You and your mates have booked an escape room, but it’s your first escape room experience and you’re not quite sure about the best way to escape. Or, as we suspect, you don’t know how best to use your escape room goers to your advantage.

So, at Escape Live, we have kindly created you a list of the 6 types of escape room players we commonly experience in our venues. You will probably find your own traits within one of these 6 types of players, so make sure you read on to find out how you can use your skills to your team’s advantage when you enter one of our rooms.

 

1.The Leader 

This one should be pretty clear to you when you evaluate your escape room team. Who is the loud member of your team? The one who usually keeps the peace and keeps everyone on track? That’s probably your leader.

The leader is usually the person that guides the group and makes sure you move forward in your game. However, the loudest person isn’t always the person who knows best. It may be wise to take what the leader says with a grain of salt!

 

Characteristics of the Leader:

  • Recognises the strengths of their team and delegates tasks
  • Loves to encourage others
  • Isn’t afraid to speak up when they think something is wrong
  • Big picture thinkers with a skill in multitasking

 

2. The Human Timer

Though it can be slightly panic-inducing to have a timekeeper, this is often overlooked as players get too immersed in the game and distracted by the various puzzles and clues dotted around. You’ll likely have a team member who will act as your human timer, i.e. they will be the one warning you when time is running out.

 

Characteristics of the Human Timer:

  • Has very good time management skills and likely was the reason you made it to the venue 15 minutes early
  • Good at diverting your team’s attention back to the task at hand: ESCAPING!

 

3. The Brains

There will definitely be someone on your escape room team with the best at puzzles and logical thinking tasks. They’ll be the best at figuring out the clues and putting together the pieces to get you out of the room.

The Brian in your escape room team may be quiet, but rest assured, the cogs in their brain are working to solve all of the puzzles.

 

Characteristics of the Brains:

  • This is the friend that always figures out the ending of those 9-part BBC TV dramas by episode 2
  • Is good at crosswords, sudoku (logical thinking games)
  • Can think outside the box to put clues together that you wouldn’t think to

 

4. The Clue Magnet

Even if they can’t figure out why the clues are there, or why they’re important, you can bet the Clue Magnet will find them anyway. They’ll look in places your other teammates wouldn’t think to, and ultimately find the majority of the clues you’ll need to figure out how to escape the room.

The Clue Magnet is a pretty curious individual. Being patient and persistent, their escape room superpower is finding new solutions and not letting the team become discouraged!

 

Characteristics of the Clue Magnet:

  • Always has a positive attitude
  • Would be great at longer games like Monopoly
  • Good at looking at things in new perspectives

 

5. The Mouth

Your team will inevitably have a ‘Mouth’ on it – A.K.A. the person that keeps the conversation going. As soon as a new discovery is made, or a new clue uncovered, the Mouth will be the first to fill everyone in on it.

They’re good at communicating between the team and keeping everyone on the same page in the escape room. Your Mouth will make sure your team doesn’t spend too long on one clue and get confused about which clue you are on.

 

Characteristics of the Mouth:

  • Is good at charades
  • Generally a chatty and extroverted person
  • Great at keeping the attention of everyone in a team

 

6. The Spectator

The team member that isn’t massively enthused by the escape room experience. Enjoys being around their buddies but hasn’t got a huge interest – perhaps finds the escape room décor the most interesting aspect of the experience.

However, it is often misunderstood that the Spectator has no use. You’d be mistaken. By taking a blaisé approach to the escape room, the Spectator is likely to pick up on things you may miss. The Spectator may not always be engaged and active in your game, but their value will be revealed at the right time!

 

Characteristics of the Spectator:

  • Could be a bit of a ‘yes-man’
  • Enjoys a good time but may be introverted
  • Comes out with funny one-liners 

 

Want to find out what kind of escape room personality you are? Book a game at Escape Live now!

The 6 Types Of Escape Room Players

THIS UPDATE APPLIES TO ALL VENUES

Safety & Sanitation Measures
It is important we share with you the practices and procedures we have put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. At Escape Live we want to ensure you and our team are kept safe while you visit us and enjoy your experience.
To ensure this, we have put together the following measures, which are in line with Government guidance and aimed at minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Face Coverings
Face coverings are no longer mandatory in our venues, however if you would still like to wear one that is perfectly fine.

Cleanliness and Hygiene
To help keep you and us safe, we have in place an enhanced cleaning programme which means all experiences are cleaned after EVERY booking. All customers and staff will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands upon arrival.

Symptoms of Covid-19
If you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend your experience at our venue. Please contact us on 0121 572 3131 or email info@escapelive.co.uk as soon as possible. Covid-19 symptoms include; a high temperature, coughing and loss of your sense of smell or taste.

Compliance
We expect all members of your group to adhere to the above practices and procedures. Any member of your group failing to comply with the above may be asked to leave or may be refused entry with no refund due.

Safety & Sanitation Measures

Do you need some escape room tips? Are you about to embark on your first ever escape room experience? The thought of playing your first escape room could feel quite daunting; what should you expect? Don’t fret, we’re here to help. Our Games Masters have put together 5 top tips to get out of any escape room, prepare to feel prepared!

 

At Escape Live we have escape rooms ranging in levels of difficulty. If you’re unsure which room to play, make sure you ask for a recommendation from one of our Games Masters (they know better than anyone!). Browse here for our escape rooms in Birmingham, Liverpool, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Coventry.

 

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Now, here are your top 5 clues to get out of an escape room:

 

1. “Don’t overcomplicate clues.” – Ellen, GM in Liverpool

 

This is one of our best escape room tips. Sometimes, the clue in your escape room really is as simple as it seems. If it seems like it makes sense, chances are you’re right. The customers that tend to overcomplicate more simple clues sometimes end up holding their team back, but don’t worry if this happens to you. Our GMs will always help nudge you along if it looks like it’s needed.

 

2. “Keep your clues organised.” – Mitchel, GM in Coventry

 

If it looks like a clue, keep it somewhere you won’t forget about it. Or put all of your clues together in one spot, so you’re organised. There will usually be somewhere within the room that you can accumulate all of your clues, like on top of a barrel, or a small desk. Keeping your clues there will give you a point for all the team to return to, once you’ve found all the clues and want to start solving the puzzles behind them.

 

3. “Listen carefully to any clues you’re given – if you didn’t ask for the help but you’re being given it, it’s because you need to hear it.” – Alis, GM in Birmingham

 

Sometimes, our GMs will see you struggling on one clue for a while, or looking in the wrong direction, or coming to the wrong conclusions about the puzzles in your room. Not to be too ‘Big Brother’-esque, but we are watching and want to help you! We don’t want to see you waste your 60 minute experience stuck on a clue, so we will give you an unrequested clue (*don’t worry, there are no time penalties for getting a clue!*).

 

These clues may not appear to be clues, but every time our GMs speak to your team in the room, listen carefully! Nothing we say to your team is out of the blue.

 

4. “In larger groups, split up!” – Mitchel, GM in Coventry

 

Another great escape room tip from Mitchel – split up! Thoroughly search the whole room for potential clues and items of interest. Check every corner, every nook, every cranny. Look inside drawers, paintings on the walls, items tucked inside objects… At Escape Live we have clues hidden all over our rooms, so make sure you keep an eye out during your experience.

 

Once you think you’ve scoped out the whole escape room, collate your findings in one place. Your teammates have likely found clues that help to make more sense of your own clues.

 

5. “Look for numbers in EVERYTHING, don’t take anything for granted… it’s there for a reason!” – Alis, GM in Birmingham

 

Numbers are really important to helping you figure out the puzzles in your escape room. Alis, one of our GMs in Birmingham, gives some great escape room advice with “don’t take anything for granted”. Remember, everything in your room is placed strategically. Even red herrings can be important clues, Mitchel says. 

The biggest piece of advice we can give to those of you going into your escape room is just relax and have fun! Enjoy the experience. If you want to know more about what you’re getting yourself into, have a read of our TripAdvisor here.

 

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Top 5 Tips To Get Out Of An Escape Room [From Actual Games Masters!]

 

  • Virtual Reality (VR) is a stimulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world.
  • VR is used for entertainment, education and business.
  • Virtual Reality is most commonly recognised by its use of the head-mounted display (HMD).
  • In technical terms, Virtual Reality is used to describe a 3-D, computer generated environment which can be interacted with and explored by its user. The user becomes part of the virtual world in an immersion and has the ability to manipulate objects and perform actions within this world.

 

What is Virtual Reality?

 

Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a stimulated environment which a user can interact with and perform a series of actions within. Unlike any other user interfaces, VR places the users inside an experience. Instead of playing an experience looking at a 2-D screen in front of them, the user is launched into a 3-D world. Virtual Reality arenas have the ability to stimulate as many sense as possible for the user – vision, hearing, touch, even smell – to transform the player in a full immersion of this artificial world.

 

How is Virtual Reality achieved?

 

There are a range of systems used to implement the computer technology used for Virtual Reality. Headsets, omni-direction treadmills and sometimes special gloves. All the tech used for VR helps to stimulate our senses together to create the illusion of reality.

Although it sounds pretty simple, this is an incredibly difficult experience to create! Your brain is smarter than you think, so trying to trick it with VR is harder than you’d think. If anything is off by even a smidge, your brain can usually tell, and thus the immersion is ruined.

If Virtual Reality is done right, the user will feel like they are really present in that environment. This is known as a sense of presence; when VR manages to get hardware, software and sensory synchronicity just right.

 

Why have Virtual Reality?

 

Virtual Reality is most often used for immersive films and video games. The entertainment industry is huge, so consumers are constantly looking for something new and exciting to try.

Virtual Reality can also be used to more serious applications too, within industries such as medicine, architecture and the arts. It can lead to incredible new discoveries that help and improve our day to day lives.

If an act is too dangerous, too expensive, or too impractical to do in reality, Virtual Reality is often seen as the answer. VR is often used by trainee fighter pilots and trainee surgeons as it can be used to gain real world experience without taking real-life risks. It’s expected that VR will become more mainstream, lowering its cost and bringing more value to industries like education and productivity.

 

Features of Virtual Reality

 

So many Virtual Reality systems exist, but they all share the same characteristics; most importantly the ability to allow the user to experience 3-D images that appear life-sized.

The aim for these 3-D images is to create a seamless experience for the user. So as a person moves around their virtual environment, the environment responds to their change in their field of vision. For example then, a change in perception of objects means the virtual environment is not only realistic but also enjoyable.

The second main feature of a Virtual Reality system is that it provides appropriate responses in real-time to the user exploring their environment. This means there is no delay between the person’s actions and the system response. Seamlessness is the objective; if the user becomes too aware that they are in an artificial environment, the immersion and illusion is broken.

Natural, free-flowing interactions give users the best, most memorable experience.

 

Where can I play Virtual Reality?

 

Escape Live are proud to host two incredible, state-of-the-art Virtual Reality arenas in our Birmingham and Liverpool venues!

With a huge range of different games to play, you’re sure to find something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some customer favourites:

 

 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Take part in the maelstrom of evets and put yourself in Alice’s shoes! Plunge into a world of real magic. You need to uncover the secrets of the Queen of Hearts, who has case a spell on Wonderland’s time. Help the Hatter, who is stuck in time, to sort out the mess at the mad tea-party. Find a way to sneak past the card guards into the castle filled with tricky traps to defeat the Queen of Hearts, lift the spell from the main clock tower and save Wonderland.

PLAY TODAY in Birmingham or Liverpool!

 

CHERNOBYL

If only we could change the past, or witness the events that changed the world… Is it possible to change fate? Travel back in time to see if you can change the situation from which, it seemed, there was no way out. What happened on the night of the incident? What happened afterwards? Find the answers to questions that have remained unanswered until now. The ghost town of Chernobyl can tell you its story… A story that cost lives. A disaster that still affects us today…

PLAY TODAY in Birmingham or Liverpool!

 

SANTCUM

The world of H.P Lovecraft is full of dark places and mystical creatures that you should stay away from. You received a letter from your close friend Anna, a detective conducting an investigation of mysterious disappearances in the nearby forests. Now you have no other choice but to do everything to save her. In order to find out what happened to your friend and get away from paranormal phenomena you will have to face horrifying secrets this dark sanctuary hides and solve ancient puzzles.

PLAY TODAY in Birmingham or Liverpool!

 

JUNGLE QUEST

During a walk in the park, you found a portal that leads to the mysterious world. An amazing sanctuary populated by animals appears in front of you. But how do you get back?
To find the way home, you have to solve a series of puzzles and explore the mysterious world of flying islands.

PLAY TODAY in Birmingham or Liverpool!

 

 

Virtual Reality is incredible fun for you and your family or friends, but that’s not all. Want something fun to do for your social event? We can help make your birthday, hen do, stag do (anything!) a day to remember… enquire here!

Virtual Reality is also perfect for corporate bookings, too! Enquire with us today to give your team an experience they won’t forget on your next work do.

 

 

What is Virtual Reality?

 

A Live Video Escape Room is a 60-minute experience played using Zoom. You and your team will take control of a Games Master in one of our award winning rooms.

 

First, decide what escape room you’d like to experience – choose out of 6 of our award-winning escape rooms.

 

Once you have booked your experience with us, you will receive a link at least 4 hours before your game is due to start. Make sure you share this with everyone who will be joining you!

 

As you will be playing on platforms like Zoom, you can play with friends, family or colleagues from anywhere in the world. You decide who gets the link and nobody else will be joining you.

 

Upon entering the call you will be greeted by your Games Master. Your Games Master will be streaming LIVE from our ACTUAL escape room. They will be your eyes, ears and hands during the game.

 

For example, if your team want to look at something closer in the room, simply ask your Games Master to do so. If you’d like to try a code in a padlock, your Games Master is there to do it for you. Your Games Master will be with you throughout your entire game, showing you and your team around the room whilst providing clues and help when you need it!

 

The best part about our LIVE Video Escape Rooms is that they to only make for great date nights or games nights with friends or family, they are also the perfect activity for corporate team building. You can play from virtually anywhere in the world, meaning we can host teams of up to 1,000!

 

Please be advised that advanced booking is essential for these games.

 

GET 10% OFF ALL LIVE VIDEO ESCAPE ROOMS BOOKED IN JANUARY – use code JAN10 to receive 10% off your Live Video Escape Room this month. Offer ends 9th January 2022.

 

Choose from our wide range of incredible 5-star Escape Rooms:

 

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Amy is stuck in Room 13… will you rescue her in time?

This room is not one for the faint-hearted. Amy has been locked in Room 13 by a psychotic Doctor. She relies on you and your team’s wit and skill to get her out alive. You are her only hope! You must piece together clues, solve puzzles and find objects to get the four-digit number you need to release her.

Fancy a slice of the action? Book your Live Video Room 13 Escape here.


 

Are you a Peaky Blinders fan? Play the only official Peaky Blinders escape experiences online from anywhere in the world.

Tommy, Arthur, Polly and John are attending business matters in London leaving the bookies vulnerable. Major Campbell has caught wind of this and is planning to raid the bookies. As new members of the Peaky Blinders, Tommy has instructed you to find anything which incriminates the Shelby family and destroy it before Campbell’s men arrive.

Do you have what it takes to help Tommy Shelby? Click here to book your Live Video Peaky Blinders The Raid experience here.

 

 

$500,000 is up for grabs. Are you in on the heist?

World-renowned casino thief Danny has drafted you and your team to complete a heist of the Grand Casino in Las Vegas. Taking advantage of a 60 minute CCTV outage, you need to break into the casino vault and take as much money as you can!

There’s 60 minutes on the clock, have you got what it takes? Book your Live Video Casino Heist experience here.

 

Can you figure out the Master Escape Plan?

You’re trapped in the prison cell previously occupied by the notorious Terrence Swift at HMP Standfast. Terrence had planned his escape but the night before his attempt he was moved to another facility. His master plan for escape is ready for you to execute, you just need to work out what he planned and break out in 60 minutes?

Will your team get out in time? Click here to book your Live Video Prison Break escape.

 

 

Shakespeare’s newest play is set to open at The Globe theatre tonight…

The crowds have gathered and King James himself is in the royal box. Word has it the play has been promised to the King for his birthday. One minor issue though… the script is missing! To keep it under wraps, Shakespeare only kept one copy of the script, and an hour before the performance, it’s gone. It’s up to you and your team to find the script before the King finds out and calls for Shakespeare’s head.

Will you save the famous playwright? Book your Live Video Shakespeare experience here.

 

 

Dr Wilson is a master detective. He’s solved many crimes in his distinguished career. But this case could be deadly for him…

One of the suspects he’s investigating is threatening his life. Wilson is now relying on you and your team to unveil the identity of the right suspect. He’s left clues around his office and it’s up to you to find them, solve the mystery and escape.

Got what it takes? Book your Live Video Dr Wilson’s escape experience here.

 

What is a Live Video Escape Room?

THIS UPDATE APPLIES TO ALL VENUES

Covid-19 measures
It is important we share with you the practices and procedures we have put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. At Escape Live we want to ensure you and our team are kept safe while you visit us and enjoy your experience.
To ensure this, we have put together the following measures, which are in line with Government guidance and aimed at minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Face Coverings
Face coverings are no longer mandatory in our venues, however if you would still like to wear one that is perfectly fine.

Cleanliness and Hygiene
To help keep you and us safe, we have in place an enhanced cleaning programme which means all experiences are cleaned after EVERY booking. All customers and staff will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands upon arrival.

Symptoms of Covid-19
If you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend your experience at our venue. Please contact us on 0121 572 3131 or email info@escapelive.co.uk as soon as possible. Covid-19 symptoms include; a high temperature, coughing and loss of your sense of smell or taste.

Compliance
We expect all members of your group to adhere to the above practices and procedures. Any member of your group failing to comply with the above may be asked to leave or may be refused entry with no refund due.

COVID-19 Measures *Updated December 2021*

 

We’re Good to Go to continue in 2022

 

We would like to inform our customers that we will be continuing with the “We’re Good To Go” industry standard until the end of March 2022.

 

Our venues have been awarded VisitEngland’s “We’re Good To Go” accreditation for following industry and Government Covid-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

 

For a reminder of the health and safety standards at Escape Live, please watch our short informative video by clicking below:

 

 

If you would rather stay home, we have the perfect accompaniment to your cosy night in.

 

Try one of our LIVE Escape Rooms, a 60 minute experience played using Zoom, where you and your team can take control of a live game master in one of our award winning rooms. (Advance booking is essential for these games) Book your slot here!

 

Or try one of our Online Escape Games. Log in, share your screen and take on the challenges, find codes and complete puzzles with your team. Important: you can BUY NOW and PLAY ANYTIME with no time limit to complete your game! Buy your game here!

 

Fancy something more festive? At only £20, Project S.L.E.I.G.H is the perfect stay-in option for you and your family or friends this festive season. Play with up to 6 others to fix the Tabogganator and save Christmas! To buy Project S.L.E.I.G.H, click here!

 

 

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Project S.L.E.I.G.H. – brand new for Christmas 2021, available anywhere, anytime!

 

Brand new for 2021, Escape Live have developed a completely new online escape room experience for this festive period. Project S.L.E.I.G.H is one of our online games designed to bring friends, family or even co-workers together during the festive season with a challenging and entertaining experience.

 

The lovable characters in the game (including the majestic Officer McPrancer) introduce the challenges and bring the game play to life. After all, bringing Christmas into the 21st century is a tough nut to crack!

 

 

The aim of the game is to create a brand-new, top of the range, flying vehicle, so that Santa can deliver gifts around the world in half the time. But things have overrun! It’s the night before Christmas eve, the Tabogganator 5000 just isn’t ready… and the old sleigh has been decommissioned. The fate of Christmas hangs in the balance. Players have to collect and assemble the finished components from each department before it’s too late.

 

 

With the current uncertainty around plans for the festivities and the recent announcement of ‘Plan B’ by the Government, we want families, friends and colleagues to enjoy festive fun without risk – hence our Plan V (V for Virtual)!

 

 

Jas Sodhi, our managing director and founder of Escape Live explains: “During the first lockdown we realised that our traditional business model of creating and hosting physical escape room experiences could be challenging.  Being a small, agile business we decided to invest in the creation and hosting of online games as well as offering our traditional escape rooms with a virtual option.

 

“The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive which is why we decided to create a brand new and exclusive festive game for 2021.  We only started selling it this week and already we have sales all over the world for families and business teams too.”

 

At only £20, Project S.L.E.I.G.H is the perfect stay-in option for you and your family or friends this festive season. Play with up to 6 others to fix the Tabogganator and save Christmas!

 

To buy Project S.L.E.I.G.H, click here!

 

To browse our other online escape games, click here!

 

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