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 technique is to stay as attentive and connected with your team as possible as tension builds up. But other than that, there are tips you can keep in mind to ensure that your future Escape Room encounters will be more successful than ever.
One common problem is when groups are too obsessed with a certain detail when they’re supposed to be searching for other leads. Multitasking is a good solution. Let some members of your group focus on the toughest parts of the challenge while the others go finding more clues. In general, every time you feel you’ve approached a dead end, let it go and give your mind time to relax and regain the clarity it will need to finally discern a solution.
Talk and listen to the group.
Communication is one of the secrets to a successful Escape Room adventure. If you find something that looks like a clue, whether you’re sure or not, announce it! If you feel you’re almost there with a solution but you need your group mates’ thoughts or opinions, do not hesitate to 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.
Stay patient and positive.
Now keep in mind that you have but a limited stretch of time to solve the puzzle. 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 designed without requiring you to learn any type of knowledge beforehand, so your world-class chess skills or degree in Applied Mathematics will only make you overthink the puzzles without getting anywhere. What does correlate positively is a fun and enthusiastic mindset. So enjoy every second of the mystery, make the most of the clues you’ve deciphered, and be supportive to team members who may be on a roll. These are some of the most crucial methods of getting the victory you want.
Don’t hesitate to ask for hints.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. However, it can’t be defeat unless the clock has hit zero. So, throw that your pride away and ask for that hint if it will help you reach the goal.