No matter where you go or what you do, there are always rules to follow. Rules are in place for your comfort and safety, and should always be obeyed. Some rules, however, do make you wonder how they came to be. Here are 10 of the funniest rules you have to follow in an escape room – why don’t you try to come up with the funniest reason why they exist;

1. NO DIGGING

Leave the trowel at home! We can safely say that everything will be at floor level or higher, so there’s no need to break your nails tearing up the carpet. There will never be any clues underneath the permanent flooring (unless a shovel is provided…)

2. NO CLIMBING

No need for your gymnast leotard right now. We hope you haven’t been practicing on the monkey bars too long, because you won’t need to reach anything above head level. Unless a game of ‘the floor is lava’ becomes real, it’s best to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.

3. NO THROWING HEAVY FURNITURE

We can see all those hours on the bench press are paying off, you don’t need to prove it! Leave any and all heavy furniture where it is – it’s probably placed there for a reason! Plus, keep in mind all the weak Game Master’s that will have to move it back…

4. THE ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ SIGN

If you’re sometimes suspicious of being played tricks on, we promise you, if something has a ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ sign on it, you really, truly, honestly don’t need to touch it. Maybe it hides electrical wiring, maybe it’s a specifically placed clue, maybe it’s just a pricy decoration. Follow the timeless rule; “Look with your eyes, not your fingers.”

5. NO TAKING APART TECHNOLOGY

Okay, now come on guys. If there is a technology-based puzzle in the game, we’re not going to risk breaking it or voiding the warrant just to hide another clue in there. Leave the keyboards, walkie-talkies, gamepads, monitors, air-con units, light switches and emergency buttons alone and move onto to a puzzle more worthwhile.

6. CHECK YOUR POCKETS FOR ANY KEYS AFTER THE GAME

In the excitement of playing the game, you may hold onto an item or two in case you need to use it again. When you escape, you may be so happy that you completely forget you have it on you. Well, we kind of need those keys for the next game, so we would be grateful if you could give your pockets a quick pat down before you leave the building just to double check.

7. NO PRYING THINGS OFF THE WALLS

If something is screwed or nailed into the wall, please leave it alone. We are not here to test your carpenter skills, and if something is attached firmly on the wall, you can rest assured it’s supposed to be there. I’m sure there’s other things of interest about for you to focus on!

8. NO PICTURES

Unless you’re playing with Beyoncé, keep the phones away! And even then, try to keep your paparazzi tendencies at bay(oncé). Most escape rooms have lockers at your disposal to keep them in, so feel free to use them. Keep your mind focussed on the game and experience it in its purest form – you can stay away from the screen for one hour!

9. DON’T PLAY DRUNK

Nothing is easy while drunk, least of all complex puzzles. If you’ve had a few, perhaps it’s best to play another time. Escape rooms can include fiddly locks, intricate puzzles, and steady thinking, which aren’t tasks suited for the intoxicated.

10. READ THE HINTS PROPERLY!

The hint system is there to help you, but sometimes it can hinder if you don’t read properly and swap a word or two around. Double check every bit of help that comes your way to make sure you’re getting the right end of the stick!

Every escape rooms will have their own personal rules for you to follow, so make sure you listen to your Game Masters and follow everything they tell you. Even if a rule seems ridiculous, it’s probably there for a reason.