Making a Team
Play with friends and/or coworkers
If possible we would recommend booking the whole escape room by pulling together a team of your friends and/or your coworkers if you can. This is especially important if you plan on playing an escape game designed for larger groups. Teams always work better when they have things in common and can communicate on the same level.
For example it would not be a good idea for a group of 20-somethings to play with a family with young children. It wouldn’t be fun for either group and there would be difficulties when teamwork is required.
This kind of situation is rare but it can happen if you’re unlucky!
Play at less than maximum team size
Playing an escape game with the maximum number of team members means:
- The room becomes crowded
- There are not enough clues/puzzles for everyone to work on
- Fewer “Aha!” moments
- Time delays with getting everyone up to speed
We recommend choosing a team size of around 70% of the capacity of the room although this may vary.
Pass the baton
If you are struggling with a particular clue or puzzle for a while and cannot work out the answer, ask for help from a teammate or ask them to take it over from you. This escape room tactic ensures that puzzles don’t get forgotten and that there are enough eyes on unsolved puzzles.
You can keep using this until everyone has had a go at solving the puzzle which is usually a sign that you don’t have all of information required.
Listen to your to your teammates
There is a common denominator between all successful escape game teams – effective communication. This involves listening to your teammates crazy idea and even if you think it is a bad idea trying it out. As long as the crazy idea is reversible, it might just bring you closer to your escape!
Let everyone know when you find something
Most escape rooms contain puzzles that need multiple items for them to be solved such as a key and a lock or a code and a safe. The success of many escape games relies on the ability to find these related items and then make the connection between them. The best way of doing this is to keep all team members aware of what you have found by shouting it out. This may seem like chaos but it is every effective.
Try to solve puzzles others aren’t working on
You only have a limited time available in an escape room so you have to ensure that you use that time effectively. Because of this time pressure there is the tendency to leave what seem to be “difficult” puzzles to the end. This is a bad move as the solution to those puzzles maybe required to solve others.
Don’t huddle around the same puzzle
Following on from the previous tip – unless there is only one puzzle left to solve there is no need for everyone to huddle around one puzzle. Whilst it is very easy to become a spectator whilst your teammates make progress on a puzzle, your time would be better used working out what needs to be done next. Remember escape games need contributors and is not a spectator sport!