660 B Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107 ()
I have been wanting to do one of these escape room things for some time so I was super excited when my employer had an event here with our summer interns. I have nothing to compare this to so this review is probably as much for the concept itself as it is for this specific company.Adrienne M.
I can't comment on price/value because I didn't pay. Also I think we may have booked a private experience because even though we only had 9 people we didn't have any strangers with us.
We didn't make it out before our 60 minutes were up :( They say only 30% of the groups do. In our defense, nobody in our group had ever done this kind of thing before so none of us really had any idea what to expect. I think if you have someone who's done this before who can be a group leader you have a much better chance of getting out. They also said we were super close (they probably say that to everyone!) but when they explained the remaining pieces of the puzzle at the end it sure felt like we were pretty far away. At the end they go around the room and say what each person did well (positive comments only). It's a bit cheesy, but it's nice for the team-building aspect.
The game doesn't change so once you've done it you can't do it again but they let you come back for free with friends who have never done it before and be a silent observer (who can signal visually) so that's pretty cool.
I personally would have liked the game much more without the zombie - I'm sure it's a big plus to many people (and no slam at the zombie himself, who was a great actor) but the part I most enjoyed was the actual puzzling and the zombie was just a distraction/interference from that because we couldn't go to parts of the room near him (which, by the end of the game, was basically the whole room).
The neighborhood its in is definitely pretty grungy. I was very glad I didn't have to park my car around there.