Even though playing an escape game can be a little challenging, it is still designed to be fun. If you've never played before, here are a few tips that might come in handy.
- Always arrive at least 15 - 20 minutes early. If you are playing in a room with people you have not met before, it's always a good idea to make your introductions before the timer begins! In other words, give yourself time to become acquainted with others while you are in the lobby, instead of while you are playing the game.
- Remember that you are playing an immersive game and your agent handler (game master) is readily available to answer any and all questions you might have while you are in the room. They are part of your team and your storyline. The rooms are designed for you to communicate with them (just like agents do in the real world).
- There is always a story line in our rooms. Make sure you pay attention to the Game Master at the beginning of the game so you don't miss your objective.
- Be observant. When you first step inside of the room, take a look around. Does anything look like it might be a hiding place for a clue? Does anything look like it's out of place?
- Share what you find! Don't keep clues to yourself. Everyone in the room is working toward the same goal. Make sure everyone in your party is aware when you find a clue and read the clue aloud. It wastes time for each individual to read the same clue over and over.
- Find the place to jot notes. It might be a white board, it might be a note pad, or something else for you to keep up with your ideas, and your clues. Think of it as scratch paper. It often helps your thought process if you write things down or keep your clues in one place so you can go back and refer to them.
- If you find something that locks, but you don't have the key or combination right then, make a note of it to prevent you from forgetting about it. With all of the fast paced hustle, you might be surprised that it could be forgotten... but it can.
- Speaking of locks, keep used keys in their locks so you don't waste time trying them out in other places.
- If you read a clue and it doesn't seem to make sense, think of it as a riddle. Sometimes, you have to think deeper.
- Remember, it's a game. Play fair. Give everyone a chance to participate. On the flip side, make sure that YOU participate. The adrenaline will be high and people will be excited to share their ideas. Make sure that you voice your ideas, too.
- Find things to work on that other people in the room aren't actively working on. If everyone spends time working on the same clue, it will waste time.
***Besides, if you walk in the door exactly at your booking time, you are actually late! That's because your booking time is when your group will be led into the room. You have to register first. If your group is lead to the room, and you are registering, you're considered late... and won't be allowed in the game (and there are no refunds for that).