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What Are 11 Types of Common Escape Room Puzzles to Look For?

Whether you're new to escape rooms or just want a refresher, here are 11 of the most common types of puzzles you may encounter.
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This handy-dandy list will help equip you for your next big game, or maybe spark a few creative ideas for your DIY escape room project.

Puzzles Unlock The Fun!

Who doesn't like solving puzzles? We've grown up watching our favorite characters in movies use their wits and detective skills to get out of sticky situations. If you were like us, we're sure you wished you could join in the fun!

Well, now you can. Escape room puzzles are taking over, and they're as thrilling and puzzling as ever. From physical puzzles to riddles and codes, the possibilities are endless. So if you're new to escape rooms or just want a refresher, here are 11 of the most common types of puzzles you may encounter.

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1. Combination Locks

Combination locks are the most affordable way to feel like you're in a heist movie. Whether you're punching 4 digits into a keypad, or spinning a series of little dials into the right order, it's always a satisfying win! Maybe this is why combination locks are among the most common locks found in an escape room.

These may involve a code such as a word, phrase, numerical combination, or even symbols. Combination locks can be physical locks or may be computerized.

You'll have to use clues and logical reasoning to figure out what the combination is. It might require some trial and error, but it's a great way to get your brain working!

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2. Word Puzzles

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Prof. Dumbledore was a master of word puzzles. If you're like him, then these are for you! Word puzzles involve finding the right words or phrases that complete a clue. It could be a jumble of letters that needs to be unscrambled, a code that needs to be cracked, or an anagram that needs to be solved.

Word puzzles require patience and logic. Sometimes the words or phrases are hidden in plain sight, so look for clues around your escape room to help you out!

3. Physical Puzzles

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Nothing like getting your body involved in the escape room experience! Physical puzzles are exactly that - puzzles that require physical action to solve. Think of it like a giant jigsaw puzzle or a 3D maze.

These puzzles are great for players of all ages. They're also a great way to get the whole team working together and can be just as challenging (if not more) than other types of puzzles.

4. Math Puzzles

Are you a math whiz? If so, escape room math puzzles may be right up your alley. This type of puzzle involves equations or mathematical problems that require you to do some calculations.

Math puzzles can range from basic addition and subtraction to more complicated equations that involve algebra, calculus, or geometry. If you're the type of person who loves a good mental challenge, these puzzles will give your brain a nice workout!

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5. Pattern Puzzles

Patterns are everywhere, and this type of puzzle uses them in an interesting way. You'll need to use your eyes and attention to detail in order to spot the patterns and solve the puzzle.

These puzzles may involve shapes, numbers, or colors. In some cases, you may have to find the missing piece of the puzzle in order to complete it.

6. Logic Puzzles

Nothing beats the satisfaction of solving a logic puzzle. These puzzles are great for people who love to reason and use their problem-solving skills.

In a logic puzzle, you'll usually be given a set of facts or clues, and it's up to you to determine the right answer. The difficulty level of the puzzles can vary, so you'll need to use your wits and patience to solve them.

If you're looking for an intellectual challenge, this is it!

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7. Memory Puzzles

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As the name implies, memory puzzles require you to use your memory to complete them. It usually involves looking at a series of images or symbols and then reproducing the pattern correctly.

Remember how Sherlock Holmes used to recall every detail of a scene? Now you can, too!

8. Maze Puzzles

Mazes are always a favorite, and an escape room wouldn't be complete without one. Just like a real-life maze, you'll need to find your way through the twists and turns of the maze to get out.

Remember the movie Labyrinth? Well, now you can have your own adventure in a maze. Just use your navigational skills and logic to find the right path.

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9. Light Puzzles

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It's all about the light! Light puzzles involve manipulating lights in some way to solve the puzzle. It could involve changing the color of a light or turning lights on and off in specific patterns.

Light puzzles are all about paying attention to the details, so be sure to look around and inspect everything closely.

10. Musical Puzzles

Hear that sound? Music can involve more than just humming a tune. It can also be used to complete puzzles in the form of musical codes or riddles.

Music puzzles are great for team building since each person can contribute their own knowledge and skills to complete the puzzle. Who knows, you might even learn a new song in the process!

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11. Riddles

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Ah, riddles. This classic type of puzzle has been around for centuries and is still as popular as ever. It requires you to think outside the box in order to solve it and can involve anything from wordplay to cryptic clues.

The brain twisters from the movie The Lord Of The Rings, where Frodo has to answer three riddles to survive the creature Gollum, are a great example.

Your Puzzle Arsenal Is Complete

So what are you waiting for? It's time to break out your thinking cap and give your brain a workout!

With these 11 types of escape room puzzles, you can have hours of creative and challenging fun! Now go forth and puzzle away!

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