By Leslie Kell
If you’ve played an escape room, it’s no secret that they are somewhat addicting; once you play one room you want to play more.Along with that, the more rooms you play, the better you will become at solving puzzles and actually winning your escape room. The question is , what do you do during the ‘in-between period,’ while you’re waiting to play your next game? Our suggestion is to practice, just like you would with anything else. This solves two problems: the need to do puzzles, and the desire to improve your skills so that you can win the next escape room you play. Here are a few ways that you can train your brain for escape rooms…
Escape Room Apps or Online Escape Rooms
The best way to get better at escape rooms, is to keep playing them! We, of course, believe that live rooms are the best ones to play, so keep booking escape rooms. When you can’t do a live room though, you can download an escape room app on your phone to play. This is a great option because it helps to keep you in the escape room mindset, and helps to train you to think outside the box. It’s the next best thing to actually being in a real escape room.
Escape Room Card Games/ Board Games
There are a number of companies that produce escape room games to do at home. This is a great option if you just can’t wait until your next booked room. These styles of games might also help you in thinking outside the box, due to the fact that they are slightly limited in their puzzle design, since they don’t have the luxury of room space to hide clues. In our experiences as cluemasters playing these types of escape room games, sometimes they hide numbers ‘in plain sight’ on a card or an image. Another fun element to many of these games is that they may incorporate an app on your phone or make you call a phone number to get a clue to solve the next puzzle. Escape room board games or card games are a great way to keep you thinking outside the box and to test your skills from the comfort of your home. They also will keep you occupied until you can get to your next live game at Epic Escape Game!
Consider buying a puzzle book at your local bookstore. There are more typical options to choose from: crosswords, sudoku, or word searches.These are great because they may help you to notice patterns, which often is what you are looking for in an escape room. You could also choose brain teaser books, or books filled with rebus puzzles, which are puzzles that use words or symbols to represent a common phrase. Almost any type of puzzle book could help you in your next escape room because they typically will cause you to think differently and look at something from a different perspective. If you’re looking to practice with rebus puzzles, you can follow us on any of our location Facebook Pages, or on our location Instagram pages and test your skills with our ‘Brain Teaser Tuesday.’
As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” The same is true with escape rooms: the more you play, the better you can get! Anything you can do to test your problem solving skills, and puzzle solving skills is beneficial, but there’s nothing that beats playing a live escape room. Take a ClueMaster’s advice and give in to the ‘addiction’ that comes with playing escape rooms, practice puzzle solving often, and don’t forget to book your next game at Epic Escape!