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Escape Game Problem Solving Exercises for the Holidays

Don’t let the escape game best you.

We know that this season might feel like the perfect time to slack off. With your house all warm and toasty, lights twinkling on your mantle, and the ability to sleep in as late as you want, it can be tempting to give your mind a well-earned rest and curl up with a good romance novel.

BEWARE! Holiday laziness is one of the #1 causes of escape game failures! Try out some of these fun brain-exercisers to properly prepare for your next Tick Tock Escape Game.


If you’re looking for a quick game of Sudoku to squeeze in during your lunch break, check out this online Sudoku Generator that saves on paper and generates thousands of puzzles for FREE. You can even play while ‘taking notes’ during those boring office meetings.

Sudoku helps with memory, stimulates the mind with logic-based problem solving, and reduces the chance of developing Alzheimer’s by keeping your brain active. Many of our rooms involve a similar skillset to solve the clues, so why not exercise your mind beforehand?


You can find free online crossword puzzles here, or go old school and solve the one in your newspaper. According to this source, crossword puzzles can actually help ward of dementia, expand your vocabulary and increase memory function. When solved as a group, crossword puzzles can even trigger a sense of bonding (hmm…wonder what that sounds like).

Strategy Board Games

This list of the top ten strategy board games to play as a family lists Risk as the number one game. While these games can go on for hours, they also force you to think several steps ahead and weigh different outcomes before making a decision. Unlike Chess, these games have stories behind the strategies, making them more engaging for younger players. If you’re not convinced yet, check out Ben Wyatt’s Cones of Dunshire game featured on Parks and Recreation:

Your escape game experience will be made even better if your mind has been practicing for puzzles, riddles and strategy.

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