I picked up a new hobby recently: solving escape rooms. Say what you will about them, but I find them fun, and some puzzles are quite challenging. Here are a few tips on enjoying a room:
- Choose high-tech and high production rooms. They're a lot more enjoyable and they have a cohesive path to the finish. Rooms that are a bit more analog or just have a ton of locks around you can be overwhelming, yet boring. High rated rooms (4.9+ on Google Maps) are a good filter.
- Have a small group and choose only private rooms. The right people make the difference. Having separate groups or groups of strangers can divide the knowledge of the room and leave you confused.
- Speaking about knowledge, communicate as often as you can. The more heads that know what's going on, the more brainpower and eyes you have on a puzzle to solve.
- Puzzle pieces are also puzzles. Not all puzzle pieces are ready to use, or you might be solving a few puzzles at a time. One thing to keep in mind is that most pieces and objects are one-time use.
Here are a couple of places my group found were excellent quality rooms: