Want the inside scoop on how to solve an escape room and strategies for doing so?
If you’re getting ready to book your first escape room, chances are that you’re not really sure what to expect. Keep reading to discover effective escape room strategies, tips, and tricks!
Secret messages are extremely popular in escape rooms because of their versatility.
Whenever you find a piece of text in a room, you’ll want to analyze it for any extra clues.
Blacklight ink is invisible until someone shines a UV light on it, which makes it perfect for secret messages.
With a combination lock, you’ll have to find multiple items to piece together the answer.
Not all of the clues will be laid out on a table. You’ll probably find the next solution for your escape room in an unexpected place.
On top of knowing the common puzzles that escape rooms use, you should learn some tips that can help you with any escape room. Here are some of the most important things to do when you’re trying to solve an escape room, regardless of the puzzles you’re facing.
At 60OUT we want you to be successful in solving your first escape room, and these strategies will help you solve the room!
In addition, we want your family or team to have a great time.
There are three easy escape rooms that you can start off with and many more for your future escape room experiences. With seven locations spread out through the Los Angeles area, it’s easy to find an escape room near you.
Are you wondering what level of difficulty to choose for your escape room (and if easy is the best option)?
There are a number of factors to consider. This guide will help you determine if the escape room easy difficulty level is for you.
Every escape room uses a number of different factors to determine how easy or hard the room is. Here are some things you should expect an easy escape room to offer.
The most important part of an escape room is the puzzles! Therefore, they are a key factor for determining whether a room is easy, hard, or somewhere in between.
These rooms won’t be so easy that you can walk in and immediately solve everything — that would take all of the fun out of it!
However, it’s likely that you won’t have to go through as many steps to solve each puzzle.
Puzzles in the easy escape room are designed to be:
1. More obvious
Hidden objects are an extremely important part of any escape room. You may be required to find a button, or realize that a book on the desk actually holds a key.
In harder escape rooms, these hidden objects are much more discreet. They’ll blend in with the background, be hidden among numerous other objects, or be placed in awkward positions.
In an easy escape room, however, uncovering a hidden object is far more simple. That doesn’t mean it will be clearly obvious, but it won’t take as much hunting to figure it out.
2. Less intense teamwork
Teamwork is an essential part of escape rooms, and that’s usually why people book escape room experiences in the first place. It’s a great way to make your whole family work together!
Harder escape rooms will require much more involved teamwork.
On the other hand, easier puzzles and team events will be much easier to carry out and will be more suited toward younger members of the family.
Riddles are often used to give escape rooms a bit of a difficulty boost. These puzzles may be a short maze that needs to be navigated or a full labyrinth that hides an essential clue.
Of course, with easier escape rooms, those riddles will be more simple to figure out. For example, you might find a brain teaser that everyone can suggest answers to.
4. Simple sound clues
Sound is an extremely important part of escape rooms. Not only can spooky sounds add to the atmosphere surrounding your room, but there may be a message hidden.
Perhaps there’s a hint in Morse code or a song with peculiar lyrics that give the answer to your puzzle.
Sound clues are more likely to be obviously distinguishable from other sounds in easy rooms. In harder rooms, however, there are often extra sounds added to make it more difficult to hear the clues.
All escape rooms have a time requirement, which may vary from room to room and company to company. Generally, times range from 60 to 75-minute limits.
Some easy escape rooms give a longer time limit, as less-experienced puzzle solvers may need more time to solve.
If you’ve already done an escape room before, congratulations! You’re an experienced player that can help guide the rest of your group through the room.
You’re probably more attuned to the types of puzzles available in escape rooms, so you’re more likely to figure out what’s out of place and how to put the pieces together.
That doesn’t mean you’ll feel completely bored in an easy escape room, however.
Escape rooms are built on teamwork, and that means you’ll be helping the other members of your family, not just crashing through the puzzles all by yourself. Who knows, you may even run into a puzzle that stumps you!
One of the benefits of easy escape rooms is that they’re geared uniquely toward people with less experience. That usually corresponds with a lower minimum age.
In general, it’s a great idea to book an easy escape room if you have younger family members or you’ve never played an escape room before.
It’s a good way to ease yourself into the world of escape rooms, especially if you’re concerned about running into issues halfway through your experience.
Easy escape rooms allow you to work through appropriately-challenging puzzles without leaving younger members of your family in the dark.
60OUT has three easy escape rooms that cater to a variety of ages and player numbers.
1. The Zen Room, which has a fantasy theme, accommodates up to six players and has a minimum age of 10.
2. Outbreak is a more action-packed room and can hold up to four players, with a minimum age of 14.
3. Lastly, you can delve into an intense action mystery with Mafia, which accepts up to six players, with a minimum age of 12.
One of the perks of 60OUT is the understanding and accommodating staff. At 60OUT, if you’re having a hard time with your room, or something unexpected happens, the game masters are watching at all times, and they’ll be able to help.
If you’re playing with younger members of your family, it’s more likely that you’ll need a little bit of help, and 60OUT has everything that you need to ensure that you have a great time.
When you’re ready to choose your easy escape room, make sure you’ve looked at all of the options 60OUT offers before booking.
Book online today and take the first step toward a great family bonding experience.
Escape rooms are quickly becoming a favorite of families, couples, and work groups across the country. They provide a fun, immersive way to bond with the people you’re around the most.
How do escape rooms work overall? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of what to expect in an escape room.
Escape rooms give you clues, which you use in order to solve puzzles. These clues may be physical, auditory, or visual, but only give you part of the solution. You have to put the clues together in order to progress and (eventually) solve the room.
An escape room is solved based on your interactions with the environment around you. You may have to:
In any case, you’ll be hunting around your escape room for things you can interact with.
Your progress and completed tasks can be tracked digitally or physically.
More high-tech rooms rely on a computer and are able to incorporate plenty of digital solutions to puzzles. This can include electromagnetic keys and specific lighting cues.
While still technology-based, there are also less-technical activities like pushing buttons or flipping switches.
Physical puzzles are often mixed in with digital puzzles, even in a very high-tech room. Plus, you may need to find a physical key to open a door or press a specific part of the wall in order to open a hidden panel.
Some rooms involve moving large items. For example, if you’re trying to access a puzzle hidden behind a piece of furniture, you might have to move larger items around to navigate the area.
Every escape room operates differently. There are varying degrees of difficulty. In addition, some rooms are more geared toward digital solutions while some may include more physical solutions.
The best way to learn how your escape room will operate is to read the description of the room carefully and ask questions if you need more information.
Digital and physical puzzles can be any level of difficulty. You don’t have to assume that a high-tech room is more difficult than a room that is less focused on technology!
Take a look at the difficulty level and the theme of the room. If you’re bringing younger kids, veer toward a lighter, easier room. If your kids are older, they might enjoy a more difficult room, packed with suspense.
60OUT offers plenty of escape rooms to help you find the perfect option for your family. Whether you need a room tailored to your family’s ages, accessibility requirements, skills, or other necessities, 60OUT has an option for you.
When it comes time to set up your family’s escape room outing, take a look at the available rooms to see which one you’ll have the most fun playing!
Which is better: a private escape room or public escape room?
When you go to book your escape room, you will find a number of options for different rooms in your area. One of the choices you’ll have to make is public versus private bookings.
Which is better? How does each one work?
Read this article to find out!
When you book a private escape room, only the people you bring will be allowed inside the room. That means you won’t have any strangers with you when you’re playing.
Booking privately means you’ll only play with the people you bring.
Although it can be fun to play with other people, it can also be difficult. After all, you don’t know them, and you’re not really there to bond with them.
Booking privately ensures that the people you’re there to have fun with are the only people you're surrounded by. Plus, it can make it easier to solve the escape room, since you’re working with people you already know.
With private escape room reservations, there will always be a minimum number of people required for a reservation. Public escape rooms may be able to accommodate just one person and pair them up with other groups, but private rooms require a minimum number in order to cover operating costs.
This also helps provide appropriately challenging puzzles — many puzzles require more than one person to operate.
With a public escape room, groups can be mixed and matched in order to reach the required minimum number of players.
When you play in a public room, you can usually book as few people as you want. After all, you’ll be added to another group! Some private escape room bookings require 3 or 4 people as a minimum. This makes it hard to book one-on-one events like date nights. With a public booking, you're able to participate in an escape room no matter how small your group is.
Of course, while being paired with other people in an escape room can be positive, it can also be negative. Especially if there are multiple groups in one room, or there are multiple newcomers to the escape room experience. It can be easy to retreat into your comfort zone.
If you're uncomfortable playing with strangers, or one team isn’t good at that, you’ll have a harder time playing.
60OUT offers private escape rooms for as few as two people, but allows up to six! You can make a booking for your next date night or family outing surrounded by people you know (instead of strangers). Book a room and try out our private escape room today!
Do you want to have a Friday family night at the escape room, but don't know the dress code?
While escape room dress code is generally pretty casual, there are some key pieces of apparel you’ll want to wear-- and some you’ll want to avoid-- before entering into the new world of escape rooms.
As a general rule of thumb, you’re going to want to dress in comfortable clothing for your escape room adventure.
Many escape rooms require you to reach, climb, and squeeze through mild obstacles to find your clues for escape. Because the majority of your time in an escape room will be spent standing and walking, comfort is key. Here are a few items to pull from your closet before heading out:
1. Comfortable, close-toed shoes. Aim for a shoe with a sturdy sole so that you stay comfortable as you move through each room. Shoes leaning toward the sneaker variety are usually best.
2. Non-restricting pants or shorts. Choose a pair of pants or shorts that jive well with activity. You don’t want something too tight or constricting, but you won’t want to wear anything too large or baggy, either. Athletic shorts or a comfy pair of jeans are a great option.
3. A breathable t-shirt or sweater. Your escape room will have air conditioning, but you’ll want to wear something breathable and loose as you will be moving around for an hour. A loose-fitting t-shirt, light sweater or long-sleeve tee that breathes well are good options.
Wearing uncomfortable or constricting clothes (that don't allow for easy movement) will keep you from fully enjoying yourself, and should be avoided. Here are a few tips on what NOT to wear:
1. Short dresses or overly tight clothing. These clothes will prevent you from ducking into corners, climbing up steps, and crawling through tunnels. They can ultimately keep you from the whole point of your adventure -- escaping!
2. Heeled and open-toed shoes. Leave the sandals and high heels at home (or in the car). While you won’t be running, you will be consistently walking. Wearing shoes that allow you to maneuver through each room without getting toes stepped on is key.
3. Jewelry and Accessories. Simple rings and accessories that will stay firmly on are acceptable, but anything that jangles and risks falling off should be avoided. For members of your family that have longer hair, we suggest putting it up in a ponytail so it doesn’t get caught on anything.
Here are 3 tips on picking the right escape room outfit:
1. If you’re an athlete or an active person whose closet is mostly filled with running shorts, thin windbreakers, and compression pants, then you have clothing that allows you to zip through the escape room to victory.
2. If most of the clothes you own are a bit more professional, look for clothing you might wear if you were cleaning your house -- nothing too athletic but something you’re going to be comfortable moving around in. In that case, grabbing a breathable t-shirt and some khaki shorts or a stretchy pair of pants and a thin long sleeve will do just fine.
3. If you really want to bring the family together (and forever traumatize the pre-teen in your life), have your family dress in costume! Escape rooms allow costumes if you want to take your dedication to the next level. Just make sure they align with the dress code guidelines.
Knowing what to wear before taking your family to an escape room is important because it will help shape the entire experience for everybody. When your crew is equipped with the right clothes that follow the dress code for an escape room, then everybody is comfortable and can focus on the adventure of escaping!
With seven different locations and 23 completely different escape rooms to try out, there’s an escape adventure waiting for every member of your family.
Escape rooms are fun, exhilarating, and a great way to bond with friends and family members.
But at the same time, if you’re not sure how to set up your escape room reservation, you may find yourself confused before you even start tackling the puzzles!
Instead of flying blind, here are some pointers that you can use to reserve escape room experiences.
Before you even get your family together and start working out availability, there are a few important things you should know. Understanding the scheduling guidelines beforehand can help you have the best experience in scheduling (even if your plans have to change a little along the way).
You can reserve your escape room multiple months in advance.
When you book escape rooms far into the future, it gives you more options. You’ll also have more time to work out issues if something does come up. On the other hand, some escape rooms may have same-day bookings available! Check on the room you’re interested in.
If something changes and you have to cancel, give us a call as soon as possible. 60OUT has a 24-hour cancellation policy; if you cancel more than 24 hours before your scheduled time, you’ll get a full refund.
Reservations canceled less than 24 hours prior will be charged a $60 fee. If you decide to add more people to your group, or you want to change the reservation time, just give us a call. We’ll see what we can do to make sure that you get everyone in on the action, at a time that works for you.
Rooms have different age limits, physical activity requirements, and themes. You should consider how these requirements apply to your group!
Generally, teenagers and children are welcome as long as there’s a chaperone. Just check the room you’re interested in to make sure it will be suitable for your children. Most rooms don’t require climbing or physical activity, but if there are activity requirements, it will be noted on the room page.
We book our rooms directly — no need to go through third-party sources. You can book online or by phone.
Online bookings are simple, secure, and easy. If you’re looking for something that’s not listed on the site, like special arrangements or reservations for a large group, you can book by phone or email.
In general, it’s a good idea to book your escape room well in advance. That gives you more options for time slots, plus time to change your booking if you run into unexpected problems.
In addition, if you book your room more than seven days in advance, you’ll save $10 on your overall booking.
By booking your room a day or two in advance, or trying for a same-day booking, adds a feeling of spontaneity to your experience. If some extended family members came into town on short notice, or you have a date tonight and no idea what to do, we may have openings. It's worthwhile to check!.
However, the building excitement of a reservation on the horizon can be even more fun than spontaneously deciding to go! It’s also easier to get reservations to the most popular escape rooms at high-traffic times.
If you can, it’s better to reserve your booking in advance, so that there is an established date and time for you and your loved ones.
Once you’ve determined how many people are coming, what room you want to play, and when you want to play it, it’s time to make your reservation.
It’s easy to reserve escape room appointments with 60OUT! On the Schedule tab, put in the number of players coming with you and select a date. You can also narrow the options by location, time period, and genre if you’re not quite settled on a room.
Once you choose your escape room, click your preferred booking time. Fill in your contact and payment information so you can finalize your booking.
Congrats! You’re ready to go.
If you have more questions that aren’t answered on the website, you need special arrangements, or you’d just rather have a representative talk you through the process, 60OUT can accommodate your needs. Just give us a call at (310) 478-4444, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help you book the perfect room.
Regardless of what room you end up choosing, you’re sure to have a great time working through your escape room. The room is only part of the fun, though — we’re here to make sure that, most importantly, you have a great time with the people around you.
Whether you want to build a stronger family relationship, connect in a way that you’ve never connected before, or just get out of the monotony of life, 60OUT escape rooms are the perfect way to do it.
Are you looking for a way to pull the family together and away from devices? Escape rooms could be the answer. They're an immersive adventure for the whole family.
Yet not all escape rooms are age appropriate for all kids. Before choosing an escape room adventure, it is important to know the age appropriateness of the setting and plot.
Of course, age is only one consideration. The maturity and cleverness of your child are also important, which is something only you know best.
The minimum age for any escape room is 10 years old, although some have a minimum age of 12 years old. There are several reasons for this recommendation.
Different escape rooms also have different plots and themes. It is important to choose an escape room that is age appropriate for your child. You don’t want to put them in a situation that will seem too spooky or give them nightmares later on.
Most escape rooms are labeled for a minimum age for participation, but this is only a guideline. For example, not every 12-year-old will be well suited for a harder adventure.
Three tips to choosing the right escape room:
Some escape rooms may be rated for children 12 and older but are very difficult.
When choosing an escape room, you want to be sure that it isn’t too hard for your child, otherwise, they might get frustrated and give up. You are the best judge of how good your child will be able to work with you to solve the puzzles and escape the room.
It is a good idea to choose an escape room that is aligned with their interests. The more interesting the story is, the more likely it is that your child will truly have fun.
Who will be participating in the adventure? The more adults or older teens in the group, the harder the adventure can be as the adults take the lead.
If there will be more children than adults, or several children with just one chaperone, an easier adventure that the kids can immerse themselves in would be better.
60OUT has a number of escape rooms that are appropriate for children aged 10 or 12 and up. We make it easy to choose an escape room for your family. Each escape room is rated in difficulty and age, with summaries available of the plot of the adventure.
Recommendations by age: