How to Prepare for Your Next Escape Room Adventure
Escape Room scenarios are always unique, which means you can never prepare for them. If you think that’s true, then you’re bound to lose the game. No matter the efforts of escape room creators, they will always end up repeating some elements which, if you’re observant enough, will help you advance to the succeeding step.
Of course, the key is to remain observant and in touch with your team even in the face of tension. But on top of that, there are things you can keep in mind as you make sure that next time around, your Escape Room encounter will be yours to conquer.
One usual issue is groups fixating on one tiny detail when they should be scouring the place around for more hints. Multitasking is the most effective solution. Assign some members of your group to linger on an extremely difficult puzzle while others work hunt for 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.
Communicate well with your group.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you find something that you think is a clue, let everyone know! If you feel you’ve discovered the solution but need some input, ask your group mates for their thoughts. 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. Just one second wasted on negative thoughts can hurt your chances big time. 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 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 some of the most important ways to boost your chances of a victory.
Go ahead and ask for hints.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. But defeat is only when time has actually run out. So, forget your pride and ask for that help if you need it.