As the timer counts down and the escape room game begins, players start to realize that teamwork is mandatory for success in escaping. After watching many escape room games, we believe that most players fall into the following roles:
1) The Room Escape Thinker
The thinker is generally the person that players turn to when they’re not sure how the different pieces connect. Everyone just assumes that the thinker will solve it all because he or she has “proven” themselves to be good at puzzle solving, logic, or just seems like someone who would lead everyone to escape. While it is definitely beneficial to ask the thinker to have a look at some puzzle parts, its also important to keep in mind that creativity is an important aspect in helping teams escape. A good thinker will be sure to check in with the seekers to see that he or she has all the pieces necessary to construct an answer for the puzzle or task at hand. A good thinker should also attempt to pull in other teammates or other thinkers on the team for fresh perspectives on the task at hand.
2) The Escape Room Seeker
The seeker is anyone who searches the room the players are trapped in. In an escape room, all the parts that you need to progress should be within the space. As a result, it is important to search the room thoroughly, assigning new players to double check what someone may have already looked at. Though it’s important to solve the puzzles in the game, the seeker plays an equally significant role as some puzzles can’t be solved or wouldn’t make sense if the right parts or pieces of information weren’t collected. A good seeker will be sure to mention everything they uncover as well as jot down any notes for things they may see but don’t make much sense yet.
3) The Room Escape Professional
The professional is someone who may have some specific knowledge or expertise on the task at hand. The professional is usually a detriment to the team as escape room designs should not require professional knowledge or outside trivial knowledge to answer. Usually, the best thing for the professional to do is to hand the task over to someone else and then see if the items or clues that the team has found so far contribute to the knowledge that the professional already knows. If so, he or she should guide teammates to acquire the knowledge as well because the professional is more than likely to over think the puzzle.
4) The Escape Room Manager
Though one may often think of a manager as just someone who tells everyone what to do, the manager plays an essential role in an escape room game. The manager helps the team coordinate. Coordination is the key to success. With various clues, items, and team members, it is extremely important for the team to split into the various roles and divide up the labor as the time counts down. However, if those game pieces aren’t recombined, the team as a whole will not be able to collect the appropriate information necessary to move on. The manager strives to collect information from various teammates and helps different teammates come back together so that the proper pieces fall into place.
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