Book ahead. Escape rooms frequently sell out. Waiting to book until the day of the game invites disaster. You don't need an unhappy family heading back to your house. ?
Arrive early. You will need to sign release forms, put your valuables and phones in a locker, and use the restroom before beginning the game. Most escape rooms recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early. ?
Determine if you need to play in shifts. Most escape rooms accommodate 4-6 people. However, some allow for as many as 10. Check the escape room's website to determine the capacity of their games. We do not recommend using 3 people or fewer, as you don't have enough time to find clues and solve puzzles. If you have more than 6 people in a room, communication begins to break down, and people can get lost trying to decide what to do. ?
Communicate! What is good escape room communication? The clue gatherers need to ensure that the puzzle solvers have the clues. If someone gets stuck solving a puzzle, they need to ask for help. Keep everyone informed and on the same page. If everyone wanders off to do their own thing, you will be food for zombies. Or maybe not. They like brains. ?
Solving clues usually means connecting information to the puzzle within the context of the game. If the info you found doesn't line up with the game's theme, you should put it aside and move on. The connections may require outside-the-box thinking but will be logical. ?
Ask the gamemaster for hints. You don't want to waste all of your time on one puzzle. Find out before the game if time penalties are added for hints. Some escape rooms give 3 hints for free, and others charge 3 minutes per hint requested. Don't worry. You still get the full 60 minutes. The time is added to your final escape time. ?
Do you have a competitive family? Make it a race to see who can escape the fastest! Choose captains and let them draft their own teammates!
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