If you haven’t played escape rooms before, the idea may provoke uncertainty and performance pressures. After your first game, though, you’ll know that playing is fun and engaging and you can’t wait to do your next room.
The escape room is not an intelligence test.
Escape rooms are enjoyed by normal people. To solve the game, you need other abilities in addition to logical thinking, such as a willingness to experiment, open-mindedness, and good cooperation.
Getting out is not important.
You can always get out by pressing the emergency button in the room. If you really feel that you don’t want to play, you can leave the game anytime.
Each game task is a small challenge that is interesting to solve. You can’t perform all the tasks at once, so you get to enjoy them one at a time. Each task is difficult for some and easy for others, yet each one is an adventure and a journey of exploration. Sometimes you get stuck, and that’s a good thing in escape rooms. It’s a wonderful feeling when your mind goes totally blank for a while and then, suddenly, the pieces snap into place. And after all, the game master is watching the game and giving hints if necessary. After the game, the game master will be happy to explain the logic behind the tasks and show you how to solve the remaining tasks, if you’ve ran out of time. The escape room game, despite its name, is rarely about escaping. In most games, the mission is much more exciting. So you can enjoy the game and the twists and turns of the story without any pressure to get out within the hour.
Choose an easy game.
There are many fun and yet easy games. Games are often given difficulty levels, which can be taken into account when choosing a game. If you, as a beginner, choose a game that is too difficult, you may feel frustrated afterwards. To find a suitable game, you can call us or drop an email, asking which games your group might enjoy. The difficulty level shown for each game is based on the average exit percentage.
Play with someone who has played before.
When you play for the first time, you are stepping into something unknown and you might feel apprehensive. While the fear is unfounded, playing with someone who has played before is a way of overcoming the insecurity.
Pay attention to the story before the game.
In good escape rooms, the story line will help you move forward through the game and understand what you are doing and why. As the protagonist of the story, you have a clear mission and everything you do is related to it. Your game master will tell you a short story before the game to set you off.
Explore and communicate.
Something useful will be found, be it a sign, an object, a switch, a hole, a picture, a secret door or an unlocked table drawer. A good way for your team to start the game is by spreading out into different corners of the room and telling each other aloud what you find.
Check your facts and try again.
A common mistake that even experienced players make is carelessness. The tasks are solved well but the obvious clues go unnoticed. So, check and double check: even if you haven’t found anything of importance in, say, a cabinet, your teammate might. And if a lock doesn’t open even if you have entered the correct code, it may be that someone else will open it easily. Sometimes the game master hears, “This isn’t working!” when the problem is not the game, but the carelessness of the players.
We are all prisoners of our own thinking and escape room games are a great help in realizing it. When you have tried to solve a challenge without success, it is worth questioning your approach. Are you doing the right thing and thinking in the right way? Can the problem be approached from a different direction? If the square block does not go into the round hole, it can be assumed that the round block has not yet been found.
Children and young people are often good players because they are open-minded, attentive and lack assumptions about how things should be. In escape room games, even an adult can train these refreshing abilities. Why not try something different?
Please ask for clues.
Daring to ask for help in a difficult situation is a noble skill. The game master will be happy to help you. Sometimes it’s just that the solution is in front of your very eyes, but you don’t see it!
As a first game, we recommend:
Have a great game!