Going to an escape room with your friends can be a lot of fun, especially if you have two teams that are competing to get out first. Competing against another team adds another element to the experience. When playing against another team, there are a few strategies you want to keep in mind in order to ensure that your team comes out on top.
#1 Have a Positive Perspective
First, you want to come in with a positive perspective. Coming in with a positive perspective will help you as you are locked in a room and must work together with your team to get out. Going in and having a positive attitude can be helpful. Going into an escape room with a negative attitude can lead to feelings of frustration that can take away from the overall experience and can hamper your ability to win. Approaching the situation as a fun experience can reduce frustration.
#2 Know the Rules
Not all escape rooms have the same rules, so make sure you and your teammates all know the rules of the game before getting started. Know what items you are not allowed to touch in the room. Know how many clues you get and how long the game lasts. Also, make sure you understand what type of clues that you are looking for. The better you understand the game, the smoother the experience will be.
#3 Keep Track of Time
It is true that time flies when you are having a good time. Most escape rooms have a one-hour limit for you to solve the puzzle. Keep an eye on the time. Know how many puzzles you have to solve and have a strategy beforehand, so you know when to ask for a clue. For example, if there are three puzzles you need to solve, you don't want to spend more than 15-20 minutes per puzzle. If you are approaching 15 minutes on a puzzle, you should ask for a clue.
#4 Communication Is Key
In an escape room, communication is key. Make sure that everyone knows if they see an object with a special symbol on it, they should speak up and let everyone know. Oftentimes, there are two different items which could be in entirely different parts of the room that connect to one another. When everyone feels comfortable to talk, your team is more likely to move forward with solving the puzzle.
When teaming up to solve an escape room game, and competing against another team, you need to have a positive perspective, know the rules, focus on communication, and keep track of time.