Before coming up with any clues for our escape room, our group first scanned through the room to see where we should put the locks and clues. We were clueless at the beginning, but as we started to scan, we realized that there were a lot of things in the room that we could utilize. After choosing whee to set up our locks and clues, we drew out our room on a piece of paper and labeled all our clues.
When the planning was done we started building the materials we needed. The first object we built was a combination lock to use for our first clue. We were able to find a tutorial video on youtube; it seemed pretty easy in the beginning but it took us a month to complete it because every time there was a certain part of the lock that didn’t function correctly. This was probably one of the biggest challenge we faced since it was taking way longer to build than expected. But after a month we were finally able to complete it.
Our original plan was to stick this lock on the bathroom door handle in order for the people to unlock it to go into the bathroom, however, we found out that the lock was too big, so we had to change our plan to create a smaller box to cover the handle box. To adjust to this we had to lock the smaller box with a key and lock the key in the combination lock we created.
The second thing we assembled was a magnetic lock that we ordered off Taobao. The magnetic lock was a DIY kit so we had to connect all the wires and stick it on the door. The instructions were pretty straightforward, so there weren’t much challenge, except the times when the wire was unstable so we had to keep on reconnecting it.
Now I will explain how our clues worked.
- The very first clue in our room was for people to look at a beaker that had three layers of liquid and looking for the matching color tea cup plate, then adding all the tealeaves in the teacups by the matching color.
- When they added up all the numbers and figured out the numbers, people would look at the order the liquid is layered in and use the same order to unlock the combination lock.
- There is a key placed in the lock, and people would use it to unlock the bathroom door.
- As people enter the bathroom there will be numbers written on the mirror. Numbers are written in a board marker and a permanent marker, so people had to use a board eraser and overlap the numbers written with the permanent marker to find out a four digit password.
- This four digit passcode is used to open a lock and a key is provided to open a tissue box attached to the wall.
- In this box there is a Ipad with a piano keyboard and a recording of a certain note. People have to listen the recording and play the note on the keyboard, and look at the piano frequency chart provided to find out what the frequency of that note is, which is used as a passcode for the key of the final door.