Escape 101 – Escaping for newbies (an overview)
If you’re about to take your first steps toward these rooms, you don’t to worry about being Sherlock Holmes or on CSI to get out.
One of the questions someone always brings up is “Is there alot of math? because I don’t do so well in those rooms”.
The answer is no. When in doubt, i usually say the following to people
1) Find people you work well together with
Communication is key, usually in most rooms you are walking in with a flashlight and a backstory, so with 45 min – 60 min you are in the pressure cooker. You’ll need to divide up the tasks (the gatherers, the analysts, the brainstormers) and work together.
2) Find people who have different specialties
I’ve heard a story where a team of engineers walked into a room and analyzed the final puzzle from a physics perspective. When it came to solving the actual puzzle it was a sudoku puzzle solved by the only non-engineer in the room (a sudoku enthusiast). Some people are better suited and will notice patterns or hidden words. Others will be better at finding hidden keys/locks/boxes etc (for example i have a friend who is a cop, he always finds small and hidden clues).
3) Pick an easy room – to start with
Don’t go gung-ho and choose the hardest room. Until you get a hang of how these work and which type or puzzles you enjoy more.