What Is the First Thing to Do When You Enter an Escape Room?
Whether you’re a complete newbie to escape rooms or you’ve gone back time and time again for the thrill of it, it doesn’t hurt to strategies to give yourself the best chance of beating the room. Escape rooms are filled with team challenges, puzzles and riddles that have an overall backstory and end goal that, if successful, means you and your team can escape the room in the given time.
If you’re a competitive person who wants to do everything possible to beat the room, you’re probably wondering what the first thing to do is when you enter the escape room. In this post, we are going to break down the experience into steps to success so you and your team can create a plan of action and leave the room triumphant!
Before we begin, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Escape Now, an escape room experience in the heart of Birmingham. You will enter one of our three rooms as unsuspecting players and leave as heroes! Work together to solve the challenges and beat the clock. Think you’ve got what it takes? We do… especially without help.
At Escape Now, you are guaranteed a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else! We offer extensive detail with all of our rooms and maximum immersion in the story. We’ve got it all and we’re ready to welcome you and your team.
First, here is what you need to do.
Choose an escape room
The first thing to do is to plan your escape room experience and that means choosing an escape room. Is crime your thing? Do you prefer something a little scary? Every escape room is different and there are so many to choose from.
Each room has a different story and theme behind it so choose one that piques your interest. Also, consider the escape room difficulty level. If this is your first attempt, choose a room that has a low difficulty rating, or, if you want to dive straight in with a challenge, choose a high difficulty rated room.
At Escape Now, we currently have three rooms available. Sherlock’s Secret is a difficult room to conquer, whereas Haunted Hollow and Getaway have a medium difficulty rating. We recommend starting with either of the two easier rooms if it’s your first visit.
Select your teammates
The next thing you’ll need to do is select your team. Choose a team that you’re not only going to have fun with (because an escape room is supposed to be enjoyable after all) but also people that you know are going to work well as a team. Remember that escape rooms are designed to be a challenging team activity so choose people who are up for the challenge.
What age are escape rooms for? Some escape rooms are suitable for families with children, but not all of them are. Some themes and stories behind many escape rooms are inappropriate for children. Escape rooms don’t necessarily have a specific target age group as they’re open to everyone but they’re most popular amongst 15-25. That being said, anyone can do an escape room, from groups of friends and family members or for corporate team building events.
Choosing the right number of people for your team is also something to consider. Many people think escape rooms are easier with less people but this depends on who you have in your team and what skills they have. The ideal number for an escape room is anything between 2 and 6 players. You don’t want to do an escape room on your own and more than 6 will make it too crowded and not everyone will get to take part.
Winning strategies for an escape room
- Utilise the skills of each player. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your team and decide who is going to take the lead on different types of tasks. For example, if someone in your team is good with numbers, allow them to take the lead on numerical tasks.
- When you very first enter the room, look at everything! We really do mean everything, right down to the cracks in the wall, empty bottles on the floor, picture frames on the walls and books on a shelf. If something is too challenging to get to, such as above or behind tall and heavy pieces of furniture, it probably isn’t a clue.
- Follow the rules. If you are found to be breaking the rules, you could be disqualified from the game or be given a time penalty.
- Before arriving, make yourself familiar with the theme. What might you expect to see? What props, clues and challenges are typical of this type of storyline? This way, you’ll know what to look for when you enter.
- Take your time! Yes, you’re under a time restraint but if your strategy is to power through everything as quickly as possible you run the risk of missing something or making avoidable mistakes.
When you arrive for your escape room experience
Now you have your escape toom books and your teammates selected, the big day has arrived and you’re all set to go. Before arriving at your escape room experience, make sure you put on some comfortable clothes and have some food with your teammates to discuss tactics.
Once you arrive at your escape room, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will go sign you in, and make you aware of the rules. You will then be shown a video or be given the backstory of your room. It is important that you pay attention to the rules, not just for the game but for health and safety.
Take in every bit of the backstory and listen out for what the end goal is. Do you need to find something before the time runs out? Do you need to solve clues and puzzles to work out a password? Or, maybe you need to find out who committed a crime by investigating the evidence.
Enjoy your experience!
You might be surprised to learn that the percentage of people that succeed is only 15-30% so having a clear plan in mind is crucial to your success. However, don’t get too caught up in winning. The rooms are supposed to be challenging but they’re also great fun. And, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again! You can keep coming back with your team and you will improve each time with every room that you try.
People who haven’t done one before wonder why escape rooms are so popular. This is because it’s an opportunity to get together with your friends, family and work colleagues to do something a little different. Escape rooms are a thrilling experience and something you will remember for a long time to come. Once you have done one you will want to do them all.
So, what are you waiting for? Choose one of our escape rooms today and assemble your team.
Here is a more detailed overview of what we have to offer:
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 possibly could have happened? To find Mr Holmes we are recruiting only the best detectives in the city to solve the mystery and find him before it’s too late. The odds are against you and time is running out, can you find Mr Holmes?
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. Do you have what it takes to enter the Haunted Hollow?
The notorious car theft ring called Matric 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 at an unknown location. Can you escape in time?
To conclude, what’s the first thing you do when you enter an escape room? Split up and cover some ground. Leave no stone unturned and find as many clues as you can as quickly as possible. Good luck and enjoy!