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Puzzle Design 101: How to Design Challenging Puzzles for Your DIY Escape Room

One of the most crucial elements of any DIY escape room is puzzle design. After all, the puzzles are what

June 1, 2023

Written by David Watermeier

One of the most crucial elements of any DIY escape room is puzzle design. After all, the puzzles are what

One of the most crucial elements of any DIY escape room is puzzle design. After all, the puzzles are what make these experiences challenging and engaging. Here are some tips for designing puzzles that will challenge your participants.

Firstly, consider the overall theme of your room. Each puzzle should be related to the theme, and the solutions should fit within the narrative you've created. This will not only make the puzzles more engaging but will also immerse players in the experience.

Another important factor is the difficulty level of your puzzles. It's crucial to strike a balance between challenging and frustrating. Test your puzzles with others before finalizing them to ensure they are solvable and enjoyable.

Variety is also key. Incorporating different types of puzzles, such as visual, logic, and word-based puzzles, will keep the experience fresh and engaging. You can also consider incorporating puzzles that require teamwork or physical actions.

Lastly, make sure your puzzles are clear and concise. Players should not have to guess what they are supposed to do; the instructions should be straightforward and easy to understand.

Escape Room Era offers an array of immersive interactive game rooms, each with a unique theme and challenging puzzles. From post-apocalyptic scenarios to holiday-themed rooms, Escape Room Era has something for everyone. Their partnership with Escapade Games has only added to their diverse offerings, making them one of the best escape rooms in California. So put your puzzle designing skills to the test and give Escape Room Era a try.

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Escape Room Era has been providing premier family-friendly immersive and challenging escape room experiences for the novice or enthusiast since February 2017.

In these completely private live games, participants use their team building, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills to beat the clock.

Players must quickly work together to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and riddles, and crack codes to ultimately accomplish their assigned mission within one hour.

Whether players consist of co-workers, family, friends, or schoolmates, they’ll be bonded by their memorable experience at Escape Room Era.

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Theme

Murder +
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duration

75 Minutes
Per Game

capacity

4 to 7
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Zombie
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duration

60 Minutes
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capacity

2 to 7
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PRINCIPAL`S OFFICE

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Comedy +
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duration

60 Minutes
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capacity

2 to 4
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capacity

7 to 9
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