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January 13
2020
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How Many People Can Fit into an Escape Room?

How Many People Can Fit into an Escape Room

Few people deny the importance of teamwork. The ability to cooperatively solve problems and find innovative solutions to questions are daily necessities. Vince Lombardi eloquently captures the essence of teamwork: “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Michael Jordan, world famous basketball player, echoes Lombardi’s quote, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

Team building skills develop with problem solving. Thus, if you are looking to grow together as a team, group of friends, or family unit, enter an environment where problem solving is necessary to succeed! Regardless of the size of your team, tackling an escape room is a worthy team building challenge. Below, we’ll explore the nuts and bolts of an escape room, the number of people who can be involved in the challenge, and a few of our favorite themes.

What Is an Escape Room?

Put simply, an escape room is a first-person adventure full of puzzles. You and a team are placed in a realistic environment, surrounded by riddles – to escape, you must locate clues and solve problems. Once each cipher is solved, your team emerges victorious!

First inspired by interactive adventure games, where the user could click on secretive elements in their environment, escape rooms seek to replicate this mysterious format in reality. The first escape room, designed by SCRAP in 2007, exploded in popularity in Japan, China, and the rest of Asia. Soon, themed rooms loaded with puzzles, ciphers, and clues popped up around the continent.

Around 2012, escape rooms first appeared in the United States. A few years later, EscapeWorks Denver opened and has since become the most popular escape room in Colorado by building intensive, immersive, and fun environments. In essence, escape rooms are one giant problem, waiting to be solved by a close-knit team.

How Many People Can an Escape Room Hold?

We commonly receive this question. After all, your group may consist of a family of eight or a duo of two! So, how many people can you bring to aid in your escape? Many escape rooms are strategically designed to accommodate a party of two or a team of twelve. At EscapeWorks, we believe the ideal group size is six or more, allowing for collaboration. Why?

With a larger party, more minds interact with the escape room at once. A larger variety of skill sets are present to solve clues, suggest new ideas, and decrypt challenging puzzles. Hold up! Won’t a larger group make cohesion more difficult? If everyone talks at once, how will anyone hear ideas? These are valid concerns – however, these very concerns are what makes escape rooms such a unique, team building experience. Solving an escape room encourages participants to work together, listen closely to input, build off suggested ideas, and respectfully disagree… all while fighting the clock. Sound intense? We think so!

Although we tend to recommend a larger group, parties of two can also thoroughly enjoy the escape room experience.

What Are Some Pros and Cons Involved with Activities in Smaller Groups?

Pros

Smaller numbers allow for a more streamlined experience. If you are bringing close friends, you may enter the room with more focus. As we referenced earlier, more people equals more voices and opinions. Essentially, if your posse consists of two or three key players, your escape room experience will be streamlined and epic – even if every person carries more strategic responsibility.

Cons

As we also referred to, more people bring more ideas and varied perspectives. A tendency among smaller groups is to get stuck on a small portion of the room or on a single puzzle. The statistical probability of succeeding drops when groups are stuck for a long period of time. However, statistical probability does not have the final say. As Mark Twain stated, “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”

What Are Some Pros and Cons Involved with Activities in Larger Groups?

We referenced a few pros of bringing a large group into your escape room adventure. However, a few more pros (and cons) should be discussed for a holistic view of large parties.

Pros

The ability to split up and cover more ground is a good escape room strategy, one that is enhanced with a large group. A bigger group logically results in more eyes scouring the room, more hands picking up clues, and more brains deciphering puzzles. Furthermore, escape rooms are excellent opportunities to practice soft skills required in many areas of life. Offices, sports teams, and classrooms frequent escape rooms for this very purpose.

Cons

As aforementioned, message interference can be a problem in large groups. Most individuals are familiar with interference: a distraction that interrupts information passed between two parties. With the chaotic excitement of a full escape room, the successful transfer of information can be difficult. However, these cons are not unavoidable. Simple preparation, from assigning roles to refocusing the group, can dissuade many large group problems.

EscapeWorks Denver: Our Favorite Themes!

Now that you know the pros and cons of escape room team sizes, a proper room can be chosen. Below, we’ll list a brief summary of our favorite rooms at EscapeWorks Denver. Take the info to your team, large or small, and schedule your next adventure.

Outbreak

A deadly virus has taken hold of the world. In 60 minutes, you must pick up abandoned vaccine research, vaccinate your group, and find the way out before the oxygen runs out.

Beyond the Flower Shop

In 1926, alcohol is banned, and police collude with criminals. You are placed into a flower shop – but is it just a flower shop?

Egyptian Tomb

In 60 minutes, your dream team must retrace the footsteps of a famed archaeologist, find out his fate, and escape.

Casino Heist

Your team has been planning a heist for months, but the mastermind has gone rogue. In 60 minutes, your team must get from the casino to the vault and escape – without getting caught.

Do you have any remaining questions about our escape rooms? Feel free to contact us today at (303) 945-6521 or via our online contact form!

The Reviews

  • review rating 5  My group and I did the Outbreak puzzle and it was super fun, challenging, and exciting. To top it off, Amelia? Emilia? o my goodness forgot her name, but she was super funny and full of energy, totally added to the experience. Will for sure come back and try the other rooms.

    thumb Maria Juliana Pinzon
    12/20/2019

    review rating 5  This was our very first Escape room we've ever done and it was the perfect choice. Both our guides were phenomenal! Energetic and you can clearly tell they enjoy what they do. We experienced the Egyptian Tomb and finished with 4:33 left on the clock. Next we did the Beyond the Flower Shop. We barely missed it but we had a blast. Will definitely be back!!!!

    thumb Kaitlin Bergann
    9/21/2019
  • 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  The staff was very friendly. Selena and Sierra welcomed us with smiles and helped us get settled in. Taylor did a great job introducing the room to us and giving us a few hints while we were in. He gave us just enough hints to keep us motivated, but we still had to work hard to escape. The room we tried and escaped was Outbreak. It has a low escape probability and we figured out why when we were inside. It was a blast and we can't wait to go back! This is definitely a great idea for a night out, if you want to exercise your mind under pressure.

    thumb David Kohlschmidt
    11/11/2019
  • 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  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  I brought my family here when they were in town for the holidays and it was a great experience. Staff was friendly, well-organized, and generally helpful. The room was fun and challenging, with way above-average decor that really sold the scenario. The puzzles were pretty unique from what I've seen and the hint system kept things from being frustrating for too long, without being intrusive. I've done both Egyptian Tomb and Antidote and both were great.

    thumb Matt Rendall
    12/29/2019

    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  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  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  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  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  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 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  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  I’ve tried many escape rooms before and this one is by far my favorite! Not only was our room so well put together & exciting, but the staff was also amazing. Emilia was so great, she helped us get set up and made us feel so welcomed and excited to start our room. The room we did was meant for up to 12 people, so since it was just my boyfriend & I she helped us out a little bit. Emilia and the rest of the staff are wonderful. Highly recommend trying this place out!

    thumb Cassie Yarbrough
    2/08/2020
  • 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  Came here for my birthday and it was a blast! Super nice people. We did the Casino Heist and it was definitely challenging but they did give us clues along the way. Can’t wait to go back!

    thumb Samantha Kendrick
    6/16/2019
  • 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  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

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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.