There isn’t a magic number to determine the perfect escape room group size, but the good news is that escape games are fun regardless of the number of players on your team – just as long as you’re not on your own! Here are all the pros and cons of taking part, whether your group consists or two or ten!
Large Group: Pros
1. Divide and conquer!
Splitting up to cover more ground is certainly one of the best tactics your team can implement when you’re in an escape game. The larger your group is, the more set of eyes you’ll have at your disposal to scan every corner in search of hidden clues and objects. You’ll also have a bigger collection of brains to pick when things get tough!
2. Full Mental Training
Creative & critical thinking, communication, teamwork and perception are all part of the ‘mental’ side of the escape experience. The dynamic of a larger group will naturally be much more boisterous and energetic, providing a much tougher mental challenge for each individual. This challenge will be beneficial in the long run by really forcing individuals to come out of their shells and get involved in the activity.
Large Group: Cons
1. Message Interference
Ever heard of the phrase, “too many cooks spoil the broth”? When it comes to escape rooms, where multiple people try to convey their opinion within a confined space at the same time – message interference and confusion is bound to happen! This can disrupt the flow of the game and cause confusion with too much input and voices for one solution.
Small Groups: Pros
1. Fewer Distractions
Playing with fewer people will naturally mean fewer distractions. There won’t be as many diversions, disturbances and general white noise. Instead, you’ll be able to easily delegate roles and quickly devise a suitable plan of action. From there, you and your tightly knit teammates can go through the motions with surgical efficiency and complete your escape experience in record time!
Small Groups: Cons
1. Less Perspective and Ideas
On the flip side to the previous point; although fewer people means fewer distractions, it also means less perspective and ideas. The skills and opinions floating around your group will be far less diverse – restricting your pool of ideas. Your team will have to be much more switched on, as you won’t be able to rely on strength in numbers when you encounter a tricky puzzle!