Own an escape room?
Does your escape room have locks?
I mean, I’m no brain surgeon but…
Guess what? We have locks too. That’s what this post is all about.
A whole list of them, in fact.
Some of which, you may never have heard of.
Most of which, you probably have though. Just being honest.
But maybe not in the context of escape rooms.
So, check out our list of locks and leave a comment to share what types of locks you use in your escape games.
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With endless styles to match your theme, spice things up a bit with an antique lock.
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Wine Bottle Locks
Combination Sliding Barrel Bolt Lock
Password Lock Box
Keyless Entry Door Lock
Have multiple rooms within a game that your players need to navigate through in sequential order?
Try out a 4-8 combination keyless entry door lock.
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Digital Combination Locks
Lock a briefcase, duffle bag, coffin, toolbox, luggage, or whatever with 2.5-inch shackle combination padlocks.
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Letter Combination Locks
Have players figure out the correct letter combination with riddles, poems, ciphers, etc.
Before buying, just check to make sure you can spell the combination you want with the letters available on each dial:
- Dial 1: M, S, T, A, B, C, D, E, J, L
- Dial 2: A, O, E, L, I, H, U, R, N, T
- Dial 3: T, A, C, D, E, I, L, N, R, S
- Dial 4: C, S, N, E, Y, A, L, I, T, O
- Dial 5: H, S, K, L, D, Y, N, A, E, blank
I really like these locks!
While they are super common in escape rooms, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
For example, perhaps you have lights flashing around the room in a north, south, east, west configuration. Players must recognize that pattern and match it accordingly on the lock.
This is one of the most challenging types of locks that will require some good planning on your part so guests don’t get too fruatrated looking for it. It is obviously designed to blend well with the environment.
In my opinion, these locks are great because:
- They add to the complexity of the escape room
- They improve the immersiveness of the game
- They’re pretty durable
- They’re relatively cheap
- They require very low maintenance costs
In the example pictured above, the book has normal pages which are hollow at the center. It is in this hollow space that a lock box is hidden.
The box can be unlocked with the use of keys, buttons, or just pulling the lid off.
Magnetic Cabinet Locks
I love this one!
These babies (pun intended) are inexpensive, durable, super easy to install, and create a great diversion for your players.
Not just for keeping kids away from chemicals under the sink, hide the handle somewhere and provide clues that’ll help your players discover their intended use.
Just be sure to have a few extra magnetic handles on supply for when they inevitably get lost.
Great for hiding notes or clues, cryptex locks are durable, versatile and aesthetically pleasing!
And the good news is, unlike the letter combination locks, the full alphabet is available on each of 6 dials.
There’s a company called Cryptex Security Boxes that produces a wide range of style options!
As a bonus, they make a great self defense device. Just throw one of these at your attacker and it’ll surely knock them out cold.
Well, that should give you a good start!
Any lock types we missed? Leave us a comment below.