For our last quarterly meeting of 2018, LSM decided to hone some team-building at The Escape Game Nashville. The Escape Game is a timed 60-minute interactive challenge. It’s just you and your team against the clock, racing to see if you can solve a series of puzzles and successfully escape before time runs out. While your exact escape challenge differs depending on the escape room that you choose, they all have one primary objective: to escape as fast as possible. After dividing our office into two mission-ready teams, we headed over to The Escape Game Nashville to test our problem-solving skills.
Why The Escape Game? LSM is always looking for new corporate team-building activities to build our team’s confidence and skillset in tackling difficult challenges together. The Escape Game is the perfect company outing because it requires our team to come together and practice effective communication, teamwork, and trust. Without a strong team foundation, it’s that much harder to pull off a successful escape. Escape games are highly interactive, engaging, and memorable, making them a great way to have fun with your company while also practicing some crucial collaborative skills.
Choosing Our Escape
The Escape Game Nashville has seven escape rooms total: Special Ops, Playground, The Heist, Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Prison Break, and Nashville. Each escape game is a completely immersive experience, with custom-designed rooms that make you feel as if you’ve been transported right into a movie. We wish we could have had the time to try out all of them, but we had to narrow down our escape room choices to two rooms: Gold Rush and The Heist. With sixty minutes on the clock, each team had to work together to figure out how to escape the room before the time ran out.
In the Gold Rush escape game, Team LSM was on the hunt for gold. For one hour, we traced the footsteps of Clyde Hamilton, a greedy gold prospector in Northern California. A gambling addict, Clyde disappeared after making too many bets with the wrong crowd. We were tipped off as to where he stashed his gold before his mysterious disappearance, but the mob was onto us. We only had sixty minutes to find the gold and escape the room before it was too late. We made it out of the escape room before the mob found us with just 13 minutes to spare!
The Heist escape game was just as intense. In this escape room, LSM had to try and beat a thief at his own game. An expert thief had stolen a famous piece of art and it was our job to try and recover this irreplaceable masterpiece before the authorities found us and mistook us to be the real thieves. Just like our first team, this LSM team was able to escape the room…with only 13 minutes left as well! Both teams were given free “I Escaped” stickers to prove we had made it out in time.
LSM’s Top 3 Escape Room Tips
Thinking about heading down to The Escape Game Nashville and trying out an escape room for the first time? After our day of escaping, we’ve got a few tips we can share:
- Split up. It takes a big group to successfully escape the room before time runs out, so make sure you use your numbers to your advantage. Each room has dozens of puzzles to solve. If everyone in your team is only focusing on one puzzle at a time, you’ll never escape the room in time. Instead, make sure your team is dividing themselves into small groups and taking on different puzzles so that you can be working on multiple at once and hopefully increase your escape time.
- Mix it up. Been working on the same puzzle for several minutes but not having any luck? Try mixing it up by asking other team members to take a look. Fresh eyes and a new perspective can help you spot something you may have missed before.
- Use your hints. You’re given three free hints with each escape game. Don’t be afraid to use them! Even the best escape room teams will get stuck a few times during the game, and since the first three hints are free, using them won’t affect your overall escape time. Just make sure that everyone on your team agrees to use a hint, and let your game monitor know!
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