Full Guide: How to Escape an Escape Room
Escape rooms are one of the best weekend activities and a great way to get to know people better. But If you’ve never tried one before, then you probably aren’t quite sure what to expect. Although our escape rooms here at Chambers Escape Games are great for people of all ages and backgrounds, it never hurts to have a few tips to get you started. We’ve compiled a list of what we deem to be some of the most helpful tips for conquering any escape room. We won’t give away anything about our escape rooms, however, so there’s no need to worry about spoilers.
Compile Your Team
Although your gut reaction may be to gather the maximum number of people that are allowed within the escape room, that’s not always the best strategy. With most other things, the more minds working on something, the better. But that isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to escape rooms. Having too many people will mean that the room is overcrowded, there’s not enough for everyone to do, and there are more people to communicate with.
Another thing you should note when it comes to compiling a team is that you should work with people that you know. Ideally, you’ll want to work with a group of close friends, family members, or coworkers who you already have some type of a bond with. However, if you can’t find enough people to do the room, try to find someone you’re at least acquainted with.
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
There’s a reason you have a team — so you can work together! Remember that you have a time limit, so every second wasted working alone will only reduce your chance of making it out in time. However, when you’re working under pressure, it’s not always easy to focus on working as a unit. Let’s take a look at some ways of keeping teamwork at the core of your strategy.
Become a Listener
Listening is key when it comes to conquering an escape room especially if you’re playing with the maximum number of players. It’s very easy for clues or hints to pass you by when you aren’t in tune with what everyone else is doing.
Never Hide Information
If you find something that you think might be a clue, never simply put it back where you found it and move on. It’s important that you make everyone aware of it. Your teammates might be wasting a lot of time looking for that piece only to find out that it was put back in a place that was already checked.
Divide and Conquer
Even if you aren’t playing with the maximum number of players, there’s a chance certain areas will become overcrowded. In these situations, it’s best to break up a little bit and find something that everyone can be working on rather than everyone working on the same thing.
Learn When to Pass the Baton
If you’ve been stuck on a clue for a good while, you need to know when it’s time to pass it off to someone else. Typically, hoarding clues will not be helpful for the team.
Manage Your Items
Another problem many people struggle with in escape rooms is keeping track of items. Although every escape room has different items, you should try to quickly develop a method for keeping track of them in an organized way. For example, if you’re finding a bunch of pieces that clearly fit together, don’t hang on to them. Put them in a pile on a table and make sure everyone is aware of it. If there is a book or some type of written document that provides a lot of clues, make one person in charge of reading out loud rather than having everyone read it individually.
Use Your Hints Wisely
Many escape rooms will offer “hints” if you and your friends end up getting stuck on one particular part of the room. However, these hints are usually limited to two or three depending on how many they deem necessary. Although you don’t have to use your hints, you may find it helpful if you’re wasting a lot of time on a specific part. Remember that your host has probably seen a lot of people go through the room so they’ll know the exact places that tend to trip people up.
Follow The Rules
Sometimes, you can save a little extra time by simply following the rules. For example, if the host tells you that you aren’t allowed to take pictures, follow their instructions. Not only will you be wasting time searching behind pictures where no clues will be found, but you may even get kicked out of the escape room if you do.
Keep An Eye on the Big Picture
One thing that escape rooms often do is they try to distract you with smaller puzzles in order to distract you from the big picture. Although there are a lot of smaller puzzles that you’ll need to solve in order to escape, it’s usually guided by the overall story or theme of the room. Be sure to keep this in mind so that you’re able to work your way through all the details of the room.
It’s Not A Competition
Remember how we talked about teamwork in our last blog? Well, we consider this one important enough to list it separately. When your team is working together to achieve a common goal, there is no competition involved. Although it may be tempting to show off your puzzle-solving skills, know when it’s best to hand a project off to someone else to try and don’t get discouraged if your individual accomplishments aren’t what you wanted them to be.
Another problem with being competitive is it may cause you to exclude other people from the fun. Remember, regardless of whether you’re playing with friends or complete strangers, everyone paid to be there, and as such, everyone deserves to have a positive experience and be able to contribute. There are other hobbies to test your skills as an individual, but this is not one of them!
Don’t Overcomplicate Things
One thing many people will do is make puzzles way more complicated than they need to be. You should remember that escape rooms are typically designed for people of all ages. So, if you’re trying to apply your deep knowledge of history or mathematics in order to solve a problem, chances are, you’re way overthinking things. Then again, it’s important to remember events that happen throughout the escape room’s story. So if you find out an event that happened at the beginning of the escape room, it may help you once you reach the end. Try to keep your wits about you and never take anything as a given.
Have Fun and Don’t be Afraid of Failure
Above all else, you should make sure you have fun and don’t be afraid to fail. Chances are, everyone will be going in with the goal of winning, but that doesn’t mean that should be your only goal. Here at Chambers Escape Games, we believe that escape rooms are one of the best ways to spend a weekend and strengthen your relationships with everyone around you, so if you make it out with a positive attitude and looking forward to your next escape room experience, we consider that a win in our book. If you want to learn more about the escape rooms we offer in Honolulu, give us a call or browse our site.
Get Started Today
These are just a few of the tips you can use to help you conquer any escape room out there. We hope you found them helpful and that you continue to read our blogs here as your resource for all things escape game related. In the meantime, if you’re ready to try an escape room in Honolulu, don’t hesitate to call Chambers Escape Games to schedule a time and check out part two of this blog series for more helpful tips.