Whether you are a veteran to Escape Rooms or about to try your first one, here are some top tips to help you complete even the hardest of Escape Rooms out there. Good luck and happy puzzling.
10. Asking for a clue is not giving up. Sometimes everything can come to a grinding halt. You have recapped everything but you cannot see the way forward. Ask for a clue to help you connect the dots, the games master doesn’t need to give you an answer but a gentle prod in the right direction. Talk to your games master before entering, but if asking for clues is not your style, try these next 9 tips.
9. Search everywhere; there may be things you missed. Is there a secret compartment? Is that number/ object actually important? Most of the time a game can slow down due to fact the item has not been discovered yet. Put objects you find in a pile in the middle of the room then make a ‘done’ pile if you have used it. (Be careful though, sometimes things can be used more than once.)
8. “Found a magnet - not useful at all. Of course it is!” Most items in an escape room are used for something, maybe you haven’t found its direct use yet but it will turn up somewhere in the game play. We did say most items, as sometimes escape rooms use red herrings which can be objects related to the theme but serve no function to the solution of puzzles.
7. Look for the relationship of numbers, words and patterns. You need 4 digits to open a lock. (Give yourself a quick challenge) think of any number in this world that appears with only 4 digits. (Go ahead give yourself a minute)
A small bet can be placed you thought of a year, your pin code maybe, etc. (Don’t worry the Games Master doesn’t know your pin code.) But you need to be looking for these things in the room, a date, a code or a sum that will equal a 4 digit combination.
6. Take a step back. Quite often it’s easy to get fixated on a puzzle when you’ve already stumbled upon a code to something else that might help you elsewhere. What haven’t you solved yet? Have you discovered a solution that you haven’t used yet?
5. Be brave. First time Escape Roomers are often nervous about moving things. If a painting can be taken off the wall, maybe there is something behind it. If it moves easily in the room, the chances are that it’s meant to be moved. This may differ from room to room, but if in doubt, speak to your Games Master before going in.
4. Perseverance and patience. Time and again we’ve seen teams find a puzzle, have a quick 10 second attempt at it and forget that it exists because they are so excited at the new lock that someone else has opened. Hit a bit of a road block? Take a step away and knuckle down on that early puzzle that didn’t ‘click’ for you right away. Even better, get some help from someone that hasn’t looked at it yet. Fresh eyes (yours or someone else’s) can make the solution jump out at you.
3. Spot the links. Does a lock have unusual text or a striking image on or near it? It’s probably a clue as to where to find the solution. Wasn’t that logo on an earlier object? Perhaps the solution is contained within it? Perhaps the object itself is what you need. The best games are designed to stop you having to randomly guess which code is used where.
2. Forget the outside world. Google won’t help you now. Unless it’s ridiculously obvious, Escape Rooms are rarely designed to require outside knowledge. There’s little point in spending the night before your game painstakingly learning the pig pen cipher. If you need it, there’ll be the technique you need somewhere within the room.
1. Communication is the key to solving problems, in an Escape room you are working as a team and however the team communicates, they must do it together. This could be the fact you call out everything you find or have one person scribe the codes for later use. You must talk out loud as there might be something that connects to something someone else has found. Communication is crucial.