Preparing for Your First Escape Room
By Leslie Kell
You’ve booked your first escape room. You’re reading the waiver thinking, “what on earth have I gotten myself into?” “Is this going to be like saw?” If that’s what you’re thinking, let’s clear some things up and get you ready to take on one of the funnest experiences you’ll ever have!
First of all, you need to relax. There is no need to be afraid or intimidated of doing an escape room, because other than a few locks and puzzles, they are just normal rooms. At Epic Escape, you won’t find a live person in the room waiting to scare you, but we can’t speak for other companies. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about a few things you need to know before doing your first escape room.
Before entering into your escape room it may be wise to get in some good practice. A really simple way to do this is by downloading an escape game app or two on your smartphone. This won’t give you answers to the puzzles in the live room, but it will help you to get into the right mindset. Escape rooms are meant to be a challenge, but if you don’t have a ‘search anything and everything’ mindset, it’s going to be extremely difficult to escape the room. Some of the escape room apps that our cluemasters have enjoyed include: World’s Hardest Escape Game, Spotlight Room Escape, and Can you Escape. So download an app and get to it!
Also, as far as practice is concerned, if you get to the escape game and they have locks out front, use them! It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the type of locks that you might see in the room. One of the worst problems to have while playing the game is a lock problem, especially if you have the correct code to the lock.
Another way to prepare for your first experience in an escape room is to understand your team. Think about the strengths of each team member and your own strengths. Now we’re not saying you should have a meeting and assign tasks to each team member, but we are saying to take advantage of your strengths. For example, maybe you have a team member that is really good at opening locks. That team member is a great asset to your group because he or she will be able to open the locks with great speed and help you along in the game. This can really help you to develop a winning strategy for your team to escape your first room.
Overall, every escape experience you do will be different so in preparing for your very first one, the best advice is: relax, get in some practice, and strategize with your team! Escape rooms are sure to be your new favorite hobby- check out all of our locations to find your next escape room experience!