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Kristy N.

10 September 2019

I came in town and was excited to do an escape room. My friends surprised me with this and then I found out it was a Japanese Thriller Room. They said reviews said it isn't scary. THEY LIE! It is a bit creepy and has its scary moments. I nearly chickened out but I am so glad I didn't. Honestly it was so fun! you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Anything could be a clue or part of a puzzle, and when doing this with a group, it was FUN!!! I won't spoil anything, so go try it! More...

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Kyle D.

8 September 2019

Katie was the best adventure we've had this evening for my friend's bachelor party we truly appreciate her and her patients she made us all feel like a bunch of winners

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Greg L.

8 September 2019

This place was absolutely incredible and Katie was by far the most helpful kind person. The experience was one that has made me wanting coming back. I've been to many in the Los Angeles area and this was the first time I felt like production was not only great quality, but we had an amazing host.-Greg Lozano More...

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Jenna T.

28 August 2019

We had a great time in the Japanese horror room. Had a mix of first-timers and experienced people in the group but the room was the perfect level of difficulty. The horror element was an added level of fun. Our game host Raina was amazing! Definitely recommend giving it a shot! More...

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Masuma M.

27 August 2019

A group of us did the Japanese Thriller Room this evening with Mason as our host and he was awesome! He was such a great sport about our infinite questions and is absolutely amazing at what he does. He was so patient, kind, and helpful-- truly made the experience. The room itself had a good scare element to it too and was definitely a good amount of creepy. I would, without a doubt, recommend this place and this escape room to others! More...

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Jessica K.

18 August 2019

Most interactive escape room experience so far. Japanese Thriller was awesome. Our escape guide did a fantastic job in setting up the game and delivered on all the scares.

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Anita R.

18 August 2019

Had such a great time with the family! We did the Japanese Thriller room and it kept us on our toes, finished with ten minutes to spare! The girl working, Rena, was amazing, she made the experience authentic and thrilling, glad we had her! Would definitely come back! More...

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Amy M.

16 August 2019

We did the Japanese Thriller room with a group of 9 and it was definitely as fun (and creepy) as you would expect! Our host Rena was very funny and made the whole experience there amazing from the minute we walked in to the very end! Highly recommend for anyone who loves escape rooms! Will definitely come back! More...

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Wesley Z.

15 August 2019

Went on a 4 day vacation and decided to try an escape room. Before arriving at the location, i had very high expectations. Our host @Rena really made our time at the escape room great. Had great conversations and really made our time there fantastic More...

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Melodie F.

4 August 2019

Had the most Wonderful Time!  Professor Jenna rocks.  The room was challenging.  There was only my 14 year old family friend and me....no one else and we were able to figure out a good portion of the room.  Professor Jenna helped us out a wee bit (okay a lot) because there were only the two of us.  It was the best time I have had in a long time...seriously imagine a 63 year old and a 14 year figuring out clues and working as a team....it was delightful.  I can see how it would be great team building experience.I am definitely going again.... going to do Super Hero room!  Thank you for the great fun Escape Game SD! More...

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Janie T.

31 July 2019

We went in a group of 6 and had a GREAT time. The Japanese escape room was a lot of fun and well thought out. It was our first escape room experience and we really enjoyed it. The game host Rena was funny and helpful. She thoroughly explained the concept beforehand and made it a fun experience. Definitely recommend! More...

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Zackery B.

25 July 2019

Everything was legit. Fun, and, we were paired with "rad" people.Everybody worked together, and I now have a strategy for next time.Thanks Rena!!!!!  Zack

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Tasha Radel

23 July 2019

Had so much fun in the Japanese thriller room! Kate was a great host and walked us through everything Definitely would do it again.

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Celina P.

23 July 2019

This was my first time going to an escape room, and it was a really great experience! I went with 3 others who had each done 1 escape room in the past, and we decided to go for the Japanese thriller room. We made a reservation somewhat last minute on yelp, and even though there was a slight problem with our reservation coming through, Jenna was really helpful and accommodating. There were four of us in a room that can be reserved for up to 9, so the monitors allowed us a couple of extra hints which was really nice! For those who are wondering how scary the thriller room is: I am the type of person who has a love/hate relationship with being scared. I love scary movies and have been to knotts scary farm more than once in my day, but I do genuinely get scared at these kinds of activities. I would say the thriller room is just right. It will spook you a bit, but nobody is going to grab you and you won't feel unsafe at all. If you allow yourself to just be in the creepy environment, you will be the right amount of scared! If you are the type who hates being scared and doesn't enjoy scary movies even, this may not be the best room to do. Corey (I believe that was his name) was our monitor for the most part, and he was really fun. He told us that they either will (or are) do this room in the dark at nighttime, providing only flashlights for the escapees. Be aware of that when booking! More...

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Keyana R.

17 July 2019

Went here for a work event! Jenna was absolutely amazing at getting us ready and excited to play! We did the Japanese Thriller room- super freakin scary, but so much! I recommend going, you won't regret! Plus, if Jenna is there, you're in for a real treat. More...

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Caity D.

15 July 2019

This was our first time doing an escape room as a family and Escape Game SD did not disappoint! It was just the right amount of difficulty and the atmosphere and host, Katie, made the experience even better. Next time we're in the area, we will definitely be back to try out the other rooms. More...

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Kara S.

12 July 2019

I went here on a team outing with my coworkers and had so much fun! This was my first time doing an escape room so I didn't know what to expect. Our helper Jena was awesome in guiding and preparing us on how everything worked. Loved her enthusiasm and how real she made the experience in the Japanese Thriller Room. I was personally pretty freaked out by the theme haha, but also super into all the puzzles and how everything connected. Definitely want to go back and try to another escape room with Escape Game SD! More...

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Aline S.

11 July 2019

They do not clearly state that if you have children you have to pay to book the entire room. Booked my appointment came down there only to get very rudely turned away for something that was not my fault... the door was literally slammed in my face. My son has done multiple escape rooms with me and enjoys them very much so I had to drive all the way home with a very upset child. No type of solution was offered other than come back another time. Update: so we came back and did the wizard room and Paolo was amazing this room was so fun and creative I really enjoyed it... if it wasn't for him it wouldn't have been a good experience so much better than the first experience with the rude girl. I would come back here definitely More...

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Stephanie C.

9 July 2019

The Japanese Thriller room was so fun. The puzzles were challenging but doable. Katie was a great guide. We had a great time and I would definitely recommend to others for a good time with friends or for a fun team building event.

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Steve B.

8 July 2019

Purely as a room, the Japanese Thriller is a very respectable 4.  Some of the puzzles are a little familiar - there's even one paper-and-pencil to unlock a door that you've probably done at home.  Still, the experience is fun, with a fresh setting and a number of playful rules that I haven't encountered elsewhere.  As far as difficulty, our mostly-newbie team of 7 made it out in about 50 minutes with two hints.  The underlying, true crime scenario is pretty morbid - personally, I kind of wish they had fictionalized what we're assured is real - but the gameplay is lighthearted rather than terrifying.  Everyone had a good time.So why am I rating EGSD a full 5?  Because the evening's staff was *exceptional*.  We had the last booking of the night, which was a little delayed by a previous rambunctious team.  The hustling workers were nevertheless upbeat and took the time to keep us informed as if we were VIPs.  So many escape room employees seem jaded by what they do; this crew turned a mild wait into a pleasure.  Once the room was ready, John started the show, and he's the best - his enthusiasm is contagious, his hints aren't giveaways, and it was great to chat a bit about the room afterward instead of being shuffled off.  John and his coworkers' good energy made a solid room into a terrific night out.  Much appreciated! More...

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Danielle W.

3 July 2019

This was so much fun. We had four friends In The wizard and spells room. It was fun but we didn't make it out. Then we did the Japanese thriller room with four other people we didn't know and it was surprisingly fun! We weren't scared and we had fun with some new folks. Plus the more the merrier. We got out this time! Rena was a great moderator as well. Highly recommend. More...

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Heather Gasner

3 July 2019

It was a cool experience! Would definitely do again

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George D.

2 July 2019

It was fun. We went to one in Austin that was much better which is why I rated this one four stars but it was definitely fun.

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Francisco M.

1 July 2019

So much fun with family and two new friends that we met for the game. Fun time. Thanks Cory for being a great game host.

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Abby W.

28 June 2019

The Superheroes room is a solid escape room. My group included two experienced escapers and two novices, and it was enjoyable for everyone. Superheroes wasn't scary and it had a little twist that we particularly enjoyed. Mason did a great job as our game master - thank you Mason! More...

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Wes Ellis

25 June 2019

Kati was a great help, with the clues she provided and the professionalism. This was a great escape room. Will definitely come back and forth the others they provide.

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Tiffani T.

22 June 2019

We did the Wizard School experience. Professor Jenna was so wonderful. It is helpful if you use your best British accent!

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Adrian Jimenez

19 June 2019

Game host was awesome! Ended up with an awesome group! Overall a very fun escape room.

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Vannessa F.

17 June 2019

Yesterday me, my daughter and my boyfriend did the Japanese Thriller Room with Rena. It was great. I got startled a few times which caused some screams. Hahaha! It wasn't easy, but if we would have thought a little harder... we probably could have used less clues lol. We "barely" got out! Thank Rena! You're awesome! We will be back to try the other rooms! Thanks for the referral Katie! More...

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Danny W.

13 June 2019

Amazing time this evening with my friends. Did the Wizard Room. Puzzles were fun. Paolo was the best game master EVER!! LOVED THIS EXPERIENCE!!

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Victor Chabala

11 June 2019

My brother-in-law and I did the Japanese Thriller with 4 other people and had a blast. We escaped with about 19 minutes to spare. Our game master was Katie and she made the game interesting and quite realistic- and was loads of fun too. More...

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Michelle D.

5 June 2019

This was my second escape room ever and it was so much fun!! Rena was our coordinator for the Japanese Thriller Room, she was awesome in her explanation of how everything worked and the rules. PAY ATTENTION to everything. We escaped with one minute to spare. Can't wait to come back for more!! More...

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Kortney G.

2 June 2019

We did the Japanese Thriller room as apart of a bachelorette party and it was the highlight of the weekend! Jenna was our moderator and she was INCREDIBLE!!! We finished with 23 minutes to spare! Jenna made it just the right amount of thrilling! 10/10 we will be back here!! More...

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Matt W.

29 May 2019

This escape room is fantastic! I accidentally booked the wrong day when I initially booked it and they were very accommodating and allowed me to move my reservation! When we got there the workers were friendly and went above and beyond to create the perfect escape room experience! Jenna was AMAZING! She made the experience so fun and so exciting for our group! She was upbeat, friendly and really created a special atmosphere for our group! Plus the room itself was a blast! Thank you Escape Game SD for making our Friday night out so great! More...

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Rachel C.

28 May 2019

LOVE Escape Game SD! We've done 2 escape rooms here for work team building and had such a blast both times! Most recently we did the Wizard & Spells room and was blown away! We are huge Harry Potter nerds so this room was just so much fun! Our game master Katie was especially excellent, she helped to design this room and you could tell her passion and enthusiasm for this room and to make sure we had a great experience. Highly highly recommend and would love to do this again. Thanks so much for taking great care of us! More...

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Hannah D.

27 May 2019

A whole party of nine was soooo pleased with the experience! Our game master, Mason, was so kind and a ton of fun to work with! We did the superhero room and it took all nine of us just shy of 50 minutes to complete the whole thing. I would recommend to anyone, the challenge level was just enough for us :) More...

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Jessica C.

18 May 2019

My 13 year old, 9 year old and I did the Wizards and Spells escape room.  It was so much fun, especially if you're a fan of Harry Potter like me.  My nine year surprised me at how much he helped in solving the puzzles.  The room was well thought out and the clues/games were great.  The guys that work there are awesome too.  Total stayed to the theme, explained everything well and helped with a hint or two when needed.  I recommend this place to everyone. More...

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Diane B.

17 May 2019

My daughter surprised me with this gift for Mother's Day and what an amazing gift it was! This was our very first escape room experience, and let me tell you we did not leave disappointed. In fact, we left wanting more - to do the other two rooms! Ha. We did the Japanese Thriller Room. A tad creepy, but not scary at all. Paolo was our game host and he was awesome! Provided us with subtle hints to get us through... tried to scare us during the game as well and that added to the intensity.We are definitely coming back to try out the other two rooms! More...

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Christina C.

16 May 2019

We had an amazing time!! We did the Japanese Thriller Room and it was a blast. A little creepy (in a fun way) and definitely not too scary. The puzzles were challenging, but not impossible. In fact, we made it out with less than 2 minutes to spare!! Jenna was our host and she was great - made it really fun!! More...

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Travis B.

5 May 2019

Been here 3 times done all 3 rooms and these guys know their sh!t.Paolo is f**king hilarious and his wizard room is dope. Love all 3 rooms. Would recommend for some great fun with friends, and family. More...

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Elaine L.

5 May 2019

Amazing experience!!! Great moderator and very well done. Would definitely come back!

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Alan Dela Pena

29 April 2019

Great fun especially for a group of people. I imagine it would be awesome for team building.

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Johnna G.

25 April 2019

This place is fun! We went for a team building experience for work, there were 8 of us. We did the Japanese Thriller room. Super fun, just enough of a challenge, and not too expensive. We solved all the rooms in about 40 minutes. It was a bit of a thrill and a good balance of puzzles. I would definitely be open to doing another one. It would be cool with a group of friends. More...

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Sarah R.

20 April 2019

What a fun time me and my husband had. We were teamed with 6 girls all around 17 years old. At first we were nervous being with kids half our age, but these girls when at it. We had a great time and a few times the kids would freak out making us have even more fun. Jenna thank you for making our first time a great time. We will for sure be back! More...

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Isabel A.

20 April 2019

Went with 9 of my friends and it was beyond fun! 100% recommend the Japanese Thriller room. Corey was a great game master!

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Jarred R.

14 April 2019

Ah-maze-ing! Absolutely amazing. Going to Escape Room SD was definitely a memorable experience. My husband and I plus some of our friends decided to have a Couples Date Night. Going to an escape room was unplanned but we sure had a blast! The Japanese Thriller was definitely 10 out of 10 chilling. The game moderator, Jenna did a damn great job scaring me and I loved it. Made the experience that more intense. Definitely recommend it to any one wanting to check it out and definitely excited to go back again to try another room! More...

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Jason L.

12 April 2019

I and my group of friends did the Japanese Thriller Room and we were hella immersed. For most of us, this was our first escape room and didn't know what to expect. Regardless, it was a good first experience (even though we didn't get to complete the puzzle on time...) Cory, our moderator, was great at hosting and was one of the reasons why this experience was fun. Would go here again :) More...

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T D.

10 April 2019

my family and i did the japanese room and loved it! jenna was great and made the whole experience much more fun. the room is thrilling and a good challenge. if you're thinking about doing it...DO IT!! More...

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Sarah K.

31 March 2019

We are big fans of this place! My husband and I have done the Japanese Thriller room and Wizards and Spells, and we can't wait to come back and try the Superhero room. It just makes me a little sad that when we have done that one we won't have anymore rooms here to do! Katie has been our game host both times and we just LOVE her! She is funny and does a great job of getting you ready for your room. Thank you Katie for being so great!We did the Japanese room with 7 other people and it was a good group, everyone was good about listening to each other and working together (I think it's a good idea to chat a few minutes before you go in to make sure your group is all on the same page.) I was a little worried about how scary it would be, but it was just the right amount! The "haunting" is very cool and a little unexpected. We did Wizards and Spells with two friends so we had the room to ourselves which was fun. I really liked them both but I think the Japanese room might be my favorite. If you are a Harry Potter fan you will definitely like Wizards and Spells.The best part is you earn points based on how quickly you finish as well as some other options for bonuses, and you can win free passes to come back! We actually won a set and can't wait to do the Superhero room. More...

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Mary L.

29 March 2019

Need something fun and different to do... check this place out! It's amazing!! We were talking about it for days! We found this place on Groupon. And so glad we did!! We signed up for the Japanese horror room. All of us total wimps, and totally scared, we show up.  Our game master was so amazing!!! She was funny and charismatic, knowledgeable and terrifying!! She was so perfect for the room!! We watched a quick video, and were sent into the room.  The room was scary and totally fun!! We passed it! The puzzles were inventive and fun! Nothing was insanely hard, but it wasn't super easy either!! A perfect mix of "what the hell" and "figured it out"  I would highly recommend this room to anyone!  They have 2 other rooms too, a super hero room and a wizards and witches room.  Both would fun!  We will totally be back to check out the other rooms!! More...

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Derek Z.

26 March 2019

10 out of 10 will go again! Our host was amazing(Kate/Katy?3/25/19). She had people laughing, scared, yelling, and hoot and hollering and was definitely a bonus to the experience. I wouldn't mind a harder 2hr escape room from your team of masterminds! More...

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Ivy Villanueva

17 March 2019

Yoooo I spent my b day there it’s pretty lit

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Mindy L.

14 March 2019

We got 2 Groupons for the Japanese Thriller Room and used it for the 4 of us. Although I've been to other escape rooms with more interactive props like doors opening/items revealing themselves, the story, puzzles, and their manager Katie made our experience A1. The Japanese Thriller room allows up to 9 people so you might be placed with random people depending on how many sign up for your time slot. For us, it was only my friends and I and we had a great time. Katie helped us with the Groupon and was very accommodating even though we showed up 15 minutes late! Puzzles were complicated enough that we used up all 5 clues and had to divide and conquer the rooms. There was a mix of everything. Searching, recognizing patterns, some math, and some deciphering. I've also never had an experience that required a safety zone so prepare for some quick feet! Don't wear heels if you're planning on coming for a date night. Thank you Katie! We'll be back again for sure! More...

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Melissa C.

11 March 2019

I went here with my bachelorette party! It was fun and we escaped the Japanese Thriller!

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Julie C.

26 February 2019

This is a great place to do an Escape room we did the Japanese thriller room, great puzzles not to hard not to easy.  It was a fun night Clay was a great host. Definitely will do it again!

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Luis J.

22 February 2019

Was fun and clay made it a good experience to try out for the first time :) Did not unfortunately get to escape with my friends but I had a blast!

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Robert B.

20 February 2019

Awesome experience,  the young man who worked the 8:45 Japanese thriller room was so kool! Made  it fun and suspenseful !! The group my wife and I had was a crack up! Very fun group ! More...

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Sheri J.

14 February 2019

I highly recommend the Wizard and Spells escape room experience! Well thought out puzzles a fun experience! "Master" Paulo was a great host and his sense of humor kept us all entertained! We got out in team with 4 adults total with time to spare More...

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Jen L.

12 February 2019

This was my first escape room and I am SUPER grateful I had Mallory to lead my way. We did the Japanese thriller room and it was awesome!

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John B.

11 February 2019

One puzzle away from solving the Japanese thriller room! Clay was a wonderful host! Definitely recommend this place!

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Norman ..

31 January 2019

Japanese Thriller Room & Superhero - love these guys. Different Game coordinators but both were amazing. They get you in the mood of the game. The rooms were fluent and entertaining. I believe that these rooms are ideal for four players. That should keep everyone busy and not standing around. I will most definitely recommend this location to everyone in town. Hopefully we get a chance to do the last room. Thank you Escape Game SD. More...

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Amber S.

26 January 2019

Went to this escape room to try my hand at this past time for the first time.  This room was called Wizards and Spells and very reminiscent of Harry Potter but you didn't need to know any HP to go here.  The puzzles were very logic, symbol, math, reading between the lines based.  This room was meant for up to five and with the two of us we were busy the entire hour.  Very fun thing to spend time doing.  Would go again and try other rooms as well. More...

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Scott S.

26 January 2019

This was our first experience with an escape room, and we had a great time with it.  We did the Wizards & Spells room, and the hour flew by quick! We probably finished about 90% of the room, but did not escape because there were only two of us and like I said, this was our first time. The walkie talkie used to give hints didn't work well (probably time to buy new ones), but our hostess was still helpful and cheery.  She even tried to make us feel better about not finishing the room, which I think she succeeded to that end. Overall the experience was fun and we'd go back to this place to do another room, as they have several to choose from. More...

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Chloe S.

25 January 2019

Went here last night with my friends. We played the Japanese Thriller and were able to escape! It was not very scary but it did keep you on your toes. Clay was our instructor and he was super funny and helpful. We plan to come back and try a harder level next time! More...

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Michael V.

24 January 2019

My friends and i did the Japanese thriller. Such a great time. Clay was our host and was excellent. He was very helpful when it came to the hints. My friends and i already want to go back and complete their other rooms! More...

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Rebekka H.

20 January 2019

The Japanese Apartment room was great and SUPER creepy (even during the day!). The setup for this "based on a true story" room was great and the hostess we had was amazingly entertaining and fun. The room was very good and a challenge for us, even after quite a few rooms under our belt. The twist of earning points for special things was new to us (we do LA rooms), as were other things. All in all a great experience, convincing sets that put you in the moment/place and some fun surprises along the way. Loved it! More...

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Kelly O.

9 January 2019

Clay was awesome!! We got a Groupon for two to do the Japanese Thriller Room. We initially signed up for a slot just two for the room (when the suggested capacity is 4-6) and Clay called us ahead and recommended we do a later one with more people in our group. (which was really helpful!!) We had an amazing time and it was the perfect blend of spooky and difficulty. We would absolutely go again and try the other rooms they offer/recommended the Japanese thriller room to others 5/5 we loved it! More...

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Patrick D.

9 January 2019

7 of us (and 2 randoms) had an amazing time working on the Japanese Thriller.  Clay was very accommodating (and didn't bite my head off when our group showed up 5 min early vs 15min early). But PLEASE show up on time. It caused us to leave later (as well as Clay needing to stay longer).Keep up the great work!  We're gonna try to make it back for the Superheroes one next! More...

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Tiffany P.

8 January 2019

My sister bought my roommate and me a visit to the Japanese Thriller Room for Christmas, and it was just about as horrifying as it sounds. Hahaha, there was a lot of jumping out of our skin for an hour before our team escaped with seconds to spare! It was our first escape room experience, and we had a ton of fun, much thanks to our excellent host Clay and the awesome seven strangers that joined us. You definitely need a good number people to solve all the puzzles in time, so having a full group of engaged players gave us a big advantage. We'll bring more friends to try another room next time!Online reservations were seamless and straightforward using our code. They sent an e-mail reminder the day before. Street parking is free after 6pm, and we were pleasantly surprised to find a spot down the block quite easily. From there, a large sign clearly marks the building, and your first puzzle is finding the entrance around back. It's actually right by the paid parking lot. More...

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Malia M.

7 January 2019

My group of 5 did the wizard room and had a blast! The staff was very friendly and made the experience great. I'll definitely be back to try the other rooms!

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Melissa S.

6 January 2019

I had a blast with my friends escaping the magical escape room! Loved all the puzzles and working together. Best part is we escaped

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Suzanna R.

5 January 2019

This was our first time here and our 2nd time as a family doing an escape room. We did Wizards and Spells. It was a great room! Our head mistress Mallory did an amazing job and was super friendly. The puzzles were moderately challenging and feel this was a perfect room if you have school aged children (my boys are 10 & 7 at time of this review). I also feel it's a great room for adults who are trying these places out for first time. More...

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Hope S.

3 January 2019

We did the Japanese Thriller room & had a lot of fun! We escaped with about 10 mins left I believe & found 4 of 5 gems! It's close to a lot of great bars so we hopped over there once we escaped! We're all talking about doing the wizards and super hero rooms next! More...

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JaSee R.

28 December 2018

Shout to Clay who did an amazing job keeping us thrilled during the Japanese Thriller. I highly recommend this escape room if you are looking for something exciting and mind twisting. Right from the beginning, your group is exposed to a creepy film which sets the stage for your puzzle room. The puzzles were a little challenging for a moderate level room however it was totally worth it. I highly recommend that if you decide to experience this room you keep your composure to best face some of your favorite, Japanese thrillers. More...

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Michael S.

28 December 2018

10/10 would get locked in a japanese slasher horror room again . Thank you Katie! Staff is friendly and welcoming  to new comers!Great way to spend your first experience! More...

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Tanya U.

26 December 2018

This was a lot of fun! We had a great time bonding together as a family to figure out the Japanese Thriller. A must try!

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Kyla Daisy Morris

25 December 2018

Just finished Chinese Thriller with a group of 6. We escaped with 15 minutes to spare. The scary factor was awesome and we enjoyed our host Cory. Great Christmas Eve activity!

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Angela C.

22 December 2018

We had a group of 4 people doing the Japanese thriller room. It was very fun and a little scary a first but we eased into it as the game progressed. Clay was our guide and he gave just enough hints to help us through the game. Unfortunately we didn't manage to escape but we all left very satisfied knowing that we were really close to solve the game! More...

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William P.

18 December 2018

Incredibly fun and challenging. Katie was great! You can tell she really enjoys what she does.  We did the Japanese thriller room and it was fantastic.  Challenging puzzles and scary.   I will definitely be back to try their other rooms. One of the best in San Diego. More...

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Good A.

16 December 2018

Wow!!! What an experience !! This was our first time as a group doing a escape room challenge And let me tell you.. it was worth every penny ($32 each)!! We completed the Japanese thriller which was level medium of difficulty with 10 minutes left on the clock which is pretty good considering it was our first time. The rooms were staged really creepy and amazing .. it was all set up pretty genius and the clues were challenging but doable especially if you have a group with you. The game comes with 3 free hints and we had to use them to help us escape because at times we got stuck but overall it was a 5 star experience from the beginning to the end . Clay made the game simple and easy to understand and was a pretty funny host lol we will definitely be back to play the other two escape rooms. You guys will have soooo much fun and it will actually bring your team closer together than ever !!! I now can't stop talking about escape rooms to my friends and family lol DO IT.. GO NOW!!!! You won't be disappointed . And if you decide to do the Japanese thriller ... try not to get nightmares More...

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Darc Kesner Hawkins

14 December 2018

Our first time here and it was sooo fun! So many clues to figure out and three rooms to conquer. If you’ve not gone, you have to do it!! Thanks Cory for an amazing adventure! More...

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Laura Vazquez

4 December 2018

We had so much fun! The young man that helped us our was very friendly. You could see he enjoys his job. We did the Superheroes room and want to go back to do the Japanese room. Well worth the money for the amount of fun. More...

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Chelsea Paulus

4 December 2018

Absolutely loved it!!! We all had so much fun and could not stop laughing our way through the Superhero escape room. Highly recommend for a night out with friends or as a team builder.

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Veronica Hobbie

4 December 2018

Had a blast. This was our 2nd experience with an escape room! This was put together well and we were given good instructions before hand. Japanese thriller added a fun scary twist to it. We made it out but used our hints. Can't wait til our next one ! More...

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Kyle Stuntman Pickner

4 December 2018

Did the Superhero theme and it was Awesome! It was more fun that I have ever I magazined. Good thing I had a bunch of nerds with me to get it done with 10 mins left. Thank you Alex and team for the great birthday celebration. More...

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Krissa Jensen

4 December 2018

Had blast in the Super Hero room celebrating our daughter's 13th b-day with her friends. Challenging and well put together!! Using all our hints we made it out with 4 minutes to spare. Highly recommend! Can't wait to try the other rooms. More...

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Layla Strickland

4 December 2018

My friends and I did the Japanese thriller room for my friend's birthday last night and had a blast! Cory, our guide, was flippin awesome! The room was challenging and we escaped with 1:00 left on the clock.
I definitely suggest this spot to anyone looking for something fun.
Try to beat my team's score of 1750! :)
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Louise Wedley

4 December 2018

We had a ball. I was a bit anxious as didn't really know what to expect! Did the superhero room with some friends for my husbands birthday. It was such a giggle! Josh was a great moderator, without his hints we would surely never have got out of there! Highly recommend it! We got out with just 32 seconds to spare so it was a close one! Very cleverly put together More...

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Armando Navarro

4 December 2018

Friends and I did the Wizard Room over the weekend and it was fantastic! One of my favorite escapes I've ever done. The clues were challenging and fun, and my favorite part was using the wands to unlock clues. Katie was very clear and helpful with the tutorial and instructions... she was awesome :). I definitely recommend doing this room for any HP fan out there. Planning on coming back there again to try their other rooms soon. More...

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Mary N Nick Stewart

4 December 2018

I took a 5 high school Girl Scouts they loved it we had a blast with Katie. Can’t wait for next time.

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Jorge Goncalves

4 December 2018

Great fun with a group of people! Highly recommend this escape room experience since the staff were very friendly (& funny) & the puzzles we needed to figure out were clever & interesting! It's something different to do with family & friends that requires you to interact with people & use your brain & communication skills instead of looking at a screen. More...

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Dez Makowski

4 December 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller room - great experience! A few funny jump scares, but the sense of urgency in this room really pushes you to finish fast! Finished in about half the time, and Cory made the whole thing very fun. Worth the hype! More...

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Christi Radasky Papworth

4 December 2018

Brought my son and his friends for his 15th birthday party today to the wizards & spell room. It was awesome!!! They loved it & had a great time. The puzzles were great - they really had to work together to get through them all and they did it with 11 minutes to spare! Fun props & very Harry Potter like. Fun time for all. Highly recommend for all ages! I want to come back to try it myself with my friends!!! More...

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Shawneka Thomas

4 December 2018

The Japanese Room was very scary at first but after a free minutes everything began to flow and we were working as a team. unfortunately we didn't escape before the time was up but it was still fun! Stanton was a great host and answered all our questions before we began!! Definitely going back! More...

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Sarah Villanueva

4 December 2018

Our escape group was comprised of 2 other groups, which I was hesitant about. But there is nothing like being scared by a creepy backstory and a need to survive to bring strangers together. The clues were clever and our host, Corey aka Jorge, was the best. I highly recommend spending an hour and half of your time here. More...

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Emily Frank

4 December 2018

We loved it! We did the wizard theme room, super fun. Stanson was a great host and got us all set up, really cool set and puzzles, fun wands, such a great time! Challenging but not impossible, and really cool!! More...

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Karen Phillips

4 December 2018

We were very wary going into the game. But after 2 minutes had passed we got right down to business. Great clever clues and any enjoyable host made our time go by so fast. It was great fun and vey challenging as well. More...

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Sarah Durand Lathers

4 December 2018

Such a great experience! Not only was the room a great time, but all of the workers we interacted with were awesome. I would definitely recommend the Japanese Thriller Room to anyone.

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Victoria Carlson

4 December 2018

Do this like.. YESTERDAY! It was so much fun! My boyfriend and I, and 2 lovely strangers, did the Japanese Thriller Room and we had a blast! It was our first time going to an escape room, so at first we were a little bit clueless, but our moderator allowed us some hints. After the first hint we got a hang of it and it was so creative and interesting. Those "Aha-moments" are addicteding I swear! We are looking forward to trying the Superhero room and the new Wizarding room opening up in February!

I am already looking on Groupon for more escape rooms because thanks to Escape Game SD I am hooked!
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Ashley Stafford

4 December 2018

My dad and I did the superhero room last night with Lorenzo and had a great time! The puzzles felt challenging but not impossible, and it felt like the puzzle flow worked well. Our group of four made it out with just a few minutes to spare! More...

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Nick S.

2 December 2018

We went there Friday and honestly had the best time. Group of 9 of us and I can't think of one thing that would've made this better. Our host Clay was sarcastic and dry right in line with the room we were doing and he added to the enjoyment a lot. We were joking with him and he stuck right with us joke for joke. The room was challenging but not impossible and we ended up getting out with 6 minutes to spare. I'd highly recommend it and will DEFINITELY be going again. Apparently the Superhero room is harder so that's the next one for us to take down. More...

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Barry W.

1 December 2018

Did it in a group of 4 friends, had tons of fun and we were able to solve the puzzle in time! Clay, the host, was awesome and very helpful/clear with the rules which made the whole experience a bit plus. Would definitley go back for another room! More...

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Melina G.

30 November 2018

I had a team building event for a group of 8 at Escape Game SD and it was a fun experience.  When booking I called the office directly and was given the Groupon discount.  They assisted me with selecting the best room possible. We were greeted by Clay for the Japanese Thriller Room.  Clay was amazing! He provided the right amount of suspense while keeping it humorous.  He provided the right clues and riddles to assist our escape! The Japanese Thriller room was a bit challenging at times, but we were all new to escape rooms and for the majority this was the first one we ever played. The backstory was intense and I loved that several of the clues were in Japanese. We were able to escape on time with a couple minutes to spare so it is possible when everyone works together. Overall, it was a great experience and I will definitely return! More...

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Satyam R.

24 November 2018

Did the Japanese thriller room with 8 other friends and had a blast. If your moderator is Corey (Cory?), hes a really fun moderator to have. Would go again.

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Raymond L.

21 November 2018

Clay our host was legitttt. We came a little late so we got some time off but he was nice enough to give us some more hints.  Had an awesome time, Clay was funny and just an awesome host.   Will definitely come back / recommend this place!! More...

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Kylyn F.

20 November 2018

My boyfriend and I found a great deal on Groupon for $30 for 2 people and we decided to come try it out. Weve done escape rooms before and love it but we've never done anything like this. Escape game SD especially the Japanese Thriller Room is such a unique experience and we are so happy we did it. It's a 9 person room so we were paired with other couples (we were apprehensive about this but after finishing the room and successfully escaping we've concluded we wouldnt have escaped with just the two of us and our group was awesome). Corey was our game maker and he made the game super fun by scaring us at several parts throughout the game. Overall the game was super fun, even for me because I get scared very easily, we escaped and found all marbles. We will be back to try out the Harry Potter room (apparently the doors open with wands ) And the superhero roomSide note: don't be fooled by the outside of the business, inside holds all the fun! More...

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Christina C.

18 November 2018

Yesterday we escaped the Wizard Room, so much fun! Great challenge and Mallory was a really great host :) I have escaped Japanese Thrilled and the Superhero room in the past as well and all are so fun! 10/10 recommend

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Anthony P.

17 November 2018

Japanese thriller was a thrill from beginning to end. Our host, Mallory, set the mood and was helpful throughout the entire game. I could tell that she was passionate about making our experience the best, and she had a lot of pride in her work and the escape room. I would highly recommend this escape room if you want to be on edge while escaping a fun escape room. Parking is a little tight in Hillcrest but we were able to get some. We used a groupon which helped with the price as well. They have this point system which incentives you to do well and want to come back. Thanks again for a fun night! More...

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Ruth S.

8 November 2018

Clay was awesome!! Very cool escape room!! Challenging and a tone of fun very creative!

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Rebecca H.

8 November 2018

Clay was awesome!! He did such a great job explaining everything! What a fun time!!!!

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Jess G.

1 November 2018

My group and I throughly enjoyed Escape Game SD! It was all our first time experiencing an Escape Room and we had a blast wit EGSD! We went through the Japanese Thriller and although we didn't complete it, it was still really fun time! Clay was awesome, funny and patient. He is awesome at what he does and I'm glad he was the one to help us through it all. Definitely would go back again. Thank you EGSD! (: More...

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Marco L.

29 October 2018

This is our second time here and we had a blast. Clay was in charge of this room and did a fantastic job setting up the Japanese thriller room. Highly recommend.

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Eugene C.

26 October 2018

This was awhile ago but did my first escape room ever here with a group of friends for the Japanese Thriller and it was good. The moderator Mallory was extremely friendly and helpful in getting us familiar with how an escape room would work. The actual theme ended up not being that scary with just mostly audio noises and some creepy objects being placed around but nothing that made me want to cry for help. Overall a positive experience and I'd recommend Mallory to anyone looking to try out an escape room! More...

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Amanda G.

25 October 2018

Our group did the Japanese Thriller  room.  While the room was challenging, it was still doable and a lot of fun. Our host, Clay, is as awesome and made the experience so much better.  Luckily, we got paired with another couple that brought as much to the room as our group it five. Definitely will be back to try the other two rooms! More...

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Chong L.

22 October 2018

Never done an escape room before but this was a great experience! Our host, Mallory was very welcoming, helpful and enthusiastic. Our group chose Japanese Thriller; the concept was scary AF!! We were all so into the puzzles (as Mallory stated) that we often lost track of time! Would definitely come back and would def recommend to everyone! More...

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Amanda B.

22 October 2018

For doing an escape room for the first time this was so fun to do with my friends. Clay was so awesome and he made the experience so great. Would definitely go again and try a different room!! More...

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Pranav B.

17 October 2018

Super neat puzzles. The superhero room was awesome. Definitely a fun time with my friends before heading out to Gaslamp.

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Ryan R.

16 October 2018

Escape Game SD is easily one of the better escape room options here in San Diego. Located on 4th Avenue in Hillcrest, it's a gem tucked away in the alleyway, but definitely an experience for the record books.Paolo was our friendly guide before the "Wizard and Spells" Escape Room, and his energy and enthusiasm added even more hype to the experience. Paolo also did a great job setting the story as secret wizards in training (We're ALL Wizards Harry) and this Escape Room was the final test before we can enter the whimsical world of Wizardry.Best of all, they gave us WANDS. AND THEY WERE USED TO ESCAPE THE ROOM. AND THEY WERE COLOR COATED BY HOUSES. Need I say more?!We will definitely be back to attempt the Superhero Adventures Escape Room. If they give us Hulk Hands there's gonna be trouble. More...

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Jennifer K.

15 October 2018

Great game master, Paolo! Thanks for having us and we had a great experience! Wizards and spells had us challenged! It was my first experience and I loved it.

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Aika S.

14 October 2018

My group of 4 really enjoyed the Japanese Thriller escape room. 3 of us have done escape rooms before, one in our group was the first time. The puzzles had the right amount of challenge. Thanks Cory for being our moderator he was awesome! More...

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Simon X.

13 October 2018

Mallory was our instructor, she did a fantastic job explaining the rules, was very friendly, and helped us out with the room. The escape room we did was a small room but it was enjoyable throughout the night. Would most likely try another escape room here! More...

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Katrina T.

13 October 2018

We went to do the Japanese Thriller and lost, but it was fun. We went back in the next hour and did the Wizard with Paola and it was AWESOME! Paola was so interactive and fun! Such a great guide. This was fun! More...

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Chris G.

13 October 2018

Had  a blast tonight at escape game SD. Did the wizards and spells room and we escaped with 5min remaining. "head master Paolo" was on point . Really friendly and entertaining.. Would go back again just because he works there. 5/5 for this place. More...

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Devan G.

6 October 2018

I love this place so much.  We did wizards and it was amazing. Our host MALORY was the best. I would come back just for her

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Caitlin S.

3 October 2018

We did the superhero game and it was an absolute blast!  The puzzles were different and unique. And having us wear capes was perfect; it's those small extra touches I appreciate. We had a small group of three and escaped with 8 minutes left.  I think 4-6 would be perfect for this room. Best of all though, was our #TeamOrange hostess with the mostest Katie!  From start to finish she was amazing and upbeat and truly seemed excited that we were there.  I had called an hour before a start time noticing that the room was full and she let me know that typically you have to book 2 hours in advance to make sure someone is in to cover.  She called me back 5 minutes later to say she would be in for me and my small group.  She is a true asset and I can't wait to try their other games and can only hope all their staff is just as amazing. More...

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Johnny Savage

25 September 2018

We did the hunted Japanese escape room. Very challenging but also super thematic. Very fun!

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Kerri K.

23 September 2018

Had fun at Japanese thriller room. Clay was nice and fun host. My tip is to split up and work on dif rooms lol. We failed at escaping! Would go back!

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Kristen K.

22 September 2018

I've been to two other escape rooms and this one was the most fun. Master Paolo did an excellent job of explaining the game and I found out later he helped design the room too!

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Shereen Y.

20 September 2018

My friends and I played Japanese Thriller. The room was pretty cool. It's different than other escape rooms I've gone to since they keep score instead of just focusing on the time left. Clay was our host! He explained everything really well and was funny! I recommend it! More...

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Gina M.

14 September 2018

It was our first escape room, and we loved it!!! Clay helped tailor our experience so that it was super enjoyable for our family, which included kids aged 11 to grandparents, 75 years old!We can't wait to go back and try a different room!!! More...

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Tamara H.

12 September 2018

This was my first escape room experience, and I gotta say, it was magical!We were greeted and given the low-down by Paolo, who made everything fun and friendly. He explained everything we'd need to succeed comprehensively, and when we needed a few hints during the adventure, he was helpful without giving too much away.My group did the Wizard Room (as we are all pretty big Harry Potter nerds) and it was an absolute blast! It had everything I could have hoped for-- real magical wands that were incorporated into the puzzles, several types of codes to crack, and tons of challenging riddles. There was something for everyone in our group, too. Different types of challenges meant that someone got to be the star and make at least one big "Eureka!" moment each.The final challenge was immersive and beautiful, and getting there was tough, but exciting! I don't want to give away the big surprise-- it's worth it to check out yourself!Overall, my friends and I had a great time, and I can't wait to go again to check out another room! More...

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Mason S.

10 September 2018

We did the Japanese thriller room, which was awesome. My friends (4 of us total) were a little bit scared at times. We solved the room with some time to spare, but not our first escape room. Puzzles were challenging but it was a lot of fun and suspenseful at times. Definitely loved our host clay. Explained everything very well and made the experience enjoyable for all of us More...

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Andrea M.

9 September 2018

We played the Japanese thriller escape room. It was so much fun and creepy. Mallory was our guide. She was great. I now want to go back and try the more challenging rooms!

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Alex C.

6 September 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller escape room with some friends and some randos.  It was a cool twist to include a historical event with the room and provide special rules for the "haunt".  I would put the difficulty on the easier end compared to other rooms I have done, but still great puzzles.  Our guide, Clay, was great as well.  Would definitely recommend. More...

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Angela I.

2 September 2018

I went with my friends for the first time here and not gonna lie I was pretty scared.  We did the Japanese Thriller and the introductory video set the mood, I was scared the whole time. The lady who gave us instructions was super nice. 10/10 would recommend. Will definitely come back to try another room! :) More...

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Liz N.

2 September 2018

Game was really fun and interesting, definitely challenging but in a good way. Really great with friends. Japanese thriller added an interesting element that not a lot of other games have by scaring you while you're trying to solve the puzzles. It also wasn't too scary to the point where you wouldn't have fun- I'd say it was just the right level of scary. It was definitely worth going and staff was great too. More...

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Rina P.

2 September 2018

This was my first ever escape room, and honestly I loved it. My friends and I did the Japanese Thriller and I think we all had a good scare especially knowing that it was based on true events. A few of us were shaking while trying to figure out the puzzles, but they actually test you. It was a really fun experience and would recommend to anybody. They also include other themes which are "Superheroes" and "Wizards & Spells" that may be really good for kids. The rules were very clearly explained and afterwards we knew what we did or didn't do. More...

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Jennifer H.

2 September 2018

I have never been to an escape room before, so I had a lot of high expectations. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED at all! I tried the Japanese Thriller escape room with my 7 friends and I enjoyed it so much even though I was constantly on edge! It was so exhilarating. Although we did not escape, my friends and I managed to solve most of the puzzles and you are given 3 hints if you absolutely cannot get anything. It is also not everyday that I am scared given that I am uneasily spooked, but I was constantly on my guard while in here.  The woman who monitored us, Mallory, was also very nice and made us feel comfortable. Overall, I would return to try their other escape rooms and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. More...

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Danny M.

2 September 2018

Challenging yet fun escape room! I did the Japanese Thriller and could not escape with my group of friends. I would definitely come back and try the other rooms!

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Alexis E.

1 September 2018

Had a great time. Wish the puzzles correlated more to the story but the gane was still very fun. Clay made it a great experience and explained everything thoroughly!

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Sarah R.

26 August 2018

Room: Japanese ThrillerGroup size: 7 adultsBest aspect: Puzzle variety and pacing (without giving anything away, there were certain elements built in to make you aware of the passage of time and to intentionally interrupt your flow, which was actually fun)Worst aspect: The rooms of the game were kinda dingy/low budget.  It wasn't a huge deal because it sorta fit with the theme, but I could see why other reviewers didn't like it (presumably after playing other, higher quality ones).For over half our group, this was our first escape room.  After this experience, we all want to do another one.Thankfully, the theme was more creepy than scary, and our host Clay did well adding to that effect while still keeping it fun.  Some other reviewers said they were disappointed by the lack of heart-pounding terror.  So, if that's what you're looking for in an escape room, then I guess you should look elsewhere.  For us, we wanted a fun night of problem-solving with friends.  And that's what we got.For some reason, as a newbie, I had expected all paper-based riddle-like clues and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of puzzles.  Because of the mix, each person in our group was able to contribute.Since completing this room and talking to others about their experiences, I've learned that there are many styles of escape rooms.  For our group, the search-and-find and physical puzzling bent of the room was great. More...

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Courtney K.

20 August 2018

Our experience was fantastic. This room is a must! This was my 10th escape game and it did not disappoint. There was just the right amount of  "scare", challenging puzzles and I loved the game within a game to find extra treasure! Cory, our room monitor, rocked it!!! More...

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Mike C.

16 August 2018

Went to do a room while on vacation and being my second escape room, this was an excellent set up. The Japanese Thriller was awesome and the staff made sure to add the creep factor it needed. Highly recommended for anyone who's interested! More...

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Jessica T.

15 August 2018

Great family fun! A challenging escape room experience. The staff members were helpful and engaging throughout the whole experience.

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Jennifer H.

13 August 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller room. Mallory was our guide/host, and she was very friendly and helpful. For most of our group, it was our first time doing an escape room, and Mallory did a great job explaining how things would work. She gave great hints when we needed them.Room was more creepy than scary. Had a great time and lots of fun. Would come back to try a different room. More...

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Nairee B.

11 August 2018

The Japanese Thriller Room was awesome!! I'm normally terrified of jump scares and people/things popping out at me, but the theme in this room was a perfect amount of creepy/scary without being overwhelming. Clay was an awesome host, setting the mood up early with clever riddles. I won't give away anything else, but definitely check this place out! Really clean and fun. Had an awesome first escape room experience - thanks Escape Room SD and Clay! More...

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Brooke R.

11 August 2018

My boyfriend and I had the privilege of doing the "superhero" escape room in celebration of my 20th birthday. If memory permits, I believe our instructor's name was Daniel (however, I made the mistake of not writing it down). Despite not being sure about his name (oops!), I just wanted to comment how appreciative we are of his excellent customer service. We nearly arrived late and instead of being chastised we were accommodated in multiple ways, and since our party was only two people he supplied a few extra hints to even the playing field. To boot, he didn't even know it was my birthday! I really recommend this place and if the other employees have even remotely similar personalities to Daniel then you will, undoubtedly, be in good hands. More...

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Penny H.

6 August 2018

What a fun night! We went with my son, husband and friend and we barely made it out by the skin of our teeth! Lots of fun and the whole experience was a classy, but spooky wizard mystery. Only suggestion is to make the wands more user-friendly for us non-wizards. More...

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Mike W.

5 August 2018

We did the Japanese Thriller room. It was the best time ever! I had such a blast it was the perfect amount of creepy without being scaring and it was hard but not impossible. We escaped in 52mins. Thank you Clay for a good time! More...

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T H.

5 August 2018

My group did the Japanese escape room and it was amazing! I was very anxious at first, not being much of a horror fan, but it was actually very fun and only sort of frightening. The puzzles were interesting and it was very interactive. Kathleen was a wonderful guide and her positive and fun attitude definitely took the experience to the next level. 10 out of 10, would definitely go again! More...

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Van N.

3 August 2018

Escape Game SD contacted my friend and offer us a refund for all the hiccups we experienced during the game.The room may not have how been a success, but the company standard sure is!Thanks for contacting us.

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Art Q.

3 August 2018

Never been to an escape room before and this was a great first time!! It was so much fun and Mallory was so friendly and helpful. She really made us feel welcome, answered our questions and prepared us for the escape room. The puzzles were challenging enough that you really had to think and problem solve but not so tough that our family couldn't figure them out. The Japanese puzzle had a spooky environment and feel but not too scary even for our daughter (who refuses to watch anything approaching a scary movie) More...

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Ambur Q.

2 August 2018

Our first time doing an escape room and it was SO much fun! Mallory was out hostess and did a superb job explaining everything and scaring us at the same time lol( we did the Japanese Escape room). Everything was put together really nicely and while the clues were difficult they weren't impossible, plus we had Mallory a walkie talkie away if we got stuck. Thank you Mallory for making those experience the BEST!!! More...

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Avalin I.

26 July 2018

I've been here twice. The first time I tried the superhero theme and it was so fun!! It was very interactive and even with a big group, everyone got to do something. The second time I went, my friends and I did the Japanese horror theme. SCARY. Our host Corey did great introducing us to the story at the beginning and was funny af. Kept us  immersed in the whole backstory and was thorough with the instructions. Would go again to try the other theme! More...

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Mallory s.

15 July 2018

So much fun! Paulo was the best instructor. We did the wizard room and while it had its challenges we made our way out. Paulo knew when to step in and ask if we needed guidance. He was so personable and funny as well. I would highly suggest this to anyone looking for a fun time More...

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Tim T.

10 July 2018

Came for the Japanese Thriller! Amazing family fun! We all had a blast. Shout out to Paolo! Most of us were newbies. He was a great host; really made it fun for our family! Thanks Paolo! Great experience! Must try! More...

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Catherine L.

9 July 2018

Did the Japanese thriller . Was really scary but the story and puzzles were very engaging. Also he hosts (shoutout to Paolo he was awesome !!!!!!!) were very fun and light hearted and greay More...

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Vincent P.

5 July 2018

Did the wizards and magic room. Really loved it. Pao Lo stayed in character and was very helpful.

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Kali F.

1 July 2018

We had such a good time at Escape Game SD! We did the Japanese Thriller Room and it was really awesome! Mason and Mallory were so friendly and helpful. They made the experience fun and they made us laugh. Our group solved some of the puzzles but we didn't win. If you're looking for something different to do on a night out, this is the place! It's challenging and exciting, sometimes even a little scary... but so much fun! We can't wait to try another puzzle soon. More...

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Keith A.

1 July 2018

What a fun time. Got a nice deal on Groupon as well. Easy street parking with meters starting at 10 am, 2 hour limit about $2.50. Located on 2nd floor right off 4th ave.We decided to do the Japanese thriller and loved it. It is based off something that happened in Japan and that inspired the movie the ring and some other horror thriller movies.Corey checked us in and gave us some riddles to start to get our brains going for our 10 am session. He also gave clear and specific instructions. Find the 5 gems, they are 100 points each, get done as fast as you can because the more time, the more points you get, and don't get caught in a room when you hear a certain sound and the lights flicker, etc.Check in on Yelp to get 30 extra seconds towards your timer countdown.He said it has about a 45-50% escape rate but with 2 people it would be very hard so he gave us the option to do have 5 clues but only do 2 of the 3 rooms, 1 room already solved for us, or do all 3 rooms in the Japanese thriller but unlimited clues and help.We opted to do all 3 rooms and were glad we did. The hardest part was the first area and just trying to solve a Sudoku puzzle, we wasted a lot of time on that.We found 2 of the 5 gems, and we asked for 5 or 6 hints but mostly because we had it right, but for example, the lock was stuck because we were not pulling on it correctly to get it to open. We did get help on 1 thing that we were off base on but we got out with 3 minutes to spare, got 2130 points, and he said we were only the 2nd team of 2 that he knew of that escaped that room.Looking forward to trying another room. More...

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L S.

28 June 2018

Great experience although they need to work on those wands in the Wizards and Spells game.

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Mallory B.

27 June 2018

So much fun!! I thought it was as gonna be too easy but it was challenging and exciting!! The Japanese thriller room was just the right amount of creepy. The cast was cool and super helpful. Cant wait to try all the rooms!! More...

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Christopher S.

25 June 2018

Our company (Skyline) did the Japanese Thriller Room for some team building.  Great experience!  Highly recommend doing this venue for team building.  When we arrived Stan was great in explaining the rules and guidelines for us to have the best experience at Escape Game SD.   Thank you!  We'll be doing it again! More...

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Micaela M.

25 June 2018

My 12 year old son and I went to the escape room and did the Wizards and Spells room and we had a blast!!!! Katie was our guide and she was fantastic in explaining everything to us and helping with or allotted clues.  It was challenging and so much fun! I highly recommend this fun activity!!!!! More...

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Brooke G.

25 June 2018

AMAZING STAFF ! They really make you feel comfortable and help you get in the spirit of escape room challenges!

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Chad H.

23 June 2018

Cody was an awesome moderator. I had never done one before and it was a blast. Japanese Thriller room was challenging and scary!

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Brett S.

23 June 2018

My family and I just finished completing the wizards and spells room (with 14 minutes to spare!) and absolutely loved it! Our headmistress Katie was super fun and energetic, and did a great of job of explaining the context of the game. All of the puzzles were tricky but absolutely do-able. They all tied into the wizards and spells theme nicely. Can't wait to do the Japanese thriller and superhero games soon! More...

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Josiah P.

22 June 2018

Had an amazing experience with Stan, so major shoutout to him. He was very chill, understanding, and cool by letting us do a walk in booking after failing to do one prior. He made the japanese thrilling room much more scarier and creepier than it should have been. We ran out of our current room like 50 times and soiled our pants every jump scare he gave us. Major props to this guy and thanks for making it an awesome experience More...

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Jasmine C.

18 June 2018

Escape Game SD was mine and my family's first escape room experience and it was very memorable! We tried the Wizard and Spells room and as Harry Potter fans, we loved it! The puzzles were just the right amount of difficulty for our first escape room. Our host Stanson explained the rules very well and was very helpful when we needed a clue. Definitely want to come back again to do the Superhero room! More...

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Miranda C.

18 June 2018

I went with a group of 10 people to complete the Japanese Thriller room and loved the experience! Katie was an awesome game master and her enthusiasm was evident from the ring of the doorbell! Every person I spoke to on the phone about booking was very helpful even with my large group size. I will definitely be coming back to finish the other rooms and hopefully break some records! More...

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Mel B.

17 June 2018

#46 for 2018We came in on Father's Day squimishly to play Japanese Thriller.  Based on true events, The Ring and The Grudge was more fun than scary but creepy.Kathleen, our host, explained very well the rules of the game, how we could loose points from our overall score.  What I liked is the winner with the fastest time would get passes to return.I'm not allowed to share what went on.  It would impact your own personal experience.  Just know it was lots of fun spending the time a few of our good friends and fam.I am anxious to try their other rooms. More...

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Robert S.

16 June 2018

After obsessing over "Escape Game" apps on my phone and challenging my girlfriend to see who could finish them faster (she destroyed me), I was anxious to actually experience one in real life.Being my first experience doing an escape room, Escape Game SD did not disappoint.Corey was super helpful in setting up our reservation and Katie was such an amazing host. Customer service at it's finest.My girlfriend and I came here with her sister on a weekday afternoon. The 3 of us did the Wizard escape room. We were given clear instructions and all of our questions were answered. We were even offered complimentary bottled water as the tutorial was being given. Awesome.Before you begin, they ask you to lock up your cell phones. So be sure you're not expecting an important call in that 60 minutes. They provide you with paper and a pen to take notes and a walkie-talkie to communicate with your guide/host in case of emergency or if you should need any help or hints, in our case this was Katie. There is also a camera in the room, which they can see how you're progressing through the game.The Wizard room is somewhat challenging but fun. You will use wands to create spells, similar to the Harry Potter interactive wands at Universal Studios but with much more simplistic motions (kids can do it easily). Clues are creative and you definitely need to use your brain and intuition to find clues and solve them. Some parts are a little tough, but be persistent and don't get aggravated or flustered by the challenging parts. Just listen really well and look closely.I am the type that is reluctant to ask for help and if you're like me, be careful because this could be your demise. There is a clock in the room that counts down from the initial 60 minutes. Keep an eye on it, don't waste too much time if you're stuck. A simple call on the walkie-talkie could give you the hint you need.I don't want to give anything away so I'll just give a little advice. Be thorough, write things down, move with a sense of urgency but most importantly, have fun!We were so close at the end of 60 minutes, Katie was nice enough to give us an extra 2 mins. With that, we were able to escape with just the three of us! So it's totally doable with a small group.If you're looking for a great Escape game experience, Escape Game SD won't disappoint. I can't wait to try their Japanese Thriller & Super Hero escape rooms!Such a great experience & great service. Thank you again Corey and Katie! More...

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Nick C.

15 June 2018

We did this for a team building exercise and had a blast! I'd definitely recommend the Japanese Thriller room. Katie was our coordinator for the game and she was great! Definitely want to come back to try the other rooms. More...

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RaShonne D.

14 June 2018

I really had a great time here! I've done an escape room one other time, but in NC, so I don't have a good basis for these. My group ended up doing the Superhero-themed room, and as first timers, they thought it was awesome. I won't give anything away, but there were a ton of different puzzles for us to all to figure out. One word of advice: instead of everyone trying to figure out the same clue or clues at the same time, I suggest you divide and conquer. Have people focus on those activities that are naturally easier for them, and you may have a chance to escape. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to escape, but we were close! Definitely recommend a visit if you're in town, and I think there may be a Groupon out there right now (June 2018). More...

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Nikhil U.

11 June 2018

Perfect thing to do on those too hot to be outside San Diego afternoons. We did the Japanese Thriller Room and it was fun! The level of the challenge was enough to keep us engaged but not so tough that we got frustrated. The theme kept us intrigued and a little spooked :)The hosts were fun as well and entertained us with some riddles while we waited. Would definitely recommend doing this with a group of friends. More...

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Bryan P.

11 June 2018

Great escape room! Japanese Thriller is definitely the way to go for a first time thriller escape room. Not exceedingly scary or hard which is good if you are just starting! Cory was our host and he was amazing! Nicest and most welcoming guy I have met in the service! Try to book one when he is on shift!! More...

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Brandon F.

10 June 2018

This has been my 3rd escape room experience. I'm starting to really enjoy these kind of activities. What I like about this location compared to the two I have been in Orange County is that the end time is counted as a point total. It's nice to know that even though if we finished in a timely manner there were still ways to get a higher point total compared to other groups. My group finished with 2130 doing the Super Hero room. Would suggest that you give this place a try. More...

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Katrina N.

10 June 2018

Our group of 6 did the Wizards Room, which required us to use wands to cast "spells" in some of the puzzles. I think Harry Potter fans would definitely enjoy this room. In my opinion, puzzles were easy to solve, which would be a good room for first-time escapees. I wish the room itself had more decorations or more puzzles/additional rooms to explore because we finished the room quite early with about 25 minutes left to spare. I would recommend a group of four people maximum for this room. Otherwise, I enjoyed Escape Game SD because the our game master was very nice and helpful and would love to return to try their other rooms. More...

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Lorisa B.

9 June 2018

This was my second escape room, My first one at this location. We did the japanese thriller room, & Our instructor, Cory, Was amazing! He explained everything so well & made it funny. My family & I had some fear about people running out and scaring us, or other scary things happening to us in the room. When we were finally locked in, My family & I had some trouble figuring a few puzzles out but Cory was very helpful giving tips over the walkie talkie. This room is definitely for all scary movie lovers. The story & Props make it all so realistic & We were scared. Very fun, & We almost escaped! This room is definitely one to try, Hopefully we'll be back for the Wizard one or superhero one!  p.s Try to figure out Cory's riddles or the riddles in the bathroom. So much fun! Thank you Escape Games! More...

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Anna T.

9 June 2018

Stanson was our host and was pretty enthusiastic, I'm sure it's amusing to watch.  Luckily, we had a certain amount of clues to redeem.  Geesh, I didn't know that a Japanese thriller theme would be based off a true story of cult, manipulations, and murder!  A bit eerie. We all contributed to the success of getting out of the escape room(sl with just over 7 minutes to go. Enjoyed it so much that we all wanted to do another escape room the next day. Til next time. More...

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Annabel S.

9 June 2018

Very fun, really enjoyed it and katie was a very nice game person! Will come back again!

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Amy G.

6 June 2018

My husband and I went here for an anniversary trip. We decided last minute to try an escape room for just the two of us. We called, and they put us with another couple who were alone saying that it was difficult to complete with just two people. I'm fairly confident in our skills, but figured it would be fun to meet some new people.From the doorbell you can tell you're in the right place :) We had an incredible time doing the Japanese Thriller room. I don't think I've ever enjoyed an escape room more, nor been so deeply immersed in the story. It was an absolute blast to go with two random strangers as well. Part of me wishes I could forget how to solve the room, just so I could go back and do it all over again for the enjoyment!! SO much fun and highly recommend. More...

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Cortney P.

5 June 2018

Did the Japanese thriller room today with my boyfriend and loved it. Brandon, our guide, was extremely welcoming and helpful! Will definitely recommend.

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Ray C.

5 June 2018

First Stanson scared the hell out of us walking up but was an absolute amazing host!! From the first step through the door till you leave I promise you won't be disappointed!! Best date night ever! My first escape room my heart is still racing I can't wait to come back and try another room!!! More...

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Derek Gillespie

3 June 2018

Awesome experience!

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Augustine C.

1 June 2018

stanson was great . taught the instruction well and that was a great time. can't wait for the super hero room and harry potter room

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Mandy R.

31 May 2018

We had 11 ladies do the Japanese horror room! I liked this escape room because the puzzles didn't make me feel like a total idiot! I liked the theme- it wasn't too scary, just a little spooky and that added an exciting element to it! We did escape when 25 minutes to spare, but I think our group was too large... I think this room would be more challenging with maybe 6 or 7 people. I called to schedule a special appointment because my group was so large and the person who took my call was very friendly and accommodating. Our host was also very friendly. More...

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Julia K.

24 May 2018

I did the Japanese Thriller room last weekend for a birthday party with a couple friends and we had so much fun. The puzzles were great and challenging. The staff were fun and did an amazing job at making sure the group was working together. I would do it again if I go back to San Diego. More...

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Mark P.

22 May 2018

I went to San Diego last weekend and I did the Japanese Thriller room with a couple friends for a birthday party. The puzzles were very challenging, the staff were fun and really helpful. I highly recommend this place to hang out with friends and have a good time. More...

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Juan W.

22 May 2018

It was my first escape room experience and it was just amazing. I had a blast working with my friends at the japanese scary room solving the puzzles and getting my group together. I'll def try the other super hero room next time! Can't wait for it! ;D More...

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K. R.

21 May 2018

Escape room SD was so much fun!  Our guide ( if that's what they're called) Katie was so helpful and charismatic.  We did the super heroes room which was pretty tough.  Our group made it out with seconds to spare... ( talk about a nail bitter).. Definitely will be back. More...

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Kaho I.

19 May 2018

Just finished the Japanese Thriller room with Escape Game SD and I had so much fun. It was pretty scary because I get scared easily, but I was still able to enjoy the game and think clearly to collect clues to get out. HUGE shoutout to our moderator, Corey! He let us stay as long as we wanted to finish the game even though we were his last customers and he couldn't go home till we did (It was past midnight). He was enthusiastic, helpful, funny, and an overall great guy. I would recommend this place to anyone; I had a great time! More...

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Nancy A.

19 May 2018

What a terrific time! Stan was fantastic! He explained the rules very thoroughly and made sure we had a great time!

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Dezaray H.

30 April 2018

My team from work came here to do the Superheroes room.  We had such a blast!  Even though we failed, we all came back to work raving about the experience.  Stanson was hilarious and made the event even more exciting, and even gave us a few extra minutes to complete the room (though, we still failed).  We will definitely be back again! More...

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Raquel M Lane

24 April 2018

Stanson was awesome! I had fantastic time!!! Definitely a must do!!!

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Justin S.

22 April 2018

Came here to play the wizard room with my sister and friends. It was pretty fun! Some pretty clever and ingenuous MAGIC that were needed. Shoutout to headmistress Katie to setting it up and briefing us before the game. The competitiveness in me has one gripe, is that they don't have leader boards (or at least, not that I saw inside). Accio free tickets?! More...

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Andrew M.

19 April 2018

I tried another one of their Games last night!  Some friends and myself already conquered the Japanese Thriller room (with about 10 seconds to spare), so I thought this one would be solved no problem.  The owners donated a game for me and my little brother from Big Brother Big Sisters and 4 other matches to try the Superhero Game.  The narrator Stansoa Magic was awesome and very patient considering we had younger kids participating in a game normally meant for Adults.   The game had a lot of different codes and puzzles to solve.  It was really challenging, but also was great for a group of people to be able to work on different puzzles at the same time.  If you have an experienced group of Escape Room enthusiast, I recommend taking on the Superhero Room.  I will be back to try their third game soon! More...

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Belle A.

15 April 2018

We booked the Superheroes Adventure Room for 11:30pm (yeah, I know! Can't believe they stay open that late!). The room is meant for at least 6-9 people but the 4 of us managed to complete all missions with 2 mins left on the clock. We were told that there was a 30% success rate for that room so we were pretty stoked about it. We got to wear superhero capes also!There are Groupon deals so definitely check that out! However, please read the fine print as they are NOT valid on weekends. Also, they do not have their own parking lot but there is street parking and a parking structure right next to it. Our host, Lorenzo, was awesome! I would definitely recommend checking them out. I would like to try out the Japanese Thriller and Wizards and Spells next time. More...

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Beatrix B.

14 April 2018

Our first time playing an Escape Game! I planned this out for an early birthday for my husband and I decided that the Japanese Thriller Room would be a good starter. It was scary in some parts for me because I kept thinking that something was going to jump out (but no live actors)!Our party of nine said it was very suspenseful but at the end of the game it was so much fun and we definitely want to do it again to try the other rooms! The puzzles were definitely something you had to think about and you had to really search for the clues.  Our adrenaline was still going even after the end of the game!WE SOLVED IT WITH 30 SECONDS TO SPARE!Kathleen was our moderator and she was great! She was so nice and definitely helped us out where we needed it. She definitely helped add to the experience!We can't wait to go again! More...

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Ryan Green

13 April 2018

Had a great time. Puzzles and themes were fun. Recommend to those with high mental capacity

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Sarah E.

12 April 2018

My boyfriend and I did the Japanese thriller room (make sure to check groupon for their 2 for $34 deal!) and made it out with 40 seconds to spare! Super exciting when escape rates are low in big groups, and it was especially nice when our game host, Brandon, was just as excited about it as we were! He was extremely helpful and friendly, that we even stayed to do the Wizard room that they set up just for us, even though there wasn't originally a time slot for it! Talk about customer service! :) Katie was then our host for the next room and she was super rad and spunky :) The room was well done and the clues were very creative! (Katie even made some of the clues in there, herself!) We soared through that and made it out with 20 minutes to spare! Not only were the rooms amazing, but the hosts were just as great! Even Lorenzo did a fantastic job at making us feel welcomed! We'll be back for the superhero room! More...

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Kimberly P.

11 April 2018

This is place is so great! My friend and I chose to do the Japanese Thriller room and boy was it scary! I am a scary person, so I was down for the scare lol! Cory was our "instructor" (I think that's what they are called..IDK" for our room. He is super nice and explained all of the instructions of the Escape Game. The SCANDALOUS part was our room is semi-based on a true story...talking about SCARY because I never heard about it?! (insert scared emoji) Our group only consisted of 4 people and we did well. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with a bigger group, the MAX is 9 people though. Can't wait to go back and try another room! Thanks again Cory..you ROCK!! More...

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Tyler G.

10 April 2018

Conveniently placed in hillcrest, I walked from my place and got here in 4 minutes. Met up with a group of about 7 for the superheroes themed room. KATIE was amazing she was the staff member that helped us that day. So she was very lively and energetic she definitely made the experience a lot more enjoyable. The escape room was very well thought out. Not as fancy as some rooms I've been to with sound effects, projectors and fancy effects however this room was amazingly thought out and made up for it all by the type of puzzles it had, very very fun. We had been part of the 30 percent that actually makes it out and I'm really looking forward to returning for the wizard and witches themed room. For sure best escape room I've experienced yet. More...

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Jennifer T.

7 April 2018

PAOLO WAS GR8. At the very beginning I was so lost and in a daze, I didn't know where to even begin, but once we started finding things & got the ball rolling it was super fun.Needless to say, we escaped! Barely. Definitely worth the money, escape rooms are one of my new favorite things to do :-) More...

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Terry F.

6 April 2018

Japanese Thriller Room was a lot of fun.  We were a family group of 11 aged from 8 to 68!  Most of us had not been in an escape room before.  We were able to escape in around 50 minutes and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.  Thank you Brandon for helping to make this experience a special one! More...

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Madison M.

5 April 2018

Awesome Escape Room! Did the Superheroes Adventure with about 5 minutes left. Super hard - some puzzles I got and some other people got, we were stumped for a good 20 minutes at one point. Asked for one clue. Our host was Daniel - he was super friendly and patient. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and we had some pretty loud and distracting attendees, so it was super appreciated that Daniel was so nice. I plan to come back and do the Japanese Thriller next time! More...

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Andrew A.

4 April 2018

This was my first escape room and we had a blast! We did the superhero's room and had no idea what to expect. Stanson was our "Alfred" and assisted us on our way through the clues. Although we didn't finish in time, everyone in the group had a great time and we look forward to trying another theme!! More...

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James R.

3 April 2018

Stanson is the man-son! He ensured we had a great time in their "Thriller" themed room. The introduction to the game was great, rules well established and room well thought out. We plan on returning again in the future! More...

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Alexandria N.

3 April 2018

We had so much doing the Japanese thriller room. We solved it but felt we lost time because we were waiting on a new flashlight to figure out one of the clues. Overall fun, keeps you on your toes, and makes your brain work in ways you didn't know. Haha. I love puzzles so it was right down my alley. We will be back to try the superhero escape room. I wish I could give hints but then that'd spoil the fun of it 8) def go with a group. It'll make solving the puzzles faster! More...

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Rica M.

2 April 2018

Stanson Magiclol was our host.  We did the Japanese room and it was great!  Very believable and our group had a great time!  Will head back soon to experience the other themes.  Thanks again! More...

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Bianca B.

2 April 2018

The room was very fun and the guy who helped us and gave us clues named Stanson was very helpful. I will definitely come back and try another room. This took an hour and luckily my group was able to make it out on time. Overall my experience was very good and I look forward to coming back. More...

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Alexa O.

29 March 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller & Super Hero's one.Japanese thriller was slightly scary but I loved it! Beat this one with 20mins to spare out of an hour. Super fun highly recommend I love the serial killer horror theme. This one was my favorite to solve & theme wise between the two.I forgot my guides name but it was a girl, her hints were too easy & felt like she kinda just gave me the answer instead of a hint.Super hero's was harder we had 2 minutes left to spare out of an hour. I loved the theme as well, we all got to wear capes. I wish everyone had something they had to do during hints instead of just 4 people. But it was much more challenging than the Japanese thriller with more puzzles.Stantson was our guide & he was easy going, funny, & playful I enjoyed him & recommend him as your guide. He gives you enough of a hint to figure part of it out yourself without making it too easy. More...

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Gabrielle A.

29 March 2018

Katie was amazing! And we had such a fun time in the escape room, nothing helps you feel smarter than you are like a real life puzzle. Make sure you call before you go! The staff is super knowledgeable and they'll guide you on which escape room is good for you! You'll most likely pay for parking but it's usually five dollars if you park by bread and cie. But thanks Katie! For an awesome experience and a memorable hour! More...

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Jason O.

28 March 2018

3 of us did the Japanese Escape Room, had lunch, then did the Wizards room. Both were super-fun. Stanson and Cory did a great job moderating. We'll be back!

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Adam S.

27 March 2018

Played the Japanese thriller room last night with friends and it was a blast! Stanson, our gracious host, was awesome and explained everything to us clearly and responded knowledgeably to our questions. I will definitely be coming back again soon. More...

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Casey D.

26 March 2018

We were looking for something new and different to do with the kids for spring break.  Since they are all gamers and super hero geeks, we decided to take them on our first Escape Room adventure.  We chose the superhero puzzle. We arrived and parking fairly easy, we had just finished paying $14 dollars and the guy across the street was screaming at us to tell us they had $5 dollar parking. We were greeted by Daniel, he was our gamesmaster, he gave us the brief and rules.... and of course, our capes!! By now, the kids were excited to get started! He led us upstairs, gave us the rest of the scenario and locked up our cellphones and belongings and the clock starts NOW!!! The clues and riddles were challenging but  were to at the level where everyone in our family ranging from 10 years old to Mom & Dad could figure things out and contribute to the team. We escaped with 15:33 to  spare. We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, the kids talked about it all throughout dinner. They were already making plans to come back for another adventure! More...

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Ian S.

23 March 2018

Our family came here during our week stay in San Diego, and did the Superhero themed room. The room was very enjoyable for all of our family members and the puzzles were well thought-out. We greatly enjoyed the experience and our administrator, Daniel, was very helpful and gave us good clues. An overall good and family-friendly time! More...

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Taylor A.

22 March 2018

As an escape room connoisseur, I thought this was a wonderful room! It was so well planned out and so interesting! Kept us guessing! We LOVED Stanson's magic touch to everything... it wouldn't be the same without him! He deserves a raise! More...

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Madison Z.

22 March 2018

Had so much fun doing the Japanese Thriller while in town for spring break. Stanson made it a lot of fun for us and I would definitely recommend it!

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Alexis H.

22 March 2018

Favorite escape room I've done!! I went with some friends who were visiting San Diego, perfect for a rainy day. We did the Japanese thriller room, and the worker guiding us (Stanson) was so cool and made sure we got the full experience. It was all that I was expecting and more. Definitely a thrill and would do an escape room here again. More...

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Nate S.

21 March 2018

I did the Japanese thriller room with a group of 4 people and we got placed in the room with another group of 4. The puzzles were fun and creative. I expected the room to be a little more creepy but it was not at all scary. We did not complete the room in the allotted time but our host gave us a few extra minutes since we were close to the end. Overall it was a great experience and our host Stanson did a great job setting up the atmosphere and explaining all the rules. More...

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Timothy L.

21 March 2018

This was my first Escape room experience and I can see why people love coming to these. It was a lot of fun and something I highly recommend. My group did the Superhero Adventures one and it just happened to be the hardest one they offered with a pass rate of like 30% or something. We didn't know that until after we arrived but it was more motivating for us to finish. And finish we did with 5 min to spare! Puzzles were great and  the theme was as well. The host and the instructions were super clear and everything was well communicated. I can't wait to come back. More...

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Anthony N.

18 March 2018

Did the wizard room. it was really fun/If you're really into the Harry Potter type of theme this will definitely be the room for you to try.. Try to be the fastest time to you can get high on that leaderboard.Stan was a great host to teach us the rules and to provide us hints if we needed any and was pretty hilarious. Really cool guy with an unforgettable bob ross cut. More...

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Deanna M.

16 March 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller room after finding the deal on Groupon. It was a fun experience (not too scary)! You get put with a group of people and you go through 3 rooms and find clues to try and escape. STANSON was the staff member that helped and guided us and be was really friendly and helpful! Definitely recommend this place! More...

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Susie G.

15 March 2018

This was ridiculously fun! I had never done an escape room before and expected it to be either impossible or extremely stressful -- but it was just entertaining! You really end up working as a team, even if you're in a group of strangers as we were because everyone thinks of different possibilities. As a group, we solved the puzzle with only 30 seconds to spare! More...

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Jim Thompson

8 March 2018

Such a great time. We didn’t make it out in time but it was so much fun!

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Julie S.

5 March 2018

Did the Japanese Thriller Room and it was great! I'm scared of everything, so it was a little spooky for me haha. But I still had a great time! Definitely want to go back and try another room! More...

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Brian H.

26 February 2018

My girlfriend and I did the Japanese Thriller room. It was really creative and tons of fun! We asked for help a few times, and the tips provided were extremely helpful. Finished a few minutes ahead of time and got to take some photos at the end.Lorenzo was really helpful and you could tell that he liked his job and what he was doing. Thanks again for the awesome customer service! I'd recommend parking in the back of the building as it leads straight to the main entrance.We would definitely come back again for a different escape room. More...

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Su Zim

25 February 2018

I had a great time here. I would recommend this for sure.

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Jacob W.

24 February 2018

For my nephews 13th birthday he requested that we make a room he could escape from. I had no idea where he got this idea, but I looked it up and luckily found Escape Game SD.  Since there were only four of us, they suggested we do the Wizard Room. Mr. Paolo hosted us, he is so fun and he definitely topped off the experience.  We escaped the room just in time and got on the leader board - woot! My nephews own words were, "best birthday ever".  Cheers! More...

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Arielle S.

24 February 2018

I thought it would be lame but honestly so thrilling and fun! We did the superhero one and it was so cool and well done. Everything was thought out and made very well! I want to come back and try the other ones! More...

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Lala C.

24 February 2018

This was the perfect birthday adventure! I was a little worried when my 12 year old daughter asked for an escape room experience with her friends for her birthday, but I was pleasantly surprised! Paolo did an amazing job jumping into his role, explaining all the rules, tips for the wands, and getting the girls excited for their adventure. He really put the girls at ease so when it was time to start they were ready. I let the girls have at it on their own and the limitless clues (which he did a great job providing for someone of their age level) they made it out of the Wizards and Spells room! I highly recommend Escape Game SD for all groups, (tweens, teens and adults). I loved the experience so much I'm already thinking of coming back with my own friends for the Japanese Thriller room or the Superhero Room. More...

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Austin B.

24 February 2018

This place is awesome! Every aspect of it was fantastic. The scheduling was easy and professional, the customer service was amazing, and the actual escape game experience was the best one I have done. If you are in San Diego it's definitely worth it! Thanks Escape Games SD! More...

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Lian C.

22 February 2018

I'll just quickly say that 8 guys on a bachelor party doing the Japanese Thriller game is funny AF

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Katelynn M.

21 February 2018

The Japanese Thriller Room was super thrilling and fun. Corey was the best!! He made the whole experience muy bueno. Would definitely come back to try the other rooms.

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G Nico Llanos

19 February 2018

Great way to spend time with friends. I recommend you do it.

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Sean L.

18 February 2018

Me and my team from work took part in the Super Hero Escape room and had a fantastic time. Stanson was fantastic in explaining the rules to us and was a great host Would definitely recommend this place as the Japanese room was also good fun from months prior.

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Monica S.

16 February 2018

We went here yesterday as a team and had a BLAST! From the start, Lorenzo was awesome, totally got us in the mindset and made it so fun! We were in the Japanese thriller room and it was so challenging and fun. We escaped at 45 minutes and we got out of there screaming and cheering like we had just won the super bowl. It was great team bonding and we were all talking about it for hours after. I highly recommend! More...

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Mike F.

16 February 2018

We did the Japanese Thriller Room yesterday for a team building activity, and it was so much fun! Lorenzo was awesome and made sure we were kept on our toes from beginning to end. Katie was helping out too and she was great.The room was filled with challenging puzzles and we loved how interactive it was. I was so proud of our team for working together and we managed to escape and not face the same fate that those in the background story had...This was a first escape room experience for most of our team and we will absolutely be back to try and escape the other rooms! More...

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Vladimir S.

14 February 2018

Did a work building! Lots of fun. We rocked the Super Hero room!Chairboy-Stanson was awesome and energized the room!

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Maria M.

13 February 2018

Came here with the the family to celebrate my daughters 18th bday.  The Super Hero Room was a little challenging, but once we got the hang of it, so much fun! Katie was super friendly and really made it such a cool experience.  Would definitely come back again to try different rooms. More...

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Derek W.

11 February 2018

We had a great time solving the Wizard and Spells room. Katie was a great host and made my wife and I feel ready for our first escape room. It was a fun way to start our night and well worth it. More...

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Ivy C.

4 February 2018

My group had an amazing time here today at the Superhero escape room thanks to our guide Stanson! Right from the start he was super chill and laid down all the rules so that we knew how to play. This was my first time in an escape room and the superhero one specifically was a good one to start with even tho it is the most difficult one there (20% success rate)... Apparently. But unlike the Japanese thriller room, there's not as much pressure because there isn't any opportunity for you to be scared in this particular one. We got assigned roles, then got thrown into the room for an hour with really no direction. But at least we had 3 hints which were given by our guide Stanson. These were super helpful and helped us break out the room before the clock hit 0. It was a really fun experience and the room was difficult but thank god I had some sharp people with me. Too bad we couldn't bring our phones out in the room (makes sense to protect the rooms' intergrity) bc it would have been nice to have a pic inside that room. But at least we got some nice pics in the waiting room! The only thing that kinda sucks is that they don't have their own lot so park on Hillcrest Ave. There's enough on the street but make sure to pay for at least 1.5hrs since they're pretty strict with parking enforcement there and it will take at least 1.5 hrs for setup and doing the room together. More...

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Addie M.

2 February 2018

My group was completely new to "escape rooms" and we loved it.  Stanson was a great host and helped a ton with our confusion.  I highly recommend this place.

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Lowandres S.

31 January 2018

I had a really good time! My husband and I went alone but, there was another group (of 6) going at the same time. I'm kind of happy for that because 8 heads are definelty better than 1! There were some spooks along the way and also some laughs. Good, clean, family styled fun! More...

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Concetta D.

30 January 2018

Had so much fun with my friends here! Stanson did a great job as our host. Will definitely be coming back for the wizard room!

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Peta H.

30 January 2018

I did the Japanese escape room and it was an absolute blast. From the very beginning our guide Cory was awesome!! We had 3 different groups none of us knew each other- by the end we were laughing and having a great time. Such a fun thing to do, I will definitely be recommending this to friends! Cory is the coolest!! More...

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Alex M.

29 January 2018

Booked this for my brothers birthday, it was wonderful! I love scary things but a few members of my party do not! There were definitely scary parts but not like a haunted house. This escape game was difficult and unique highly recommend! Stanson did a great job with the intro and the hints, we were able to escape with 11 minutes left to go!! We booked using a groupon which made it even better, would definitely come back! More...

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Tiffany B.

26 January 2018

Where else can you be a superhero and detective for a hour? Had a great time at Escape Game SD for my first escape room experience. Lots of laughs and fun, as my friends and I solved clues to save the day. The real superhero of the night was Kathleen, who gave us a great introduction and who went out of her way to ensure that the experience was fun and safe. Thank you for the unforgettable evening! More...

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Maggie M.

21 January 2018

Did the Japanese thriller game with 2 friends and 6 randoms. Lorenzo was awesome!!! He explained the rules very well and had a good presence. The merch is great quality too!

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Alex H.

20 January 2018

This escape room was so fun, it was my first and I went with a group of 6 and 2 other people were in our appointment time. The 8 of us had a great time and were able to solve our escape room. We did the Japanese thriller room and we got to watch a video to see the background of the real story the room was based on. The guy giving us our instructions (Cory) was so super friendly and welcoming. He was a little all over the place but if you aren't doing this for like legit training to be a spy then I would definitely recommend. It was very fun, spooky but not scary and very difficult. (In a good way). If you are a fan of extreme crazy expensive escape rooms I wouldn't recommend because I've definitely heard of a lot fancier ones however I personally just went for fun and this room was just that. A lot of fun. It would definitely be great for families and people who want to have a good relaxed time. More...

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Dave P.

20 January 2018

Stanston (sp?) killed it for us tonight. We have been to escape rooms all around the world and really enjoyed our experience in the super hero room. Would highly recommend it, especially if Stanston is your host! (He also likes to be called Sanford, Samson and Stanstead) More...

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Diane C.

19 January 2018

We booked the Wizard and Spells and Super Heroes room for a team building activity for my department!  We split into two groups.  What a FANTASTIC way to spend time together.  Our EGSD hosts Katie and Stanson did a great job getting us started and setting up the stories.  My group was in the Wizards room - tons of challenges and we had to work together to figure out the clues.  We made it out with two minutes to spare!  I will definitely visit EGSD again! More...

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Nicholas D.

17 January 2018

Had the e opportunity to meet and work with Alex and Chris at Escape Game SD. Everyone at there Hillcrest location where kind,welcoming . Positive environment. No questions asked they deserve 5 stars . I'm wishing them a productive successful 2018 thanks More...

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Amanda J.

16 January 2018

I've tried one previous escape room, which was fun, but this one was such a better experience! My husband and I chose the Japanese horror room, which is solved as a group with others, and it was amazing! The puzzles to solve tied in well enough to the theme. Our guide (Palo) was very comical, full of wit and had great riddles to occasionally guide us through stumps in the puzzle.  The puzzle itself was also laced with the perfect amount of thrill and scare. Highly recommend! More...

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Angela R.

15 January 2018

My cousins and I have been here twice, and we all had a lot of fun during both times! We first did Wizards and Spells with Katie as our moderator and the Superheroes room with Paolo. Both of them were super energetic, funny, and explained the rules well. We're thinking of tackling the Japanese Thriller Room next and hope to get either one as our moderator. Each room did have a variety of different puzzles to do that were complex enough for us to wrack our brains, but not so hard that we couldn't escape.If you do get stuck, you are able to get 3 hints. However, I do think you should be able to get extra points for not using your hints. It makes sense to get points for being able to figure how to escape out without help from the moderators. All in all, I do suggest going here if you want to try an escape room with very fun moderators who love their jobs. Definitely coming back soon! More...

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Joseph M.

14 January 2018

A group of my friends and I first tried Escape Game SD when we booked the Japanese Thriller Room. We all had such a blast and Paolo made it a great experience. We had so much fun that we decided to go back and try the Superheroes room. We were fortunate that Paolo was once again our moderator. We will be definitely be going back to try the third one and hopefully Paolo is our moderator again. More...

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Donna K.

13 January 2018

My friends and I did the Japanese Thriller room earlier today and it was literally a nonstop thrill ride!! I don't really scare easily, but this challenge was just the right amount of nervous energy I was hoping for! Super fun and challenging, only had about 5 mini panic attacks the whole time! Lorenzo was great host!! He really made sure we knew exactly what was going on before we got in the room. I would definitely recommend this for thrill-seekers and big groups! You'll need all the friends you can get when you're doing this challenge. Would definitely go back! More...

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Mikhail M.

6 January 2018

What an awesome experience!! We did the Wizards and Spells room and it was sooo much fun. Can't wait to go back and solve the other rooms soon.

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Barbara A.

5 January 2018

I received a gift to Escape SD for Christmas. It was for myself and my granddaughter. It was a blast! We were joined by 6 others, which made it more interesting. Lorenzo, out host, was superb! He made it even more interesting and fun. I highly recommend the "Japanese Room".Good use of your money for some interesting kind of fun! I'de go again and try a different room More...

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Jonathan M.

5 January 2018

Had a totally great time escaping the Japanese Thriller! 10/10 will be recommending, and shout-out to Corey for being a great host for the duration of our time at this establishment.

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Lori W.

4 January 2018

Corey was a great host. I would recommend having enough people so you don't have to share your experience with another group. Super fun.

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Shanna Ellis-Lawrence

2 January 2018

So much fun, booking a second room now! Oscar is �

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R L.

29 December 2017

The Japanese Horror room was really fun. It was our first time doing an escape room and at first we (a group of 6) were a little skeptical, but we really enjoyed how you are able to split up puzzles and rooms to work more efficiently. Thematically it was very absorbing and you really have to explore everything to beat the room! More...

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Amanda L.

28 December 2017

This was a super fun escape room and our host Stanson played a great villain to counter our awesome super heroes. #tooflytwerk We had a mixed group of a few seasoned escapers and a few newbies and were presented with a great challenging room which we managed to escape. We missed some of the bonus points though :(It was a light fun filled game that I would definitely recommend. They did a good job in mixing fun with serious puzzle solving. Signing out for now,Medi More...

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Jenny M.

28 December 2017

My friends did the Japanese thriller game and we loved it. Great balance of scares and puzzles, challenging but not too hard. Some of us were completely new to escape rooms but they had a great time. I really liked how there were multiple rooms inside the game so you could split up and it was never claustrophobic-feeling.We booked it quickly online and went the next day. The backstory behind the game is also super scary and interesting. Our game master Lorenzo was great!! Very thorough in explaining and attentive. More...

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Christabel D.

28 December 2017

I went with a couple of friends on a whim and we did the Japanese Thriller room. Oh my goodness it was so much fun and just the right amount of scary. It's based on a true story which made it even creepier. I liked that there were multiple puzzle rooms as it helped the game feel more dynamic and kept us on edge. Lorenzo was a fantastic game master and had the right amount of energy, humor, and concise information communication. We were also able to solve the puzzle as a group of 9 (my group and 6 strangers). Good fun and something to talk about after! More...

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John B.

27 December 2017

We did the Japanese Thriller. They did a good job setting up the story. Stanson was friendly and made the experience fun. He added little touches to heighten the experience, but wasn't overboard.This was my first time doing an escape room and all of Stanson's instructions made it seem clear as to what we should and should not do.The puzzles made sense but we're still very challenging. More...

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Adams F.