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Six Room Escape Tips for Beginners

Published September 19, 2023
By Escape Factor

If you’re like most room escapers, you don’t like to lose. Failing to escape is going to happen, especially if it is your first-ever escape room. The tips below will help you and your team avoid some common mistakes we see beginner groups tend to make. Remember these six tips and you’ll be on your way to escaping every time!

Always Check Your Drawers

If a drawer opens, you should open it. This should always be one of the first things you do in any room. If there is something in the drawer, take it out! What’s in the drawer may not be needed, but if it is, it’s much better to have it where you can see it then trying to remember it’s is in the drawer.

Communicate

You’d be surprised how many teams don’t communicate well. If you find something, anything out of the ordinary, tell everyone. If you have an idea on how to solve a puzzle, even if it’s out of the box thinking, tell everyone. If you figure out a puzzle and have a code, tell everyone. If every player knows everything that’s going on, you have a much better chance at solving all the challenges quickly and efficiently.

Stay Organized

This can be hard to do with a large group of people and all the distractions that come with an escape room, but it will really help you in the long run. It’s a good idea to have an area in the room designated for solved puzzles and opened boxes so you don’t mistakenly revisit puzzles that have already been solved. In addition, have an area for things you haven’t solved yet so it’s easy to see what puzzles still need to be worked on. Being organized includes writing information down to help you remember things you may need to refer to later on in the room.

Always Check the Back

Found a piece of paper in a drawer? Picked up a book? Inspecting a box? Always check the back (and bottom) of things you find in the room. It only takes a couple seconds to peek and see if there is anything written or hidden on it, especially pieces of paper.

Watch Out for Red Herrings

A red herring is an item or object in an escape room that looks like it may help you, whether intentionally or not, but will only distract you from the actual solution. It should be obvious when you need something in the room. If it’s not obvious, a clue found later will likely indicate when you need that item. Keep in mind that when you’re looking at something and it doesn’t make any sense, maybe it’s not supposed to.

*NOTE: Escape Factor does use red herrings in any of their escape rooms.

Ask For Hints

Don’t be stubborn. You will likely need a hint at some point in order to escape the room. Using your available hints at the right time is important to success. If you wait too long, you’re wasting time. If you ask too early, you wasted a hint when you could have figured out a puzzle yourself. As soon as you feel the group is stagnant and not sure what to do next, ask for a hint, it’s okay!