The challenges posed by Escape Rooms will always be unique, so you can’t really 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 technique is to stay as attentive and connected with your team as possible as tension builds up. But besides that, there are pointers you can remember to make sure that your upcoming Escape Room encounters will be easier 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. Have some members of your group dwell on the hardest parts of the puzzle while the rest look for additional clues. In general, whenever you feel like you’ve reached a dead end, and disconnect yourself from the frustrating element so you can restore some clarity that you will need to figure out a solution.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you think you’ve just found a clue, 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 failure upon your group, while engaging with one another can make you all so much smarter than before.
Be patient and optimistic.
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 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 correlate positively is a fun and enthusiastic mindset. So love what you’re doing, make every second count, and support members who look like they’re on a roll. These are some of the most important ways to boost your chances of a victory.
Go ahead and ask for hints.
For some people, this request for help is synonymous 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.