How Do You Prepare Your Mind for an Escape Room?
If you’re competitive and want to give yourself and your team the best chance of beating an escape room, you probably want to know all the tips and tricks to success. Many people forget about the preparation that can be done before you even get to the escape room, so in this post, we share with you our best tips on beating an escape room and how to prepare your mind beforehand.
What is an escape room?
An escape room is a game where you and your team solve puzzles and riddles to escape the room in the given time frame (usually an hour). Each escape room has a different theme and story behind it and each has a different difficulty rating.
At Escape Now we currently have 3 rooms available to choose from including Sherlock’s Secret, Haunted Hollow and The Getaway. To play:
- Gather your allies
- Choose a room
- Arrive promptly
- Get trapped inside the room
- Solve riddles and puzzles
- Escape or be doomed!
Escape rooms are so popular because they’re great fun, exhilarating, challenging and a fantastic bonding experience for friends and family. Because there are many escape rooms with different themes and stories, you and your team can work through them. Once you’ve beaten one room, move on to the next!
Who are escape rooms for?
Escape rooms are great for everyone but it’s always best to check the age of the escape room you’ve chosen as some aren’t suitable for children as they have frightening themes. Escape rooms are great for groups or friends, families, for corporate team building events and celebrations.
If you have mobility issues you might be wondering if can you sit down. In some escape rooms, there are seating areas but in others, there aren’t, it depends on the theme and the type of room you have chosen. If you think you might struggle to stand for the full hour, call ahead and ask if the room you have chosen has suitable seating. Escape rooms usually aren’t physically strenuous but more a test of the mind and teamwork.
How to beat an escape room
Now you know all about escape rooms, you’ll need to know the best way to beat it! The percentage of people that win an escape room might surprise you as it’s relatively low at only 15-30%. They are supposed to be challenging and made so that not everyone succeeds. But, to improve your chances of winning we have our top 5 strategies to beat an escape room.
- Choose the right team
- Familiarise yourself with the rules
- Work to your strengths
- Understand the theme
- Don’t rush.
Preparing for an escape room
So, how do you prepare your mind for an escape room?
Choosing a room
Choosing an escape room is one of the most important factors to prepare yourself for an escape room. If this is your first time, it’s best to choose a room with a theme or story that you’re familiar with and a low difficulty rating. But, if you want to dive straight in, go for something tricky.
Choose your room then familiarise yourself with the theme fully. Consider what props might be in the room, and what clues or riddles you’re likely to come across so your mind is ready for what’s to come. For example, if you have chosen a science-themed room, expect to see beakers, vials and coloured liquids to play around with. You might have to solve equations or look through scientific books and notes.
Plan a strategy with your team
One of the best things you can do to prepare your mind is to talk to your team and have a strategy. For example, when you first walk into the room it’s a good idea to split up and each player takes a section of the room to look for possible clues. Don’t leave any stone unturned and make sure you look at every detail from the pictures on the wall to the books on the shelf.
You might be wondering if 2 people can beat an escape room or what the ideal number of people is for an escape room. Most rooms require 2-6 people. You don’t want to do an escape room on your room and more than 6 will be too crowded. But the answer is yes, you can do an escape room with 2 people. It isn’t so much about how many people you have but more about how well those people work together.
Plan your route
This step is often overlooked. If you can’t find your way to the escape room you have chosen or if you’re late because you didn’t plan your route or leave early enough, this will set you off on the wrong foot and you’re likely to turn up feeling quite stressed.
Plan what time you’re going to leave, allowing plenty of time to get there early and make sure all of your team arrive early too. It’s best to know how to get there beforehand and check public transport routes.
Turn up well rested
You have to be sharp to beat an escape room so the best thing you can do to prepare your mind the night before is making sure you get enough sleep. Remember that escape rooms are challenging so you need yourself and your team to be at your best to give you the best chance to beating the room.
Eat before you go
Some groups decide to do the escape room first and eat later but eating improves brain cognition so you might want to consider going out for some food before you enter the escape room so your mind and your body is loaded with nutrition and you aren’t spending the whole hour thinking about what you’re going to order.
Many groups go to escape rooms for a celebration such as a birthday and turn up dressed in their best. However, whilst escape rooms aren’t physically too strenuous, you might need to look underneath or above furniture, carry props and objects and you could be on your feet for a whole hour so it’s best to dress comfortably.
At Escape Now, we are the perfect outing for families and friends, tourists, gamers and corporate events. Experience a real-life adventure with your family and friends for a birthday, celebration or just for fun. If you’re in the area and touring the bustling city of Birmingham, taking a visit to Escape Now can break up your trip and give you an unforgettable experience.
If you’re an avid gamer, level up your coordination, speed and creativity as we bring your fantasy games into reality. You get to play the part of the protagonist! Taking your work team to an escape room is a great way to work on team-building skills, communication and critical thinking.
To learn more about what we have on offer, here are the rooms we currently have available to play:
In a city that breathes uncertainty, a gloom lures over 221B Baker St as Sherlock Holmes has been abducted by the very killer he was chasing. What could possibly have happened? To find Mr Holmes we are recruiting only the best detectives in the city to solve the mystery and find My Holmes before it’s too late. The odds are against you and time is running out, can you find Mr Holmes in time?
Ten years ago, Mr Hollowhill vanished without a trace, leaving only his ramshackle house behind. Though his disappearance was suspicious, the case eventually went cold. Can you solve the mystery of Haunted Hollow after being locked inside?
The notorious car theft ring called Matrix Clan is currently embroiled in a brutal mafia war which has led to you and your car enthusiast friends recklessly being taken hostage into the chop shop of the matric clan in an unknown location.
To give yourself and your team the best chance of winning, follow the steps in this post to prepare your mind for an escape room.