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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!

Firstinspired 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

  • Fabulous staff and had a great time with our teens. We usually do this in every major city we visit. This location was creative and we had a great time. We chose the hardest one with a pandemic, but succeeded!

    thumb Carolyn K
    December 27, 2022

    Visited from Michigan to see some couples from the Black Love and Marriage Program and we decided to check this place out! We had some much fun! The staff was very helpful and hospitable. Their facility and restrooms we clean. We enjoyed our time and we ESCAPED!

    thumb Kenitha Rabb
    December 8, 2022
  • First time doing an escape room adventure for all members of our group(4). We did Blackbeards Brig. We had such a great time. Stephanie was a great host and explained everything very well. Because it was our 1st time we were a little unsure on what to expect. The clues were great, and we were able to win our adventure with 33 seconds to spare. The facilities were well decorated and clean. The clues were somewhat hard but yet achievable. Can't wait to go back for a different adventure.

    thumb Brig Church
    September 22, 2022

    I had a great time at EscapeWorks Denver! We did the Egypt escape room, and it was wonderful! The team bonded wonderfully, and we now work stronger together in more business appropriate parameters. I had a great time dancing around in silly costumes and sifting through sand. However, I'm glad I came with a larger group. You'll definitely need a few sets of hands to escape (which we did!) though I'm sure the experience would be enjoyable regardless. I also did a prohibition themed room a few years back. I don't remember much about it except that I had loads of fun.

    thumb Rebecca H.
    August 22, 2022
  • Helen was an amazing worker! She helped us with our escape room and she was incredibly kind. Helen really made my experience completely worth it! I would come back just to talk with Helen!

    thumb Olivia Svenson
    August 17, 2022

    We had a great time with the Speakeasy room. The setup was fun and the room was detailed. There was a variety of puzzles and it was fun to try to fit things together. Helen!!!! Helen was fantastic at setting the scene and helping us through with little hints when we had the right idea but just couldn’t get something to work because we were slightly off. Thanks!!

    thumb Kaitlyn Kelly
    August 12, 2022
  • We just did the Speakeasy and it was great! The puzzles were designed well; challenging but not impossible and really fun to solve. The rooms themselves were high quality filled with all sorts of fun props and hidden secrets. Helen, our host, was fantastic! Our unseen benefactor kept the action moving and just made the whole experience way more entertaining. Had a blast!

    thumb Brian Sankowski
    August 12, 2022

    This was awesome! The escape room we did had everything—Ancient Egypt, Indiana Jones references, hieroglyphs to translate… It was challenging, but able to be solved in an hour. Our game master Tobi was really friendly & cool. And the “hints” sound was an “Easter Egg” of sorts 😉 Definitely check it out!

    thumb Doug “K'laamas” Johnson
    August 12, 2022
  • Just did the Egyptian tomb n I had a great time. They put a lot of effort into the design, and story. Helen helped us out and made the experience very fun. We almost went back to do a second escape!

    thumb Liy Taliaferro
    August 10, 2022

    We had a great experience with 5 people in the Blackbeard room. Our first time with an escape room challenge and picked the easiest one they offered and thoroughly enjoyed completing the puzzle. Felix was a fantastic host and hints were given appropriately to keep it fun but definitely not excessively. Lots and lots of fun, would highly recommend. We will be back after having such a great time. Thank you!

    thumb Morgan Phillips
    July 30, 2022
  • This was an unforgettable experience! We did the virus outbreak scenario for a teambuilding event. Everyone raved about how fun this was, it far exceeded expectations even for a bunch of engineer dorks. The game was brilliantly designed, the puzzles were very challenging but not frustrating. Each stage or unlock brought a great sense of satisfaction and motivation to move onto the next. Many of the puzzles required unconventional thinking and multiple knowledge domains to complete. Teamwork was a must. Staff was super helpful and their hints were perfectly timed to keep us on track. 10/10, would do again. Thank you!

    thumb Jeremy Smolik
    July 14, 2022

    Been to Escape Works twice now. Had an excellent experience both times. The puzzles are very clever and the rooms are fun and challenging. Particularly enjoyed the casino heist game. Stephanie was a great hostess and even spent some time with us afterwards to explain how things worked. Good fun!

    thumb Stephen Weitz
    June 26, 2022
  • Visiting my friends in Denver and we wanted something fun to do - we made the RIGHT decision here. We booked Blackbeard’s Brig and it was awesome. Well paced and not too difficult. Just the right amount of stress. Patrick was awesome he had our backs and made the experience so fun and enjoyable. He was an awesome host. Highly recommend!!!

    thumb Meredith LoRusso
    June 26, 2022

    My friends and I went to Denver for the weekend and decided to do the Casino Heist room at EscapeWorks. We had so much fun trying to figure out the clues; we didn't end up 'winning' but had a great time anyway. Rose walked us through the clues to the end of the game which was a lot of fun. Thank you Rose and Felix for a fun night. If we are ever back in the area we would definitely to this again.

    thumb Deb Gregg
    June 4, 2022
  • We had the best time at EscapeWorks Denver. My friends and I traveled to Denver for a fun weekend and decided to do the escape room experience. We chose the Casino Heist and had the best time ever!!! A huge shout-out to Rose and Felix who did a fabulous job of making it so fun for us!!! They went above and beyond. Thank you Rose and Felix for making it so memorable!!! We will be back!!! Signed..."The Fun Girls" from South Dakota

    thumb Kim Klundt
    June 4, 2022

    I love this place! I went in March with my daughter and we did Blackbeard's Brig, the easiest one, since I was new at escape rooms. We were paired up with another family of three. We had a blast and escaped! It was such a positive experience, I brought my family back for my daughters birthday. We did the Egyptian Tomb as a private party, since we had a group of five, and escaped! That room was amazing too! My family still tells everyone about how much fun they had in that escape room. The rooms are really well done. The puzzles are fun, unique, not easy but also not so hard you are frustrated the whole time. The themed rooms are spot on with the stories. Everything looks well maintained and clean. The staff is professional and kind. Next Denver trip we will be back for another escape room. Thank you for making our trips fun and memorable.

    thumb Chena Kline
    May 7, 2022
  • The Casino Heist room was a challenge but extremely fun! It’s different than other escape rooms as you’re not allowed to ask for hints; the game master gives them to you at their discretion. Tobi was an awesome game master and only gave us hints when we were completely lost. Highly recommend!

    thumb Amanda Bertelli
    April 26, 2022

    EscapeWorks in Denver is AmAzInG! The gamemasters we're great! We went first to play Blackbeard's Bring, ended up loving it soooo much that after we won, we immediately wanted to do another. We did Outbreak next which was a little more challenging but was a blast to play!!! We're going back to do the other games soon, and I recommend this place to everyone! They have weekday deals, and discounts if you do multiple on the same day!

    thumb Jazz Ramey
    April 26, 2022
  • We had a great time in the Egyptian Tomb! The puzzles and riddles were challenging and fun. Our game master Steph helped us stay on track with minimal hints. Definitely worth the money, for it was an exciting and bonding experience. It was very realistic and there was a lot of thought behind effects and puzzles. If we return to Denver again I would be happy to try out another room!

    thumb lilly M.
    April 15, 2022

    This was such a great experience. Our group of 6 did the Blackbeard's Brigg escape and it was so much fun. The riddles were tough, but solvable. The props and decoration were super fun and all on theme. Our host was Patrick, and he did an incredible job providing us enough clues to keep things going but still keep it fun. He was super nice and personable as well! Def recommend, and will def be back.

    thumb Maxwell Miller
    April 13, 2022

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