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June 20
2019
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Solving Escape Room Activities in Large Groups vs. Small Groups

Solving Escape Room Activities in Large Groups vs. Small Groups

Ah, group size. The incessantly debated topic within every friend group since the beginning of time (don’t fact check us on that one). How does one decide the perfect number of people to invite, while balancing not offending someone with ensuring the least amount of stress for everyone involved?

Then you throw an escape room into the mix, and you want to make sure you have a shot at winning. It can be absolutely maddening. The good news for you is escape room activities are just as fun with large groups as they are in small groups. And the even better news? We’ve laid out the pros and cons of each end group size for you so you can pick the best number of people to fit your objective.

Activities in Large Groups

You may be thinking, “Okay, large is great, but how large are we talking?” Great question. We’re not saying you should bring a huge family reunion or crowd of people everywhere you go. That wouldn’t be fun for anyone. For the sake of plausibility, we’re talking the escape room maximum-number-of-participants size, which is usually eight to twelve people. And for those who balked at the number being above seven, take a deep breath. Here are a few factors to consider.

Pros

The classic “let’s split up to cover more ground” tactic may not always work well in scary movies, but it’s an excellent strategy for an escape room. More sets of eyes over the room will ensure you don’t miss anything, and when you have more people analyzing the clues and information, you’ll be able to find the solutions more quickly. Plus, the whole point of an escape room is to spend time quality time with your group and enjoy yourselves. When you’re with more people you love, the whole experience is more fun and you make happy memories for everyone to look back on.

Trying an escape room in large groups can also be the best way for you and your squad to feel the full effects of this mental “workout.” Escape rooms put soft skills to the test. That’s why so many offices and teams use them as a bonding experience to improve communication, problem-solving, and creativity.  When you bring a larger group into the room, it may be more challenging to implement and master these skills at the moment, but you leave with a great deal of improvement.

Cons

The problem with doing activities in large groups is message interference, a term coined by professionals and professors in the communications realm. Interference is any noise or activity distracting two parties from the information being passed back and forth between them (their conversation). This can especially be a problem for large groups. Having more people in a confined space means more information coming at you from every direction, which causes a great deal of chaos. This makes for more stress, and stress means tension, which is a perfect recipe for disaster in terms of a successful escape room experience.

If you want to try escape room activities in large groups, the previously discussed “cons” are easily avoided with a bit of preparation. Take time as a group to focus, assign roles, or whatever it takes to ensure everyone’s on their game and ready for the challenge.

Activities in Small Groups

While some people might prefer an escape room stint on their own, it’s not typically encouraged by escape facilities (usually there’s a requirement of two people at a time) and it’s not nearly as fun. A small group for an escape room would constitute two to four people, and if those numbers seem like they’d be nice and simple, it’s because they are.

Pros

When you have smaller, more concentrated numbers, you’re able to streamline the escape room experience and enter the room with more focus. Naturally, with fewer people, there will be less of the interference we previously discussed because there are fewer sources of activity in the confined space. Because of this, you’ll be able to process the situation more thoroughly and you’ll feel less stressed by the amount of inevitable chaos caused by larger numbers of people.

Cons

On the other hand, fewer people may mean more peace, but it also means less perspective and ideas. In smaller groups, it’s easier to find yourself stuck on one small portion of the room or one clue because you don’t have as diverse of a skill set and outlook in regard to problem-solving. It’ll take more time for you to move past that mental block, which will tank your statistical probability of escaping. And, honestly, smaller groups are often less fun. You’re with fewer people, and while those people may be fun and exciting, it’s hard to replicate the whimsical, exciting atmosphere of doing activities in large groups.

People who attempt escape rooms in small groups are often the more intense and competitive types. If that’s your speed, more power to you. For those who are more serious about their escape endeavors, there are resources to help you strategize your record-breaking escape time with a perfectly formulated group.

Choosing the Best Group Size for Your Next Escape Room

What’s the verdict on this deeply philosophical and definitely science-based debate? There’s isn’t one. It’s completely up to you and what you’re looking to accomplish by attempting an escape room. Escape room activities in large groups offer a more laid-back and fun experience, while escape rooms in smaller groups offer a more streamlined and competitive approach. Again, it’s highly dependent on the group and the personalities within it.

If you’d like to further postulate the psychology of escape activities in large or small groups, you’re invited to learn more. Or, if you want to put these theories and hypotheses to the test, visit EscapeWorks Denver and reserve an escape room for your group to experience it all firsthand. Purely in the name of science, of course.

The Reviews

  • 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  My experience here was awesome! Neb was very knowledgeable and very informative. You can tell he really cares about the customers experience! Thank you guys so much for a great time. Juan the manager is awesome as well!!

    thumb Kristen Barnes
    7/01/2019
  • review rating 5  We had a blast! We originally did the Casino Heist, however, there were some complications with the room. Dice and Emilia provided us with wonderful customer service and had us do Outbreak instead. We appreciated how much they cared about experience and we ended up having a great time. Highly recommend if you’re in the downtown Denver area and looking for some fun!

    thumb BreAnna Fraser
    9/16/2019

    review rating 5  Very considerate and nice staff and a great time! My group was placed with two other people randomly and they kind of took over the whole puzzle. The employees pulled us aside to let us know what they saw and they wanted to make sure we had a great experience of our own so they gave us a coupon to come back another time. They were really helpful from beginning to end and it was super fun!

    thumb Ginger Swanson
    8/18/2019
  • 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  EscapeWorks Denver was an amazing experience! We did a team outing for 2 large groups with our sales team and everyone came out so impressed. I had never done one but many in our group have, they all were at the conclusion that this was the best they have done so far! Great team building experience and very cost effective if on a budget. Savannah was awesome along with the staff that helped with our experience!

    thumb Chip Stahmer
    9/24/2019
  • review rating 5  Great escape room. Would highly recommend. Nice workers. Trace did an excellent job. Definitely plan on coming again. 👍

    thumb Holly Schmidt
    6/27/2019

    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  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  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  So many fun choices, a super safe place with a super professional and kind staff. The room I did was so much fun and planned down to the millimeter. My whole crew had a blast. I highly recommend it. No wait no fuss, treat yourself

    thumb gusgusgeol
    4/17/2019

    review rating 5  Emilia did a great job explaining the rules. Wow! What an experience! We did the outbreak room. It was super similar to my childhood growing up! However, this time I was able to leave the room after an hour. What a relief! Anyway, I had a lot of fun and won't be testifying against anyone at this place in the future. Five stars!

    thumb Timothy Mahoney
    9/21/2019
  • 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  Juan was an absolute gem. We had such a great time. It was challenging, exciting, and a blast. Thanks again Juan for making our experience incredible, we will absolutely be back.

    thumb Claire Schultz
    8/18/2019
  • review rating 5  Their flower shop was quite enjoyable, and Dana delivered with a lovely performance. Give her a raise 😁I've only done one room, but it was a great time. It was a bit challenging, yet did not feel too difficult for all levels of problem solving.

    thumb Caleb B
    6/26/2019

    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  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  The staff were very helpful and fun people. We did the beyond the flower shop room theme which was designed well even for our large group of 12 people, but I could see all group sizes enjoying this room. I appreciate the attention to detail to the escape room and the challenges placed throughout. The experience was worth it for our team-bonding event, and I highly recommend this for all types of people. Thanks for all the fun!

    thumb Melissa Rausch
    9/17/2019
  • review rating 5  Did the "Beyond the Flower Shop" room with a group of six. The room was well thought out and very enjoyable. Challenging, but perfect for a group of beginners. Alisha working the front desk was amazing at introducing us to the storyline and walking us through how to do the game. She provided help at perfect times and we wouldn't have made it through without her. Will definitely be coming back with my group because of her!

    thumb Chandler Tuck
    8/09/2019

    review rating 5  We did the "Outbreak" room at EscapeWorks in Denver and we LOVED it! This was my first time in an escape room and I will definitely be back. Alisha was our liason and she was SUPER helpful. What a fun night with my kids!

    thumb Karen Ashbeck
    8/11/2019

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