Four Clues for Solving Huntsville’s Escape Pod
Maybe you’re the sort of person who enjoys the cerebral challenge of puzzling your way out of a locked chamber. Or maybe you’re the sort of person who likes being mocked by a bearded spy while you completely trash his room.
If you’re the former, you may want to check out Escape Pod, one of Huntsville’s newest escape-the-room puzzle games. If you’re the latter, you’ll definitely want to.
Before you go, here are four clues to keep in mind:
- Pay Attention to Everything – If you’ve never been to an escape-room game, here’s how it works: You’re locked in a room. You have to figure out how to get out. Well, OK, you’re not really locked in, due to fire codes and all that. But in each puzzle, you’re sent into a room (or rooms?) and you can’t leave until you find the object you’re searching for. Finding clues, solving puzzles and opening locks will bring you closer to your goal. Some of the clues are hidden, and some are hiding in plain sight.
- Bring Your Friends – Groups of six at a time can work together in a room; if you want to go in a smaller group, you may be working alongside another smaller group that’s booked the same time. The great thing about Escape Pod is that there’s something for everyone to do – while some folks enjoy the intellectual stimulation of puzzle-solving, others get a kick out of going through every nook and cranny looking for clues. Having a diverse group may help you out more than a team full of Sudoku whizzes.
- Start with Von Braun – Your mileage may vary, but some folks find the Von Braun Office room to be the best place to start for people who’ve not done an escape room before, since its more linear set-up makes it easier to learn how to play. (But don’t write the room off if you’re an escape-room pro – “easy to learn” is not the same thing as “easy.”) From there, check out the Spy Lair, possibly the most entertaining of the three, and end up in Wonderland, which is made particularly difficult by things like … well, that’d be telling.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – At any point during the game, you can ask the staff for hints, and the first three are free. Don’t let your pride get in the way – you’re going to need them!
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David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.