November 25
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What is an Escape Room?

What is an Escape Room?

Escape rooms, the sixty-minute immersive experience for any age geared for collaborative efforts and quick-paced problem solving, are rapidly generating worldwide popularity. You may have already tested your intellect with a few rooms whether successful or failing to escape with one remaining clue. However, for those who have yet to accept the quest and attempt an escape room or want to learn more about the origin and purpose of escape rooms, we can help familiarize you.

Escape Rooms: The Concept

Simply put, escape rooms conform to a singular mission: escape the room. Before the festivities develop into a full range of clues, mysteries, and critical thinking activities, you and your group have the option to select the theme of your choice before booking. The escape room company’s website, like EscapeWorks, will display the various themes available, such as a virus outbreak, an Egyptian tomb, or a casino heist. On their website, most companies provide the level of intensity and suggested group size along with the time slots available for booking. Upon entering, the escape room you choose should feel immersive in its theme and allow you to feel as though you are somewhere entirely new and distant from the waiting room you just left. If you completed all the rooms currently offered, keep an eye out for seasonal rooms, such as those geared towards Halloween and Christmas available for a limited time only!

How Does it Work?

First, you need to organize your team and make sure your headcount does not exceed the maximum set by the escape room company. Once you arrive for your booked room, an escape room game guide will usher your group into the themed room and set the scene with an opening line like, “There has been a murder and you are all suspects!” or “The wizard is looking for his final ingredient needed to complete his potion and you are our last chance in stopping him!” After your room guide completes the inaugural remarks and provides your team with the first set of clues, he or she will exit the room, close the door, and the countdown will begin reducing your sixty-minute allotment. You and your team will then need to work together by scouring the room for hidden clues, secret codes, or number combinations. The answers could be found in anything from the hem on a pair of curtains to a poster on the wall, so splitting up in smaller groups can be helpful. Keep in mind that escape rooms are meant to be challenging and only a small percentage of participants will successfully complete the escape room in time. If you are going for the first time, consider a room with a lower intensity and higher chance of achievement. All rooms will be packed with clues and fun riddles, however each room targets an intensity level. That way, once you complete the easier rooms, you can move up to the more challenging ones!

Is There Only One Way Out?

Is the room really locked? Not usually. These days, escape rooms have moved away from locking their customers in rooms. EscapeWorks, like most safety-conscious escape rooms, provide participants with an independent means of leaving the room without assistance or permission from anyone else.In addition, all of EscapeWorks’ rooms are equipped with continual video and sound surveillance. Our game masters are always close by and carefully watching, ready to provide any assistance you may need. Also, if the full hour passes before your group successfully completing, a game guide will be there to open the doors and, if you’d like, show you the remaining clues and answers your team was unable to solve.

What Else Do I Need to Know or Do Before Coming?

  • Wear comfortable clothing! In your sixty-minute time slot, you might find yourself crawling, ducking, and tiptoeing to look over shelves which might be uncomfortable for you to do in constrictive clothing or high heels.
  • You can book an escape room with a smaller group but may need to share the room with another small team so that everyone can experience the fun. You might find that they will be your best chance at escaping the room in time, and you could walk away having made more friends! Most of our customers enjoy meeting up with fellow escape room fans and find the experience more enjoyable with other groups. Of course, if you’d prefer to be on your own, any of our rooms can be booked privately.
  • If all participants are under the age of fifteen, at least one parent or responsible ticketed adult needs to be present.

Life Before Escape Rooms: The History of Suspenseful and Challenging Entertainment

Before the phenomenon brought modern-day escape rooms to almost every state in America and many countries abroad, the concept of escaping and problem-solving for recreational purposes is nothing new. Murder mystery parties and clue-riddled games alike stood as immersive encounters for any competitive individual or team ready for the challenge. Even prior to the invention of television and computer screens, suspenseful activities like hedge mazes and corn mazes were modern forms of entertainment as people entered through one side of the maze in attempt to escape on the other side.

The Knack for Adrenaline and Simulation

For the same reason that scary movies, roller coasters, skydiving, swimming with sharks, and haunted houses exist, humans love the element of suspense or surprise to a certain extent. When adrenaline activates in your body, increased neurological activity energizes your heartrate and metabolism, supplying charged endorphins available to apply to the stressful task at hand. “Well, what if I don’t like scary movies or roller coasters?” The interesting aspect about adrenaline is that its effect is not confined to jump scares and intense roller coaster drops but can be experienced at any time! Have you noticed how any avid reader loves escaping reality by travelling to a new atmosphere that provides a change of pace scenery, all without getting up from the couch? It’s our innate desire as people to enjoy experiencing new surroundings, thrills, and challenges through various methods whether we are actively travelling or engaging otherwise.

The concept of role-playing and simulation dates to Ancient Greek theatre. Dressing up and pretending to impersonate someone or something else is a great example of escaping reality by immersing yourself elsewhere through simple play. Children mimic this concept daily as they use their imagination to pretend to be famous chefs teaching a cooking class or princes and princesses who live in a castle far away. In this instance, participating in a physical escape room and feeling tangible objects as clues solidifies the role-playing as you become the characters necessary to overcome the challenge.

Merging Reality with an Immersive Experience

Increasing your sensory responses, visualization can maximize your adrenaline experience at hand. With the physical representation of a new reality in front of your eyes through a television or computer screen, players were met with a middle ground of immersion and seeing reality off-screen. Created by Toshimitsu Takagi and introduced in 2004, the video game “Crimson Room” drew in millions of computer game players. Its concept is considered to have sparked the Japanese movement in 2007 to bring the video game to life through launching the first escape room. Within the last decade, escape rooms rocketed in business and interest and moved from Asia to Europe and by 2012, San Francisco opened their first escape room. Since then, escape rooms can be found in most cities, allowing friends and family to go on several occasions and test their abilities in differently themed rooms. The hype for escape rooms has grown exponentially to the point that even Hollywood made a thriller film based off the concept!

EscapeWorks Denver: Your Next Date Night, Work Outing, or Family Event

Does your boss want to see which department from the office works best with one other or curious to see how employees work while under a little pressure? Are you and your significant other looking for a revamp date that goes beyond the go-to dinner and a movie? Is this weekend your choice for family fun, but you want something new to do? EscapeWorks Denver is ready to help with all of those! With several, uniquely crafted themes to decide from, we cater to all ages and intensity levels. Our rooms were brilliantly executed by our skilled engineers and craftsman to not only simulate the scenario, but to immerse you fully in the situation. Even in our speakeasy room, we carefully designed each element for you to feel whisked away to the prohibition, even to the point you might forget about the law’s abolishment!

Easy to locate in the heart of Denver, there are many restaurant options for you to take your team to afterwards, whether it’s to celebrate your escape or to drown your sorrows in comfort food. At EscapeWorks Denver, we will work with you to book all school field trips, office outings, birthday parties, and more.

Book your room today to see for yourself why escape rooms are trending globally.

The Reviews

  • review rating 5  This was our second time down and both times were so much fun! This time we did the Christmas Story room and it was a blast! Great elements from the movie, challenging puzzles but also fun for the kids. Amelia was a fabulous guide! We are looking forward to trying other rooms in the future for sure!

    thumb Deanna Silva

    review rating 5  EscapeWorks Denver was a great team building event. We did Outbreak and it was very challenging for the entire group. Amelia and Savannah were great setting up the room and explaining our mission. Overall a fantastic experience and highly recommended.

    thumb Nicholas Hernandez
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    review rating 5  Amazing escape room! I had a blast! The Casino Heist was one of the best I have participated in. Gen was an incredible host, super friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend!

    thumb Janeese Brooks
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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
  • review rating 5  I rented beyond the flower shop room for my wedding party. We had a blast! The puzzles were challenging but fun. There was plenty of room for everyone to work on different puzzles at the same time. We got out with 2 minutes to spare. Shout out to Trace, he did a great job at only giving us hints when we needed it. I don't like it when they're too generous with the hints, takes the challenge out of the experience. This was my third escape room in Denver and I've used a different company each time. I would definitely come back here to try a different room.

    thumb M Hulsey

    review rating 5  We completed the zombie outbreak room. It was well thought out and challenging. Sierra was great too! I highly recommend and we'll definitely return!

    thumb Dawn
  • 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

    review rating 5  Went as a group for a team building exercise and did the Outbreak room. The puzzles were challenging and complex but we did manage to escape! It was a great time and a really immersive experience. Thanks to Sierra for sending us hints that were helpful enough to get us unstuck but didn't just give away the game.Overall a really great experience!

    thumb Matt Kemmerer
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    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

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