Ever wanted to try an escape room, but did not know where to start looking for one, or what it really means? How about you’ve looked into what escape rooms are, but you don’t know how to start the process of finding a game and then really solving the puzzles to get out?
Lucky for you Brittnee is here! I will take you from beginning to end on getting the most from your Escape Room Experience!
Step 1: Google and Yelp are your best friends
Google “Escape Space *Animal control Orlando*” and see what comes up. Dig deeper and have a look at the map so that you can even find one nearest you. Once you’ve found a few amazing prospects head to Yelp and see how they compare to other chambers. Read a few of the testimonials, you will possibly find out one is too frightening for what you’re interested in. . Or one does not do well with children.
Step 2: Have a look at their social media for promo codes
You have found the escape area you think you’d like to visit, awesome. You can Google and yelp like nobody’s business. Now you will want to see if they offer any special codes on their social media pages. We always have the best prices on our Facebook and Instagram at my escape room. Sometimes you’ll be able to find $5 off promo codes that would not be mentioned anywhere else.
Step 3: Visit their Website
Now that you have got your smarty pants discount, you’ll want to know when the place has accessibility and what rooms they have. The majority of the places you’re likely to see will have several rooms with various themes. Also, most escape rooms allow you to book in advance and some can get pretty busy. Take a look at their booking page and see what they have open. Then book it before anyone else does!
*Be careful when booking a partial room. If there are 6 slots available and you’ve only booked 4 players, two more players could join your game – if you call the Company though they may help you out and block it for you
Your Game Master will love you for it and being on his good side can not be a bad thing. A game master is the only offering you any hints or clues if you are struggling after all.
They are there for a reason! Not only do we hate when guests break stuff, but we’ll usually tell you how you can avoid things that will only waste your time! We won’t tell you not to climb on something as a trick. Also some rooms have informative intros that may even include a few additional hints, so listen up!
Step 6: No Lollygagging
Okay, now you’re in this gloriously decorated room and all you want to do is look at all the pretty details for the next five minutes. Nope. Don’t do that. Most rooms give you 60 minutes, so you’ll want to hustle. Give yourself 10 seconds to appreciate the work they put into the aesthetics and then begin tearing it apart. (okay not literally, that would suck, just start moving things and looking everywhere)
Sometimes you’ll need to find objects hidden around the area to help you with different puzzles… sometimes you will need to really find the puzzles… so start looking and gathering whatever you find!
Step 7: Split up
Some rooms are more difficult than others or have more puzzles than others, but there is no harm in dividing up. Some rooms have multiple linear and non linear puzzles (linear meaning you’ll solve a mystery that leads into the next puzzle and so forth). So you’ll benefit from splitting into a couple teams and tackling numerous puzzles at once.
There’s nothing worse than spending 10 minutes searching for a secret your teammate found when they entered and forgot that they had pocketed it. Do not be that person. When you find something tell everybody, maybe they’ll need it immediately or at some point in the room.
Also, if you are struggling on a mystery let others know. Everybody sees things differently, so they might get something that you don’t. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, I’m sure you will be able to do the same for them later on in the game.
Step 9: Ask for Support!
It’s what they’re there for and they’ve probably been itching to assist you for the previous 30 minutes too. Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for a hint. Some rooms have limits on them, others do not. Make certain you know that going into the room.
Always attempt to solve the puzzle by yourself or ask a staff member to assist first, but if it’s actually effecting your ability to be successful, request just a little nudge and get to the end!
Measure 10: Always take a group photo
Even if you didn’t get out, I bet you really did have an enjoyable time. Don’t allow the memories fade away. Get the group photo and share it on social networking. Tag the escape room too, they will love it.