Rock Your Next Outing: 8 Escape Room Tips to Master


Escape rooms are becoming more and more popular. Whether your next breakout attempt is with friends or co-workers, use these escape room tips to wow them.

With around 2,300 locations across America, it’s safe to say that escape rooms are the latest craze. But why are they so popular? Well, they give you a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in an interactive story while challenging you to think outside the box to solve clues and successfully escape a room in under an hour. Of course, they’re also a fun way to bond with the people around you.

Whether you’re about to play your first escape room or twelfth, there’s no denying that they’re very challenging. Luckily, there are some escape room tips that can help you along the way. Do you want to know what they are? Then keep reading to find out!

1. Play with People You Know
Escape rooms will sometimes pair small groups together in order to fit more groups throughout the day. However, this can dampen your experience. For one, there may be so many people that you don’t even get a chance to solve a puzzle yourself. Or you may not get along with the other group you’re assigned to. The best way to avoid this is to look for an escape room where all games are private. If your local escape room doesn’t do this automatically, ask if you could reserve a private room or ask when they are the slowest to lower your chances of getting paired with another group. You could also create a team of friends, family members, or coworkers that’s large enough to get your own room.

2. Start by Searching the Room
When you first enter the room, you may have no idea where to start. You’ll probably see a few locked boxes or drawers, but other than that, the room will look completely normal given the context of the story. This means you’ll have to look for your puzzles and keys. So, start by thoroughly searching the room. Open every drawer and cabinet, search closets and in pockets of coats or backpacks, and look under furniture and cushions. The only places you shouldn’t look are those that do not easily open or those labeled “do not open”.

3. Spread Out
Once the first puzzle is found, it’s natural for everyone to rush over and check it out. However, this can be damaging. Oftentimes, there are other items to be found. If everyone rushes over to try and solve the first puzzle, other puzzles and keys may remain hidden. Remember, you likely won’t find the puzzles in the order they need to be solved. So, that first puzzle may have an important clue or piece missing that will be uncovered later on. Instead, try to spread out. When someone finds something, keep looking in your area until you are sure there is nothing hidden. If there are several puzzles to be solved, break into smaller teams. This way, every puzzle is getting attention.

4. Communicate Effectively
It should come as no surprise that effective communication is vital in escape rooms. This starts by announcing what you see when searching the room. If you find a puzzle, key, or a strange object like a magnet, flashlight, or long pole, be sure to tell the rest of the group. That flashlight could come in handy if another teammate finds a pitch-black compartment on their side of the room. You’ll also want to be respectful of other players. Don’t ignore or belittle their ideas, and don’t hog a puzzle if you can’t figure it out after a few minutes. You should also be sure to voice your ideas. No matter how silly they may seem, they could be the answer or help someone else find the answer.

5. Stay Organized
You’ll likely have access to several items at once but won’t be able to use everything just yet. So, it’s important to stay organized. In most rooms, keys and puzzles will only be used once. Create a pile for pieces that you’ve already used so other teammates aren’t trying to figure out a puzzle that you’ve already solved.

You’ll also want to keep a separate pile for all unused items, so you don’t lose track of them. Perhaps the best way to stay organized is to take notes. Most rooms will give you a dry erase board or a paper and pencil, so take advantage of it! If you have to translate a secret code or take a clue from a recording, write it down as you go instead of trying to remember it. If there’s a puzzle that can’t be moved into your pile, jot that down so the entire group knows it’s there.

6. Guess the Last Number of Combination Locks
Most escape rooms will have at least one combination lock. You may find that you figured out all the numbers except for one. Instead of looking at the puzzle some more, input the numbers you do know and rotate that last part of the lock until it opens. You’ll save tons of valuable time!

7. Immerse Yourself in the Story
Escape rooms are so much fun because you’re a part of the story. So, to get the most out of your experience and really feel the pressure to escape, pretend you’re actually in the situation outlined.

This also has an added benefit. The puzzles often align with the room’s story. So, by immersing yourself in the game, you can better guess where to look for more puzzles or even figure out how you can solve the puzzles at hand.

8. Ask for Hints
Escape rooms want you to win. So, they have a variety of hints prepared to help you figure out difficult puzzles or turn your attention to important items you may have overlooked. Don’t waste precious time if you’re really stuck. Just ask for a hint so you can keep the fun going.

Don’t go into your first escape room without a plan. Instead, follow these escape room tips so you can have a blast and escape before the timer hits zero. Do you want more entertainment tips and inspiration? Then check out the rest of our life blog page today!

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Rock Your Next Outing: 8 Escape Room Tips to Master
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