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 As in out of date.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

  • coming soon!

 

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

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