Escape rooms use all sorts of clues. Some contain high tech sensors and electronics, while others are less complex. Even though we do everything we can to make each clue sturdy and strong, it’s always possible for something to malfunction.
The problem is, it’s typical for agents in the room to suspect something is malfunctioning when really it’s not. You push a button expecting something to happen, turn a key anticipating that a panel will unlock, and nothing occurs. Is it broken? Maybe. But maybe you need some additional clue or you’re missing some information needed to solve what you’re working on. Perhaps you have the wrong key or the wrong clue. There’s no way for you to tell.
We, however, will know for sure. (Yes, we do have our ways of knowing what’s going on
If you’re obviously struggling to open something without success and we don’t intervene, that probably is a sign that you need another clue or you’re not going about what you’re trying to do the right way. The best advice is to take a step back, consult with someone else, and try to think of what you might be missing.
But very rarely, a situation can come up in which something breaks but we still don’t intervene. This would only happen if we don’t know. There are some props that due to their size or location are hard for us to see
So here’s some practical advice. If you really think something is broken, say your suspicion out loud. If the item is small or hard to see, hold it up or wave it around. Just by showing us that you’re frustrated, you might get a hint towards a solution. If it’s truly broken we’ll take the necessary steps. And if nothing happens,