Guide #1 - The Original

Quite easy to setup
Quite easy to play
About 15 min to finish

This is our first EscapeHome Guide! It was the original one we created to test if escape rooms can work at home. It's pretty easy to setup, and is great for one player as an introduction to the idea of EscapeHome.


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Spoiler Alert!


You will need:

  • Key
  • Pen and Paper
  • Sellotape
  • Knife/Scissors
  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • 4 Dice
  • Box (or glasses case)
  • Three Holiday Pictures

How it should work

You tell the player that they are locked in the room, and must find the key to escape. Looking around, the player should find the dice somewhere in the room, which show the code that will unlock the smartphone. On the smartphone there is a picture giving a hint to a hiding place in the room to find the scissors. The scissors can be used to open the box, and inside the box there is a hint on how to unlock the laptop. The player has to find the three holiday pictures around the room, which together make a password for the laptop. When the laptop is unlocked, the final hint is revealed of where the key is hidden.

What to do:

  1. Hide the key somewhere in the room, we put it behind a picture of London
  2. On a laptop, use the EscapeHome Lock Screen to setup a hint to the hiding place (such as "London is the key")
  3. Choose an order of the three holiday pictures, and change the Lock Screen password to the first letter of each of the locations. We used photos from Langkawi, London and Scotland, so the password was 'LLS'.
  4. On a piece of paper, write a hint of how the pictures should be used to unlock the laptop (there's an example at the end of the instructions). In our version the pictures were portrait and landscape, which were used in the clue and the first letter of the location
  5. Hide the piece of paper inside the box, and sellotape it shut
  6. Hide the scissors somewhere in the room, like inside a plant pot
  7. Write a hint for the hiding place on a piece of paper, and take a photo of it with the smartphone (then discard the paper)
  8. Hide the dice in a row together somewhere in the room, like on top of a picture.
  9. Change the passcode of the phone to the numbers shown on the dice.
  10. Hide the holiday photos around the room (e.g. we stuck one under a coaster on the table, one inside a book, and the last inside the phone case)
  11. Don't forget to write down the new laptop password and phone passcode somewhere safe!
  12. Scatter around the room some misleading clues and decoys, like a TV remote, a map, or a toy.
If you have an Android smartphone, you can download our EscapeHome Android App to help setup this game! It makes your life much easier, and helps support us in creating more guides :)

If you have an iPhone, you can try our iPhone Lock Screen Trick to help set up the game.

The EscapeHome Android App sets up phone lock screens and clues, without changing your pin code each time


The clue we used to show how the first letter of the holiday destinations in the pictures should be used to form a password