What Is the Maximum Number of People You Can Have in an Escape Room?
Escape rooms are popular group activities, whether it’s a student’s birthday party, a work Christmas outing or just something for the family to do at the weekend. Escape rooms are great fun for all occasions. But before you make a booking, you should know the maximum capacity of the room so no one is left out and you’re not left disappointed on the day.
Each escape room will have different regulations for the number of people permitted inside, as it largely depends on the size of the room. However, sometimes escape rooms are ideal for a specific number of people to participate because of the number of puzzles in the room and the time constraints.
Why is that? Keep reading to find out.
How Many People Can Do an Escape Room?
Every escape room is different, however, for the vast majority, 5 is the ideal number of people for an escape room. At Escape Now, each of our rooms is designed for 2 – 6 people to take part, as the rooms themselves aren’t huge, and we think that this is the best group size to ensure everyone can take part and have fun.
In most social gatherings when there is a big group of people, sub-groups form as people can’t hear each other well or simply want to discuss another topic and so splinter away. The same can happen in escape rooms that allow 10 or more people to take part, and the efforts to search for clues can become counterproductive as each splinter group unintentionally hinders the whole group’s efforts.
With a group of 2 to 6 people, everyone can communicate easily with one another, sharing clues and ideas as soon as they’re found.
What’s more, many escape rooms will adapt their prices according to the number of participants, so there can be a financial advantage for you to bring a larger group. for example, at Escape Now, our pricing changes as such:
- A group of 2 will cost £25.00 per person
- A group of 3 will cost £23.00 per person
- A group of 4 will cost £20.00 per person
- A group of 5 will cost £18.00 per person
- A group of 6 will cost £17.00 per person
£8.00 is not such an enormous saving from 2 to 6 people that you should go searching the streets for other willing participants, however, in this economy, it can be hugely beneficial for many people. So, if you haven’t done an escape room before, maybe think about inviting a few of your friends to make it easier and cheaper.
Can One Person Do an Escape Room?
Although fewer people in an escape room can often be beneficial, doing an escape room alone is also inadvisable. When you take on an escape room, you’ve got a limited time – usually an hour – to search the room, uncover clues, dismiss red herrings, and solve puzzles. Doing all of this alone in just one hour can be very hard.
Moreover, escape rooms are very popular, particularly in the UK, because of the social aspect, which also makes them beneficial. Working together as a team is an important social skill and can help people learn to communicate effectively with others, so while trying to complete an escape room may be fun and challenging, you would be missing out on some of the most important elements of the game.
If you want to do an escape room but can’t convince your friends or family to join you, there are several online communities of puzzlers and keen escapers, especially on websites like FaceBook, where you can find plenty of people who will be happy to join you. But of course, be careful with who you meet online.
What Age are Escape Rooms for?
While puzzles are great learning resources for children, and great ways of keeping your mind active into older adulthood, the way escape rooms are designed, they’re often too challenging for young children. Children can go into escape rooms, but anyone under 16 should be accompanied by a participating adult.
It’s not that escape rooms are scary, but that there are a great many puzzles hidden around the room that may be too challenging for young children to spot, especially without the help of an adult. If it’s too challenging for children, they’ll usually lose their focus and become disinterested. That said, if you’re a family of puzzlers, escape rooms are a great place to spend a weekend afternoon to help your children improve their critical thinking skills by encouraging them to spot patterns, unravel clues and solve puzzles.
If you have a newborn or a hyperactive toddler, it’s possibly not the best way to spend your time as you won’t be able to enjoy the escape room yourself as the puzzles will be too advanced for them and you’d likely spend your time stopping them from playing with the objects in the room, which may actually be clues that you then might miss.
Choosing an Escape Room
Each escape room you go to will have a theme of the room, usually also with a story, and a difficulty rating so you can choose the room according to your ability and interest. At Escape Now, we have the following rooms:
- Sherlock’s Secret – Difficult
- Haunted Hollow – Medium
- The Getaway – Medium
You get a bit of an idea about the theme of each room from the name (a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a scary story, a driving challenge) so if you know how escape rooms work, you can simply choose according to which theme sounds more appealing. However, if you’ve never done an escape room before and want to ease yourself in gently, you should look at the difficulty rating when deciding on your room.
Are Escape Rooms Scary?
Of course, escape rooms all have different themes, so some will be scary, but the vast majority aren’t going to frighten you. Escape rooms are often confused with haunted houses, where there are actors hiding behind corners ready to make you jump, but they’re not the same, and this doesn’t happen in 99% of escape rooms. It can be hard enough finding the clues and solving the puzzles, let alone having to look over your shoulder while you do it, so there’s no need to worry about escape rooms if you’re of a nervous disposition.
Being locked in a room with only your problem-solving abilities to get you out can be a frightening prospect for people with claustrophobia or an anxiety disorder, however, most people don’t have issues in escape rooms because they’re designed to be fun and so can easily distract you from any worries. If you are concerned about how you might feel once you’re inside, you should tell a member of staff before you book and they can make sure they’re extra-attentive while you’re in there, and in some cases, they’ll even keep the door open for you so you know you can leave at any moment.
Beating an Escape Room
People are often surprised by how few participants successfully complete an escape room, but if everyone could do it, there would hardly be a challenge! However, if you’re determined to win your escape room, there are a few tricks to help you on your way.
The main point is to familiarise yourself with the room. Read the story of the mystery online before you attend so you have an idea of what types of clues to look for once you’re inside. Then, once you’ve entered the room, take your time glancing over all of the objects and their locations, as everything in the room could be a potential clue. Rushing around fiddling with items and looking for secret compartments may seem like a good idea, but will usually be a great waste of your time.
Ready to Escape?
If you’re up for the challenge, book your escape room visit to Escape Now in Birmingham today!