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June 11, 2017

Quicksand Escape Games: The Diner (San Diego, CA)

When you run out of props and use a chair as a decorative element
Quicksand's "The Diner" room had a unique diner (surprise!) theme which was refreshing to see. The decor, down to all the furniture, was spot on and there were some awesome elements that perfectly utilized good old fashioned props. There was a nice mix of fair puzzles that blended in well with the surroundings and storyline. The story was as follow:

"After a wild night at a mob bar a few decades ago, you took up with the wrong crowd and now you find yourself about to rob the local diner.  This isn't your first gig and you're hoping it won't be your last.  The boys didn't give much detail, but said the prep work is all set; just be in and out in less than an hour.  If you can pull it off, you'll be in the "Money Honey".  On the other hand, if you mess this one up, you'll be writing your own version of "Jailhouse Rock", ya dig?"

Four people seemed to be the right amount of people to play with although the room was doable with less if played by experienced players. While nothing in the room was high tech, it goes to show that a great room isn't reliant on any flashy gadgets. A solid theme with good decor and the seamless integration of puzzles made for a great experience. There was also a nice plot twist at the end which made this our favorite room in San Diego!

Pros: Great thematic setting, all around good fun
Cons: Not that many rooms to explore
  • Set/room design: Feels exactly like a diner
  • Technology/automation: Gen-1.5
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Price: $28-$33/person
  • Number of players: 3-8, private, (we recommend 4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★½
See their website here: http://www.quicksandescape.com

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