You look up and you see that the clock is ticking down. Your heart is pounding, and you’re trying to ignore the sweat trickling down from your fingers during these last crucial seconds. Will you make it? Or are you doomed?
No, we’re talking describing the final seconds of a Super Bowl game. What we’re describing is the feeling of being in an escape room as you’re trying to figure out the final clues in order to solve the grand puzzle.
Sounds pretty intense, right?
Well, perhaps that’s the reason why there are over 2,000 escape rooms across the US- people just love the adrenaline rush they get from trying to solve clues in a short period of time.
But, with everything there is to love about escape rooms, there is one thing people don’t love- losing.
That’s right. Not escaping an escape room can really suck. Especially when you come so close to escaping.
So, how do you ensure this doesn’t happen and that you always escape?
Read on to learn how to escape an escape room.
1. Pick the Right Teammates
As they say, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.
In order to escape an escape room, you need to have the right teammates by your side.
However, this doesn’t mean you should just round up the smartest people you know. Instead, you want to think of people who are smart and who you work well with.
Remember, you’re likely going to be scrambling around and freaking out in the last 3 minutes- who do you want by your side when you’re having that breakdown?
Also, make sure you pick the right amount of people. Pick too few, and you risk not having enough brainpower to escape. Pick too many people, and it will turn into a “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation.
A good number is usually 4 to 6 people.
2. If You See Something, Say Something
Communication is the key to winning an escape room game.
Therefore, if you see a symbol or something that looks out of place (even if it doesn’t make sense immediately) say something to your teammates.
Chances are, the symbol you spotted will correspond with a symbol one of your other teammates came across.
3. Divide and Conquer
When someone finds a clue, it can be tempting to all crowd around it to try and figure out what it means.
However, you’re much more likely to be successful if you divide and conquer.
By working on separate pieces of the puzzle, it will be much easier to put things together when the time comes.
Plus, if you all clump around the same puzzle, chances are that at least two of you will just end up being spectators. Instead of standing there and listening, put your mind to good use and keep searching for more clues.
How to Escape an Escape Room: Have Fun With It!
It feels extremely gratifying to escape an escape room. However, as cheesy as it sounds, don’t forget to have fun along the way!
If you have any questions about how to escape an escape room, let us know in the comments below.
And, after you conquer your escape room, head outside and tackle one of these spring workouts.