What Are the Rules of an Escape Room?

What Are the Rules of an Escape Room?

Escape rooms are becoming increasingly popular as fun team-building leisure activities for groups of people who like a challenge. This innovative activity allows you and your family and friends to become ‘trapped’ in a room or several rooms. The games involve solving puzzles and riddles and finding clues to escape.  

Don’t worry; it’s only a game. You can leave anytime; no harm will come to you during the game. It’s a great way to do something exciting with your family and friends that’s a bit different and packed with thrills and adventure. The exhilarating part… not every team wins!

Escape room rules are in place to keep everyone safe, have a great time and help you win. If you’re considering playing your first escape room or have already made your reservation, understanding the most common rules will give you an advantage when you begin.

With people constantly looking for new forms of entertainment, recent statistics show that escape rooms are growing, making them the new popular leisure trend.

So, what are you waiting for? Book a game at Escape Now.

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What to Expect in an Escape Room Experience

Expect to have a great time with a twist and challenge too. You will be escorted into your chosen escape room when your party arrives, and you’re all checked in and ready to go.

Each escape room comes with a storyline. There will be drama, props, staged rooms, noises and dummy clues to throw you and your gang off the scent. Expect to be drawn into the story and feel part of it. Imagine being trapped in a murder mystery or a haunted mansion.

There may be age limits on some of the escape rooms due to the content, so always double-check the room is appropriate for the age of every player in your team.

Once the door is slammed shut, you’re ready to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes and get stuck in! Escape rooms have difficulty ratings, so you can choose the level of challenge when you make your booking.

The idea is that your team work through the clues and puzzles and solve the story of the room under a strict time limit to escape. If the time runs out and your party hasn’t solved the mystery, don’t worry; your fate isn’t doomed. You will still leave the room having had a fantastic time. 

Ensure you dress comfortably for an escape room to feel relaxed and move around freely. Avoid unstable shoes and fancy clothes. Participants of our Birmingham-based escape rooms come to get stuck in, so dress ready for action.

Escape Room Rules

Typically, you will be given around 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and escape the room. Times may vary depending on the game and intended players. Each room has a different theme with a range of difficulty levels.

You and your party will need to decide which room you would like to play in; it is always best to check online first and browse the game options to find one suitable for the players in your group.

When you enter the escape room, you must follow certain rules to make the game fair, competitive, challenging and most of all, fun and safe!

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Here are the main rules of an escape room:

  • No phones are allowed to be used inside the escape room.
  • The contents of the escape room should be kept a secret, don’t spoil the fun for others.
  • Be careful when handling props; whilst they might look realistic, some things may be fragile.
  • Always prioritise your safety, and don’t stand on top of furniture. The games are planned with safety in mind, so if something seems out of reach, a tool will help you get it.
  • Electrical components, such as switches, plug sockets, etc., aren’t part of the game and should be left alone.
  • Do not pry open any locked boxes. Work together to open the box in the intended way, either by finding a key, a code or solving a puzzle.
  • No rowdy, aggressive or inappropriate behaviour.
  • No food or drink in the escape rooms.
  • Players cannot behave in a way that jeopardises the safety of others.
  • In some cases, players may accidentally spoil a clue and then be unable to win the game. You can continue playing but think twice before doing something irreversible.
  • The game should be played in the way it was intended. Respect the storyline and play along.
  • Always follow the rules and the instructions of the staff to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time.

Escape Room Themes

Escape rooms have many themes and storylines, becoming more innovative and exciting. Some rooms are designed to be scary and thrilling, while others are created to evoke your inner detective.

At Escape Now, we currently have three different escape rooms.

Sherlock’s Secret

Its roles reversal in this game because it is your job to find who has abducted Sherlock Holmes. This is challenging as it has a rating of ‘difficult’.

This game encourages excellent deduction and inference skills; you will feel right in the middle of a ‘who has done it’ story.

You are allowed 2-6 players for this game and will be given 60 minutes to complete it.

The question is, can you find Mr Holmes before the time runs out? If you’re up for the challenge, gather some recruits and book now.

Haunted Hollow

This game isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you love a good horror movie and find yourself shouting at the TV screen and thinking you could do better, this game is for you.

Calling those of you who like to feel thrilled and frightened, you are drawn into a haunted mystery story. You and your fellow thrill seekers will have 60 minutes to solve the case of Mr Hollowhill, who left his dilapidated house behind without a trace.

This game is designed for 2-6 players and has a time limit of 60 minutes.

Did he leave? Did he vanish? Or did something more sinister happen?

If this sounds like something you could sink your teeth into, book on our Escape Now website.


If you’re a sci-fi fan, this challenge is for you. In this game, humans have been taken over by intelligent, man-made cyborgs. This is post-apocalyptic, robot-style, and they’ve spread into millions of computer servers across the planet.

Have you ever thought about what you would do to survive in the event of an alien or artificial intelligence world takeover? Now you can find out.

This game is suitable for 2-6 players and has a time limit of 60 minutes with a medium difficulty rating.

Escape Room Time Limit

Most escape rooms offer a 60-minute time limit. The time limit is put in place to put pressure on the players. The time limit adds to the game’s drama and tests the players’ teamwork and individual abilities.

Taking part in an escape room is a time to find out about yourself, like how you deal under pressure, under strict time limits, and work with other people.

Find out if you’re a leader or a follower. Do you buckle under pressure or rise to the challenge?

To find out, play one of our Escape Now games.

It’s clear to see why escape rooms have become a global craze.

Number of Players in an Escape Room

The number of players in an escape room can vary from game to game. The limit to the number of players is put in place for the safety and enjoyment of the experience.

There are only so many clues and puzzles in each game, and there needs to be enough to solve for each person. With too many people, participants might struggle to be part of the game.

By limiting the number of people, everyone can be involved and help solve the clues to get through the game.

You’ve all heard the saying, too many cooks. Well, this saying goes in the escape room too.

The Rules Help You to Stay Safe and Win!

After reading this post, you now better understand what to expect at your first escape room experience.

Adhering to the rules ensures that everyone stays safe. It is important to remember to behave appropriately and not to behave in a way that endangers anyone else.

No matter how competitive you are, nothing is worth putting people at risk. Don’t climb on any furniture, use props dangerously or create a hostile atmosphere when playing the games.

Get involved, enjoy it, take on the role of a character in the storyline and work together to beat the game!

Find out more about Escape Now on our website.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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