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Are Escape Rooms Hard? Picking the Right Difficulty Level for Your Team

29 May 2023

Picking the Right Difficulty Level for Your Team


Are you considering an escape room experience for your family or group of friends? Are you feeling intimidated by their difficulty, wondering if you might not be able to successfully complete one? You’re not alone. Escape rooms can seem daunting, but with the right level of challenge, they can be fun and engaging experiences that bring people closer together.

Fortunately, with difficulty levels that range from beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone. By knowing how well your team works together and what type of physical and mental challenges they might face during the game, you can choose a game that is appropriate and enjoyable for all players.

In this article, we’ll dish out some tips on understanding what difficulty level is right for your team and a few pointers to escape with success!

Understanding Difficulty Levels: Are Escape Rooms Hard?

Escaping from a room within a certain time limit might sound like a doozy, but it can be as difficult or as easy as you like. 60out’s escape rooms are segmented into a few difficulty levels, so let’s break them down:


If you’re new to the world of escape rooms, our easy rooms offer a comfortable way to get your feet wet. The puzzles and clues presented here have been designed for those with no prior experience with escape rooms. Since these rooms are designed for newcomers, it may take a bit longer to escape as players find their groove.


For those looking for more of a challenge than the easy level but who don’t want to be tested to the extreme, medium-difficulty rooms are for you. This category is designed to provide an enjoyable experience for those with some prior escape room experience but still be challenging enough to keep them engaged. Puzzles tend to be more complex and require more creativity to solve.


Ghost Ship

For seasoned pros looking to test their limits, expert rooms are the way to go! These rooms feature complicated puzzles and clues that can take multiple attempts to figure out. While the puzzles themselves may be difficult, they’ve been designed with experienced players in mind so there won’t be any cheap shots or impossible tasks.

Assessing Your Team’s Ability

To understand which level of difficulty is right for you and your team, it’s important to take an honest look at yourselves. To assess your team's abilities before signing up for a room, there are several factors that you should consider.

Experience is an important factor — do members of your team have prior experience with puzzle-solving and problem-solving? This could help them in navigating around a complex escape room environment. Familiarity with puzzles is also helpful — if someone has a knack for understanding complex logical problems, then their expertise may come in handy when faced with tricky obstacles.

As well as experience, working under pressure is another trait that will help you overcome challenging puzzles in an escape room setting. Being able to think quickly and calmly while dealing with simultaneous tasks will give you a leg up in the game. But, that's not to say that it's impossible for a team without any prior experience — as long as they are willing to think outside of the box and be creative in their approach, they can still have an enjoyable time in an escape room!

Read more: Top 5 Escape Room Tips for Beginner Escape Artists.

All in all, while escape rooms can be quite challenging at times, with the right combination of skills and players on your side, it should be a fun and rewarding endeavor.

Choosing the Right Difficulty

Deciding on the difficulty level of an escape room can be tricky. It largely depends on who is playing and what their experience is. If you’re a first-time player, you may want to start with something easy so that everyone in your group is comfortable with the rules and gameplay. However, if you're experienced players, more challenging puzzles may be appropriate.

No matter what level of difficulty you choose, it's important to ensure that everyone in your group has a good time. Some tips for selecting the correct difficulty:

  • Consider the ages and ability levels of all players involved.
  • Balance accessibility and complexity — make sure there are enough puzzles for everyone but not so many that it creates frustration.
  • Research the escape room and read reviews to get an idea of the difficulty level.
  • Talk with the game master if you have questions about the level of difficulty.

At the end of the day, your choice of difficulty should be tailored to ensure everyone has a great time. That way, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed or frustrated and make sure everyone’s having a good time. After all — isn’t that what escape rooms are all about?

Happy Escaping!

So, are escape rooms hard? They don’t have to be! However, no matter the difficulty level, successful escape room experiences take teamwork, communication, and attention to detail. These skills will help you maximize success as you navigate the challenges that come your way. And don’t forget — it should be fun! Even if it is a more difficult puzzle, the key to getting the most out of the experience is found in enjoying the journey with friends and family. So don't be intimidated by challenging puzzles — enjoy yourself and work together for an unforgettable experience.

Good luck! We hope you have a great time no matter what type of escape room adventure you choose. Don't forget: teamwork makes the dream work! With these tips, we wish you the best of luck on your next escape room outing. Have fun!

There’s an escape room for everyone, book your experience with 60out today!

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