escape room mistakesYou only have 60 minutes to tackle the challenge that is an escape room. That time can go by quickly and ineffectively if you’re guilty of common escape room mistakes.  

Teams often come out of escape rooms with insights and a realization of the mistakes they may have made and ways they could have been more effective as a team. Here are some of the top mistakes team can make when trying to solve an escape room challenge.  

1. Spending Too Much Time on A Single Clue: 

If you find yourself spending too much time trying to solve a single puzzle without making any progress – stop and move on. Keep in mind, there are often so many elements to an escape room and one clue could play a very small role in the overall challenge. Continue trying to find and solve other clues and you might end up coming back to that clue later in the challenge.  

2. Not Using or Waiting Too Long to Use Available Clue 

If your escape room host allows for a certain number of clues to be given at any point of the challenge, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the information available. Often players are too proud to ask for the available clues or even wait until the end of the allotted time in case they figure it out – but the clues are available for a reason. They could help you solve that last puzzle and get out before the time runs out! 

3. Not Paying Attention to The Instructions You’ve Been Given 

A great escape room host will set you up for success by providing you with the information you need to complete the challenge on time. Listen carefully and pay attention to any underlying hints they might be dropping as well as any special instructions they mention. They might tell you about certain props that should not be touched or even tell you what clue should be solved first. Keep this information in mind when you get into the room and start solving the puzzle.  

4. Not Looking at The Details 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you first start an escape room challenge. There are lots of props and possible clues scattered around the room. Unfortunately, some of the most meaningful clues could be tiny in comparison to all the items in the room. Be sure to look closely at every item, the smallest detail could, in fact, be the most important piece to the puzzle. 

5. Hoarding Information from Your Teammates 

Keeping a valuable clue or hint to yourself could mean the difference between escaping before the clocks runs out or not. If you discover a clue or even a hint to a puzzle, don’t try to be the hero and figure it out on your own – share it with the group! Wasting precious time solving a clue on your own could mean you might be missing out on key information found elsewhere in the room. Let your team know right away, they may have also discovered a hint that could tie your two clues together.  

6. Involving Props That Shouldn’t Be Involved 

Sometimes there are so many accessories and props in a room, it can be overwhelming to determine if a prop is relevant to the puzzle or not. Not every item in an escape room is part of the puzzle; often props are added to throw you off your tracks or are just there as an element of the room’s atmosphere or theme. Don’t dwell on each item, if you aren’t making a connection, move on to another item. If it’s relevant – it might become more obvious later in the challenge. 

Not that you’re armed with the tips for a successful escape, gather your friends and family together for a fun and exciting challenge at Escape Canada.