There are many things an escape room is good for. Spending quality time with loved ones. Testing your skills against the clock. And learning some deep and honest truths about yourself and your friends.

When you’re locked in a room, challenging your wits with a team, bonding over failures and successes alike, there are a few things you experience that may surprise you.

5 – Tempers can run short for even your most cherished friends

Being locked inside a room with your friends, working towards a common goal, is a brave endeavour. You may be the best of friends, have known each other since you were a new-born baby on the hospital gurney, but when the clock is ticking, the pressure can get to the best of us. Maybe they’re being too messy, or too slow, or not thinking things through, and the frustration can build up. An escape game is its own little reality, so don’t take that frustration out of the building – just try to solve whatever’s bothering you in a civil manner.

4 – Cleanliness is next to Godliness

As a Game Master, I cannot stress enough how often bad organisation has broken down a game. A team can be on fire, blasting through the puzzles in record time, and then suddenly pull to a halt because they’ve lost a clue in the pile of stuff they’ve made in the middle of the room. Don’t be that team! You will definitely learn how being organised and knowing where everything is will save you a lot of time – a lesson that you can take into your own lives.

3 – An inner child lives inside us all

Escape rooms are fun! They’re an exciting past-time that you can share with your friends, family or colleagues, and don’t be ashamed to let your inner child come out to play. When you first get inside a room, they’ll be so much to see and do – get in there and explore! Everything in there will be a new challenge for you, so investigate with childish curiosity. Think of all the things it could be used for, places it could go, and experiment! Playing an escape game is a great way to experience childish delight again, so don’t let it go to waste by being too serious.

2 – Competitiveness is alive and well

When there is a time to beat, our inner competitor will show up and try to beat it. The clock becomes our worst enemy, and you’ll find yourself nervously watching each second pass as you wonder if you’ll make the Top 10 Leaderboard. Your secret desire to be the best will rear its head and take over during your game, even if you promised yourself it wouldn’t. You may just be playing a game with your friends, but in your mind, you’ll be playing against every team that came before you. Use this competitive streak to up your game and hone your sense and who knows – maybe you will be number one?

1 – There’s always something new to learn

There is the common belief that once you leave school, you stop learning. But your time inside an escape room will prove that there is always something new to learn. You discover pretty quickly that there are more problems in life than you even realised existed, and for sure somethings to surprise you. Improving your mental skills is an important (and continuous) part of life, so don’t be afraid to admit you don’t understand something – it’s just an opportunity to grow your mind!

These are just five of many things you’ll learn in an escape room. With so many challenges being given to you, there is ever the opportunity to discover something new. The only way to find out is to play one yourself. And at The Real Escape, we have 3 rooms waiting for you to come and start discovering. Book now at therealescape.co.uk

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