Mar 11, 2019
Every minute counts in an escape room! You have many clues to find and challenges to overcome before you can complete your mission and escape, so you can’t waste any time getting into the flow of the game. If you’ve done an escape room before, you might have some good ideas as to what you should do first. If you’re new to escape rooms or just want a few extra tips to get you started in a new game, here are a list of smart first things to do in an escape room.
If you can pick it up, pick it up and look under it. Whether it’s that rug on the ground (a favorite place to hide diagrams drawn on the floor or pieces of paper) or a statue on the desk (don’t forget to check the bottom of the statue!), any loose item in the room is fair game.
Open all the drawers in the desk, check inside the pockets of the coat on the hanger, and dig through that backpack in the corner. Is there a book on the desk? Start flipping through it to see if anything interesting stands out to you (or falls out of the pages).
If there is something on the wall that you can’t pick up to look under, then there is probably something important about the item itself. Whether you’re in an art gallery and the room is lined with paintings or you’re in a prison cell with tally marks on the walls, it’s important to pay attention to the details of your surroundings.
One of the best things you can do as a team is make sure you are always on the same page as a group. When you split up to start searching the room, keep a running commentary about items and codes you find, so that when pieces match up, you can quickly put them together.
As you find items and pieces around the room, start putting them all in one place. While communicating will help your team stay together, gathering physical items in one spot will help you see which challenges you can solve and which ones are still missing pieces.
While you are communicating about items that you find and gathering physical pieces in one place, you should also start talking about where you will put the solutions you find. If you find a locked desk drawer that requires a key or a box in the corner with a four-digit number lock, tell your teammates what types of codes they should be looking for in the room.