Have you ever done an escape room where you are ‘locked’ in a room and have to find clues to help you BREAKOUT? These rooms are a great way to build team unity and learn how to work together but more than that, they are just a ton of fun! If you have been thinking about doing a BreakOut Game, then here are 10 tips to help make sure your first Escape room experience is a success!
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10 Tips for Your First Breakout Game
You are never really locked in
The first thing to note is that you are never really locked in. The door is unlocked at all times so you can leave if you need to. The time will continue running but you are welcome to take a break and go to the restroom or go get a drink of water.
Pick Your Game Scenario
Most BreakOut Room venues offer multiple scenarios that you can play. Look through the options and decide what is best for your group based on your level of experience and interest. Our Breakout room scenario was a runaway train. We needed to unravel clues so we could disable a bomb, gain entry to the conductor’s cabin, stop the train, and free the passengers before the time ran out.
Be Aggressive but not destructive
Most things in the room are part of the experience and you should definitely look under, over and behind everything. But remember that you don’t want to destroy the property or ruin the setup for the next players.
Is there a random connection on the wall? A doorknob that looks out of place? Does the painting look suspicious or the carpet too thick? Remember that this is an experience intended to stump you, so question everything.
When you first arrive, you will probably be shown a quick video or given a scenario to help you get started. Then you are on your own to start solving puzzles to help you ‘escape’. You will probably see objects in your room with a combination lock, keypad or even a computer screen that needs a code. Use the resources in the room to figure out what those numbers or clues are.
Ask for help
Many breakout rooms will offer three free clues. There is a host monitoring your progress as you go through the challenges. If you get stumped, simply ask for help. But remember, you only get three free clues before the game is stopped, so choose wisely!
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Everyone in your group has a different perspective to solving problems. In our Runaway Train scenario, there were some math problems that had a couple of us stumped. Another member of the team, stepped in and figured it out instantly.
When the combination lock wasn’t working for one member, we switched out and let someone else try and then it worked!
Let each person use their strengths to help the team solve the puzzles and escape the room!
Phones are Not Allowed
Typically you are not allowed to carry in your phone or take pictures during your experience. There are multiple reasons, but the main one is that noone wants spoilers. The fun of the room is that you don’t want puzzles you will be faced with. So put your phone in your pocket, leave it in your vehicle or drop it in the provided cubby so you can focus on the adventure and not be disturbed by a phone call.
Watch the Time
Most Escape room experiences have a digital clock counting down the time. You have 60 Minutes to finish the scenario. While that may seem like alot of time, it’s easy to lose track and find yourself running down to the very last second! We finished our experience in 54:42 and believe me, we were sweating by the end!
Don’t forget you are being watched
As you proceed through your breakout scenario, remember that there is a real person monitoring your progress. This is a helpful piece of the game experience in case you get stuck.
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