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Top 10 Tips & Tricks to Win Escape Room Games

We’ve compiled our top 23 escape room tips and tricks that we’ve used to achieve greater than 85% escape rate on 100+ rooms in the United States and Europe. The tips can be broken up into five categories: make a team, work together, manage puzzle items, be comprehensive, and solve puzzles efficiently.


Tip #1. Play with friends or coworkers (if possible)

Book the whole escape room for your friends or coworkers if you can. Especially for large-group games, teams work better when there’s a common context for communication. It’s not fun for a group of 20-somethings to play with a family bringing their kids, the play styles may clash when teamwork is required. This clash is infrequent but can happen if you’re unlucky. Public booking is usually fine however in a pinch or when you’re travelling!


Tip #2. Play at less than maximum team size (4-6 is perfect)

Playing at the maximum team size means 1) physical crowdedness 2) not enough things for everyone to work on 3) fewer “aha!” moments 4) additional overhead in getting everyone up to speed. We generally recommend approximately 70-80% of the maximum capacity although this can vary by game or group.
Work Together Having multiple people to look over a clue can help!


Tip #3. Pass the baton

If you’ve been staring at a puzzle for too long and can’t figure out the solution, enlist a fellow team member to help or take over on the puzzle. This helps make sure that puzzles don’t get forgotten, and that there are enough eyes on each unsolved puzzle. This can continue until a few people can’t figure it out – that’s usually a sign that you don’t have all of the information yet (or that you need a hint!).


Tip #4. Listen to your teammates

Escape room teams function best when they try everything. So if your teammate has a crazy but somewhat reasonable idea, listen to them and try it with them! If you think it’s a bad idea, still encourage them to try it nevertheless. As long as the crazy idea is reversible, it might just move you closer to the final solution. At the very least, it will be fun!


Tip #5. Yell out loudly what you find

This tends to be fairly chaotic but very effective. Escape room games are won and lost based on how quickly two team members who found related items can match them together. This includes things like a code and a key, a key and a lock, or a pattern that appears the same way in two different places.


Tip #6. Work on what other people aren’t working on

This helps spread apart your team and have each team member be maximally effective. There’s a tendency to dismiss or skip over some puzzles that are “too hard” to do at first glance. This leaves some puzzles forgotten and undone until someone realizes that they’re needed.


Tip #7. Don’t “clump” around the same puzzle

Be a contributor to a puzzle and not a spectator. It’s too easy to be a spectator when interesting progress is being made on a puzzle, but people are more effective when they’re spread out and working on what needs to be done! If there’s only one puzzle open however, by all means let the whole team brainstorm!


Tip #8. Keep used keys in their lock

A key is almost never used more than once. Leave it in the lock for your sanity! This will help prevent the key from being used again, prevent someone else from trying out another key on the lock, and prevent you from accidentally locking the object again. In very rare cases, a key may be used more than once, so keep that in mind too as a last resort option.


Tip #9. Make a “discard pile”

Separate objects in the game into a “used” pile and an “unused” pile. This helps prevent team members from examining the same object again and again. This also helps you connect certain “unused” items by placing them in physical proximity! Note that in some escape rooms, objects may be “used” more than once.


Tip #10. Organize objects neatly

This helps keep the room tidy, so you can find what you need. This also lets you keep together related objects, so you can find all of them right when you need them. Some examples:
Stack related books together
Spread apart an important piece of cloth
Place loose objects on the table on the room
Put all unused keys together in a central location


There are many more useful tips on the internet, but this will get you started. Have Fun!!!



Best Escape Room Denver

If you Google Search the phrase “Best Escape Room In Denver” you will get a lot of information. You will get links to local Denver Escape Rooms, You Tube videos and articles talking about the different Escape Rooms in Denver metro area. However, you will soon find that almost all Denver Escape Rooms have great reviews, and finding the good ones is not easy. The “Top 10” lists we found seemed very at random and did not necessarily reflect the reality.

So before moving on, let’s talk about what makes an escape room good. While it can be argued that the best rooms are the ones that are the most fun, there are certainly other factors. One factor considered by many is how automated an escape room is. Everyone can throw together a bunch of puzzles and pad locks but Mystic Escape Room takes it to the next level. At Mystic Escape Room Denver, we believe the best measure is the level of immersion that a player can experience. If you walk away feeling like you were transported to another world, we would say that was a Great Escape Room. Denver has many such experiences, but as to which one is the Best Escape Room in Denver – well that will have to be up to you.

So come on over. Treat yourself and your group to an amazing escape adventure, and you will see why the reviews are so high. Every one has a great time, and whether you decide that this is something you are into it or not, you will certainly have an amazing time at Mystic Escape Room!