What You Should Know Before Entering A Puzzle Room

So, you’ve made the brave choice to gather a crew together and head over to a puzzle room. If you have never played escape games before, you are in for a real treat. You may have heard they’re a blast but it can be hard to visualize exactly what you will be doing. You don’t want to be the one slowing your team down, so it’s helpful to do some mental preparation. Here is what you should know before entering a puzzle room.

They Are Difficult

A big mistake people often make when entering an puzzle room is underestimating its difficulty. Escaping these rooms is no simple task – you won’t have much luck if you walk into the situation casually. But don’t worry, the difficulty is half the fun. You and your group will be laughing hysterically as you struggle to take on the challenge. A difficult puzzle room also has replay value, so you can keep coming back for more.

It’s About Who You Escape With

What makes escape games great is the people you play with. You not only want to choose people you enjoy spending time with, but you want to build a team with the right skills to get the job done. Mix up a group of people with different kinds of smarts, everything from artistic to mathematical. You also want to go with people who you work well with and everything will run smoothly.

Don’t Overdress

A big mistake you can make when going to an puzzle room is getting too dressed up or wearing your best clothes. You may find yourself crawling on the floor and getting sweaty during your great escape. Dress comfortably so you can focus on the task at hand, not your wardrobe.


Sometimes, you might go to an puzzle room with people you don’t know too well. If this is the case, make sure to meet up beforehand and get comfortable with one another. There will be a lot going on once you get into the room and you want to be comfortable giving or receiving orders when necessary. You don’t want to feel too shy to ask a teammate for help.

Hit The Ground Running

A common mistake people make in a puzzle room is freezing up at the very beginning. A slow start can bog down the entire process and cost you the game. Right when the game starts, get to work. Search around, open everything, move things around and look for anything that seems interesting or unusual. Hit the ground running!

Forget Your Pockets

Have you ever been scratching your head staring at a jigsaw puzzle until you realize a piece is missing? Something like this happens quite often in puzzle rooms. Someone will find a key, put it in their pocket while they solve a different puzzle and completely forget about the key in their pocket. This is a recipe for failure, try to forget about those pockets.

Don’t Be Shy

This is easier said than done when it comes to shy-types, but speaking up and being assertive is key while playing escape games. You don’t always need to be right, but it always helps to stay vocal.

Suspend Disbelief

One of the quickest ways to suck the fun out of an escape game is refusing to surrender to the experience. That person who is constantly pointing out how this isn’t scary enough or that looks fake can ruin the experience for everyone. Take off your critical goggles for a moment and allow yourself to fully enter into the experience.

Choose The Best Puzzle Room In NJ

In order to get the most out of a puzzle room, you need two ingredients – teamwork and a well-designed room. At 13th Hour, you provide the perfect team and together enjoy our high quality and entertaining escape rooms. We even offer a puzzle room and dinner combo courtesy of Hot Rods BBQ! Come join us for a thrilling experience and buy your tickets today!