Escape Room Tips & Tricks

Increase your odds to escape with the following escape game tips and tricks!

First of all, the most important is to have fun! If you’re not in the mood for having fun and you just want to win no matter what then this might not be the right game for you… When you enter an escape room, just leave everything behind and enjoy the moment!

Here are 29 important escape tips (not necessarily specific to our own escape rooms) to increase your odds to nail the challenging riddles and hopefully escape as many rooms as you can!

  • #1 – You’re not alone

    As you’re about to enter the BrainXcape escape rooms to have fun, remember that you’re not alone! A great team works together and isn’t about size – it doesn’t matter if you have a large team or if your best friend is on your team or not. The most important thing is to work together. So, pick a leader and trust your team. But be careful: many times, more than one leader can also bring your team down!

  • #2 – Teamwork is about trust

    Teamwork is about trusting and not doing everything together all the time. Divide and conquer – each person from your team can work on a different piece so you’re all saving time. If you need help, just ask for it and if someone is having a hard time solving a puzzle, go and help! Also, don’t forget that patience and kind words are helpful when you’re stuck.

  • #3 – Choose a strong team

    How to pick the perfect team? Your team members must work well together and communicate without reserve so don’t pick that couple who’s having relationship issues! Another important aspects is for people to be able to think differently. Your team will have to solve different kinds of problems and puzzles so if you have someone great with math then try to find another person who is best with rhymes and language. To succeed, people should have different skills.

  • #4 – Divide and conquer

    A useful tip is to divide the room in sections and have each person be the owner of one. For example, if your team has 8 members, divide the room into 8 parts and each member will be responsible for his or her corner. Of course, everyone can ask for help but you’ll see that with this process it’s easier to comb through all the information in the room.

  • #5 – Keep the team active

    As time goes by, a few members of your team can become a little upset and lose energy. Don't let it happen. You will need all the energy and excitement to escape. Be cheerful and try to bring people up! Keep the confidence level high.

  • #6 – Rotate and double-check

    After you’ve divided the room for a while, let's now rotate that division! Sometimes you may get really used to a specific area that you can no longer see what is hidden in it or in front of you – you may miss things. You’re a team and you’re only going to win by sticking together! Remember to double-check everything. You may be more effective after a short break and a fresh new challenge.

  • #7 – Linear or nonlinear rooms

    This is something that you must realize right after entering the room. Some rooms are linear which means that you have to unlock one lock to go to the next and they are all related... If your room is linear, you may have all your team working on the same challenge as quickly as you can. But if you’re in a nonlinear room (when it’s entirely up to you what you do first), it means that the locks are all over the place and that you can work on several elements at once.

  • #8 – Follow the rules

    There are no escapes without rules. Rules in real-life escape games aren’t just for security and safety – they’re also there to make the game possible. So if you can’t climb the wall, that’s okay! But also, don’t be fooled – look behind every single picture on the walls, underneath carpets, etc. Unless you’re told not to do something, you probably can. Just don’t break anything!

  • #9 – Listen and ask for clues

    Listen carefully to all instructions from the gamemaster and try to know by heart the many codes you have to use to escape. In addition, don’t think that you can solve everything on your own – you only have 60 minutes so don’t hesitate to ask for hints as soon as you can (don’t wait for the last 5 minutes)! Maximize your time in the room and keep going!

  • #10 – Leave everything outside the room

    It’s not only your personal belongings that you should leave behind, but your previous beliefs, bias, and partiality as well. Leave the trivial out of the room. Leave bags, glasses, and everything that may stand in your way out of the game. Do your best to think from a fresh perspective!

  • #11 – Immerse yourself

    Some people go to escape room games but aren't really in the game and that can ruin the fun for the whole group! So if you signed up for the game, be in it entirely!

  • #12 – The simpler the better

    Many times, the simplest solution is the best you can find! Keep that in mind when you enter a room. Don’t over-complicate things – sometimes the solution is simple. Focus on one task and don't over-think it otherwise you’re going to be exhausted and short on time that it will be much harder to escape.

  • #13 – Solve puzzles, solve puzzles!

    Remember your childhood! You probably solved a lot of puzzles when you were younger and were taught how to think logically so use that knowledge! Besides that, children have a lot of imagination and they can also be helpful if you want to find creative solutions to escape (who knows, they might work!). Remember common puzzle mechanisms and keep it simple!

  • #14 – Verbalize everything

    Remember to verbalize everything you see out loud! Sometimes you cannot see what your partner is looking for, so if you verbalize everything for everybody you may be able to help solving a puzzle without even thinking about it! Solutions can come from everywhere, any time!

  • #15 – Look again

    You’re running out of time and you don’t know what to do anymore? This is the perfect moment to take another look everywhere again! Just pretend that you are beginning the game again,try to think under a different angle, take a deeper look at everything, and you should be able to find something new!

  • #16 – Look around the room

    Be sure to look around the room with wide-open eyes as soon as you’re inside. You can’t miss a single piece of it: look at the floor, the walls, the corners, the furniture, the colors… everything! Make sure that you can recognize every piece of it with your eyes closed! As fast as you memorize it all, you’re going to be able to think faster if you need anything from the room. It’s an important tip for the whole team!

  • #17 – Be aware of tricks

    Keep in mind that escape room games aren't supposed to be easy and were designed by specialists. So if it looks too easy it may be a trick (but you still owe it to yourself to try it)! Look for patterns but also look in the most odd places you can find in the room. Remember the first look when you memorize everything? What was awkward in the room? What was too perfect to be real?

  • #18 – Focus on the answers

    You’re probably already having so much fun at this point but remember that you have a specific number of codes to break so don’t waste time on unimportant things! Choose a place where you can put everything that you have already used because it is quite rare to use it again. Make two piles: one with everything that you did not use yet and one with things that already helped you.

  • #19 – Think like a writer

    If you’re stuck and your perfect team is having a hard time finding something new, take a 5-minute break to create a story! If you think that there is a narrative in the room and that everything is linked, you may be able to find new strategies and way(s) out of the room with your team! Gamemasters most likely had a little fun imagining you inside a well-written detective plot!

  • #20 – The force is with your mind

    Every single second in BrainXcape is precious, but remember the force is with your mind! Don’t go crazy if you think you are not progressing. You need to relax to be able to think clearly. Physical force is not welcomed in mystery rooms because as you know it’s a game and if you break something, the next group won’t be able to play for a while…

  • #21 – Keep every unused clue with you

    A good strategy is to never throw away a clue or something potentially useful that you found. If you believe that you found a key but don’t know how to use it, obviously keep it (add it to that pile of unused items from tip #19)! Sometimes you find something within the first 5 minutes that you’ll only get to use in the very end!

  • #22 – Leave marks

    It’s important to not waste time! So if you have already looked inside a drawer, make sure to let it opened so your team members will know that they don’t necessarily need to look in that drawer again!

  • #23 – Fight all your fears

    The best solution to conquer fear is to fight it! You’re inside a room and need to escape. Now imagine if your room is out of power for a minute. Do not lose your temper and do not get carried away. Remember that this is just a game and that the tension is something that you were looking for when you booked your experience. If you panic, just remember the rules of the game and ask to exit the game in an orderly way to let your other teammates finish the game.

  • #24 – There are a few useless things

    If you’re used to going to escape room games, you've already noticed that a few things (many?) are almost always useless. That’s just part of the game. It wouldn't be fun and would be too easy if everything had a specific use.

  • #25 – Never play drunk

    It’s fun to be drunk sometimes, but escape rooms are no game for drunk players. When you drink too much, you’re not able to think clearly and you’ll miss most of the clues.

  • #26 – Make the invisible, visible

    Sometimes you’re going to find out that something is hidden from the usual light. So the best strategy is to try to find a black light. As soon as you find it, just turn off the lights and begin the search by orienting the black light near all the surfaces (tables, walls, chairs, and floor) and you may find some sort of code or instruction written with black light marker!

  • #27 – Be comfortable, don’t overdress

    It can sound stupid, but this is something important: don’t overdress. You’re not going to be able to bring a camera inside the room so there is no possibility for selfies!

  • #28 – Take notes

    If the game allows you: take notes. It may be a good strategy because a few people are more effective when they are able to take notes. It can be a good way to easily refer to what has already been done or found: if you found a piece of code and you verbalized it to your team but also wrote it down, it can help everyone speed up your escape!

  • #29 – Move quickly and keep calm

    Last tip: move quickly! You just have 60 minutes so manage your time wisely and move fast! You don’t have any minute to lose. Be aware of time, but don’t forget to keep calm!