How to Prepare for Your Next Escape Room Adventure
The challenges posed by Escape Rooms will always be unique, so you can’t really be ready for them. If you just agreed to that, then you’re setting yourself up for failure. 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 on top of that, there are things you can keep in mind as you make sure that next time around, your Escape Room encounter will be yours to conquer.
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.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you think you’ve just found a clue, announce it! If you feel you’re almost there with a solution but you need your group mates’ thoughts or opinions, do not hesitate to ask them. Otherwise, you will almost surely fail; on the other hand, engaging with one another can only make all of you smarter than ever.
Now take note, you have but a tiny amount of time to accomplish the goal. Just one second wasted on negative thoughts can hurt your chances big time. Truth is, enthusiasm beats brain power when you talk this Escape Rooms.
Most games are to be solved without having to learn anything beforehand, so your quantum physics degree or ten-year reign as a national chess champion will only make you overthink the mysteries. What does boost your chances of conquering the game is having a happy and enthusiastic attitude. So love what you’re doing, make every second count, and support members who look like they’re on a roll. These are tested ways of achieving the victory you want.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. However, it can’t be defeat unless the clock has hit zero. So, forget your pride and ask for that help if you need it.