Breaking a code or two is an absolute must for an escape room. That's why we wrote a whole guide on how to use ciphers
. You must ensure the key is accessible (or can be retrieved from a lockbox!). Not everyone knows Morse Code, so they won’t even be able to send you an SOS (...---...) without a key.
You may wish to use another code, such as A=10, B=11, etc. Unlimited ciphers exist. Try to use one that matches the game’s theme. This helps the players unscramble the message. •
You can work codes into your DIY escape room for kids in numerous ways. I’m listing some for you here but let your imagination run wild as you plan your room. •
Play a code on an audio loop in the background. This works best with morse code. The players need to determine the beginning of the loop.
Work the code into your decorations. Place posters on the wall with symbols to be decoded, strings of numbers to be unscrambled, or directions to the salsa you hid before bringing out the chips. •
Place the key to the code on a phone or USB drive that the players must unlock. •
Hide the key to the code inside of a book. The key could be on a loose paper in the book or found on a specific page. •
Have a series of images repeat on TV. The players must decide what each image means and then use the key to put them in order.