Play the Real Escape Logic Game. San Francisco.

I have been known to solve a few sudoku puzzles in my day, maybe even excelled at a game of Candy Crush. But, when my escape from being locked in a room with total strangers depended on all of us working together to solve challenging logic puzzles, panic ensued.

Would we be one of the average 2% that actually escapes?

Real Escape Game is a live puzzle that was brought to San Francisco from Japan. This is not at all surprising since the Japanese are experts at creating quirky experiences, like Tokyo’s Cat Cafe or the Alcatraz ER themed restaurant.

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No photographs allowed inside, so this is not the actual room I played in. Photo credit: Real Escape Game

The idea is to solve puzzles and riddles in order to find your way out of a locked room in a limited amount of time.

Sound easy? It is not.

Peter and I decided to spend our Wednesday date night participating in The Time Travel scenario at their Northern California location, the rooms change every few months and this was their newest addition. There were five others that would be playing the game with us, none of whom we had met before. Typically, there are eleven people on each team, so with only seven we were at a slight disadvantage.

But, to our advantage, one of the couples had actually played a game similar to this one while traveling in Zurich.

We nominated them the leaders. It didn’t take any logic to make that decision.real escape game San Francisco

While waiting to be brought into the room we created a strategy which was to work in pairs, with someone you were not too familiar with. We would concentrate on each clue for no more than a few minutes and if we were making no headway we would then pass it to the next couple for a fresh pair of eyes.

It was a good plan, one that all went to hell two minutes after we entered the room.

The door closed and we were trapped in a mysterious laboratory where it seemed like everywhere you looked there was a clue, or at least something that could have been a clue. We all scattered to try to make sense of the chaos.

It would spoil all of your future fun to give the puzzles away. But, I will say that everything should be suspect and it’s not as easy as an amateur game of sudoku. There were mathematical puzzles, quotes as clues and mind games that would be almost impossible for one brain to solve alone.

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It is said that if you are not successful at escaping that you will “drop into spatiotemporal distortion and not be able to return to the world again.” Luckily, that was just a myth because we were not successful and I have returned to the world again, albeit with a bit of a bruised ego.

Even if victory escaped us, it was one of the most bucket list worthy date nights we have ever had.

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  1. | Play the Real Escape Logic Game. San Francisco. October 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    […] Annette White I have been known to solve a few sudoku puzzles in my day, maybe even excelled at a game of Candy […]

  2. Heather October 13, 2014 at 5:13 am - Reply

    How much time do you have to solve the puzzles? This sounds really intriguing but definitely not like something I’d be good at 🙂 At least I’d know that only 2% figure it out — wow.

    • Annette White October 13, 2014 at 5:20 am - Reply

      You have an hour total and can spend as much time as you want on each puzzle. With that said, there are certain puzzles that you have to complete before moving on to the next part of the game. It took me about fifteen minutes to even understand what we were trying to accomplish!

  3. Janine October 13, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    This is so cool! I had no idea something like this even existed. I’m currently searching for the NJ version…

    • Annette White October 13, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

      I didn’t know there was anything like this either until about a month ago when I was looking for unique things to do in San Francisco. Happy I found it!

  4. Jonathan Look, Jr. October 14, 2014 at 1:35 am - Reply

    That really looks like a lot of fun. Frustrating maybe, but I would love to try it.

  5. Marcia @ CuracaoVacationAccomodation November 18, 2014 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Sounds like a very interesting game. I would really like to try it even if I’ll lose.

  6. johnwholikesescapes December 9, 2014 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I also solve escape games on a daily basis, but these real escape shows are not supposed to be meant to be for the smartest people only, right? I mean 2% are geniuses. I think these real escape should be made to be available for solving by major population, for instance anyone with iq of 110,120 should solve it easily.

    • Annette White December 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Interesting perspective, though I wonder if the majority of the public could solve it would they keep coming back?

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