Preparing for Your Next Escape Room Escapade
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. 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 idea is to maintain good observation and communication skills even when tensions run high. But other than that, there are tips you can keep in mind to ensure that your future Escape Room encounters will be more successful 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 the perfect 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.
Talk and listen to your group.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you find something that looks like a clue, whether you’re sure or not, announce it! If you feel that you’ve uncovered the solution but you could use some of your group mates’ thoughts, ask them. By not doing so, you will almost certainly lose the challenge, while engaging with one another will make you all smarter by a mile.
Maintain patience and optimism.
Now remember, you just have a small amount of time to achieve your goal. Just one second wasted on negative thoughts can hurt your chances big time. The reality is, enthusiasm goes so much farther than intelligence when you talk this beating Escape Rooms.
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 each step, maximize every second you have, and support your team members when they seem like they’re on a roll. These are tested ways of achieving the victory you want.
Don’t hesitate to 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, kick that pride in the butt and get the hint you need.