Rule-based ciphers are generally the best for escape rooms.
They're creative, easy to design, and are unique so players get the maximum 'we solved it' feeling. Try one of these ciphers, pulled straight from the ancient scrolls of wisdom:
You're very familiar with this type of cipher. It's the classic A=1, B=2, C=3 code you did at school. Or a book code where a sequence of numbers corresponds to the words on a page.
But, you can make something much cooler than that.
After all, this is your 1st escape room and it's going to be stylish. Try one of these instead:
These are only solvable if players look at the problem the right way.
If they do, they get an amazing 'aha' moment.
If not, they'll get nothing (ok, if you're a nice game master, maybe they'll get a hint).
For example, each misspelled word in a paragraph might combine to form a message. Alternatively, swap 2 characters in particular words.
Haven't found something you love? Just grab whichever one of these printable escape room kits you like the feel of the most.
They download instantly and are ready to print & party.
You can even edit the game, using PowerPoint, to add your own style and puzzles.