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Stuck? Here Are Some Escape Room Tips

Even though our job is to stump our guests, we want you to win! If we made it too easy, our escape rooms wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. But sometimes, patrons get stuck, and not everyone walks out victorious. Our rooms at Exit Strategy Games require you to use your logic, problem-solving, communication and critical thinking to come out on top.

Whether you’ve done an escape room before or you’re just boning up for your first excursion, here are some tips that will help you escape before the timer hits zero.

  1. Leave No Stone Unturned

Search. Everywhere. Even the most obvious item or a hidden hint could be the clue that helps you escape. So be sure to check around, especially if you’re stumped. Remember your prepositions — over, under, beside, within, behind, etc.

  1. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

There’s a reason we require two or more players in our rooms. It’s because you will only escape if you work together. Some of our clues will not work if you don’t communicate with your team. It may be cliché, but it’s true — two heads are better than one. Your cohorts may have ideas you haven’t thought of.

  1. Helpful Hints Don’t Hurt

We know you would love to solve our rooms without the slightest assistance, but there’s a reason we offer nuggets of advice. Our rooms can be tricky, so to make it out alive, ask, and you will receive — a hint, that is.

  1. Keep It Simple

Escape rooms are meant to get your problem solving and intuitive mind rumbling. But sometimes our guests will take a simple clue and blow it up until it consumes valuable minutes of their time. If something seems a little too complicated, it’s probably not us overcomplicating it.

  1. Let It Go

When you find a puzzle that needs solving, you may want to take personal ownership of it. If it’s taking a lot of time to solve it, though, call your friends over. A fresh set of eyes may be what you need — and remember, once you’ve solved that particular puzzle, you probably won’t need it again. Move along to the next thing.

  1. Don’t Just Guess

Even if you can guess a combination on one of our locks, it doesn’t mean you should. You may notice a lock early on that doesn’t need to be opened until the end. We’ve designed our game to follow a certain sequence. If you skip ahead, you may miss something of value.

  1. It Is, After All, A Game

We are in the business of competition. We love pushing our patrons to use creative thinking and deep thought to solve our puzzles — but the end of the day, it’s about the people you’re with. These experiences are supposed to be a chance to collaborate, work together and, hopefully, draw closer together.

So, whether you come with your girlfriend on a date, your best friends for a girl’s night out or it’s a birthday celebration, we want you all to leave with a smile on your face. Escape rooms are meant to be a thrilling adventure you share with people you care about.

If you’re interested in more helpful hints, visit us at Exit Strategy Games in Elk Grove. Our stellar staff may just have a few more nuggets of wisdom to share. We are, after all, the Sacramento area’s best escape room experience.



  • Jessica Simmons
    August 8, 2018

    Great tips. After all, escape rooms are meant to be fun, not stressful. It is best to play with a small team, say of 6 people. This doubles the fun and chances of finding solutions to puzzles quickly. Playing these games also offer many advantages, from better bonding to logical reasoning.

  • Greg Escaper
    December 29, 2019

    If you ever decide to go to an escape room, then it would be a good idea to have some idea about it beforehand. These tips are really useful and can help you with the escape room.


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