6 Skills You'll Need to Get Out of Any Escape Room

Posted on November 19, 2018

The challenge of escape rooms is alluring, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. Growing more and more popular, escape rooms test a person's abilities on a wide variety of levels. It takes a certain amount of skill, patience, and practice to escape these challenges. But what do you really need to get out of an escape room? We're here with 6 of the most important skills you'll need to hone to help you master any escape room.

Skills You'll Need to Help You Escape

1. Organization

The point of an escape room is that it's never easy. There will be clues, hints, evidence, and other facts that will all need to be added up in order to escape. It's important to keep both your mind and the physical clues organized while you are working on a solution. When working with a team, each member should be in charge of a specific task and/or clue, which helps the team as a whole keep their thoughts organized. By staying organized, you are better able to work efficiently and effectively.

2. Communication and Listening

Communication and active- listening are key to escaping any room. Just like with any problem in a team, you must listen to each other and communicate ideas and solutions. When you listen to each other, ideas and solutions can become clearer. If communication and listening skills are lacking, it could affect your overall mood, patience, and time management skills. In addition, escape rooms can be tricky, so keeping your ears and eyes open at all times is always a good idea. The rules provided by your host, information played over a loudspeaker, or even small noises can all be a part of the solution you need to escape.

3. Keen Observation

When you walk into that escape room, you must become a detective. Every inch of the room should become like a crime scene, with you observing every bit of it. First, observe the "big picture" by looking over the entire room; twice. Then begin searching and observing every nook and cranny. But observing means more than looking, because every little detail could matter later. Try thinking of your observations as photos. Every time you observe something, like the title of a book on a shelf, a loose board, or a bit of decor that looks a little different, "snap a picture" and store it in your mind. You never know what information you will need to escape.

4. Patience and Calm

If your mind becomes stressed, flustered, or grows impatient, other important skills you need begin to suffer. Calm, patient brains are better able to observe, work as a team, organize thoughts, and solve problems. And in an escape room, staying calm is essential. When working with a team, losing your patience or cool could strongly influence the team's morale. Instead of worrying about getting out of the room quickly, take a deep breath and remember that stress is counter- productive to your task at hand.

5. A Combination of Logical and Creative Thinking

The puzzles and tasks used in escape room challenges are designed to do just that: challenge you. When you enter that room, your mind should become like an engineer's; always thinking of solutions in a logical, methodical way. And just as think logically, you must also be able to look at the solutions creatively. Think outside of the box and always allow the members of your team to have an opinion. Every clue is a link in the chain that leads you to the solution, but it's your job to put those links together.

6. Time Management

You don't have all day to complete an escape room. And while you certainly should never panic, it is important to learn how to use your time wisely. Don't spend too much time on one puzzle. Much like that important test in high school, sometimes it is best to move on to the next problem. Another way to manage your time wisely is to distribute tasks or jobs amongst the members of your team or organize your time in a way that keeps you always moving ahead. To get through more tasks quickly, use your escape room team to divide and conquer the room/puzzles.

Common Tasks and Puzzles Used in Escape Rooms and How to Use Your Skills

  • Hidden objects: This is where your observation skills really come in handy. Like most mental challenges, escape rooms are bound to have objects and clues hidden somewhere in the room. These hidden objects are often integral parts of the puzzle. Check every nook and cranny; under, behind, and inside objects within the room.
  • Visual or word puzzles: These types of puzzles come in many forms, but you should expect at least a few in your challenge. These puzzles include matching objects together, spotting certain shapes in the room, putting puzzle pieces together, unscrambling words, and deciphering clues within a text. You'll need to use your observation, time- management, and logical reasoning skills to get through these tasks.
  • Locks: It seems pretty obvious that an escape room would have a key of some sort. Not only is this probably true, but the challenge may even require unlocking multiple locks. Sometimes there are physical keys that need to be found or letter and number combinations that need to be entered. Your memory, observation, and patience will be important in unlocking any lock the escape room throws at you.
  • Math problems: Letters and numbers are typically important pieces for a lot of different types of puzzles. But tasks that require your math skills are also probable candidates for the challenge. Escape rooms often use number problems to find solutions for things like map coordinates, dates in a calendar, or even chemicals on the periodic table.

Escape rooms are a true challenge to the many skills your mind can perform. From your ability to observe, manage time, solve problems, communicate, and keep your cool, your mind gets a real workout. By perfecting the 6 skills you've seen here today, you can become a master of these challenges and escape that room in no time.