On the other hand, escape room puzzles will:
• Require the player to gather information from the room.
They may need to find the key to the cipher, but all the information they need exists in the room. Gathering all possible clues at the beginning of the game is crucial. Failure to find a piece of information at the beginning of the game could make the difference between winning and losing.
• Usually involve physical objects.
They may be puzzle pieces, ciphers, or lego sets. I prefer the Star Wars Lego Death Star (because it is so much fun to destroy!) but to each their own.
Crucially, the two different kinds of escape room challenges produce two totally different kinds of answers. (However, for designers, these key escape room design principles
are remarkably the same!) Knowing the difference helps clear the path to the solution.
Q. What room do ghosts avoid?
Next time you play an escape room, ensure you know whether you're solving a riddle or puzzle. Knowing the difference could make the difference between escaping and having a close encounter of the worst kind with a serial killer. Oh, by the way, the answer is the living room.