Preparing for Your Next Escape Room Escapade
The scenarios you encounter in an Escape Room are a unique experience, meaning you can’t possibly be ready for them. If you believe in that, then you’re doomed to fail from the beginning. Notwithstanding escape room designers’ efforts, they will always have a tendency to repeat particular elements which, if you are sharp and prepared enough, will help bring you to the next step of the game.
Of course, the main idea is to maintain good observation and communication skills even when tensions run high. 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 typical problem is groups obsessing about one small detail and forgetting that they have an entire room to search for more clues. Multitasking is the perfect solution. Have some members of your group dwell on the hardest parts of the puzzle while the rest look for additional 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.
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 failure upon your group, while engaging with one another can make you all so much smarter than before.
Now remember, you just have a small amount of time to achieve your goal. Wasting one second of that time in a negative mindset only harms your chances further. The reality is, enthusiasm goes so much farther than intelligence when you talk this beating Escape Rooms.
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 improve your chances of success is a fun and enthusiastic approach. 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 tested ways of achieving the victory you want.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. But defeat is only when time has actually run out. So, throw that your pride away and ask for that hint if it will help you reach the goal.