Feb 7, 2018
To learn more about how to master escape rooms, we spoke to the ultimate experts on how to win an escape room: our Game Guides! They’re the ones who greet you when you enter The Escape Game, who talk you through the new escape game, and who steer you in the right direction when you need help with a clue. Our Game Guides love escape rooms. Like, love escape rooms. There’s literally no one on planet Earth who knows as much about how to beat the escape room as our Guides. That’s why we decided to ask them for advice on how to be good at escape rooms and what the not-so-successful groups have in common!
“You don’t know how many times I’ve seen groups where one person is trying to solve a puzzle someone else has already solved,” Game Guide Max tells us. It seems obvious, but groups who vocally communicate and work together as a group have the highest chance of success. The important thing to keep in mind is that communicating begins the moment the clock starts ticking down.
When you enter the escape room, you go into sensory overload. There are so many clues and props and gadgets to play with. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, Max recommends exploring the escape room and yelling out to each other what you find: “Here’s a number lock!” “I found some puzzle pieces!” “Here’s a key!” Compiling a group list lets you share information with everyone to minimize the chances of any miscommunication.
Our Game Guides suggesting putting all the physical objects you find (keys, jigsaw puzzles, etc.,) in one centralized location so you can easily access all your clues. “It’s easy to forget a clue you haven’t solved yet,” Game Guide Lindsay explains, “because there’s so much in the room.” A clue you can’t solve now might become important in determining whether you can escape the game later, so save your team some time by placing the clue in an obvious, conspicuous place.
Here we asked our Game Guides the age-old question: When should you ask for clues to get out of the escape room? Players are sometimes hesitant to ask for an escape room clue since they don’t want to use up their 3 allotted clues too quickly. But since you’re allowed to ask for more than 3 clues (with each additional clue adding to your time to get out of the room), our Game Guides suggest on asking for a clue sooner rather than later. However, the exact time frame is where our Game Guides differ. Some suggest asking for a clue if you’re lost as early as 3 minutes while others suggest waiting at least 10 minutes.
A good rule of thumb to follow: If you’re all standing around and doing nothing, ask for a clue, no matter how early or late you are in the game. Game time spent standing around is time being wasted.
All Game Guides spend hours and hours training to become experts on the escape rooms. They know the answer to every single clue in the game. So when you ask for help mid-game, the clue the Game Guide tells you is strategically given to help you at that exact moment in the game; maybe this clue for the escape room will help you solve a puzzle to open up a new section of the room, or maybe you need to crack this puzzle in order to find more clues to get out of the escape room. In the end, always trust your Game Guide.
Groups who don’t end up escaping tend to be scattered and chaotic. So do yourself a favor and don’t be scattered and chaotic! Easier said than done, right? Just remember these three things:
We believe in you. You got this. But you want to know the ultimate secret to escape rooms? You don’t need to escape in order to have fun. And The Escape Game rooms are fun either way!
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