I did Escape Oakland's newest room, The Spy Game, today and it was very challenging but also quite fun. It's their toughest room, with an 8-10% escape rate. (There seems to have been some misinformation on here stemming from another reviewer's description of the room difficulties based on their subjective opinion, but the website posts the % escape rates for each room.)Jennifer L.
I'd recommend The Spy Game for groups of experienced escape roomers. If your team has first-timers, you might want to consider one of their easier rooms instead. I think first-timers might feel a little frustrated by this one. It's not the flashiest room, but there are a ton of puzzles to chew on and lot of variety in types of puzzles. I think this is a great room to try if you're someone who is really in it for the puzzles and a good challenge. I'm not as into rooms that have Hollywood-movie-set-esque decorations but easy puzzles, so I'm glad I chose this one.
I was on the fence about giving them a 4 or a 5, but settled on 5 because they were patient with my team after we didn't escape the room in time. In addition to giving us like 10 minutes extra, they were nice about one of the guys who kept trying to continue to solve stuff when they were explaining the clues to us, etc.
My general feeling is that even though they are relatively new and don't have the super fancy bells and whistles of some of the larger and more established escape room companies, they seem dedicated to trying to make solid puzzles/rooms. I think they'll continue to improve their rooms and the experience overall.
Had a great time at Escape Oakland! If you're looking for a fun and unusual experience in the Bay area, this is the place the check out. The room was challenging but very interesting, and got our creative juices flowing as a team! Owners were warm and friendly (and helped us when we needed some clues ). Highly recommend!Suki B.
Incredible fun! Clever puzzles. Kind staff. Just the best experience! The whole family enjoyed our night!Catherine
What an adventure! We had a blast, and I can't wait to go back! "The Bunker" was full of surprises, and it was perfect for our group of friends. We were able to escape from the room with a few clues.Sergey
The location is perfect with a lot of street parking and walking distance to the bart station.
The host was awesome! She explained all rules to us as for some of us it was first escape room. Thanks a lot!!!
WOW. I have to say this placed has really stepped it up with their new room! If you haven't I highly recommend the Society room especially if you are new to escape rooms. As someone who has done over 50, this room is very solid.Aaron T.
It's a nice room with several varieties of puzzles throughout. None felt too hard or poorly designed. I played the room with 2 others and it felt very comfortable and nothing felt impossible. Everything went at a smooth pace. We were all experienced, so we all took our time and didn't feel the urge to rush. With that said we still had a out 5 minutes remaining.
There were some locks here and there, but it also had its fair share of electronic puzzles as well. (Thankfully nothing glitched).
I highly recommend this room if you are a beginner to escape rooms because it contains the basics that most rooms give to you throughout the country. And if you are an expert still play it because you can't go wrong.
The lobby is nice and the staff is nice as well, but overall if you have played a game here before.... YOU NEED TO COME BACK and play Society because this hands down is the best room here. That's a fact. Not an opinion.
Me and my coworkers played their new room "The Society". The puzzles were highly interactive. Very well done room. Challenging puzzles, sophisticated design, good engineering and decor. We really enjoyed our time there!Dana
I would highly recommend!