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Escape Game SD

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25 November 2019

OMG This was the best escape room we have ever done! We did the Japanese thriller room and Corey was the best host ever! He was funny, he was cool, he made the game so much fun and I highly recommend this room. It was scary and had the best clues and story line. We will definitely be coming back again asap! More...

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25 November 2019

Step one: Find friends that get scared easilyStep two: Go to the Japanese "thriller" room and tell them its not scary (Thriller, not horror! )Step three: Prepare yourself for a great time while said friends scream and run around Definitely worth it. We got out with seconds to spare More...

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24 November 2019

Jenna was the greatest host ever. I love her so much 10/10 would do it just cause she's there.

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24 November 2019

This was by far the best escape game i've ever done!!! Jenna made it the best game!! she was so engaging and the hints were perfect but not too obvious. jenna made it amazing and our group came our with 17 minutes left More...

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18 November 2019

My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves!! She and I booked a reservation on a whim, and we were not disappointed; we were HORRIFIED, but not at all disappointed! We participated in the "Japanese Thriller Horror" escape room; let me tell you, it is damn exhilarating!!! Raina was super cool, super helpful, and made our experience totally enjoyable, but challenging! And she was so motivating and kept reminding us that we were doing well! (: She scared us good more than a few times throughout the escape; it was awesome! The other staff even interacted with us too, even from the other room! You've gotta try the "Japanese Thriller Horror", it's fun and scary as hell! Thanks again for the great experience!!! More...

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17 November 2019

I have come back, multiple times, to this one because it is a pretty chill and a fun place. usually, when I suggest doing an escape room to first-timers, I recommend this spot first. although small, it provides challenges. even though there are challenges they're challenges that aren't too complicated especially for first-timers afraid of looking dumb. they also provide pen and paper for you to write necessary things and provide a walkie-talkie for when you need a hint. the number of hints varies from the room selected and the size of the group, they will inform you.be sure to ring the doorbells on either the second floor or the ground level door in the back of the building for any of the moderators to come out and greet and instruct you since all of their doors are locked from the outside.my favorite room in this location is the Japanese horror thrill room More...

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17 November 2019

The host, PROFESSOR JENNY, was amazing!! Went here with my friends for my birthday and I don't regret it. She made this such a fun and entertaining experience in the wizard and spells room. I felt like I was in the real wizardjng world. I definitely plan to come back and try the other rooms! More...

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14 November 2019

This was so fun! Hannah was our guide and she made the experience even better! Will def do this again! Thumbs up!

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11 November 2019

It was awesome! Lots of fun. Hana was our guide, loved her!

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9 November 2019

Have done two rooms here now (Wizards & Spells with 13 + 10 year old niece and nephew and Japanese Thriller with friends) and both experiences were great. It's challenging (we had to radio in for hints) and just a really fun experience all round. Kory, our host for the Japanese Thriller room tonight, was super cool. We were a group of four and it felt like the perfect amount of people. Definitely give this place a visit ~ we're already planning to come back and try the Superheros one next. Within easy walking distance of some bars/restaurants too for dinner/drinks afterwards too. More...

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6 November 2019

This was my friend's and my second time visiting Escape Game SD, and we love this place so much! We had so much fun doing the Wizards and Spells room.  We made it out with only of couple minutes to spare with just the two of us.  Professor Jenna made our experience 10x more fun, she's awesome! More...

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1 November 2019

This review is to thank the staff at Escape Game SD and Katie for their amazing customer service! They really went out of their way to provide exceptional customer service! ! My niece arrived two weeks early and we had to change our plans very last minute and they made it so easy for us. I can't wait to re-book our reservations here for our first escape room experience!! Thank you very much Katie and staff!! More...

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30 October 2019

I've actually been here a few times now, but our last visit (around the second week of October), was my favorite time. Cory was our host, and not only was he super personable, but he really helped us embrace the fun amidst all the chaos! We did the Japanese Thriller Room, and had a total blast.We'll definitely be back again to check out another room! More...

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24 October 2019

A lot of fun.  We had only two, so got put in with a group of four, and it was a blast.  Everyone helped.  Six seemed to be just the right size.  The Japanese experience was a bit creepy, but not too much.  Every once in a while a "haunting" will begin (flickering lights and a gong) and everyone has to get into the "safe room" and shut all the doors or you will lose points to the ghost.  This puts you on edge more than the usual time limit does.  Every little noise, even the "fifteen minutes" chime and you think you have to go running off to the safe room.  We definitely plan to go back sometime for one of the other rooms. More...

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23 October 2019

Great escape room! Very creative and staff was great! Also before , you can go to Subtereanean coffee just a block away!

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19 October 2019

Recently went to try out the Japanese Thriller Room with my family & it was our first escape room we've ever done. Which turned out to be such an amazing, memorable experience. It was super spooky! & definitely got us amped for this halloween season. Today we're looking forward to doing one of their other rooms.  Definitely would recommend to any & everyone who has yet to try it. Already told all my family members that haven't tried it yet lol. More...

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15 October 2019

We did the Japanese Thriller room and OMG it was super fun. The group we were with worked well under pressure and was able to escape with time to spare. Met a group of awesome people as well. Definitely will be back for another room. More...

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13 October 2019

Had an awesome time. We did the Japanese Thriller room and met some awesome folks. With Team work we conquered it with time to spare ✊ Definitely plan on going back to do another room

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13 October 2019

Fun experience definitely a must do in San Diego when visiting good props. Great service and stories

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3 October 2019

Had an awesome fun time! Went for the Japanese Thriller with my friend and it was very frightening! More so for him lol But it was cool. First escape room I ever did. Jenna was wonderful! I would def recommend this game. Based on true events and still a cult following to this day. So yeah, there's that. If you do go, say hi to Yoka-chan for me~And don't die. Seriously. Don't. More...

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24 September 2019

There were 3 of us for the wizard room which we loved. Jenna was awesome - would definitely go back again because of the fun experience!

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21 September 2019

okay wow, if you're looking for something scary to do go to the japanese thriller room. i went with a group of 8 people and with a groupon we found it was about $18 a person but regardless i was scared shitless. first off i didn't know that this was a thriller escape room and was then scared to begin with but it turned out to be slightly fun. all of my friends did enjoy it so i would recommend booking it if you like scary movies. it is creepy at times, but overall if you get past the two jump scares you're chilling and just have to find the clues. also shoutout to cory for always messing with the doorknob, you're a real one. but i would highly recommend, there's a fun slightly anticipating atmosphere when you go in and the employees are very friendly! More...

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20 September 2019

Tried the Japanese thriller room today! Almost made it out, but had an amazing time. Jenna was our guide and she fun and awesome! Will definitely try other rooms in the future. More...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 July 2019

It was a cool experience! Would definitely do again

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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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