Can’t Wait Until Your Next Room Escape? Keep Your Problem-Solving Skills Sharp with These Games

January 31, 2016 Blog 0 Comments

You’ve already experienced the thrill and exhilaration of participating in a room escape experience, and you’re hooked. There’s nothing quite like it, and you can’t wait to go back again to test your skills on your next adrenaline-fueled excursion.

Escape rooms require you to use every ounce of your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which means that your mind has to be exceptionally sharp if you want to win your next escape room challenge. So what are some things you can do to keep your problem-solving skills on point in the meantime? Below are some excellent games and resources that will give your brain a healthy workout, so that you can be fully prepared to conquer your next room escape adventure.

  1. Chess

Few games are more suited for developing keen problem-solving skills than this 1,500-year-old game of planning and strategy. The great thing about chess is that it teaches you how to think several steps ahead, which is a key component of being able to evaluate potential outcomes from various courses of action.

If you play chess using a clock or timer, that’s even better, because it will teach you how to manage your decision-making processes within a specified time frame, something that really comes in handy when you’re in the heat of the moment in an escape room experience. Whether you play with an in-person partner or strictly online, chess is a must-have in your repertoire of brain-sharpening games.

  1. BrainHQ

Developed by some of the top neuroscientists in the world, BrainHQ offers various games that will test a wide range of mental faculties including memory, cognitive skills, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, etc. Dozens of published studies have confirmed that engaging in the exercises on the BrainHQ website can significantly improve long-term brain function, so not only will you be sharpening your mind for your next room escape, but you will also improve your mental agility over the long haul.

  1. Braingle

This free website features more than 20,000 puzzles, brain teasers, logic problems, riddles, and optical illusions to choose from. The games are categorized by type to make it easy for you to find the exercises that you want to focus on, and each exercise is ranked by other users to indicate their popularity and degree of difficulty.

  1. Brainteasers by SharpBrains

Designed for teenagers and adults of any age, the brainteasers on include exercises to challenge your memory and attention, optical illusions, logic and language puzzles, pattern recognition games, and much more. SharpBrains is a research firm that tracks and monitors trends regarding the effects of brain science on health and wellness, so they definitely have some keen insight into which games and exercises will be the most effective for boosting your mental sharpness.

Alright, now you have more than enough brain-boosting games and exercises to keep you busy until your next escape room experience takes place. Whether your next adventure will be at Houdini’s Room Escape (i.e., the best escape room Cincinnati has to offer) or a venue in another city, these problem-solving resources will definitely help you prepare for your great escape!