Escape rooms are becoming extremely popular – and for good reason. They are unique and exciting. Escape rooms put you in a completely unfamiliar situation where you receive hints that will help you solve a puzzle that will eventually help you "escape" the room. You never know what you are getting yourself into until you walk into that room. While you cannot prepare for the exact elements that you will encounter, it is possible to prepare yourself with a few "human" techniques that are often forgotten when that clock starts counting down.
Tip #1: Turn the Room Upside Down
While it is important that you don't physically break anything in the room, you also want to ensure that you look at everything in the entire room. If there are drawers that you can pull out, pull them out. If there are books on a shelf or sitting on a table, flip through them. If there are pictures on the wall, see if they will move.
Keep in mind that there is very little in the room for aesthetic value. More often than not, there is a reason for every single thing in the room. If you can pick it up, move it or look under it, then do it!
Tip #2: Communicate and Listen
When it comes to escaping your room, communication with your entire group is key. If you think you have found a clue, let everyone know. This is important because someone else in your group may find a matching piece, such as a lock to the key you found. If you think you are nearing the final solution but you think you need some help to get there, ask the rest of your group for their thoughts. If you don't communicate, then you are doomed to fail.
At the same time, it is crucial that you listen to the rest of your group when they have something to share or when they need help. You have to work together if you want to get out before the timer runs out.
Tip #3: Don't Get Stuck on One Element
As you are moving throughout the room, it isn't uncommon to become fixated on a particular item or detail. You don't want to spend too much time on one thing, as this can keep you from finding other hints, clues and leads. If you are banging your head against the wall (not literally, of course), ask someone else in your group for help as you search for other clues. It helps to get another set of eyes. If nothing else, simply set it to the side and come back to it later. Sometimes, you can do your best work when you have a fresh mindset and new perspective.