The Ultimate Guide to Beating an Escape Room

If you’re looking to win your first Escape Room Games, then this blog should give you a few tips on how to beat the clock. We can’t say that by reading our post you’ll definitely win, but what it will do is give you a few clues before you get here. So, read on and go through the only guide you’ll ever need on beating those oh so popular Escape Rooms.

Keep clues and puzzles in one central place

Don’t lose them, because if you do you may never see them again and that could lose you the game. There are a lot of different factors to consider, including furniture, pictures, bookshelves, things on the floor, on the wall etc, so it makes sense to allocate one place to put all your clues where they can be worked on together later once you’ve found them.

Familiarise yourself with the room’s layout

You’ll find that most of our Escape Rooms, wherever they are, are designed much the same and will follow the same rules, shape and basic principles. Knowing this will save you time as you navigate your way around with your fellow teammates. Remember, clues won’t be hidden so you’ll never find them, the game is designed so that you will find them all and solve them within 60 minutes, so don’t over analyse it.

Play with people you are familiar with

If you play with people you know there will be less awkwardness and you won’t be faced with the prospect of being with someone you don’t like. Pick people that have similar interests to you and people you know won’t let you down. They could be people you work with on a regular basis, or perhaps close friends.

Keep your team small

You’re supposed to have between two and up to six players in a game. We suggest you choose under six. That way it won’t too crowded, there’ll be room for each person to move around the room and no one bumping into the furniture.

Escape Colchester – for the ultimate game you always want to come out on top with

Now that we’ve given away some of our secrets we know you’ll want to try your hand at it yourself. After all this is the most fun you can have with friends and as a group. It’s interactive, fun and really tests you. Book your room over the phone or online and we’ll see you down here, and if you don’t win first time, you can always come back and try again.


The Benefits of Brain Teasers and Puzzles

Today we’re talking about the benefits of brain teasers and puzzles and how they can help keep your mind sharp. Our Escape games aren’t just fun, they’re also for keeping your grey matter super fit, and your brain on form. Read on to find out why Escape Games Colchester is of benefit to your gorgeous brain!

Keeping Mind and Body Sharp

Brain teasers and puzzles are great for staying active. But this is not just for your body, it’s also great for your cognitive function too. Teasers help keep your mind sharp and provide a relief from the constant daily diet of TV and computer screens. Of course, exercise and a healthy diet are incredibly important too, but taxing your brain with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers can play it’s part too. It’s also a great way of spending some time away from home, with like-minded people, such as your friends and family.

All brain games are good for your mental health and help to keep your mind sharp. It doesn’t always necessarily have to be our Escape Games either, although they’re obviously designed to get your brain working, it could be anything where you have to think hard and work things out, something with a particular level of difficulty. These problems could be solved in a lot of different ways - either individually or as part of a team - it could be using numbers, language or analytical problem-solving.

Active Brain, Active Body - Better Health

By keeping your brain active you could help stave off the impact of depression and low mood, and it’s helpful to combine this with regular exercise too. Escape Games don’t offer up a cure for dementia, but by keeping your brain active, you’re possibly helping to keep it at bay for longer. Rather than by doing repetitive work and sitting doing nothing more than stare at the TV - which requires no interaction from you - you’re fast becoming stale and bored.

Feel the Benefits Of Staying Busy

There can be too much time to overthink and mull over things that haven’t gone well, when you’re sitting not doing much. By remaining active you’re helping to keep yourself occupied and your brain healthy. Change what you do on a regular basis so that your activities don’t become repetitive, swap tasks and you’ll be keeping your brain cells on their toes!

Escape Colchester For the Best Way of Keeping Your Brain Cells Active

So why not come on down to Escape Colchester and take part in a game that really tests your abilities. Find those well-hidden pesky clues, then work them out as a team, unlock them all using that sensational brain of yours and keep that serotonin flowing! Whether you work it all out in under an hour, or not, or fail just before the hour’s up – it’s the taking part that counts. Book your room online or by phone, we can’t wait to see you have the time of your life!

Why are Escape Rooms So Popular?

There are many reasons why escape rooms are so popular with the public and we’d like to share some of them with you today. Many different types come here to take part in our Escape Games because they have so much fun. We believe it’s an experience you’ll want to repeat once you’ve tried it, because we know that most of our players do.

Escape Rooms are popular for a wide variety of reasons because it hits a note with almost everyone – from all walks of life. Corporate teams use it to see what skills they can identify in their team and to identify strengths and weaknesses. It works, because we see a lot of them come here time and again. People also come here to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. We also see a lot of students who come to get away from their studies.

Differently themed rooms with ideas taken from popular culture

The themed rooms are extremely popular and play a big factor in why Escape Games are such a great hit. The themes are based on games, books and movies from popular culture, something that’s hit a note with the general public. The rooms are kitted out in the movie title or book and then the puzzles and clues are secreted within the furniture and props within each room.

Celebrate your event – no matter what it is

It’s a great way of celebrating events as we’ve already discussed, but also for date nights and passing exams or driving tests. So, it doesn’t have to be something traditional, it can be anything you like, whether it’s big or small. You can celebrate any kind of milestone, whatever it is that been hard fought for and you’ve made yourself proud. If it’s important to you then it’s definitely worth celebrating.

Escape Colchester – for games that help you celebrate the best things in life

We hope we’ve helped you understand why Escape Games, Colchester is so popular. We’d love to see you here, so why not book your room online or over the phone and be part of the best game in town!


Escape Room FAQs

Today we’ve got a bunch of our most interesting and most frequently asked questions for you. Then, we’ve put them all together in one post so you can refer to them whenever you feel the need. We like to take care of our Escape Room fans and make sure they have all the information they’ll ever need before they pay us a visit. 


Let’s start with the most pressing question of all:

What are Escape Room Games?

Close your eyes and imagine you’re locked in a room for an hour. The room you’re locked in is decorated and furnished in a particular theme. There is a sense of urgency, this sense of urgency is shared between a group of you, who are also locked in the same room as you. You’re all searching for clues, because this is where the secret to your eventual escape lies. You all find the clues, this is done by searching every corner of the room and by working together, as a team. You find the clues, you work them all out and then – hey presto, the door opens, you’ve found your way to freedom! But it’s not a dream it’s an actual game, that my friends is Escape Room Games. Oh, and by the way, you have an hour in which to do this.

Is there an age limit?

No there isn’t but obviously this is a demanding game so it may not be good for children younger than 10. If you do bring children under 16, if you think they’d enjoy it, then by all means brings them but make sure they’re accompanied by adults and that they do not come alone. 

Can I still come if I suffer with claustrophobia?

Of course! The rooms aren’t anywhere near as small as you’d imagine, this is because they have to accommodate groups of people from 2 to 6 so they’d have to be reasonably big to fit them all in and for them to have enough room to search the entire area. In any case, we will either leave the door to the room unlocked or even leave it open for the duration of your time in the room, if this helps. You can leave whenever you like. 

What’s the maximum amount of people allowed in the room?

So, you can get the most enjoyment out of your time here, we usually suggest at least 2 people (otherwise it would be bit lonely all on your own) or no more than 6. More than that will have you all scrabbling around bumping into each other and things, so try to leave it at 6. 

How much time should I plan to spend here?

You’ll need to think about the time it takes to get here, the hour you’re in the room and also the 30 minutes we usually use to talk to you and brief you on what to expect, plus health and safety and where all the exits are – the usual stuff. So, as well as the time it takes to get there, figure in at least an hour and a half. 

Escape Games Colchester – where your imagination can run riot.

So, there you have it, if you have any other questions you feel haven’t been covered here, why not give us a call? We’re very approachable and we don’t bite, and we’d be more than happy to answer any further questions you have in relation to our Escape Games here at Colchester. Book your room online or over the phone and we’ll see you here soon!

Who Visits Escape Colchester?

You’ll be surprised to know that we see a really wide cross-section of people here at Colchester. This is because the Escape Games phenomenon has been created with everyone in mind and appeals to all kinds of people. If you’ve ever asked yourself what type of people come here to Escape Colchester, then you’ve come to the right place, because in this week’s post we’re going to be talking about exactly that. 

Students.

We get a lot of students coming here because they need an escape from their studies, and Escape Games gives them the ideal get away. They can abandon their studies for an hour, leave behind the deadlines and just enjoy some free time with friends. We love having them here and they certainly seem to enjoy themselves.

Corporate teams.

Corporate teams come to Escape Games because they like to test, improve and discover their teams’ skills. By trying out the Escape Rooms, they are able to cherry pick which ones are able to perform well under pressure, and those that aren’t. Any weaknesses can be picked up back at base and appropriately dealt with through the relevant training. Other may have found an opportunity to shine and show their boss how good their problem-solving skills are. If they want to show how good they are at communicating and delegating, then this is the ideal environment in which to do it. 

Celebrations.

Lots of people come here in order to celebrate their most important events. It could be a birthday, a hen or stag do, passing their driving test or possibly they’ve got an anniversary to celebrate. Sometimes couples will use the Escape Room as a potential first date. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other and find out whether they’re suited, and it also provides the ideal environment to break the ice and make it easier to talk. This can often be an improvement on the usual awkwardness associated on a dinner date, where two people sit opposite each trying to find something to say to each other!

Escape Colchester is ready to welcome you.

Finally, we get a wide variety of people of all ages and statuses and from all walks of life who just fancy an hour to themselves with their friends to have a great time relaxing and having fun. It might be a lunch break, an hour to spare before a dinner party or an excuse to kill time before catching a train. Escape Games can be fitted in to any evening, afternoon or time in the day when you’re available – and of course if we have a room to spare. The best way to make sure you have your room is available is to book in advance, and you can do this either over the phone or online. Escape Colchester can’t wait to see you, so book your room today!

How to Be Successful in an Escape Room

If you’ve got your escape room booked and you’re ready to take part in the challenge, then you’ll be hoping for some tips on how to be successful. We like to help our people find their way around the room with a fighting chance, while at the same time not completely destroying the game’s enjoyment. After all, we all need a hint or two when we take part in a game, don’t we?

Team Balance

Having the right team behind you helps. Find people who each bring something different to the table. People with a keen eye for detail and who are observant and quick thinking. Problem solving skills are always useful, and analytical, logical thinking is an obvious advantage.

Finding Clues

You’ll be searching for clues and you’ll need to be able to look everywhere – so keep your eyes very much peeled. Up at book shelves, picture frames, inside the books even and under and up and over everything you see. Clues could be anywhere and depending on which room you’ve chosen there may not even be any book shelves, if that is the case, then whichever objects there are in your themed room of choice, look underneath it, on it above it and below it. 

Organise Your Clues

Clues should be kept in one central place once discovered, that way you know where they all are, and they don’t get lost. Move on if you get stuck on one clue because that will cost you precious time, you only have 60 minutes in which to work them all out and escape remember. 

Don’t Let Anyone Dominate

You don’t want to bring along people who have a tendency to dominate. This is a game of team players, and everyone should have an opportunity to speak, so keep the dominators at home. Even the quietest person may have what it takes to crack one part of the puzzle so don’t ignore anyone.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help 

If you find you’re all really stuck then don’t hesitate to wave at the camera because we’ll give you a clue if you need one, that’s if the one’s carefully secreted around the room are too hard to find. It’s better to ask for help sooner than later and give yourself a better chance of getting out within the hour. 

Escape Colchester – Premier Escape Rooms

So, are you coming on down to see us, got your escape room booked? Which theme did you choose? Got your game head on? We’ll see you down here at Escape Colchester, we can’t wait get you started, so book online or use the good old-fashioned phone.

Escape Colchester - Escape from Your Studies

Studying at university can be hard, it isn’t the relaxing experience it once was, now you have to work hard for your degree, so you can pay back those student loans. Yes, it’s hard, and very stressful. But we all need a break…right? We think you do and what’s more, due to the number of students we see on a regular basis, we know that coming to Escape Games Colchester is the perfect anecdote to all that stress.

Escape your studies and enjoy our live interactive escape games.

Escape games are a whole new experience in games where friends, work colleagues and yes, students can come and unwind and play the best live interactive game on the planet. Here, you’ll be locked in a themed room of your choice with up to 6 friends, and together you’ll have to find and solve some puzzles and clues in order to unlock the door and escape. Of course, the only problem is, you have 60 minutes to get out. 

Get to know new friends, enjoy yourself and forget about student life.

It’s a great time to unwind, get to know some new cohorts, and generally have some fun and forget about the studying, the essay deadlines and the lectures. If you’re feeling a little beleaguered and bewildered by student life, then this is the best way to get it out of your system, if only for an hour. 

Themed rooms.

As we’ve already mentioned, all the rooms are themed. The themes are usually centred around ideas taken from popular culture and it can be anything from Harry Potter to sci fi classics, and casinos to Egyptology. There’s bound to be something of interest, so you not only get the thrill of the game, you get to lose yourself in your imagination while you’re there. 

Escape Games Colchester – for the gamer in all of us and for getting away from the daily grind.

If you’ve had enough of studying for a while and you’re desperate for a break, then find your way down to Escape Games Colchester where you’ll receive a warm welcome. We’re here to help and we work hard to make sure you enjoy your time here, so book your room with us. You can do this in one of two ways, you can call us, or you can book online. We’ll see you there!

A Guide to the Escape Games and Escape Colchester

We’re going to be giving you a guide on our escape games here at Escape Colchester. We have four rooms which you’re locked in for an hour. In that time you have to find your way out by solving a range of puzzles and cryptic clues which are hidden carefully within the room itself. All the rooms are themed and they are Witchcraft and Wizardry, 221B Baker Street, The Cabin and Escape the Seven Seas.

Authentic, detailed and oh so much fun!

They have all been painstakingly created with their chosen themes in mind, and are made to look as detailed and as perfect as possible. That means you have a fantastic time while you are in there in a room that’s an authentic recreation of your favourite movie or character.

Teamwork

Once you’re in there you’ll all need to move around the room and search all areas to find the clues. When you’ve found each one, you make a neat pile and then work them out one by one, once you’ve found them all and they’re there in front of you. Teamwork is crucial, you’ll need to work together to find your way out. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know each other if you’re a brand new corporate team or if you’re a group of students who are about to embark on a degree course together. 

If you don’t get out first time - try, try again

There’s no pressure, not everyone gets out first time, but it’s always an excuse to come back again...and again because we love to see our past visitors come back to see us and we’re accustomed to seeing the same faces. We always give everyone who comes to see us a warm welcome, whether you’re a first timer or you’re on a second, third or fourth time visit. 

Escape Colchester - Premier Escape Rooms

We hope you enjoyed our guide on escape games here at Colchester, give us a call and book your room. We can’t to see you and we know you’ll all have a great time, whether it’s with friends or family or as part of a corporate team building exercise.