Movement and commotion. While we’ve said several times in our previous blog posts that you don’t have to be a super duper athlete to play our games, you should expect to move around somewhat if you want to actually participate. A large part of the game is finding clues, and this requires moving around the room to search for them. In addition, if you have an issue with lots of commotion, perhaps an escape game isn’t for you. With multiple people in one room, full of excitement and all types of other emotions, you are definitely going to be surrounded by some level of commotion. In our opinion, this is a good thing!
Yelling, screaming, and laughing. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be tons of noise in your escape room! There will be lots of laughs, screams (from both excitement and frustration), and even some yelling. Try not to yell at any of your teammates, though, no matter how frustrated you become. Remember, you’re all in this together!
Communication and listening. Many people will agree that two of the most important aspects of playing an escape game are effective communication and active listening. Without these two elements, you might as well be playing the game completely by yourself. Keep in mind that some players are more expressive than others, so always try to respond in a positive and constructive way, no matter what the case.
Disagreement and argument. Like it or not, not everyone on your team is going to think the same things or be on the same page throughout the entirety of the game. Therefore, there are probably going to be disagreements among your team, that may even turn into arguments. This is not necessarily a bad thing. As long as they are addressed appropriately, disagreements allow for various opinions and ideas to be shared among the whole team, which may lead to answers some people never even thought possible. So argue if you must, but at least try and get something positive out of it!
Confusion and anxiety. When you first walk into the room, everything may seem a bit confusing and overwhelming. Don’t worry, there’s no need to panic! Just take it one step at a time. Search for clues, try to piece them together as necessary, and address things as you are faced with them. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!
Failure and disappointment. It is quite likely that you will face some failure and disappointment within your hour. Don’t let this knock you down for good! If at first you don’t succeed, get up, brush yourself off, and try again! And don’t forget, you are working with a team, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
Excitement, achievement, and celebration. Just as you’re likely to be hit with some failure and disappointment during your game, you’re also going to feel the opposite at times - excitement and achievement - which definitely calls for celebration! Whether your team escapes the room in time or not, you can still count on feeling that awesome feeling of achievement each and every time your team finds a clue or solves a puzzle!
Pride. Whether or not your team escapes in time, you should still feel pretty darn proud of yourself afterwards! You put yourself out there, tried something new and exciting, and did the very best you could (and hopefully had fun in the meantime!). If you ask us, that is definitely something to feel proud of!
If you’re reading this and you’ve already played one of our escape rooms, feel free to share any additional tips you may have on what others should expect coming into this for their first time! Just don’t give anything away! ;)