Solve Who is in the “escape game” industry, but it’s not an escape room?
Solve Who is NOT an escape room. It’s first important to explain the differences because although the platform is very similar, the experience is completely different. But HOW are they different? Well, what is the concept of an escape room game? Escape games are a lot of the same thing… try to escape. And really, that’s it. They all have the same concept but in different variations.
Solve Who is a crime mystery unlike anything that currently exists. We are careful not to use “Murder Mystery” to marginalize our concept. That is because we humbly claim we are way better than anything else out there. That may seem like a bold, possibly arrogant, claim. Let me explain. Everything in each crime scene is useable and open to searching (aside from our cameras we use to monitor). You and your group investigate the crime just as a real-life detective would. You go through interrogations as a real detective would. In the last segment, you and your group comb over the clues you found, after you get it back from the labs, and decide on the culprit. This concept does not exist anywhere else in the world.
Unlike escape room games, Solve Who uses real science, real investigative tools, and has been verified by real experts in the field. The creators have interviewed detectives, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and other related professionals. Most of the crimes are based on actual events, but we have altered the stories for privacy concerns.
The Interrogation segment takes place on the observer’s side of a one-way mirror – which looks into an interrogation room during a consolidated interrogation of 3 likely suspects. The creators of Solve Who have been professionally trained, by a professional interrogator, to provide you an authentic (as possible) version of how an interrogation should be.
People have noticeably different body language when they are nervous or guilty. This serves as a telltale sign and a signal to you and other detectives. Why are they nervous, and/or why are they lying? Sometimes it can be harmless, but sometimes it’s a clear indicator of deception.
Don’t get me wrong, trap doors, magnetic relays, and combo locks are cool, but they’re in every escape room. They are the pinnacle centerpiece of every escape room. We are fans of creative engineering and such, but Solve Who requires significantly more critical thinking and communication, which I’ll cover more in-depth.
Teamwork and Communication
Collaboration is an essential need for any, and every, team. Without it, you have a group of individuals. Escape rooms require a collaborative effort to free yourselves from the room… but often enough, people handle individual puzzles/riddles while they spread out. There’s a high likelihood that you will miss out on several of the puzzles that need to be figured out. Many times, it’s crowded. What may be simple for someone, may be difficult for others, so without knowing the competencies of the individuals in your group, some clues may take significantly longer to realize than others.
Solve Who’s platform incorporates the sharing of information throughout the entire experience. Everyone is involved in the Crime Scene Investigation, the Interrogation, and the Deliberation segments. The group must work together and point out their findings. They have to reenact the crime as they imagine it happening.
This all translates into social engagement, especially with strangers.
In such a disconnected digital world, a little interaction with real people in real time reconnects us with reality. The fact is, we are social creatures looking to get a fix from the reward centers of our brain. Dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin… these chemicals can be produced when doing an activity like Solve Who. When we find a hidden clue or realize a major piece of evidence and share it with our group, we get a spike in those very beneficial chemicals. They make us confident, happy, and productive.
Problem Solving and Critical/Analytical Thinking
The most important benefit in the Solve Who experience is the practice of using our logic and reasoning abilities. Clues are scattered all over each crime scene, and time is limited in the crime scene, so strategy is necessary. Groups must become teams, and decide how to effectively use their allotted time. Just as a normal crime scene may seem like it has a lot of relevant evidence, some of it may not relate to the crime at all. Your group MUST sift through as much suspicious material as possible and decide what is evidence and what is fluff.
Questions have to be asked, internally or externally, about what likely happened. What was the motive? Who’s a likely suspect? Is there a murder weapon? Where are the points of entry/exit? Are the fingerprints in a suspicious area? How did they commit the crime? Is there blood spatter and if so, what does it tell you? Do the suspect testimonies seem truthful, reasonable, and/or likely?
This critical / analytical thinking will help you determine the culprit.
Solving a mystery starts with assuming the effect and trying to deduce the cause based on available, and noticed, evidence. The task is difficult, but there are many methods one can use when creating an accurate theory. This begins with gathering as much evidence as possible, then attempting to reenact the situation. It is important to have as many eyes on the reenactment to point out flaws and generate more possible ideas on how it unfolded. This final step of the investigation segment really sets Solve Who apart from the escape rooms. This requires communication, creativity, and great attention to detail.
The cleaner the crime scene is, the more difficult it will be find the culprit. Sometimes criminals can be very creative, especially if it was a premeditated crime. Envisioning and acting out the crime, during the investigation segment, will answer a lot of questions you may have, and help you realize the culprit. There are a few other things to be cognizant of.
Framing is not just a boring hobby you do with pictures. It’s a real strategy criminals use to pin a crime on an unsuspecting person and it can be extremely effective. Often times, suspects may attempt to steer detectives toward other potential suspects, which is a solid strategy for the guilty. See, the investigation remains open until the verdict is reached. So if a framing is done correctly, the blame will be placed entirely on someone else’s shoulders and will relieve the actual culprit of the lingering worry of getting caught.
Solve Who has 3 suspects who are each guilty in 1 of 3 scenarios. Framing is a real possibility. Our rotation also prevents Solve Who from becoming stagnant like escape room games…
Escape room / games are stale and stagnant
If you’ve done an escape room before, you know they don’t change the room. It’s the exact same, so there’s no reason in visiting the exact same escape room at the same venue. You’ve already figured it out, or at least attempted to, so what’s the point in trying again?
Solve Who has 3 suspects in each crime scene. The story changes and so does the culprit. As an example, Betty may have killed Fred this month, but either Wilma or Barney will be the killer next month. You won’t know who, unless you come in and solve the new mystery. They rotate at random after every month and the entire crime scene will be changed out cyclically.
Give us a shot… You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re looking for fun things to do in San Diego or a fun date night or a group activity with friends or planning your next corporate team building event, consider solving an authentic mystery at the world’s first fully interactive mystery crime simulator game.