a little inside.
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you won’t be the hero who single-handedly solves the room. Sorry. Let your team know if you find something, you never know who is going to put those two seemingly unconnected things together. Also; frustrated, snippy comments =/= communication. Speaking of frustration…
3) Relax, it’s just for fun.
Escape rooms can be hard. Really hard. If escaping is what defines having a good time for you, then there’s a good chance you won’t have a good time. Enjoy the experience, celebrate the small wins and solved puzzles.
4) Just try it.
Got a crazy idea for how to solve something you’re stuck on? Give it a go. Think of your room like one big brainstorming session, no idea should be dismissed.
5) Don’t be shy to ask for help.
If you’ve been stuck for 20+ minutes, don’t feel like you shouldn’t ask for help because it’s ‘cheating’. It’s not, and your Game Master will give you as much or as little help as you want. Whether that’s telling you the answer to a puzzle, or just telling you that you are working on the correct thing and to keep going because come on guys I believe in you! Remember, it’s about enjoyment.
There you have it, my top five tips to help you succeed at your next room! These are more general techniques that you can apply to every escape room you do. Also for what it’s worth, tip six would be don’t forget the post-room stress-reliever/room-discussion/thank-god-its-over drink!
Catch you all at your next room!
– Mitch (Prof. B’s #1 Assistant)