Curious as to what percentage of players manage to escape their escape room in time?

Need some inspo on how you can boost your own odds of winning?

Then this is the blog post you’re looking for!

Allow Lost Reality Escape Room in Perth to sort out these confounding conundrums for you!

Sneak peek of what to expect from this post

We’ll begin with a look at how many people succeed at escape rooms on average (and venture beyond the numbers in exploring the success rate).

Then we’ll proceed to take a look at whether certain age groups or other demographics do better.

And finally, as always, we’ll give you a few tips on how to boost your odds of escaping the room on time.


Let’s start!

What is an escape room? (skip if you already know what it is)

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or in a locked room), escape rooms, a.k.a. mystery rooms, a.k.a. adventure rooms….

Are interactive, real-life games where players are “trapped” in a themed room and must work together to solve puzzles, crack codes, and uncover hidden clues in order to escape within a set time limit

These exhilarating experiences have taken the world by storm, with more and more people looking to have a taste.

Escape room success rates

So, what do we mean by the “success rate” of escape rooms?

Well, the “success rate” measures how many groups have managed to win an escape room, i.e. accomplish their mission before running out of time.

It’s calculated by dividing the number of successful teams by the number of teams that played (i.e. both successful and unsuccessful teams).

Does that sound like an indicator of how difficult an escape room is? Not really, as we shall see in a bit.

Percentage of people who succeed

Here’s the deal: Depending on who you ask, typical escape room success rates vary from 15-30% or 20-40%.

As difficult as that sounds – more than half of teams don’t manage to win their escape game – don’t let it intimidate you!

There’s more to escape room success rates than the mere figure of 15-30%, as we shall see…

AND, we’ll tell you a few strategies for upping your own chances of a successful breakout.

So, keep reading!

Going beyond the numbers

The success rate of an escape room doesn’t always show how difficult it is. 

A room may have a low success rate because it attracts beginners or is particularly intimidating, but it may not be the most challenging

Similarly, a high success rate might be due to more experienced players taking on the challenge. 

It’s crucial to remember that various factors can impact an escape room’s success rate and that success percentage isn’t always linked to difficulty.

Factors that contribute to escape adventure success

  • Group size: Bigger teams have more eyes to spot clues, more brains to churn out ideas, and more hands to tackle puzzles.
  • Experience: Roughly speaking, players are of three types – beginners with no experience, casual players with some experience, and seasoned escape artists. The more experienced you are, the better you know the drill and the better you perform.
    • So, if you want to up your odds, play lots of escape rooms, starting now!
  • Skill level: A team with diverse skills, ranging from leadership skills to keen observation and quick thinking, has a higher chance of escaping in time.

Understanding the dynamics behind escape room team size.

The flip side – the major reasons why teams don’t make it out in time

  • Poor time management: It’s easy to lose track of time and miss opportunities when you’re having fun (or panicking)!
  • Tunnel vision: Some puzzles are just plain ol’ tricky. Obsessing over them will do you no favours.
  • Lack of organization: If you aren’t organized at handling clues, you could end up forgetting where something is when you need it – and end up wasting time looking for it.
  • Poor teamwork: Trying to show off your personal skills or not being able to communicate properly with the others will tank your chances of winning.

For more such tips, check out our blogs on top escape room fails

Do demographics have any bearing on escape room success rates?

girls vs boys

Do girls do better than boys at escaping the room?

Does “old is gold” apply to escape room teams? Will a college degree increase your chances of success?

Let’s see…

Age groups

As it turns out, age is nothing but a number!

All age groups can participate in escape rooms, and escape rates are fairly consistent across various age groups.

So, don’t choose your teammates according to how “old and wise” or how “young and energetic” they are – choose teammates you want to bond with! 


Success in an escape room is less about gender and more about teamwork and communication skills. 

The data doesn’t lie – both men and women have similar success rates in escape rooms.

Regardless of gender, a team that works well together and communicates effectively has a better chance of solving puzzles, overcoming challenges, and escaping in time.

Professional qualifications

I think you can guess where this is going.

Just to avoid misunderstandings, we’ll spell it out.

No, you don’t need college degrees or professional qualifications of any sort to mount a successful escape room breakout.

All you need is a well-rounded team, and a willingness to work with your team…and to have fun, lots of it!

Strategies for success in escape rooms

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Now we come to the final part of the blog – some tips and tricks to boost your chances of accomplishing your mission in time, and getting to announce your success on social media!

What to do

Ready to increase your odds of a triumphant escape? Follow these tried-and-true tips:

  • Work with your team: Keep everyone in the loop and share your discoveries.
  • Divide and conquer: Spread out and tackle multiple puzzles simultaneously—teamwork makes the dream work!
  • Use hints and clues wisely: Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but use your hints sparingly.
  • Don’t obsess over puzzles: If you’re stuck, move on and revisit the puzzle later.
  • Think outside the box: Sometimes, the most unconventional solutions are the right ones.

And what to not do

Steer clear of these blunders to improve your chances of success:

  • Panicking under pressure: Stay calm, cool, and collected to keep your wits about you.
  • Ignoring clues: Every detail matters—don’t dismiss anything as insignificant.
  • Not listening to team members: Collaboration is key, so pay attention to each other’s ideas and insights.
  • Not asking for help: While you’re trying to prove your prowess, you’re also running out of time and by the time you ask for a hint, there may be too little time left!

Frequently asked questions about success rates in mystery rooms

frequently asked questions

From what the success rate is for escape rooms to whether you need a high IQ to win, and even some tips and tricks for beating the game – find all the frequently made queries answered!

What is the success rate for escape rooms?

Here’s the scoop: the success rate for escape rooms can fall anywhere between 15-30% or 20-40%, depending on who you ask.

If that depresses you, remember an escape room isn’t an exam. It’s a fun experience that you share with family and friends

Oh, and that also makes it all the more sweet if you beat the room! 

So, stop worrying about escape rates, and start assembling your team and planning your escape room outing!

Lost Reality Adds: The escape rates for the different adventures at our Perth escape room can be found on their respective pages.

How often do people fail escape rooms?

It really depends on the escape room.

For example, our Ice And Fire-inspired escape room has a difficulty score of 3/6, while our Mafia-themed mission has a difficulty score of 6/6. 

This means that the Ice And Fire-themed adventure will have a higher success rate.

Here’s the important part, though: the success rate has nothing to do with how “smart” you are. Rather, it has to do with the collective skill set of your team.

So, quit worrying about failure rates and focus on assembling your team of adventurers!

Tip: If you’re new to escape rooms, go with beginner-friendly adventures. Some of our beginner-friendly games are The Frozen King and The Jungle.

Which age group participates in escape rooms the most?

Age is just a number when it comes to escape rooms! 

Participants from all age groups enjoy the challenge, and success rates remain fairly consistent across the board. 

So, whether you’re young in years or young at heart or both, the escape room is yours to conquer!

What are the odds of escaping an escape room?

The odds of escaping an escape room depend on various factors, such as the room’s difficulty level, how experienced the players are, the number of puzzles and challenges, and the time limit. 

So, it’s difficult to pin down an exact number but rest assured that every room presents its own unique set of obstacles.

Do escape room difficulties vary depending on the number of people in a group?

A few escape rooms do adjust some of the adventures on request to make them easier – but that’s more common if the escape team includes players who’re unable to face flashing lights, or move through narrow spaces and so on.

Generally speaking, moderately large teams of 4-8 people have a better chance of success.

That being said, escape rooms are a great option for a date or a bonding activity with 2 of your closest friends, so if that’s what you’re looking for, go for it! 

Don’t keep expanding your group just to have a better shot of winning the game.

Do escape rooms require a high IQ?

Here’s the short answer: No, escape rooms are not only for high-IQ players

Along with IQ, you need good communication skills, keen observation, and the ability to move on from a puzzle and challenge that just refuses to be solved.

And it’s the collective capability of your team that counts, not your personal smartness.

What strategies can help you outsmart an escape room?

Looking for a leg up? Try these winning strategies:

  • Communicate effectively with team members.
  • Divide and conquer.
  • Use hints and clues wisely.
  • Don’t waste time on puzzles that aren’t working.
  • Think outside the box.
  • Remember, a cool head and a spirit of collaboration can make all the difference!

How long does it typically take to complete an escape room?

Tick-tock! Most escape rooms give you a time limit of 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and make your great escape. 

But don’t worry, even if you don’t make it out in time; you’ll still have a blast trying!

Lost Reality Adds: Our Perth location includes 4 mystery rooms that have time limits of 60 minutes and one (The Witch’s Potion) with a time limit of 75 minutes.

How often do people succeed in an escape room – crucial takeaways

To summarize, the success rate of escape rooms varies depending on the room, and it can range from 15-30% or 20-40%, but this percentage doesn’t necessarily reflect the difficulty of the game. 

It’s important to keep in mind that teamwork, communication skills, experience, and skill level can all contribute to a group’s success. 

Don’t let the success rate intimidate you, as escape rooms are all about having fun and working together.

Time to challenge yourself!

Gather your group, select a game that appeals to your team of budding escape artists, and make a booking with us today.

If you have any questions or doubts about the game, don’t hesitate to contact us – our friendly team is always here to help! 

So what are you waiting for?

Put your skills to the test and embark on a thrilling escape adventure today!