We build our escape rooms for everyone to be able to enjoy, but we see some consistent pitfalls that get groups stuck. Here’s the 3 usual suspects, and advice on how to not fall prey to them in your next escape room:
1. Poor Communication
How do you solve an escape room? There’s no riddle here: the key is communication.
Big groups tend to talk over each other, raising the volume until all information is lost to the noise and everyone is left frustrated. This is also how groups end up wasting time trying to solve a puzzle that’s already been solved, or fail to use a team member’s correct solution.
The answer to this problem is to ensure your group is staying on the same page and respecting each other’s ideas, being careful not to talk over each other, and to slow down and ask questions to your team.
Everyone wants to have their Sherlock Holmes moment, but if there’s anything the famous detective can tell you, it’s that the solution is often quite simple.
It’s helpful to remind yourself as you play that our games are made to be inclusive for all ages, so often the simplest solution really is the correct one.
3. Not asking for hints
Pride will be the biggest enemy to teamwork and to your team’s progress. We already discussed how stifling the communication within your team will be detrimental. But when your team has hit a wall and can’t find their way, pride may be the only thing keeping you from the help you need.
Sometimes your team has exhausted all options and begins to feel their momentum draining away. This is exactly the time when you utilize your trusted asset: your Game Master. We are watching your game and know exactly what has been holding you up. All you’ll need is a nudge to set you right back on track towards victory.
Don’t let pride slow your team down! There’s no shame in asking for help! Your Game Master is a bonus team member!
We hope you feel more prepared to tackle your escape room! Schedule your game here, we can’t wait to help you along the way too!