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Published March 29th 2015
How to escape an escape room
Who's up for an escape room? Not for the feight-hearted, these puzzle rooms involve a scenario which gets you literally locked up. Whatever the story, you're aim is to solve everything and get out before the time is up! Depending on your scenario's story, timing out could mean dying or being lost forever.

Whatever your ability to solve puzzles is, the most important thing is that you and your team are prepared. Don't leave anyone behind! For a successful escape here are 10 essentials to prepare before you even step into the room.

Escape room door
10 essentials to help you unlock the door!

1. Choose the right people

You can't play by yourself. An escape room is all about teamwork so you need to rigorously screen out all applicants. When setting up your team, pick people who are fun to be with and aren't easily scared. Escape rooms sometimes involve dark rooms, handcuffs, being chained together, blindfolds and being locked in a room within the room by yourself. Anyone who has anxiety issues or is claustrophobic is not a good candidate.

If you are playing as a part of a company team building exercise, then it's almost guaranteed that you don't have a choice about who is on your team. Even if someone is very unpleasant to be around at work, you don't have time to focus on that as the puzzles take priority. If you have choice in who is on your team some of the ideas below help, but basically anyone who is fun to be around is an awesome choice.

someone better at Maths than you are
someone who is fast at cracking locks
someone who is good at explaining things
someone who is good at puzzles/cracking codes
someone who is very flexible
someone who doesn't blame you for making a mistake, and they just get on with trying something else

2. Communication

Related to the first point. Choose people who you can communicate easily with. Communication is everything! It's all about putting together clues and telling each other your ideas. There's no use wasting time by everyone trying the same wrong answer when all you have to do is tell people what you are trying. Put your heads together and solve every puzzle faster. Remember time is running out. Any idea is good!

Teamwork is everything

3. Try a few things at the same time

When time is ticking and you've just figured out a 4 number digit. There are about 3 different locks around the room. You've got more than enough people to try the same password on all 3 locks at the same time. When you don't know what's the next puzzle, you need to try everything at the same time. Save some time!

4. Stick to instructions

Tune in when the guide tells you about the scenario and the rules for the room. Don't waste time taking apart the air conditioner when the guide said it's not apart of the game. Stick to instructions, it saves precious time.

5. Use everything at your disposal/information is power.

Make sure you find as any clues as possible. Anything you find is a clue. Also tune in to any game that they play with you before you enter the room, it's a clue.If it looks like an insignificant piece of paper etc, show it to your group members. Other people might have an idea.

6. Double no triple check for clues

Always get everyone to scan the room. You never know what someone else might spot.

7. Retry everything

When you're cracking a lock, make sure you retry a password when you're stuck. If you're unfamiliar with a type of lock and there's no other clue then get someone else to try it.

8. Stretch before you enter

Stretching helps relax your muscles. Whether it's manouvering everyone to face inwards when you're all chained together or reaching a lock, you'll feel the difference.

9. No pressure

Yes there is a timer ticking but remember its a game that is meant to be fun. Also sometimes taking the pressure off helps you solve the puzzle.

10. Don't be afraid to use the buzzer/hint button

Sometimes you save time when you get a hint. Sometimes the puzzle is so outrageously hard that you need the answer to it and you can crack everything else.

Happy escaping!

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Crack the room and open the door!
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I wish I had read that before going into an escape room.
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