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The “Key” Escape Room Locks that Your Team Needs to Know!

Updated: Aug 9, 2022


Locks
Different locks in an escape room

We’ve created a round-up of some of the most likely (and a few unique) locks that you may encounter during your escape room adventures. Have you seen any of these escape room locks before?


Looking to brush up on your knowledge around escape rooms? We’d say one of the best “keys” in your studies would be to research locks and how to solve or open them. If you’re setting up an at-home escape room experience for kids or friends, this could also be a great place to start on your journey. Once you have the locks and puzzles decided - it gets a whole lot easier to plan the rest of your story and escape room experience.


As a player, understanding locks is a valuable way to save time and to win in an escape room. So let’s take a look at some of the most common (and a few uncommon) escape room locks that you may encounter in your adventure. Hopefully, this knowledge helps your team’s overall escape room strategy!


Most Common Escape Room Locks:

Padlock
Padlock

Standard Padlock: The standard padlock just requires a single key to open it. This is the most simple lock that you will run across and it’s the easiest to solve. The most complicated part will be finding the key (probably through a series of other clues and puzzles). To develop your escape room strategy, you can rest easy knowing that you will most likely encounter at least one of these standard padlocks every time!


Numerical Code Padlock
Numerical Code Padlock

Numerical Code Padlock: This lock usually has 4 turning number wheels on the left-hand side that will open when turned to the correct sequence and order. Often, the numbers for this lock must be found through some kind of puzzle or clues located in the room. When entering the numerical code, you must ensure that you enter the numbers in the correct order and that you are lining the numbers up to where you are supposed to on the lock.





Combination Padlock
Combination Padlock

Combination Padlock: This is the same kind of lock that many teenagers had on their locker in high school. To open this lock, you’ll need a three-number sequence ahead of solving it. You also will have to spin the lock correctly and for the correct amount of turns before stopping on the numerical code (clockwise versus counterclockwise). If your room has these locks, we will go over how the locks work with you, in advance.




Directional Lock
Directional Lock

Directional Locks: Directional locks are slightly more unique but look like a combination or a standard padlock. They can be opened through a series of left/right and up/down clicks. This lock is tricky because there is often no limit to the number of movements in a directional lock code. It can also be challenging to tell if you’ve inputted the wrong code that the lock has reset and is ready for a new combination try.