Hey, new to the forum. Was looking for some guidance on what parts I would need for a project or if an Arduino would even be the correct thing to use. I have experience wiring and experience programming however my knowledge of C/C++ is limited. Most of what I know is VB and SQL however what I am trying to do does not seem too complicated. Basic idea is as follows.
Escape room in a box, essentially solve puzzles to get combinations to open sections of a locked box to reach a goal. Was making for my daughter since she wants to do an escape room type thing with her friends but I wanted it to be portable.
Electronic items I was going to add for the atmosphere.
-switch or button to start the program (it’s timed so this would start a countdown, play a sound)
-16 x 2 lcd or something similar to display the timer/ messages
-2 to 4 different banks/colors of leds to light up under different circumstances, pressure switch, magnetic switch, timer at a certain time. Assume using relays?
-a speaker to play simple wav or MP3 files
-battery powered for portability. can use like anker power pack or standard AA, 9V batteries (could be more than one power supply). Would only need to stay powered on for 1.5-2 hours at most at a time
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as this would be my first adventure in microcontrollers.