Tips to Ace your Escape Room Experience
In today’s world, escape rooms are one of the most enjoyable activities if you want to let off
some steam. Ironically, people escape INTO these rooms as a form of escape from their
mundane and tedious schedules, so it would be a shame if you could not enjoy it to
“Hmm, what could go wrong anyway?”, you wonder. A group of people coordinating to
work towards a common goal in a closed space, often having miscommunications and hence
leading to them missing the deadline: sound dangerously close to the average office space?
In order for you to derive maximum pleasure from your escape room experience (and to
avoid the toxicity), here are a few tips you could follow!
Go with your people
This might seem a bit confusing; let me explain. Escape rooms require a lot of coordination
and team effort, and going with strangers or with people you don’t get along with might not
be a good idea. Many people packed in a tight, closed space is the perfect setting for flaring
tempers and heated debates.
Instead, go with a bunch of friends or people who you feel are on your wavelength. Unlike a
movie, this requires active participation, so the people you go with make a huge difference.
Put team orders over individual
Again, escape rooms may be of the most exciting activities out there but require a lot of
teamwork and coordination. One person trying to grab the limelight and dictate the others
around does not sound very fun, does it?
Take decisions as a group, plan what to do next, and hold quick two-minute brainstorm
sessions if you’re stuck on any puzzles. This way, everyone feels included and has their share
of the fun.
If there was one point I could embed into every escape room goer’s mind, it would be this:
listen. Listen to other’s points, listen to their possible solutions and explanations, and keep
your own biases aside when you do so. Crucial clues are often overlooked because people
ignore the person who found them.
The #1 problem of miscommunicating during escape room adventures would be solved if
people kept mum and listened a bit more. This way, the atmosphere is much, much less
frustrating and a lot calmer.
Yelling’s not always bad
Continuing on the same vein: shouting is somewhat of a double-edged sword when it comes
to escape rooms.
On the one hand, many people shouting at the same time is the best way of ensuring that
everyone goes home unhappy. But, if maintained under a limit, a chaotic and active
environment brings out the best in many people. Shouting out clues or answers is the
shortest, most efficient form of communication: if used correctly
If you find an integral clue that you feel everyone must be alerted to, immediately shouting
it out and drawing attention might be the best option. Or if everyone’s searching for the one
last missing piece and you get it, letting everyone know immediately saves time. Judge the
situation before letting out a primal scream.
Work on different problems
There’s a reason that escape rooms as group activities make the best use of your ‘strength in
numbers. Everyone crowding around the same table working on a single puzzle is merely a
waste of time and manpower: go for the divide and conquer method.
Distribute tasks in a way that plays to everyone’s strengths and takes up multiple threads of
the mystery simultaneously. This gives you a much better chance of finishing it, and again,
everyone gets their share of fun.
It’s a game, after all, have fun
Of course, the unsaid rule of any leisure activity. Though escape rooms might be adventures
on their own, they’re constructed in such a way that people either do not get through the
whole mystery or complete it in the final minutes.
Caught up in trying to solve the puzzles, don’t forget why you’re in the room in the first
place. Have fun, laugh off mistakes that people make and if you’re not able to complete the
entire course in time, be a sport. After all, you wouldn’t want to go back to sulking until your
next workday starts!