Good Questions to Ask Before Playing Your First Escape Room (And some you shouldn’t ask)
By Leslie Kell
So, you’ve booked your first escape room and you’re not sure what you’ve just gotten yourself into. You probably have a lot of questions and maybe you’re not sure what to expect. With that in mind, we have listed here, a couple of questions you can ask your clue master to better understand the experience you are about to have. In this list, you’ll also find a couple questions that you can ask, but you may not want to ask, so that you can better enjoy your game.
- Is this game scary, or is there anything that will jump out at us?
This is a great question to start out with! Some escape rooms are scary, in that they have a live ‘zombie’ in the room or some other frightening character to intimidate you while you’re solving puzzles. If you’re into being scared, great! If not, that’s okay too, but it’s always good to know what to expect. At Epic Escape Game, the majority of our rooms are family friendly, but we also have rooms that may be more on the scary and suspenseful side of things, so just check with the cluemasters at the location you’d like to book with and see what they can tell you about their rooms.
- Is this game linear?
This question is great because it helps you to understand the style of the room you’re about to play. If you’re not familiar, a linear room is one where basically each puzzle leads to the next and everyone in the group needs to solve each puzzle together. A nonlinear escape room is where players are usually solving multiple puzzles at a time and then come together at the end to solve the final puzzle. Epic Escape Game escape rooms have a pretty good mix of linear elements and nonlinear elements. Feel free to ask your cluemaster this question when trying to decide which room you’d like to play, as this could help you find the perfect room for you and your team!
Questions Not to Ask:
- Is there a secret room or multiple rooms?
This is not necessarily a bad question, but you may not really want the answer. Secret rooms are part of the amazing fun that comes with playing escape rooms. It’s so hard for the cluemasters when this question is asked, because we don’t want to give away the fun surprise! In addition, the secret room adds a unique challenge by giving you more locks to open and more puzzles to solve, that you didn’t know you had to account for in your escape time. While again this is not a bad question to ask, think about what you might be risking by asking. Also, there’s no guarantee that the cluemaster will answer it for you. Generally speaking, they probably would say something like, “You’ll find out! Good luck and have fun!”
- Can I hack the locks?
We get this question asked often by new players. The point of playing an escape room is the fun of solving puzzles. When you solve the puzzles, you find the combination to the locks. Again, part of what makes escape rooms fun is the challenge of solving puzzles and finding clues. It really would ruin the experience if you were able to simply hack all of the locks, and would probably defeat the purpose of playing the game. So this is a question you can ask, but typically the answer from your cluemaster is going to be “no.”
It’s a great idea to ask questions before heading into the escape room to help you better understand the experience you’re getting yourself into. If you have further questions about your experience, you can always check out our website’s FAQ page; that’s a great place to start! You can also call the location of your choice, and when you’re ready, book your experience! We guarantee you’ll have an EPIC time!