A question and a suggestion.
Q: Could a spectator put in crowd input like "::crowd:: Left! Left!" or would you consider this illegal aid to a player?
S: It would be helpful to post the maze layout. If you are using the same as the show, it could be something like...
26 25 24 23 22 21 20
19 18 17 16 15 14 13
12 11 10 09 08
07 06 05
04 03 02
That way a player could see if the were putting themselves in danger of getting locked in (like Kallen is right now), and they would have to name the room w/ the answer on their way out. If they get the room wrong they have to try again in another room, just like the TV game.
The helps are an interesting addition because you can possibly avoid getting locked in, or at least get one free pass on a lock in. In the TV game, if you get locked in you can either exit w/ what you have or leave your money and move ahead w/ $0.
Also real interested in seeing how you plan to do a panic room.