5 Tips To Get Out Of An Escape Room
Are you wondering how you beat an escape room? The thought of playing your first escape room or trying a new escape room can be quite daunting, you have no idea what to expect or what you will face. With our Top 5 Escape Room Tips we are going to try to stop you feeling like this and help to prepare you to escape any escape room.
Here at AIM Escape Rooms in London, we have four different rooms available for players to enjoy with ranging difficulty levels. If you’re looking to experience the next level of escape room games, then you have come to the right place.
Now, on with the clues...
1. Pick your team wisely.
This is a good starting point for escape room tips as picking your team is one of the only things you can do beforehand to prepare to play an escape room. When picking a team you want to go for one that will work well together and balance each other out. You need to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so that these compliment each other, where one member is lacking a vital skill then its useful to have another member that can bring this to the team.
Additionally to this it's good to have a team with diversity, having members that bring different perspectives to the room rather than just a whole group of people that think the same as you.
When you are in there all you have is each other so try to equip yourself the best you can!
2. Split up and search everything.
The next escape room tip we can give you is important to remember for when you first enter the escape room- the first thing you should do when you enter is to all split up and thoroughly search the whole room. Get into every corner, open every draw, notice anything you can on the walls. At our escape rooms in London there are a number of clues hidden amongst the walls, so keep an eye out for things that could help you in your quest!
Try and spot patterns, props and clues. Try and make sure you have covered the whole room, and then organise what you find into a pile of useful clues in a convenient place and a pile of discarded ones. Doing this helps you quickly have access to everything you might need and gets you straight into the swing of the game.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for hints.
It often happens that teams are hesitant to ask for clues, as they want to feel like they have beaten the room on their own or they may feel like they are cheating. But if you’re not prepared to ask when you really need it then chances are you won’t escape at all!
Deciding when is best to ask for a hint can be a difficult decision, a good rule to follow on this is if you are all standing around doing nothing or have been stuck on a puzzle for a good few minutes then its likely the right time.
There's nothing wrong with asking for help and we would hate for anyone to miss out seeing all of a room because they are too proud to ask for a hint, that's why here at AIM Escape Rooms in London we provide each team with a walkie talkie to ask for hints with. A hint might come in handy, particularly if you are doing an escape room for two in a room that might hold a maximum of 5 or 6 players. If a room is designed to hold this number then it would be no surprise the two of you may need help.
4. Communication is key.
No list of escape room tips would be complete without stressing the importance of communication- a team’s ability to communicate is often linked to their chances of escaping. A key part of doing this well is verbalising what you see. This could be how you think a puzzle is solved, a pattern you see, a prop you have found, or so much more.
Letting your team know these thought processes allows them to build on your ideas and helps you all work together, as well as stops you wasting time on something someone else has already solved. In addition to this, team building escape rooms are used to strengthen teams and improve skills such as communication and teamwork, therefore it seems only right that these things would be important in helping to escape!
5. Use your time effectively.
It's common for teams to reach a puzzle that they just can’t seem to figure out, and it's also common for teams to waste time just staring at it trying to solve it. When you are on a countdown in an escape room every minute counts so what you spend your time doing is important.
Sometimes when you are stuck on something the answer could be staring you right in the face, it helps to take a step back and try something else (or if there's nothing else to try then ask for that hint!), and you return with a shifted perspective and are likely to solve it. This gets other things done and ensures you’re making the most of your time.
Improve your chances of escaping and take on our tips as you head to play your next escape room. Although, the best advice we can give you is just to relax and have fun, enjoy yourself and the experience!