Can puzzles and games in an escape room increase the intelligence of the players?
Some games, such as puzzles and interlocking games, help to develop cognitive skills. Several studies have confirmed this fact in recent years.
Whether the game involves wooden blocks, colored puzzles, or the very famous Lego bricks, the activities required in these games play an important role in building the intellectual abilities of the little ones, until they develop real logical and mathematical skills of school-age children.
Nonetheless, these sorts of games are fun for adults to play too. A quest game, like the one you may find in a locker room at Escapehour, in Calgary or Edmonton, represents a way to test your wits with friends and family members of any age
What types of skills can you test in a locker room?
The construction and puzzle game is closely related to the development of mathematical skills. Mathematical skill is also the result of the development of space management skills. Moreover, in the specific case of the puzzle, the ability to recognize and fit shapes links to appropriately matching concave and convex shapes.
In playing with the building bricks, children improvise as budding engineers, effectively facing on a small scale the same physical laws that govern the construction of bridges, roads, buildings. In an escape room, an experiment may lead to a more engaging development concerning the main laws of physics and mechanics: strength, tension, and compression.
When we talk about problem management, we tend to distinguish:
- Converging problems, where a single solution is possible
- Divergent problems, for which different solutions are applicable
In this perspective, puzzle creators like the ones at Escapehour must create a suitable game to suggest how to solve a specific or convergent problem, requiring the guests to be patient and identify the only possible solution to solve the puzzle.
Divergent problems propose several correct ways to reach the same result or conclusion. This way of facing the goal appeal to young guests who can deal with problems in a creative and non-univocal way. A quest game is also a good way to celebrate a birthday or other event with a small group of friends.
Playing in a group
Playing in a groud renovates a strong spirit of cooperation. It may help to develop social intelligence. A good amount of dynamics activates as a group faces comparisons, observations, and analysis of the same problem or situation. By playing in a group, linguistic development is also favored for younger players. In particular, it helps with the specific lexicon relating to space and volumes.
Ability to manage space
Space management helps us manage various actions in our daily lives: from moving objects to moving in a street. From assembling furniture to filling a dishwasher in the best possible way. Children who use constructions force their brains to make a real change because they analyze information relating to the space around them, reasoning according to a three-dimensional logic. A similar challenge awaits more adult players in a well-designed locker room.