You’ve heard the buzz about Rush Escape Room. They’re popping up all over the place, and for a good reason—these games are super fun and surprisingly challenging. But most people who have tried an escape room haven’t enjoyed much success.
That’s because we tend to think about them in the wrong way. Instead of approaching these games like puzzles to be solved or mysteries to be uncovered, we should treat them like sporting events: by using our brains and bodies as one! So if you want to beat your next escape room, follow these steps:
Exercise your brain.
As you can imagine, to successfully escape Rush Escape Room Melbourne, you’re going to have to solve a lot of puzzles. But just like in real life, there are some things that require more brainpower than others. If you want your escape room experience to be successful—and fun—you should try these exercises ahead of time and integrate them into your daily routine:
- Brain training games
- Brain training apps
- Brain training books (like The Brain That Changes Itself)
One exercise I recommend adding to your routine is called “the 5-minute rule,” which simply means taking five minutes every day at the same time to focus on one’s breathing pattern.
Embrace lateral thinking.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to solving puzzles is that you need to think outside of the box.
This is where lateral thinking comes in. Lateral thinking is a creative process of generating ideas, which involves looking at a problem from multiple angles and means of approaching it rather than tackling it head-on. It’s great for escaping rooms because it helps you find new solutions by thinking differently about something.
Instead of simply solving everything logically, you shift your perspective so that all possible answers are on the table and can be considered at once.
Draw up your escape strategies.
To complete an escape room, you will need to use all of the clues and objects in the room. This can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, though! We’ve got you covered.
First things first: draw up your escape strategies list! Write down everything that might help you escape the room, and make sure that when it comes time for action, these ideas are at the front of your mind. Next up is knowing what clues are available to you—so write those down too!
This is what’s called “throwing away” (or discarding) some of your options so they’re not cluttering up your headspace when it comes time for problem-solving. Finally, think about how best to use those clues with each other (and with items in the room) because they could very well make or break an otherwise impossible situation.
Treat the game like a puzzle to be solved.
The best way to beat an escape room is to treat it like a puzzle. You and your team will have to use logic and intuition in order to solve puzzles, find clues, and get out of rooms within the 60-minute time limit.
Think like a detective: The most important thing you can do as a detective asks questions—why is this happening? Where did these clues come from? How could we use them? What does this mean for us moving forward? The answers are usually hidden somewhere in plain sight; if there’s no apparent answer, then it might be time to start looking more closely at what’s right under your nose!
Think like an escape artist: Escape artists have been studying how people think since before there were even movies about escaping from things.
Think outside of the box.
While you’re in a room, there’s a lot to experience and take in. The walls are full of clues and problems to solve, but if you don’t look at the bigger picture, it’s easy to miss some key points. Take time to think about what the designers of this escape room wanted you to know, then think about how they might have communicated that information with their design choices.
Look for hidden clues as well—the designer wants you out of this room as fast as possible, so they probably hid some things behind other objects or disguised them in some way that makes sense within the context of the story (if there even is one). There may be patterns among all the elements that make up each room; paying attention can help point out what those patterns may be!
We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about escaping from Rush Escape Room! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t get out of these things. If you follow these tips and tricks, then there is no doubt in your minds that we will see each other again someday—on the other side of any door we want to open.