Escape game success is all in the diversity of the team. A strong, effective team reflects on the types of players of which it is composed. When building a team, it is important to have different types of people so that everyone thinks a bit differently from each other. Having players with different perspectives is essential when working on puzzles of different types, as it strengthens your chances of escaping. While there are no particular educational backgrounds or individual skills that can guarantee success, having a wide variety of skills should prepare you for any type of challenge in an escape room. Here are the seven most common types of escape room players that we see come through our doors.
1. The Explorer
This player is the most hands-on person on the team, as they search and find just about everything in the room worth finding. Their role in the group is to open every drawer, flip through every book, and even look under the rug! They never miss any clue in the room that is needed to solve the puzzles. Unfortunately being an explorer can sometimes also be an impediment to your team, as finding all of the clues does not give your teammates a chance to participate as much, and this can cause some issues within the group as you can imagine. For the most part, though, explorers are a huge asset to the team due to their extraordinary searching skills!
2. The Calculator
This person is exactly what the name says, a calculator. They eat, sleep, and breathe numbers. Got a cipher to decode? Complex equations? Logic-based problems? This is your go-to person, as they can solve just about any puzzle that involves numbers. Unfortunately, the calculator player can also be a hindrance to the team. If he or she is TOO much into solving puzzles with numbers, they may not help enough with other aspects of the game.
3. The Leader
This player keeps track of any locks that are remaining and clues that are unused, and keeps the team moving in the right direction. They are able to see the big picture no matter how far into the game they are. This teammate plays an important role on the team because they keep everyone in line and makes sure everything runs smoothly the entire time, almost like a team parent. They are very good at keeping everyone excited and involved in the game, which often determines the outcome of the game.
4. The Aggressor
This teammate always has only one thing on their mind and that is escaping. They are sometimes pushy and even rude or mean; they can make things more complicated than usual because they want to rush through things to get them done; they can be seen going from one puzzle to the next without even looking at them thoroughly or trying to solve them; and they may yell and run around frantically... BUT they are very determined! The aggressor just wants to get out and that means at any cost. Although they do keep a clear picture of what the goal is, they can sometimes hinder the team by making more of a mess than helping.
5. The Over-Thinker
The over-thinker starts looking for clues before they even enter the room. They look at every sign, key, letter, what have you. They are sure that anything and everything can be used as a clue. This can cause a lot of time to be spent unnecessarily. The over-thinker can cause their teammates to get off track by looking at things in the room that aren’t really clues. Despite these small flaws, over-thinkers can be a very positive addition to the team, as they tend to have an abstract way of thinking that allows them to think of things that others may not be able to.
6. The Observer
The observer can be of great value to a team. They are usually very quiet and don’t seem as involved as the others at first. They can be seen walking around the room without doing much, except for maybe playing with props or items that don’t seem of much value to the goal of escaping. Although this player may not be as hands-on as everybody else, he or she may be able to think things through more thoroughly. Some people may think that these types of players don’t listen or participate during the game as much as they should, but in actuality, their minds just work differently than others and therefore they play the game differently than others as well. They are very good at keeping calm and really listening to everything that the rest of team says. When you least expect it, they may even swoop in suddenly and save their team just in the nick of time!
7. The Competitor
This player is always confident that they will escape, and there is not even an inkling of possibility in their mind that they may fail. If there are record times to beat, they push to be number one. The competitor sometimes starts out as an aggressor but soon realizes that that doesn’t get them anywhere, and therefore, he or she turns into more of a leader. They want to escape at any cost, so they tend to rush or yell at their teammates. Unfortunately, if they start to doubt the team, they may get very upset and even ruin the mood for everybody else. If the competitor is able to work through these things and act more as a leader, they may be able to get everyone to work better together as a team in the long run. For the most part, competitors are very good at keeping teammates determined throughout the game.
So there you have it! Based on these seven descriptions of escape room players, what type do you consider yourself to be?