The Linear vs. Non-Linear Spectrum
The first thing you want to know about Linear vs. Non-Linear games is that the comparison is a spectrum rather than an apples-and-oranges relationship. Most escape rooms will have games that fall somewhere on this spectrum. At ESCAPE FROM MYSTERY MANOR, while the rooms fall in different places on this spectrum, we categorize each game as Linear or Non-Linear or both.
Are you wondering what an Escape Room is? In this post, you can learn more about Escape Rooms; in the meantime, you can think about an escape room as the ultimate in-person brainteaser! Escape rooms can be single or multiple rooms with a consistent theme of puzzles, riddles, and clues waiting for you to solve. For 21 Escape Room Tips to beat the game, click here!
A Linear Game Sequence
Linear escape rooms guide participants through a set path that will lead to an exit code, allowing them to escape the room. Linear games require you to solve one puzzle or clue at a time. Each of these individual puzzles will then help the group solve the main metapuzzle. For this reason, we suggest a small group of players for linear escape room games. However, these games are a great way to facilitate team-building and group communication. Another note to consider, is that just because a room is linear does not mean the puzzles are simple or the game will be easy. The difficulty of an escape room considers many different facets of the game.
A Non-Linear Game Sequence
Non-Linear escape rooms allow participants to work on multiple puzzles simultaneously. Participants still work as a group to solve the metapuzzle. However, multitasking will be the name of this game if you are trying to beat the clock. Non-Linear games are great for larger groups of players as they often contain a higher volume of puzzles and require abstract thinking skills and curiosity. Participants can typically follow multiple paths coming together at the end to solve the main mystery.
Escape From Mystery Manor Linear Games
At Escape From Mystery Manor, our escape room games change frequently. For this reason, you will want to schedule your game today. If you are looking to play a linear escape room game, you might want to consider:
Escape From Mystery Manor Non-Linear Games
If you are looking to play a non-linear escape room game, you will want to book the