Tips & Tricks of Escape Rooms - A beginners guide to getting out!
If you’re reading this article, it’s very likely you’re about to play your first Online Escape Room. Don't Panic! It’s fun and your friends will be your teammates. So how do you make a good strategy that would be easily applicable in any type of room and any genre?
Let’s start with the main things - there are going to be puzzles and challenges that will require solving in order to proceed, the goal is to escape in 60 minutes, you’ll need to follow and if you get stuck, you can just ask for clues that if your team decide to use them. If you go over the 60 minutes don't worry, our games allow you to go into over time! - these are the main things.
Where to start?!
The game starts - what to do first? Organization is crucial in this case - everyone needs to make sure they have understood the introduction and story, what the goal is and then work out how to move forward. Find the first task and get to work!
Don't be muted!
Be audible! This is probably the most important point in this article. Talk out loud about where you are looking for clues and whether or not you’ve found something there - this way the entire team will be on the same page and even help you with what you are working on. The crucial mistake that some teams do, even veteran ones, is that they don’t talk to each other during the game and waste time by checking everything the other players have already checked - not because they don’t trust them, but because they just haven’t said anything and nobody knows that this clue has been checked.
Talk to each other, even about the stupid things you find! Sometimes when people are working under pressure, they ditch logic and throw it right out the window, and it’s not intentional, different people react differently under stress and some just shut up and do the job. Which is a generally a right approach to problem-solving, but not when it comes to escape rooms. Why? Because you’d be doing one thing and your teammates would just be confused as to what you’re doing and how you’ve done it - which is important when playing escape room games, because sometimes the process of challenge and puzzle solving is important to the overall game - you might have done something or missed seeing something important that you’ll need later on in the game and because you haven’t said anything - you’ll have to throw extra game time for rediscovering it.
Should we get a clue?
Always, always, always ask your teammates whether or not you want a clue! Don't just mash the “hints” button - it’s important. Make sure you are all in agreement and check if it’s fair to everybody, after all - you’re there to think AND to have fun!
Listen & read carefully!
Unlike a live escape room, everything isn't spread around a whole room for you to rummage, everything you need is infront of you on your screen. It's up to you and your friends to solve it so make sure you have a keen eye for detail.
Notice patterns, decipher riddles and find the answers and you'll go far!
Following these simple hints will insure your first game goes smoothly and impressively fast for new players, as well as your safe and fun time in this new endeavour!
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