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.


$35 per person


1529 Champa St.
Denver, CO

The Reviews

  • There is paid parking options near this location. Friendly, helpful staff and a fun experience! Felix was a great game master! We were able to make it out in under an hour with 4 people.

    Sarah Kallsen Avatar Sarah Kallsen
    February 27, 2023

    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!

    Carolyn K Avatar 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!

    Kenitha Rabb Avatar 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.

    Brig Church Avatar 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.

    Rebecca H. Avatar 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!

    Olivia Svenson Avatar 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!!

    Kaitlyn Kelly Avatar 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!

    Brian Sankowski Avatar 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!

    Doug “K'laamas” Johnson Avatar 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!

    Liy Taliaferro Avatar 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!

    Morgan Phillips Avatar 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!

    Jeremy Smolik Avatar 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!

    Stephen Weitz Avatar 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!!!

    Meredith LoRusso Avatar 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.

    Deb Gregg Avatar 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

    Kim Klundt Avatar 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.

    Chena Kline Avatar 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!

    Amanda Bertelli Avatar 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!

    Jazz Ramey Avatar 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!

    lilly M. Avatar lilly M.
    April 15, 2022

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