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December 2019

Relive the Team Building Excitement

Simple and Sweet Ways to Relive Escape Room Excitement at Work

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Imagine you and your team just had a nice team building even at your local escape room. You all enjoyed the thrills, loved exploring the awesomely designed puzzles and also a bit wiser about teamwork.

Yet as the days go by, everyone goes back to the routine and some of your colleagues feel like they could still use some of the mental exercise they experienced during the event. Is there a way to do that without doing the crazy route of having an escape room in your own office?

The good news is there are plenty of far simpler ideas that will do well enough!

1. Colour and Counting Puzzles

Think back on some of the puzzles you encountered in an escape room. Did any of them involve colour identification and counting?

If they did, try to imagine the objects they use in simpler forms (like coloured blocks). The result is essentially the same puzzle but on a smaller scale but still exercises the same set of skills!

A good place to start would be trying some activity books aimed at adults. There you can find just as many challenges that engage the mind in a way that lets you relive those you’ve experienced in an escape room.

2. Escape Room Simulation Games

Take note, the history of escape rooms share a lot of common elements (and some say even ancestry) with the video game genre of hidden object mystery adventures. You have rooms and each room has interactive elements that provide clues.

Video games aren’t the only way this thrilling search can be simulated though. There are also tabletop games like Unlock! and Exit Games, which markets itself as an escape room simulator that you can enjoy with friends during breaks!

Likewise, there is no stopping you from coming up with your own miniaturised version of an escape room simulation yourself. All it takes is the concept of having several rooms, the ways players can interact to get clues towards escape and your own imagination.

3. Organise Regular Mini Teamwork Activities

Naturally, you may already be aware of the many small-yet-fun team building activities that can be done in less than half an hour. However, instead of just trying a few them every now and then, why not just organise it as part of the routine?

A lot of these activities certainly place a strong emphasis on helping employees work together as opposed to solo challenges. For example, consider a simple blindfold game where one partner verbally guides the other on a relatively simple journey from Point A to Point B.

An activity doesn’t have to be particularly mind-boggling if your goal is regularly exercise everyone’s ability to work in sync and improve trust between teammates.

Remember, while the fullness of an escape room is definitely something to experience, there are ways to recreate the awesome challenges that exercise the mental skills and teamwork capabilities of your workmates. In fact, breaking down and identifying the key components to create a simplified version of it can be a great exercise in of itself!

You can purchase these table top games from Elude Escape Rooms pop in and pick one up. Complete list available on our website even great for Christmas Gift Ideas.

Puzzles, Challenging and Fun

Visual Design Tricks

By | Public Blog

Everyone knows at least one puzzle that was actually harder than it looked. However, that sort of trick is used to characterise a wide range of problem-solving challenges that appear simple at first glance but are actually very hard to solve. The Rubik’s cube is one of the most well-known examples. Surprisingly though, this trope sees heavy use in other mediums from escape rooms to video games.

Have you ever wondered about how first-timers get easily fooled?

The answer is that a lot of it has to do with certain design elements of the puzzle. Many of these deceptively easy-looking challenges have a lot of these in common.

1. Minimalist on the outside, complex clockwork on the inside.

When you hear the term ‘minimalist design,’ it generally refers to an art style that focuses on simplicity. This can be a puzzle sphere that is of a single colour, or a room that doesn’t seem to have anything but a single book on an innocuous, white table.

In reality though, the minimalist design often serves as the perfect disguise for a complex setup of puzzle pieces that you actually manipulate to solve. For example, that single sphere may in fact be a transforming key. The simple room may actually have hidden switches or pressure plates virtually unseen to the naked eye.

It is actually one of the oldest tricks in the book as far puzzles go but it is certainly no less effective in confounding challengers.

2. Bright colours and not-so-serious themes.

This one is something of an opposite to #1. Instead of coming across as simple, the puzzle’s aesthetic is painted in silly, cartoonish colours that makes it hard to take seriously.

But just like a minimalist puzzle, this type of clownish or gimmicky design is just as clever a disguise. The classic video game Tetris is one very good example. For despite the game’s status as an icon and its retro-arcade looks, it remains one of the most challenging digital puzzles to date.

Likewise, there are escape rooms that can classify themselves as very family-friendly and feature characters or stories suitable for all ages. That doesn’t necessarily mean the puzzles won’t demand surprisingly difficult solutions (like designating a very challenging puzzle for adults while the kids can be assigned to do the simpler tasks).

3. Illusion of the almost complete solution.

Another trick is to present the problem in a way that it almost appears solved. For example, you can have a lock with a key already set to open it, or an arrangement of books that look like they just need that big red one lying at the foot of the shelf. When you attempt the seemingly obvious solution however, either nothing happens or the room’s real challenge is revealed.

Sharper minds might think there’s some trick but even those minds can be fooled with you put some form of pressure on them (like a time limit).

It certainly makes for a very nice twist if you find it placed right near the end of the challenge where the excitement is high, success seems so close but the clock is still ticking. On the other hand, it can also be placed at the very start and give puzzle challengers a nice appetizer on what other unexpected tricks await them ahead.

Overall, if there is one thing that these visual tricks can teach you is that it never fails to think twice and take another look at the problem. (Incidentally, this makes for not just good puzzle solving technique but can go a long way to helping you in life as well!)

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