The Best Advice About Games I’ve Ever Written
Preparing for Your Next Escape Room Escapade
The challenges posed by Escape Rooms will always be unique, so you can’t really be ready for them. If you believe in that, then you’re doomed to fail from the beginning. Notwithstanding escape room designers’ efforts, they will always have a tendency to repeat particular elements which, if you are sharp and prepared enough, will help bring you to the next step of the game.
Of course, the main idea is to maintain good observation and communication skills even when tensions run high. But besides that, there are pointers you can remember to make sure that your upcoming Escape Room encounters will be easier than ever.
One typical problem is groups obsessing about one small detail and forgetting that they have an entire room to search for more clues. Multitasking is the perfect solution. Have some members of your group dwell on the hardest parts of the puzzle while the rest look for additional clues. In general, every time you feel you’ve approached a dead end, let it go and give your mind time to relax and regain the clarity it will need to finally discern a solution.
Good communication is one of the most important requirements of a successful Escape Room experience. If you think you’ve just found a clue, announce it! If you feel that you’ve uncovered the solution but you could use some of your group mates’ thoughts, ask them. By not doing so, you will almost certainly lose the challenge, while engaging with one another will make you all smarter by a mile.
Maintain patience and optimism.
Now keep in mind that you have but a limited stretch of time to solve the puzzle. Wasting one second of that time in a negative mindset only harms your chances further. Fact is, enthusiasm can beat brain power anytime in an Escape Room environment.
Most games are designed without requiring you to learn any type of knowledge beforehand, so your world-class chess skills or degree in Applied Mathematics will only make you overthink the puzzles without getting anywhere. What does improve your chances of success is a fun and enthusiastic approach. So enjoy every second of the mystery, make the most of the clues you’ve deciphered, and be supportive to team members who may be on a roll. These are tested ways of achieving the victory you want.
Don’t hesitate to ask for hints.
Some people have this mentality that equates asking for help with defeat. But for as long as the clock isn’t zero, it can never be defeat. So, throw that your pride away and ask for that hint if it will help you reach the goal.
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