Escape Room Strategies

Some fans of Escape Rooms Sydney wide have given some advice on figuring it all out.

  • Explore and mess with everything. There may be hidden compartments, something hidden behind a draw, an unusual hole somewhere. Look for anything unusual.
    Don’t make the mistake of adjusting power points or other fixtures. These are part of the room, and not an unusual element. Look for things that are out of place.
  • Some clues are not hidden, but they stand out because they are unusual.
  • When you find something that might be a clue, put it out in the open with the other clues. Physically putting the clues together many help you mentally put them together. Look for a pattern.
  • Keep going. Sometimes there are dead ends, sometimes the idea that did not initially work will turn out to be right with a single modification.
  • Think Out loud. Ideas that are obvious to you may not be obvious to others. The reverse is also true. The combination of ideas is more likely to lead to a solution than any one individuals efforts.
  • If you find part of a solution the missing pieces may not be too hard to guess.
  • Most rooms are themed. Look for clues and go with ideas that suit the theme.

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The world is complex. Nobody understands every aspect of the life they live, let alone the lives of others and things beyond that. There is some frustration in this.

An escape room is different. All the pieces fit together. A small group of people can cooperate and find a solution. And for a little white that are satisfied with the achievement.

Common Mistakes

The approach we take to life, to solving problems and to understanding the world may be flawed and cause misconceptions. We may do the unconsciously, probably unintentionally. But the misconceptions are real even when produce through the best of intentions.

  • We surround ourselves with people and information that confirms the ideas that we already have. This will tend to tell us that we are right, even if we are half-right or completely wrong.

A related problem is where we notice things in the environment that are already part of our thinking. This isn’t so bad, till we realize that we are missing many details that might challenge or at least expand our way of thinking.

  • We can confuse cause and effect. Or the complex interplay that relates to this. Do athletes have fit bodies because of their training? Or did they become athletes because they had the right type of body? Perhaps they became athletes because of the potential already in their bodies. Some people will never be successful athletes even if they do all the training required.

Elite universities are only open to the highest performing students. But then they teach them cutting edge material with highly qualified staff. No wonder the results are good.

  • Lost investment – if we have invested a lot of time and money in a project or relationship we are reluctant to change, even if we are not getting much out of it. We may ignore a better opportunity because we will not abandon the investment in the previous opportunity.
  • Predicting odds. If we keep losing at a gamble we mistakenly think that we are eventually due for a win. But we are probably going to keep on losing. The past gamble has no effect on the present gamble.
  • Rationalizing a decision after it is too late to change. We have invested time and money and like to tell ourselves it was worthwhile. But sometimes it was simply a mistake.
  • We don’t like to make decisions that conflict with the image we have of ourselves, nor do we like to remember anything that conflicts with our image of ourselves.
  • Our memory is unreliable. Sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge the truth, sometime we mistake other peoples’ comments for our own false memory, sometimes we simply get it wrong.

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Escape rooms won’t directly solve any of the world’s problems, or even any personal problems. But if they change our biases and bad thinking habits we might do a bit better then next time we encounter a personal issue.

Think outside the usual pattern and see the world a little differently.

A Genius Approach

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Albert Einstein, who represents a popular idea of an absent minded professor genius, apparently said that if he had limited time to save the world he would spend most of the time defining the problems and only five minutes finding the answer. This is perhaps a good approach to solving any problem.

Before we try to run straight towards a solution we should invest some time and effort into understanding the issue.  If we misunderstand the issue we might solve the wrong problem, or just get stuck.

Learning to solve problems is a skill that can be taught and learnt. Intelligence helps, but we can always add to our skill in order to reach the potential that our intelligence affords us.

  • If no already presented as a question try reducing the problem to a question.
  • Rephrase the problem – increase productivity, increase efficiency, produce more with less time, produce more with less effort, produce the same with less overhead – which applies to the particular problem.
  • Try to make the situation engaging.
  • Challenge assumptions. Did you assume the gender of the person? That the person who reported the crime was innocent?
  • Gather information and facts.
  • Can the problem be looked at as a several smaller connected problems?
  • Consider intentions and motives behind the actions of others. They could be very different to your ideas.
  • Look at how everything links together, there are no facts in isolation, there are always some links.
  • Find multiple perspectives. How do things look to others?
  • Consider all sort of solutions, including half solutions. They might lead to better ideas.
  • Reverse the problem. What would cause problems? What would make it worse?

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This is a genius approach as opposed to the genius approach. The whole point of genius is that the approach is always unique and the answer is different to what came before. Yet at the same time it is always a good idea to get the best possible understanding of the problem before searching for the solution.

Escape rooms are designed to be solved. The pieces will fit together. The designers just want you to find one of several ways to fit it all together.

It helps to know that there is a solution.

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Improve Cognitive Functioning

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If we want to solve problems, or even just enjoy the situations we live in, it helps if we can think clearly and creatively.

There has always been some scientific research and general interest into improving our ability to think. There is nothing conclusive, but some habits, some training methods, and some dietary changes seem to be beneficial.

There is speculation over whether these various practices increase our intelligence or whether they simply let us make better use of the intelligence we have. But either way this would still be a benefit.


A few dietary supplements may benefit your thinking.

  • Caffeine is good in small doses. 1 or 2 cups of coffee at most. This can cause insomnia.
  • L-Theanine (found in green and black tea) help calm concentration. Apparently it is far more effective when combined with caffeine. 3 parts L-Theanine to one part caffeine.
  • Nicotine is famous for being in cigarettes, which we don’t recommend. But nicotine in chewing gum can be good for thinking, in small doses. Try 1 mg.
  • Ginseng. An adaptogen, which means it helps general health and help your body fight problems. The health benefits seem to keep the brain thinking clearly. This can cause insomnia if take late in the day.
  • Creatine, used by bodybuilders, helps some people with their cognitive functions.
  • Omega 3 in fish and nuts seems to be useful
  • Ginkgo Biloba – this improves circulation, which can benefit the brain.
  • Lingzhi mushroom (Reishi) seems to put us in a clear frame of mind.

A healthy diet, with no junk food and a lot of natural vegetables, makes all the difference to our ability to think clearly.

Being as physically fit and healthy as possible (don’t stain or injure yourself) will help your mental functions to some extent.

Additionally, the smell of some scents like peppermint will help people focus.

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Challenging our minds with original situations, questions and mysteries is one way to improve our thinking, and improve our mood. Try an escape room with a few friends or colleagues. Discover something of yourself and your potential in a new situation.

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A 1956 novel by Arthur C. Clarke called the City and the Stars contrasted two different societies. One society lived in isolation from the natural world, and though technologically advanced they remain stagnant. The other lived in harmony with the natural world, but never developed their technology past a certain point. While the book mostly focuses on other events and ideas one interesting point is that neither one of these societies could progress without some of the ideas from another society. An isolated system soon gets stuck in a rut.

Individuals can find they get struck in a rut with their life. This rut can be comfortable or frustrating, but either way it is a limit. We feel better if we break free from a rut, though this may initially feel uncomfortable. Of course the most obvious way to break free from a rut is to try something new.


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An escape room is one way to briefly exist in a different reality. It might be a realistic situation, or a completely supernatural one. But either way it forces us to think outside our usual habits. This give us a sense that the world is bigger than our life and our present experience.

An escape room puzzle, like the better computer adventure games, will show there is more to human thinking than analytical reasoning. Really challenging puzzles use creativity, lateral thinking, word and concept associations, general knowledge, and perhaps other ways of thinking. Perhaps more than anything escape rooms require team work.

Escape rooms are popular for social events, but also company team building exercises. Solving puzzles with friends and colleagues helps us see strengths and limits in other and ourselves. Combining strengths with teamwork is insightful and useful. We become less isolated as individuals, hopefully seeing that we are part of something bigger.


Consider an escape room adventure, to get a little bit of a different perspective on life.

Prehistory of Escape Rooms

Escape rooms are a reasonably recent phenomena, appearing in Japan in 2007 and a few years later in Europe and the USA. But there is a history leading up to these first physical escape rooms. The computer game versions of ‘escape-the-room’ date from the late 1980s, and TV shows such as now Get Out Of That also had a similar premises. It is also not hard to see precursors to the escape rooms in other media. The Saw films are a recent example; the James Bond classic Dr No from the late 1950s is another. But the development of this phenomena does not explain its appeal. Why are people drawn to puzzles, challenges and the race against the clock tension of an escape room?

There has been some editorial speculation on the popularity of escape rooms and similar games and literature. One popular notion is that modern professionals are worked hard and kept on a busy schedule. Lives are structured, and this is something that we literally want which we want to escape. But we cannot really leave our lives because that would be irresponsible. Instead, we escape symbolically.

Perhaps this should come as no surprise. The term ‘escapism’ has long been applied to many types of entertainment Escape rooms manage to express this more literally, while also being a creative and intellectual exercise. Being confined to a small room, even handcuffed, normally wouldn’t seem like something that should be appealing. But we must remember that it is the escape we are looking forward to and not the sense of entrapment. Perhaps we already feel a little confined in our own life, and escaping this in a game gives us a sense of release.

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Try the escape room that Sydney siders have found so appealing. Break out of a mindset or bad habit while pondering the puzzle before you. Exercise a different attitude or different thinking process. Best of all, experience something new with your friends or colleagues.