Escape rooms are a novel experience for many Calgarians; that’s what makes them so much fun. But while it’s exciting to try something new, there are a few things that it’s good to know before trying to complete your first puzzle. Here are the most important dos and don’ts for making your escape room adventure a success.
Do Arrive Early and Go to the Washroom.
We know it seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many teams show up at the last minute for their booking. By arriving early, you’ll have time to put your personal items into a locker (no phones allowed in the room!), go to the washroom (10 minutes into a game is not a good time to realize you need to pee), and listen to all the rules and our advice. We want all over our players to have the very best experience, so we can’t let your booking eat into the group behind you. Just be punctual! And go to the washroom before your game starts.
Do Let Someone Else Lead.
If you’re the boss and you’ve chosen an escape room for a team building activity, this is a great time to step back and let someone else lead. Everyone already knows that you have keen leadership skills, but someone on your staff might just be a leader waiting to happen. By stepping back, you’ll have the opportunity to see how promoting a particular employee could really benefit your team. Who’s cheering the team on? Who’s directing others to solve the puzzle efficiently? Who’s the best listener? To give everyone a chance to show what they’ve got, you could arbitrarily choose a different team captain each week or month. Some of the quieter, more reserved employees may just surprise you.
Do Use Your Clues.
Clues aren’t there for just the teams with players who are less clever than your, they’re an important part of the game! You have a time limit, so until you’re an escape room veteran, using your clues will be a necessary part of completing your escape before the time runs out.
Don’t Worry About Strength.
Escape rooms are puzzles. They’re about minds not muscles. You’ll never be moving furniture, climbing on top of things, prying off electrical sockets, or anything physically dangerous. On the contrary, when you’re in an escape room, overhead lights, air ducts, light switches, and electrical sockets are best left alone. Basically, treat the property with respect. Anything that seems dangerous or like it’ll potentially damage the room is not going to amount in a clue.
Don’t Make Participation Optional.
You know what a team-building activity that’s missing half the team is? A clear sign that the missing employees are the ones that need to be showing up the most. The fact is, you can’t build a great team dynamic with people missing. So when you decide on your team-building activity, whether it’s an escape room or a company picnic, don’t make it optional.
Escape rooms are fun, engaging, and interactive. They’re a great way to spend an hour this weekend bonding with friends, family, or coworkers, but respecting the rules is a must. Arrive on time, go to the washroom, ask for help if you need it, don’t damage the rooms, and make sure the whole team participates. Follow these simple dos and don’ts, and we’re sure you’ll have an adventure to remember!