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10 tips to dominate any Escape room- Prepare your brain for the Escape room using
-Check out Dr. Nicholson's website here for more juicy stuff-
-8 roles for players-
-This is the escape room I filmed in. They were awesome to work with. If you live in Silicon Valley this is the perfect spot (not all Escape Rooms are created equal)-
-This is the harder room that looked like a castle-
0:07- New Shoes- Blue Wednesday -
1:23- Spark- Maxwell Young-
2:08- The Ocean- Andrew Applepie-
6:33- Cereal Killa- Blue Wednesday -
8:30- Breakfast- Andrew Applepie-
10:57- Q- Blue Wednesday -
11:49- Too Happy to be cool by Notebreak-
Summary: I visited Dr. Scott Nicholson in Brantford, ON Canada since he is the world expert in Escape Room design. After meeting with him for a day here are the 10 tips I came away with to beat any escape room:
1. Think simple
2. Searching
3. Organize your stuff
4. Focus on what is stopping you
5. Team roles
6. Lock types
7. Code types
8. Written clues
9. Look for patterns
10. Your guide is your friend
They are soft-

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I bet there's cash, i did we crushed the record. This is an escape room. It's basically where you and some friends are placed in a room, and you have to solve a series of puzzles and locks to get out in exactly one hour, and today, i'm gon na give you 10 proven tips to dominate any type of escape room, and i Say proven because me and six of my buddies utilize these tips and even though about half of us had never even done an escape room before we shattered the long-standing record for this room by finishing in 38 minutes with no clues. Next, we tried an even harder room to prove that it wasn't just luck and there again we finished in 46 minutes and so the evidence seemed compelling.

But for further proof i had my niece and nephew and a bunch of their friends first try a room without me telling them the tips they only made it about halfway through at the end of the full hour. Then we walked through the ten tips together and then they went back to a new room with an equal level of difficulty, and this time they finished in 55 minutes with no clues now, you're, probably thinking what qualifies me to be giving tips about escape rooms when I've only ever done three myself and the answer is absolutely nothing they're, actually, not my tips. I track down the architect and designer of the red bull escape room. World championships he's a college professor.

His name is scott nicholson. The problem is, i live here in california and he's way over here in branford ontario in canada, and while that's typically a 12-hour trip through the magic of youtube, i knew i could make it there in just a six. Second travel montage. Okay, so i am here now in canada at the begin lab at laurier university with scott nicholson, scott, what the heck do you do? What is this place? Well, this place is where i make games.

Our focus here is actually making games to change the world. So a lot of the games we make here have some sort of learning outcome. Our goal is to help get people to learn stuff in a playful way. So professor nicholson and i hung out together for a day, as he generously spelled out the information in his very large brain.

He even put me through a few challenges and puzzles of my own, and so here are the 10 tips. I came away with after hanging out with him. The first tip is to think simple think generally keep reminding yourself that the average person should be able to complete this room in one hour in a well-designed room. You won't need any extra knowledge.

Besides, what you can just find in the room people tend to over analyze and just go down a rabbit hole. So, for example, in one room we found the travelogue of a robber and he went from washington down to mexico city up to toronto. Now, first, we were trying to look at the interstates, you would travel on, and maybe that was a code and then we're like. Maybe we should unscramble the names of the countries and then we realized his path forms a v which happened to be the first letter in a combination lock, we were trying to open if you can't find a simple answer to a puzzle.

Chances are it's because all the necessary information hasn't been revealed to you yet so, move on and then come back to it later. The second tip deals with searching. The first thing you should do in ear to room is for everyone to split up and to start looking for clues and items. Professor nicholson actually put me through my own searching bootcamp to point out the typical places that things are hidden there.

You go always look under tables, always look under rugs. They write codes on the back of rugs. Other spots might be in hollowed out books or in pockets of clothing or behind a door in the room. A super common first time mistake is to look in places.

You shouldn't, for example, you won't find a clue by disassembling a ceiling light or a power outlet. Another common searching mistake is to see clues and things that aren't. For example, the bottom of this chair has letters and numbers from the factory, but they're, obviously not part of the room design because they don't fit with the theme going back to tip one. The clues and key items should be fairly obvious in a well-designed room and the more escape rooms you do, the more you'll get a sense for what is and isn't a real clue tip.

Three organize your stuff. As you search the room, put all the clues and items in one location, so if you found three similar cups like this with numbers on the bottom group them together, as you do this, the bigger picture begins to emerge and it's easier to tell what you're missing. Don't let people just walk around with an item randomly in their hand that others don't know about? You can ask before you start, but almost all rooms have a policy where you use one clue or one lock, only one time so once you've used a clue or item put it in a discard, pile and be sure to leave any key in the lock that It opened this helps avoid unnecessary wasting of time. When a team member is working on a puzzle, they don't realize, has already been solved and used for tip 4.

Now that your team is starting to make sense of the room, laser focus on what is stopping you from moving forward, you are going to feel overwhelmed at the beginning, even with our record-breaking times about halfway through. I thought there is no way we're gon na even come close to finishing, but then you solve one thing and then everything else starts falling into place to help with this work backwards. From the thing that is stopping you identify the inputs, it needs, for example, in this room. You see there is a lock here and it looks like the key is right here, but you need some kind of hanger to fish it out now.

There's a cabinet on the wall that probably contains that hanger and it has a lock that needs three letters and two numbers. So now you can focus on clues that will yield three numbers and two letters. You won't be as vulnerable to red herrings. So red herring is something that's put into the room that has no bearing upon the game.

It can be something simple: oh, this has got to be really important. Clearly or some rooms even have red herring puzzles that lead to nothing as a player. It's incredibly frustrating, and so we've done some studies. So most players hate red herrings because they're a waste of our time about half designers, hate red herrings and will not put them in their rooms and about half are like yeah they're.

Okay, to have in the room by working backwards on the immediate inputs that are needed, you'll avoid wasting time on red herring clues tip 5 is about team roles. According to dr nicholson, poor communication is the number one reason why teams fail. Here's a list of eight different roles that team members can be assigned which i will link below, but the one that seemed the most critical in our experience was project manager, because it helps alleviate this issue of poor communication. The project manager shouldn't get overly involved in puzzles.

Instead, the project manager is the person people report to and say, hey, there's a four-digit combination lock over there and the project manager will call that out. Okay, everyone we're looking for four digits. Someone comes up and says: hey, there's, there's a five letter word lock there: okay, we're looking for five letters, there's a poster over there. That looks funny okay.

So everyone take a look at that poster. If you're searching for something you might find it in that poster, so the project manager should keep an idea of what are the active tasks. What needs to be done, yeah, who's, working on what and keep the game flow going, but try to keep themselves out of getting buried in puzzles, so they can keep a scan of what's happening. So the first five tips focused on general team strategies, but the last half will be about puzzle solving strategies.

You should be familiar with most common locks and their inputs because, again, if you're working back from what's stopping you - and you know - a lock requires three letters, then everyone could just focus on finding three letters. The standard key lock is the most obvious. Then a combination lock where you're just looking for four numbers in a specific order, or here where it's a combination lock of letters and numbers but five total. Then your classic dial lock, where you need three numbers total and you start by spinning.

Clockwise then open it. Like this, then you've got this directional lock, which is a little trickier, because it could have anywhere from two to thirty inputs squeeze down here three times to wipe it clean. If you need to try again. Finally, you have one of these lock boxes that are again tricky because they've got anywhere from two to ten inputs, but it's good to know.

They can only use each number once and the order doesn't matter so 1605 works, but so does 5061.. A critical tip with locks is, if you're pretty sure you have the right code, but it's not opening. Have someone else. Try before you move on just given the pressure of the game, we have this tip, save us on three separate occasions and finally, you can skip trying to figure out the last digit if you know all the rest of them just by trial and error, because there Will only be 10 options according to professor nicholson's research, about half of all escape rooms will have some kind of code that you need to decipher.

There's a few basic codes, i've seen again and again, and just knowing what they look like is useful. Now, you're not going to be expected to memorize the encoding scheme, but it tells you ah we're looking for an encoding scheme. So in the upper left any time you see dots and dashes. You should be thinking morse code, usually it's written, but sometimes it can be lights that are flashing, long and short or even long and short sounds.

The upper right is called pikmin cipher and it's often disguised as hieroglyphics. The key will look something like this so see. If you could decode the message, then anytime, you see dots in a group of six like this, you know you're, looking at a braille key. Each letter in braille is some combination of six dots and finally, dr nicholson said in his experience.

The only time you might not get a decoder key is if there are a set of numbers ranging from 1 to 26. In that case, you match them up with a corresponding letter in the alphabet, so this becomes h-e-l-l-o tip. Eight is about written clues. Dr nicholson created this challenge for me of the four most common styles of hiding clues in written text, pause the video and see if you can find the four separate hidden messages here.

The first is the most obvious with the bold letters look at the watch face. The second are all the words missing a letter so remove the telephone. Keypad find the secret next and this one stumped us for a little while and one of the rooms we did is to just look at the capitalized words. The secret code is 6734 and finally, if you look at the first word of each new line on the left side, the secret phrase is good night sweet prince the key in each of these is looking for something that stands out from the normal pattern.

You would expect to see which leads us to our second to last tip look for patterns. Dr nicholson gave me one last challenge here now, the lock that you have might indicate you need to enter things in the order of red, green blue. This one is pretty straightforward, but what do you think the code is here in fact pause the video, if you want to decipher all three codes on the board here. The top is four three six based on the number of sides, this one at the bottom.

You just need to count the different colored circles and then enter them in that order. So three six four one and finally, in the middle you see this digital numerical notation used a lot in escape rooms. So here the code is five. Four: seven apologies to my colorblind peeps out there, because you probably couldn't solve that last one, which is exactly the type of reason why you should cycle people through trying to solve the tough puzzles.

A fresh perspective is all it takes in many cases. This helped us multiple times and for the final tip your guide. Is your friend listen closely when they're giving their instructions at the beginning a lot of times, they will give subtle hints about issues that trip a lot of people up. You can also ask them high level questions like if they have a one lock one use policy, and even if you don't want hints, you can ask them to prompt you if you're way behind where most people would be at a certain point.

At the end of the day, you're there to have fun, so it's better to take a hint and feel the excitement of escaping the room than being stuck on a frustrating clue for 40 minutes. And finally, fewer people is almost always better. Statistically, you'll have a higher success rate because you don't have to deal with the issues of poor communication amongst 10 people, but there's also a finite number of fun things to do in a room, so the fewer people. You have the more fun stuff that everyone gets to do to quote from dr nicholson's twitter.

My policy for the number of people in an escape room is the same as the number of people in a tent. No matter what the package says. You'll have a better time at half capacity, so there you go now. You know all the best strategies to dominate your next escape room thanks for watching you,.

15 thoughts on “Beat any escape room- 10 proven tricks and tips”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SeaskiCyclone says:

    I went to an escape room and freaked out at the "made in china" as a joke XD, turns out the book with that on it had what we needed to leave the fricking room🤦‍♂️

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jane says:

    Most of these didn’t really help since I went to a escape room yesterday where you aren’t allowed to see anything and you have to feel around for puzzles

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Ray says:

    I once did an escape room about the Lost Dutchman mine, and me and my group finished it with 18 minutes to spare.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 4Tifier says:

    Thanks to these tips, me and my friends were able to do far better than the majority of beginners in their first escape rooms…

    By finishing 1 minute over the time limit!

    We’re definitely going to pass the next escape room! Thanks for your advice dude!

    EDIT: Also, it was just three of us, and the owner was very impressed!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wendell Xinos says:

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  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BaconJerry says:

    Wait if you in haunted house and finding the activities, what’s the point of escaping if your trying to find the truth????????

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Beth Kieler says:

    Would be sorta cool if the makers of the Saw movies used the concept of escape rooms, and then kidnapped the world's experts to see who would win. (Meant as a theme for the movie.)

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Karisa Moore says:

    Daughter is headed to an escape room tonight. So of course she did her homework by watching your video.

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  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Artamis Bot says:

    I really liked this one… Wouldn't it be cool if he or MattPat did something similar with solving ARGs…

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mich 1404 says:

    I did just pause the video to write down the braille so I could learn it. Hopefully I'll be fluent soon

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TeenTraveler 17 says:

    I'm planning on going on a escape room spree w my fam.
    Treasure hunts aren't cutting it enough for me.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lukas White says:

    I did an escape room and you had to have the tiles match certain spots and then stand on them but we had so many people we did it with luck

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