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18 Tips For Beating Any Escape Room

List RulesEscape room veterans, vote up the tips that will help newcomers find their way out in a flash.

Your heart is pounding, your mind is racing, and the seconds are ticking away. Will you beat the clock? 

Escape rooms have gained much popularity in recent years, and with darn good reason. For those of us who adore cooperative games and puzzles, the immersive experience of an escape room - especially a well-made one - is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an hour of your time. Sure, things can get weird in an escape room, but those willing to play by the rules know it's an opportunity to sharpen their minds and enjoy the experience of being absolutely present. Whether you are with friends, family, or coworkers, an escape room is a truly unique bonding experience.

While winning isn’t necessarily the point of an escape room, a well-earned victory sure is gratifying. At the very least, stories about escape rooms are never boring.

The following tips can show you how to beat any escape room. Some may seem obvious while others odd, but their adherence will undoubtedly culminate in a fun, friendly, and ultimately successful game experience. Those puzzles won’t know what hit ‘em!

  • 1

    Know Your Lighting Options

    If you ever find a flashlight, take it with you. You will likely need it later.

    Check to see if you have the option to turn off the lights in the room. If you do, let everyone in the room know, then turn the lights off for a few seconds. Is anything glow-in-the-dark? If not, flip the lights back on and keep searching.

    If you find a blacklight at any point, flip the lights again. 

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    Pay Attention To Your Game Master

    Listen closely to your game master’s introduction. Their tips and rules are important, and every word of their briefing is intentional. There will undoubtedly be clues, so make sure you pay close attention. 

    The game master is also the almighty word when you are in the room. There are cameras all over the rooms, so they will be watching you at all times. If you ever hear them over the speaker, stop what you are doing and listen.

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    Appoint A Project Manager

    Every group of friends has an organizer. Put those skills to use! A project manager will keep your game running smoothly.

    This person should not work on puzzles but, instead, be aware of what there is to figure out, what has already been completed, and who is working on what. The project manager will keep an eye on time and keep morale high.

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    Choose Your Teammates Wisely

    Group dynamic is very important. An escape room is a high-pressure environment, so personal issues outside the room will likely be exacerbated inside.

    You also need to consider the balance of your team. Someone may excel at visual perception, another may be great with numbers and patterns, and yet another may have the out-of-the-box thinking that enables them to find clues in unusual places or think to use an object in an unexpected way.

    The more variety your team has, the better you will fare.

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