What NOT to Do in an Escape Room

Let’s take a look at what you shouldn’t do in an Escape Room, shall we? Hopefully, after reading it you’ll be able to double your chances of winning and stop focusing on things that could hold you back. We love to give our players a fighting chance of winning the game, so read on to find out what you shouldn’t be doing when you’re in an Escape Room.

Don’t touch

If you see signs saying don’t touch, then it means don’t touch anything. We design our rooms and set everything up in a certain way, so you’ll have the best time while you’re in there, and get the most out of the game. There may be some props in the room with you that have stickers on them. They’ll tell you not to touch, and by that we mean really, please don’t touch. Leave the bits you shouldn’t mess with and stay focused on the game. They’re there for a reason, but if you start playing with them, and something breaks, it could not only ruin the game it could leave you with a bill for the damage.

And yes, we come to the bit where we say don’t break things simply so you can find the clues. It really isn’t necessary no matter how much of a rush and panic you may feel yourself to be in. Thrashing around and throwing things about won’t help. Stay calm and take your time, ‘more haste less speed?’ Yes, exactly. And again, you could be left with a bill to pay, let’s leave that sobering thought there for a moment.

Don’t be tempted to run off with a souvenir

Yes, we do have replacements, however they run out eventually, and it adds to the cost to replace them. No matter how tempting it might seem, don’t do it, just stroke them and look at them if you must – but no slipping them into your pocket. Don’t turn into a champion mountain climber while you’re in the Escape Room. What we mean is – don’t climb all over the furniture like you’re traversing the Himalayas because you’re desperate to find the clues. You could cause permanent damage and we’d have to replace whatever it is you’ve broken. And whatever you do, don’t turn up under the influence of alcohol because we’ll have to ask you to leave – pronto!

We make the rules, so please obey them, and we do this because they’re there to keep you safe. It also stops us from having to interrupt the game and tell you what it is you’re doing wrong – when you could be having a great time.

Escape Edinburgh – for the best hour of your life

We’ve told you what you shouldn’t be doing, and you’re now left with what you can do. We think you’d do nicely to just come on in, take part in the game and forget the world outside, no touching, jumping, drunkenness and running away with the bits and parts – and you really will have the time of your life.


The Ultimate Guide to Beating an Escape Room

If you’re looking to beat an Escape Room then we’ve got just the thing for you, because we’re going to be giving you the ultimate guide to beating the game. You might love this so much you want to get better at beating the clock, or you need to prove to yourself you can do it after several failed attempts.

Someone to lead you

Find someone who can manage the whole shebang. They’ll be there to shout encouragement and give direction to the rest of the team, and they won’t necessarily have to take part either. They’ll throw out various instructions and point people to where they think clues are.

Common clues and themes

You’ll need to look out for common denominators, something in common with each clue, once you identify the kind of codes which are being used in the room, it’ll help you find the rest of them in the room. A common code will be used throughout the room in each clue so look out for a theme and then it should help you find the rest of them.

Familiarity – the layout is always similar in most Escape Rooms

All Escape Rooms are designed a certain way so that once you get used to it, and you’ve visited a few times, you’ll be able to recognise certain elements and principles that apply to all of them. This should help you save time and by familiarising yourself with the layout of an Escape Room, you’ll have a far better chance of getting out.

Pick the best people you know

Pick a team of co-workers or friends that you have something in common with. It won’t work as well if you have people around you who you’re not likely to get on with, or who you have nothing in common with, or never see. A harmonious team is more than likely going to be a winning team.

Keep an eye on the number of participants

While we’re on the subject of winning teams, try to keep your numbers down, preferably to under the maximum amount so you’re not bumping into one another, but don’t use the minimum amount either or there’ll be two much work for too little people and it’ll take you much longer.

Don’t stay stuck on any particular clues

If you get stuck on a puzzle, please don’t stay on it forever. If you’re all gathered around it for too long one of two things will happen. You’ll either lose too much time you could have been using to find other valuable clues, or you’ll give yourself a splitting headache - and still lose.

Escape Edinburgh – for those who love a challenge

So, know you know you can beat the clock and we sincerely hope you do. We can’t wait to see you at Escape Edinburgh , so book your themed room online or over the phone.