What Percentage of People Complete Escape Rooms?
Only 15 – 30 % of people complete escape rooms according to a study done by Room Escape Artist, which may be a surprisingly low number, but if the successful completion rate was 100%, what would be the point? Escape rooms are designed to be challenging to get people thinking, using their brain power and problem-solving skills and communicating well with their teammates, so most escape rooms will have a 50% or lower success rate to challenge the participants.
Are escape rooms still worth it even if you don’t win? Absolutely! Here’s why.
How Hard are Escape Rooms?
Escape rooms are rooms filled with clues and puzzles that participants are required to solve in order to find a code or key to unlock the door and escape within the allotted time, usually one hour. There will be a member of staff, a games master, who can watch and listen to you inside the room and you can communicate via a radio – they won’t let you win, but they can help if you get stuck.
Escape rooms are created to challenge people, so they won’t be easy, but they also won’t be impossible, so it’s very unlikely you’ll take part in an escape room and not uncover any clues or solve any puzzles. But if you’re in a difficult room or it’s your first time doing an escape room, you might run out of time before you find all of the clues to escape. You can still be proud of yourself for getting as far as you do, and just aim to do better next time!
Each escape room is given a difficulty level so you know in advance whether you’re doing a room for beginners, a moderately difficult room, or a hard room for puzzle addicts.
At Escape Now, we have two medium rooms:
- Haunted Hollow
- The Getaway
And one difficult room:
- Sherlock’s Secret
How hard you find the escape room may also depend on how many people you have in your group.
How Many People Should Do an Escape Room?
Escape rooms aren’t usually big rooms and they often require a lot of props to hide clues and provide red herrings, so you can’t get 20 people in an escape room. Our escape rooms are designed for groups of 2 – 6 people because any more would make the rooms cramped and difficult to move around in, and it’s more fun with a smaller group.
If you have too many people in an escape room there will likely be a lot of ideas flying around, with some clues (and people) getting overlooked or dismissed, leading to an unenjoyable experience. As far as escape rooms are concerned, it’s not always the case that more people will make escaping easier; a small group is ideal to get the benefits of escape rooms and let everybody get involved in the problem-solving process.
Can You Do an Escape Room Alone?
Some escape rooms may let you participate alone, but one of the benefits of escape rooms is improving your communication skills, which requires other people to be involved. What’s more, one hour is a suitable length of time for a few heads to work out the clues but it can be too short for just one person to find and solve everything in time.
Typically, there are around 12 puzzles in each room, allowing for 5 minutes per puzzle over the course of an hour, however, this does change according to the difficulty of the room. Regardless, it’s often too short a time limit for one person to complete alone.
If you want to do an escape room, you’re best to ask a friend or family member to join you, but if they’re sceptical about escape rooms, you can show them our blog on the benefits of escape rooms, or you can even post online in an escape room enthusiast group and meet somebody who would also like to take part with you!
Why are Escape Rooms Fun?
So if the success rate is so low, you might be wondering why escape rooms are so fun and if people really enjoy them. Well, the short answer is that fun isn’t always about winning!
Whether you’re competing against an opponent or against the clock, humans are naturally competitive and want to win, so it’s always a thrill to take part, even if the results don’t go as planned. After all, we’re not talking about competing for food or shelter, just racing against the clock to find clues and solve puzzles!
Moreover, challenging ourselves is good for our psychology. When we overcome a problem, no matter how big or small or meaningful, our bodies release endorphins which make us feel more satisfied with ourselves. Exercise and eating are commonly known to release endorphins and improve our mood, but challenges like puzzles also release endorphins and boost our mood, so escape rooms, with their many small challenges, can make people feel great, whether they complete the whole room or not.
Escape rooms are also fun because they’re a group activity and humans are social animals. Spending time with friends and family or even colleagues (that you may or may not ordinarily get on with) makes us feel good, and overcoming challenges together brings us closer and helps us empathise better with one another.
Are Escape Rooms Good for You?
Since our mood is boosted by solving puzzles and spending time as a group, escape rooms are great for you as they’re an almost-guaranteed fun experience. Locking yourself up away from the worries of the world also helps distract you from any problems in your life and forces you to focus on the task at hand – escaping!
But escape rooms are more than a moderate antidepressant. They also require a good memory and the cognitive abilities to interpret clues and find patterns in the room that will help you uncover further clues and solve the riddles to let you out. These kinds of cognitive skills needed for escape rooms are similar to those found in IQ tests and have been proven to ease some of the symptoms of dementia as we get older and lose some of our brain function.
However, you don’t need a high IQ to be successful in escape rooms; the more open-minded you are and the more diverse your group is, the more successful you’ll be at solving the puzzles, but we don’t want to give away too many tricks of escape rooms!
Who Can Do Escape Rooms?
Horror-themed escape rooms are not for the faint-hearted, however, otherwise, anyone can take part in an escape room! Some of the puzzles may be too difficult for children, so anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult, but we regularly see diverse groups of all ages enjoying our escape rooms.
What’s more, people with anxiety or claustrophobia are often apprehensive about participating in escape rooms due to the idea of being locked in an often dimly lit room for an hour (especially with coworkers!). However, there are several ways in which we can help people with worries feel more comfortable so they can still take part.
The general rules of escape rooms involve locking away personal possessions before entering the room and closing the door behind groups when they’re inside. But your games master is there to help you have a good time, so you can speak to them about any concerns and perhaps have an item of comfort inside with you, or leave the door ajar so you can relax and take pleasure in the game.
Escape Now! Birmingham’s Best Escape Room
If you’re looking for a fun and affordable activity in Birmingham, look no further than Escape Now! Each of our three escape rooms is sure to get your brain in gear with its tricky challenges. Think you can beat the escape room? Book your experience now!