Qualities of a Good Escape Puzzle

Most people like to play puzzle games on their mobile phones or the internet, while others prefer playing printed puzzles. However, some are escape room enthusiasts who want frequenting these places to get a real puzzle-solving experience. As a game operator, you need to set your escape room to attract more players and give them an exciting experience. 

Here are some qualities you want to consider when doing an escape room puzzle:

1. Room Theme

A great puzzle should have a great theme. The more it matches the theme of the room, the better. If your puzzle is about a scientist’s laboratory, it’s advisable to use chemical elements. If it’s about a serial killer game, using blood samples would be appropriate. Where possible, you don’t want to introduce objects that are irrelevant to the game or have unnecessary markings on relevant items.

Besides that, you need to ensure that the puzzle fits within the natural context of the room. Every game needs to have a reasoning behind it. A scientist’s lab’s password could be the atomic weight of lead, or a serial killer’s password could be their childhood pet. Don’t use passwords that are irrelevant to the room’s setting and context as they may make solving the puzzle complicated. 

The path to the solution also needs to fit naturally. Though escape room puzzles require many passwords, it would be needless to lock up a key in a random cupboard. Instead, the operator needs to be creative and use other methods. It’s easier to use magic rooms because they have tools to detect specific objects’ proximity. But even for normal rooms, you can use a series of options. They could be passwords that need to be logged onto a computer or a combination of keys and code to open a door or a cord to access a card. Whatever method you use, ensure it’s not too challenging for the players.

2. Smooth Progression

The progression of a puzzle needs to be smooth, though not too simplistic. A puzzle that requires a player to solve a pretty obvious problem may discourage them from playing. Puzzles need to be created with the player in mind. Puzzle enthusiasts may find unlocking a box fun, it may not be for everyone. Therefore, you need to create a puzzle that gives every player an appropriate problem they can solve. It shouldn’t be too difficult or too easy.

When creating challenges to be solved, you need to give clues. As players try to work out the puzzle, intriguing clues in the form of short information can keep them progressing. A little teasing may also be needful to keep the players interested in the game. 

You don’t also want to make the solutions to be so difficult to find. Giving many options as solutions may make it challenging to find the right one. Instead, you should provide a few choices that players can select from. 

The Bottom-line

Playing puzzles in escape rooms can be fun, just like playing them on computers or mobile devices. But as a game operator, you need to make the theme of the room and progression of the puzzles simple and relevant to the context of the room.