Your first escape room experience, such as at Escape Tech, can give you more than your fair share of butterflies in your stomach as you rush to crack the code that will help you escape the room before time elapses. It's important that you stay calm, give each member of your group specific tasks, and keep your eyes on the clock if you wish to get out of the room in time. For beginners, there are several potential mistakes that you may make that can cost you valuable time and prevent you from escaping before the clock runs out. Here are three blunders that you'll want to avoid if your escape room adventure is to be successful.
Not Being Thorough
When the clock is ticking, it's often tempting to look at objects in the room quickly. If they don't immediately yield a clue, the average person's inclination is to set the object down and look at another. This mistake, however, can prove to be costly. Failing to be meticulous can result in your group missing a clue that might take an extra moment to notice, but that will be pivotal in unraveling the mystery that will help you to escape. You should make sure that everyone in your group knows to be comprehensive when looking at each object that might contain a clue.
Having People Stand Around
In order to get out of the escape room in time, you need a total effort from your group. It's easy in the heat of the moment for a few extroverts can take over while the introverts stand watching. However, this scenario can result in the group falling short. Make sure that your group knows the importance of everyone contributing. Those who are more assertive should share the tasks and not be afraid to delegate, while those who are more submissive should be prepared to jump in and contribute to the successful escape.
Focusing On What Isn't Working
Although there's definitely value to being thorough as you inspect each potential clue, there can be a time that your group gets slowed down by repeatedly focusing on what isn't working. For example, if you believe that you've found an important clue that will help you to escape, but it isn't giving you the desired results, don't be afraid to move on. While you might want one member of your group to continue to assess that clue, you shouldn't hesitate to encourage everyone else to begin to explore new options.