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June 12
2017
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Am I Really Locked In A Room?

Am I Really Locked In A Room?

(note: this article was updated in 2019 to reflect more current practices and safety considerations)

The idea of being locked in a room with no easy way out is both exciting and exhilarating, giving adventure-seekers from all walks of life an unparalleled challenge.

Escape rooms have taken the country by storm, providing an amazing activity for birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette bashes, work events, and so much more. The concept is clear: groups of two to twelve participants are “locked” in a room full of puzzles, clues, and brain teasers with only 60 minutes to fight for freedom. With only 20% to 40% of participants making it out before time is gone, a successful escape is the ultimate goal.

As the door closes and the clock starts, however, one major question remains: am I really locked in a room?

Am I Really Locked In a Room?

The simple answer: No! When escape rooms were new, locking participants in rooms without means to leave on their own was the norm. As time has progressed, most escape rooms have moved away from this practice in the interest of safety and security.

At EscapeWorks Denver, most of our rooms are not actually locked – and for those rooms where the doors are locked, exit keys are provided right next to the door. Using these keys to leave the room is acceptable and allowed, but they are not part of the game, and leaving the room in this manner does not constitute accomplishing the goal! At all times at Escapeworks, you can always exit your room the way you came in without assistance or permission from anyone else.

A Focus on Safety

Our realistic escape rooms are designed to be a thrilling race against the clock. But while experience your game at Escapeworks, you’ll be under constant supervision by our game masters via cameras and microphones situated in every room. They are there not only to keep you safe, but also to ensure that everyone has a great time, and to help provide hints and assistance the group needs to enjoy the experience.

And of course, as you should expect from any building, exit signs, backup emergency lights, and multiple egress routes are there in the unlikely event that the building must be evacuated.

If intellectual stimulation, competitive spirit, and the ability to best your peers sound like a great way to spend an afternoon, you’re in the right place. With the heart-pounding, adrenaline-boosting power of escape rooms, you can put your skills to the test to come out on top. EscapeWorks Denver is the top-rated facility of its kind in Colorado, providing regularly rotating themes, puzzles at numerous skill levels, and some of the biggest twists and surprises in the industry. Every visit provides a brand new opportunity to break free, offering unlimited fun for those ages 12 and up.

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The Reviews

  • review rating 5  This was such a great place to go! It was our first escape room and they gave us a great experience! We will definitely be back to do other rooms! EVERYBODY should go here! They lock your phone and you have the key! Such a good friendly staff as well Jenn was such a great help!!! Overall a absoutly wonderful experience!

    thumb Nikki Schepp
    7/03/2019

    review rating 5  We were a group of very difficult customers: due to the Parade of Lights, insane traffic and the fact that our party carpooled in 3 different vehicles, our arrival and check-in was way beyond the norm. I emphasize this because, despite these difficult circumstances, EscapeWorks staff was super accommodating, helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to make sure we still had fun and got the most out of the experience. I love the fact that this business has seasonal rooms that give customers good reason to come back more than a few times, keeping the experience fresh and new, year round. I loved the room my group completed and I really want to come back and try other rooms that they have.

    thumb Jon Gardner
    12/08/2019
  • review rating 5  Emilia was fun, helpful and friendly. My husband and I were joined by a family to attempt an escape out of the Egyptian Tomb and unfortunately failed {if only we had 2 more minutes and we would have escaped!} but had a fun time and would definitely recommend!

    thumb Emily Smith
    10/13/2019

    review rating 5  My fiancee and I were vacationing in Denver and tried out the Egyptian Tomb with another group of 4. We escaped with 5 minutes to spare! Very good room layout and good props. Puzzles were challenging and rewarding once solved. I was not a huge fan of how they did the hints... usually you have 3 hints or whatever and you ask for a hint when you get stuck, instead they give you hints when they think you need it. Otherwise, our game master, Trace, was very helpful and personable. Overall, very satisfied with our experience!

    thumb Wes Cantrell
    6/09/2019
  • review rating 5  Great price, staff is friendly. My friend and I had a blast and will definitely be coming back! Selina is an awesome game master! I highly recommend this activity!

    thumb Cheyenne Wetter
    9/17/2019

    review rating 5  A fun, quirky experience, conveniently located downtown. Our group of 6 had a great time, even though we'd never done an escape room with 2 other people we didn't know. The staff who helped us (Taylor and Selena) were friendly and knowledgeable. We liked their clue giving system and thorough explanation of the rules. The decor in the Egyptian Tomb game was excellent and the puzzles were challenging, but not impossible. Thank you for a great time!

    thumb Natasha Fish
    12/30/2019
  • review rating 5  We had an excellent time!!! The staff was wonderful and very accommodating!! Malika and Trace were fantastic!! There was also another gentleman with a beard that has the BEST customer service!!! I'm sorry I cant remember his name... Very fun scenario!!! Thanks for a great time! We will absolutely be back for sure !!

    thumb Dhalia 1991
    6/30/2019

    review rating 5  “You’ll shoot your eye out!” We did A Christmas Story and it was SO fun- so many layers, different types of puzzles, challenging but never got totally stuck. Selena was a great guide, clearly super knowledgeable about the room, gave great hints and was very witty, completely made the experience for us.

    thumb Ruby Linkhart
    12/20/2019
  • review rating 5  My husband and I just happened to walk by and we love escape rooms so we stopped in. They luckily had an opening in the War Games room with just a small wait, but my husband loved the little games/puzzles they had in the waiting room. We had a great time and escaped thanks to our host, Trace! He gave clues at the best times! He didn’t throw too many clues at us so we could figure most of it out on our own, but also didn’t let us stay in one spot for too long! Thanks for making our experience great!

    thumb Karrisa Hampton
    10/17/2019

    review rating 5  Really fun room! We barely made it out with seconds to spare! If you are willing to put yourself into the moment I cannot recommend Outbreak enough! Devon was out attendant and she was absolutely amazing and made sure that we all had a good time!

    thumb Taysia Brinkley
    2/05/2020
  • review rating 5  We had so much fun at the Casino Heist room today! Savannah was amazing. The team has created difficult challenges and drop hints that are just enough to move you forward. We can't wait to go back and try another room!

    thumb Annah Patterson
    10/28/2019

    review rating 5  One clue away from solving it all but still super fun. What a great puzzle and team building opportunity! Huge shout out to Juan- his help, humor, and support at EscapeWorks really made the night great. Thanks so much again!

    thumb Abigail Oglesby
    10/27/2019
  • review rating 5  We completed a team event here where we split into teams and competed to finish first. Both rooms had amazing puzzles and it was really fun. I think our company team thoroughly enjoyed both rooms. We completed The Egyptian Tomb and the Casino but one of our members in the casino team can't seem to stop mumbling numbers and math equations.

    thumb Russell Maysey
    8/15/2019

    review rating 5  Had a great work team retreat activity here. Loved the puzzles and escaping the "flower shop" (aka: 1920s speakeasy). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a team building exercise or just wanting to have fun.

    thumb Robert Bogan
    6/20/2019
  • review rating 5  We were in Colorado for a long weekend and had a late flight home. We decided to try an escape room. We chose EscapeWorks and it was great. Savannah and Matt were awesome hosts. We were excited to be among the 18% that solved The Casino Heist. I encourage you to give it a try!

    thumb Angela Pruitt
    1/07/2020

    review rating 5  Troy and Tommy Bohan with my son Paul Garcia-Lance and myself had the best of times trying to get out of the Egyptian tomb. We were seconds away but fell short of solving the mystery and we’re buried alive. Thank you so much for an enjoyable evening and a special shout out to Taylor and Sierra who moderated our adventure ! We have to return for our group picture and another great adventure!

    thumb Susan Lance
    9/05/2019
  • review rating 5  We did the Outbreak escape room and it was so much fun!! The room was very interactive and detailed and although the puzzles were tricky we got so close to finishing the room. Taylor was a great game master throughout the process especially since it was our first escape room. We will definitely do more! They also provide safe places for personal belongings.

    thumb PrfndSwamii
    12/17/2019

    review rating 5  This place is A TON OF FUN! It was my first time doing a live escape room and I will definitely be doing many more because of the experience that I had here. Devon and Trace were our hosts and I absolutely love the presentation and humor that they brought to the experience. It was myself and one other person in one of the easier rooms and we just barely made it out in time. It was a great challenge and a blast of a time. I would HIGHLY recommend this place if you are looking for a fun challenge with friends or some bonding time with a significant other. 10 out of 10 for sure! Thanks gang! Keep up the good work!

    thumb josh Gabriel
    2/26/2020
  • review rating 5  Lana and Sierra were great! We had a couple of people late and they made sure we all still had a great experience. The Egyptian room was great with thoughtful clues and was just the right difficulty for our group!

    thumb David McCormick
    10/20/2019

    review rating 5  My group almost missed the entrance at first which you have to buzz into, but the staff were so helpful! Selena and Matt greeted us, had us sign waivers, and gave a few tips quickly so that we had as much time as possible! They were great at giving us helpful and creative hints throughout. We made it out with almost 10 minutes to spare! Some of us had been to an escape room before and others hadn't, but the outbreak room was just right for us! Thanks so much for a great time!

    thumb Vonnie Slater
    11/16/2019

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Escapeworks Denver is CLOSED


EscapeWorks Denver is temporarily CLOSED due to the unprecedented Coronavirus outbreak and response. We plan to remain closed through April 16, but that date may move depending on conditions.

Although we believe Escape Rooms offer one of the safest ways to have fun in small groups, for the safety of our employees and in the interest of helping to stop the spread of COVID19 we are closing our doors until it is safe and prudent to reopen. In lieu of refunds, please understand that we will be issuing booking credits good for any time of day for those who have bookings on our calendar between now and April 16. WE WILL REOPEN and honor all existing bookings as credits.

If you are interested in booking a team building event for later than April 16, please email tb@escapeworksdenver.com or fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you.

Sincerely, your EscapeWorks Denver Team.