Keeping information to yourself
One of the most important factors in being successful in escaping is information. The worst thing any escape room participant can do is keep information to themselves. Not letting your teammates know about the key you have just found or the pattern of numbers you have noticed on the wall will just waste precious time.
Something else you should avoid is letting someone hogging a lock or mechanism while they insist they know how to open it. The more eyes and brains you have working on a clue or a puzzle the quicker it will be solved.
Arguing Amongst Yourselves
In the high stress environment that is an escape room it is almost inevitable that someone will lose their temper. However, insisting that you’re way is the right way won’t get you out of the room any quicker.
Emotions will run high when the clock is ticking down, the pressure to escape is building and your adrenaline is pumping through your veins but this is even more of a reason to keep cool head when communicating with your teammates. Remember there is no “I” in team and you’re all in it together!
Having too many or too few team members
Now we are not calling into question your intelligence but we would recommend that you should aim to have around 6 members in your escape room team. Escape games are designed to be played by groups of players so we have found that 6 is the magic number. The reasons for this are that it lets you employ the divide and conquer technique as and when the game requires it, you have enough room when you are searching for objects so that you are not treading on your teammates toes and you have enough minds and bodies to get all the puzzles solved in time.
Not paying attention
Now it’s not just you who gets excited at the prospect of playing an escape game – we all do! However you cannot allow yourself to get so excited that you’re not paying attention and taking on board the information given to you.
Ahead of entering most escape rooms you will be given a safety briefing by your game master. Now while it may seem this is the last thing you want to hear when you just want to go searching for clues it is actually an important part of the escape game. During the briefing you will given the backstory as to why you have found yourselves locked in which can help you in understanding what you need to look for, what to ignore and how to make the most of your 60 minutes.
So before heading into your next escape make sure you pay attention to the safety briefing. Those two minutes could be the key to your success or failure.
Attempting puzzles without all the information
We see this happen all the time and is a massive time sink – people spending valuable time trying to solve a puzzle when they don’t have all the information needed.
An example of this is someone finding a 4 digit combination lock and attempting to open it with random combinations. Now whilst you might get lucky this is highly unlikely as there are 10,000 possible combinations for a 4 digit combination lock which will take a lot longer than the 60 minutes you have to try them all!
Another escape game team downfall is becoming fixated on the first piece of information you find. The trick with solving escape room puzzles is to workout what information you need and then work backwards gathering this information. You will then find that the game will start to unfold in a logical order.