Ready to escape? 8 tips to conquer an 'Escape Room'
You and your family, friends or colleagues are locked in a room for an hour and have to use your brains to figure out how to escape.
It's exciting. It's thrilling. It's an escape room.
There are no physical challenges. Your team only has your brains to piece together the clues, puzzles and codes to figure out how to escape.
Each room has a story and a difficulty rating, but there are some universal tips and tricks that can help any team escape:
- It’s all about your teammates
You can win or lose these games just based on the people playing.
That's why Number One Escape Room in Las Vegas never group people with players they don't know.
“We are consistently told by customers they booked with us because we host private rooms,” according to Number One Escape Room staff.
It's also a good idea to bring a mix of people with different backgrounds. Successful teams often include people who are good at math, with words and a player with a mechanical mind.
- No need to dress up
Clues can be hidden almost anywhere in a room, which means players might find themselves crawling on the floor or squatting to see under a chair.
The best clothes to wear are ones that let players move comfortably.
- Pretend you don't have pockets
While we're on the subject of clothing, don't put clues in your pockets.
People often forget they stashed a key inside their jeans until it's too late. It's a lame way to lose, so don't put clues someplace you might forget about them.
- Yell out what you see or find
Escape rooms are won and lost based on how quickly teammates can match related items together.
Shouting out interesting objects may seem chaotic, but it's a great way to share information. One person might be looking at a key at the same time someone else is looking at a lock.
- Celebrate after you escape
Escape rooms are more fun when players are sober.
Number One Escape Room’s are extravagant and unique. They're created by stage designers and professional gamers who have played thousands of escape rooms.
Teams need all their faculties if they hope to escape.
- Don't force it
Escape room employees and designers want teams to be successful.
If something doesn't fit, don't force it.
But don't be afraid to search the room. Look under tablecloths, lamps, vases and books. You never know where a puzzle or code might be hiding.
- Don't forget the back story
Each escape room has its own story, and often gamemasters will put important clues into their narratives.
Pay attention to what your gamemaster tells you before you enter the room.
- Don't be upset if you don't escape
Only half the teams who try a room at Number One Escape Rooms manage to escape.
These rooms are fun, in large part, because they are hard.
However, good escape room companies like Number One Escape Rooms have designed their games to have a scaling difficulty level. Groups can decide how difficult they want the game to be by using clues from their gamemasters.
Don't hesitate to ask for clues – especially if it's your team's first time in an escape room.
Number One Escape Room currently has 5 different rooms with varying degrees of difficulties: The Cabin, Red Riding Hood, Double Crossed, Bigfoot and Runaway New York Subway. For more details visit www.NumberOneEscapeRoom.com.
This article was presented and sponsored by Number One Escape Room. For more information, go to NumberOneEscapeRoom.com.