Escape Room Reviews in San Diego

I’ve been an avid fan of Escape Rooms since the summer of 2017. If you don’t know what escape rooms are, click the link above to find out more about it. For this post, I’m going to write unbiased reviews about the ones I’ve been to. They’re in alphabetical order by escape room business. If you’re looking for a specific escape room or escape room business, press CTRL + F on Windows or CMD + F on Mac.

I’ll try to update this as much as I can!

Last Updated: June 23, 2018

3rd Day Escape

1) Hourglass 2.0

What I didn’t like about this escape room was that all their props were old, as in ancient. As in out of date. One important part of the room was also broken! We had to be very careful so that it wouldn’t break some more. This is definitely a hazard but the game was ok. There were two ways to solve some puzzles.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3/5

Puzzles: 3/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Art Hatch Escape

1) A Psychedelic Trip to a Dream World (Head Trip)

According to the website, this is the story:

One day, the Botanist, known for his eccentric art collection and fascination with psychedelics, reached true enlightenment. After drifting too far into the psychedelic macrocosm, the Botanist is caught between life and death. His son, the Birthday Boy, needs your help to bring his father back to our realm before he is lost forever!

We came with 4 people, and I really liked the entrance to the room. When we got in the room, I felt like the props did not match each other. One did I did enjoy was the fog machine. The story was unique and it was rather an emotional one. The puzzles took a few minutes to sink in, and it was almost as if you needed to be a math expert to solve them.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3/5

Puzzles: 4/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Boss Play

 

1) Chocolate Factory

You have a golden ticket and you go to the chocolate factory. Get in and steal the top secret recipe and get out.

There are plenty of sweets in this room! The sugar helps you solve the puzzles. I’m a bit disappointed because I expected so much after playing the prohibition. The decorations on the walls were good, but I feel like the “second part” didn’t reach the same standards as the “first part”. The puzzles made no sense. The whole time I was thinking, “What the hell am I doing?” There is a creepy portion of the story, but you’ll get over it. Take note that there is an alternate ending.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3/5

Puzzles: 3/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium-Hard

2) Prohibition

You were taken hostage by Machine Gun Kelly and now he asked you to give him some cash and liquor reserves. You go to this room that looks like a pub and finds clues to how you’ll escape.

I really the effort put into this escape room. The props are nice and the story is great too. It’s really immersive. Take note that there is an alternate ending in escaping. You get unlimited clues. They say that you can fit up to 8 people but I feel that it’s rather small for that. They have some tech stuff that opens locks which are awesome.

Rating

Immersiveness: 5/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Brainy Actz

1) Barbershop Backlash

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Clue Avenue

1) Villain’s Lair

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Codebreakers

1) Escape the Time Machine

There is a diner where if people go there, they disappear. Your job is to go there and see what’s happening to the people.

This room is family friendly. Their room is huge and can fit up to 10 people. Without spoiling anything, the owner likes to improve things in the room. Before this room used to be hard, but they made it a little easy so that more people can escape.

Rating

Immersiveness: 5/5

Puzzles: 4/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Medium

2) Atlantis Treasure Hunt

Try to steal the pirate’s treasure before they come back!

I really like the props that they have in this room. This is a lot easier than Escape the time machine and is good for beginners. The puzzles in this room are a lot better than the other room because of these props.

Rating

Immersiveness: 4/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Escape Era

1) Deja Vu

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Escapism

1) The Attic

I enjoyed the room at the very beginning. You were definitely at the attic. Sure, they probably got most of their props from an antique store, but as we went along the modern day props were just really cheap and tacky.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3.5/5

Puzzles: 3/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium

Exit Games

1) AI

Your engineer friend disappears after being accused of attacking the government (digitally). You go into his room and try to clear his name. You’ll also meet his AI assistant.

This was our first room to visit for this escape room company. It made use of the trends in technology! You truly will have an immersive experience. You don’t have to use your wits too much on their puzzles, it’s more on trial or error. I still rate their puzzles 5 stars because of the technology was used. Communication is key to escaping.

Rating

Immersiveness: 4/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Easy – Medium

2) Villain’s Lair

The villain is Kim Jong-un and you’re trying to escape the prison you were captured in North Korea.

Their promotional photo for this escape room cracked me up. You get split together into two different jail cells. You need to communicate together to get out of the cell. They have great props! The puzzles weren’t too difficult to figure out but they were hard to do.

Rating

Immersiveness: 5/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Hard

 

House of Hints

 

1) Pawn Shop

The rooms were decorated like a pawnshop! There were so many things in this room. The puzzles are hard if you don’t think twice. You have so much to do in this room, that doing it with only two people can be tiring.

Rating

Immersiveness: 4/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Hard

2) High School Detention

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3) CSI Lab

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4) Last Will and Testament

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5) JD Beckett’s Office

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Lockdown Rooms

1) Voodoo

This was creepy but it would even be more creepy if they changed room color into something else besides green. The props were expensive-looking as they were made of wood. They had sound effects for the voodoo part which creeped us out a little but overall it was a good experience. The puzzles were hard to figure out at first but once you do, the puzzles are easy to perform.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3.5/5

Puzzles: 3.5/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Medium

2) Science Room

I had forgotten how we were able to go past the puzzles but all I remember was that we asked a lot of hints because we didn’t know how to start them. Once we started, we were able to finish them. There’s a part where it gets all dark and colorful that I remember. The room didn’t feel like a science room. It felt more like a newly-constructed classroom. One annoying part was that you can hear the other people in the other rooms. After we entered the escape room, we heard a girl shout, “OMG that’s it” then a loud “YEAY!!!” from the whole group. I’m glad they enjoyed themselves but it was definitely a distraction.

Rating

Immersiveness: 2/5

Puzzles: 3.5/5

Story: 3/5

Difficulty: Hard

Locked Adventures

1) Quest for the throne

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2) Mad Scientist

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Mighty Awesome

1) The Office of Professor R. K. Alogee

Professor Alogee disappeared and it’s you’re in his office to figure out where she went.

This room was filled with red herrings. You need to know which parts you should pay attention to. Nevertheless, we were able to escape. One thing that highlighted our experience was a certain piece of furniture, and that’s about it. Coming from a college student, I think the ending of the story was rather pathetic and unrealistic.

Rating

Immersiveness: 2/5

Puzzles: 2/5

Story: 1/5

Difficulty: Medium

2) Twilight in Tinsel Town

I was rather disappointed in this room. There was not much to do. If you’re smart and figure out where everything is at, it is possible to actually escape this room in a few minutes. We enjoyed the props on this set compared to their other escape room.

Rating

Immersiveness: 3/5

Puzzles: 1/5

Story: 3/5

Difficulty: Medium

The Unlockables

1) Sister’s Secret

This was our first escape room from Unlockables, and it blew us away. There are so many effects in the room you can’t even imagine. I heard that it takes 3 gamemasters to run a game. It starts off a little dark but it gets better. You may be frightened a little but the longer you are in the escape room, the less scared you’ll get. This is the closest thing to Hollywood Studios.

Rating

Immersiveness: 5/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Difficulty: Medium

2) The Escape

You get blindfolded and handcuffed. There weren’t too many props, but the whole setup was cool. This one definitely takes a lot of communication in order to escape.

Rating

Immersiveness: 4.5/5

Puzzles: 5/5

Story: 4/5

Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Quicksand Escape Rooms

1) Speakeasy

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2) Chinatown

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3) The Diner

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What do you think? Have you been to any escape rooms in your area? What are your experiences so far?

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Final Headaches

Word Prompt: Final

Two days ago I’ve witnessed one of the most fatal headaches I’ve ever experienced in my life. I was on Lexapro for social anxiety and my doctor and I agreed that I should tapper myself off of it to use another drug in its place. Lexapro has led me to a 35 pound weight gain and I’ve told myself that I no longer want to tolerate that.

What irritates me was that I was not told how to tapper the medication properly. My psychiatrist said to divide the dosage in half for one week and divide it again for another week. Eventually when I get down to 10 mg I should stop. 

Yea friggin right. I should not have done that.

I’ve had mad headaches where I sleep an average of 18 hours a day. I went to urgent care and come to realize that it was the medication. Thanfully, my labs were all clear. 

I see my psychiatrist 2 days later and he prescribed me Effexor. It’s not exactly weight neutral but it has been seen to help lose weight. Thanks Doc. 

I guess it’s left to say that I’ve been feeling better since the last two days. Two days ago I’ve had my final worrisome headache, and every single day after makes it better. 

A prudent approach to filing for an annulment

We’ve fought about this. We’ve always fought about this.
I was in the bedroom on my ipad air checking my email and what not and suddenly Stooey and Pixie started barking like crazy because there was someone outside the balcony. The balcony door was closed but I kept the blinds open for the sunlight to come in to do work. 
The apartments are doing maintenance to revamp the place. There was a lady working with the cement outside. She held some sort of device that sounded like a leaf blower. 
Usually when Stooey and Pixie start barking like crazy, I don’t get up and stop them. There is a barrier between the stranger and the dogs. They won’t stop barking unless the stranger goes away, which isn’t anytime soon. I get irritated after a few minutes of them barking like that. But Jake, in the other hand, goes berserk and tries to pull the dogs away as if they’re attacking the woman.

When he heard the dogs barking, he immediately stopped playing video games from the living room, opened the door without knocking, and slapped my back to get my attention.

“What’s wrong with you! Didn’t I tell you to put the dogs away? All you’re doing is just sit there! You’d only do something when you see me coming!”

He then grabbed Stooey and went to the living room to continue playing video games. He slammed the door behind him. 

Pixie was with me, and she kept barking a little. Whenever her bark started to escalate, I would calm her. 
A few minutes later of doing this, Jake comes running in the bedroom again without knocking.

“Why aren’t you doing anything about it? All you do is just sit there. You only do something whenever I’m here! You need to start and paying attention, Persephone!”

He grabbed Pixie, closed the blinds, and slammed the door again. 
I then heard him closing the blinds in the living room too. Now the apartment is dark inside.
It was hard for me to defend myself when he was talking over me like that. What annoys me is my skin stinging on my back. Did he really just hit me again? 
When he plays video games, he asks me to be quiet. There are plenty of people he talks to in the video game. Maybe he was angry because it was too loud? Maybe he was angry because he had to stop playing in the middle of the game? Or maybe both?
Do you think I did something wrong? This is my prudent approach to filing for the annulment.

A tear and the saucepan

Yesterday, I offered to pay for my portion of the groceries when we went to Walmart. He always paid for the groceries. He does this because he makes more. But yesterday, he didn’t say anything. The stuff that I bought were the regular stuff that him and I share. Well, I guess not entirely. He ask a little bit of what I have, but it’s no big deal.

Today, I didn’t have any oatmeal so I decided to cook some. As I go to the kitchen I notice that he hasn’t cleaned the saucepan that he used 4 days ago. I texted him asking if he could clean it, and immediately, he rose and went to the kitchen and cleaned it. 
Mind you, he was wearing his boxers. He had just woken up, and right then and there, he cleaned the saucepan for me. 
I was surprised because he ususally doesn’t take my requests as a priority at all. He usually just brushes them aside until I end up getting irritated and cleaning the darn thing myself or I bug him too much about it that we end up fighting again. The fights he starts are mainly arguements we’ve had in the past. The ones that I thought we’ve already resolved. 

I continued to clean, and when I passed him, I noticed that he was sniffing his nose. I guess he was crying. He was sobbing a little bit. I don’t know why he was sobbing, it’s not like I asked him to clean the saucepan right away, as you can see in the text I sent him. 
I stopped cleaning just to write this. I had to type it just in case I’d forget.