There is a preconceived notion that escape rooms are scary. And some of them are. But the rooms at Quicksand Escape Games in San Diego are NOT scary! Woo-hoo!
This is what happens when we begin to tell people about our business:
- "It's an escape game."
- "What's an escape game?"
- "You're locked in a room and have an hour to esca---"
- [Eyes widen, Breath stops, Head shakes no] "No way, that's not for me."
- "No it's not scary though. It's fuuuun."
- [I'm not listening to you anymore. I don't care that you said it's not scary. Just like going to a haunted house is fuuuun. Ya right, I'm not stupid! How am I going to get out of this conversation? Just smile and say 'I'll think about it'...that DOES sound fun! 'I'll definitely go' (lie)...'my friend would love that, they'll definitely go'...'hey look, what's that?!...]
We get it. Scary sucks. We understand when someone tries to tell you that haunted houses are fun, when they're definitely not fun. We aren't a haunted house. We hate haunted houses. We've had nightmares after reading the synopsis to a scary movie. Therefore, we would never design a scary escape room.
Our themes are exciting, nostalgic, cute, fun, and definitely not scary. Do NOT think Saw or Taken. There will be no zombies chasing you, no being blindfolded, no creepy soundtrack. There will be a 1920s Speakeasy with jazz music and beer (not real beer)! There will a 1950s Diner with a jukebox and an old coke machine! And you will try to escape before the mob boss or the police arrive!
As for the "thrill" of our escape games? There may be screaming, there may be laughing, there may be jumping up and down. There will be adrenaline, suspense, and exhilaration. But the thrill doesn't come from a zombie chasing you or a supposed spirit in the room with you. It comes from discovering the clues and solving the puzzles. The thrill comes from racing the clock to be able to experience as many puzzles as you can in one hour. Kind of like when Ferris Bueller and Cameron try to experience as many activities as they can in one school day. When Ferris races his sister home at the end of the movie, that wasn't scary, it was fun!
Our rooms are designed for friends and families looking to have a good time, whether they are on vacation in San Diego, celebrating a friend's birthday, or with their coworkers for a team building event. We've had grandmothers in their 70s, young children, and everyone in between. And they all love it!
If you're looking for something different and fun to try, try an escape game with us. There's a reason we call our games "escape games" and not "escape rooms". No one wants to be locked in a room, unless it's with their awesome friends playing an awesome game.
Book a game now. Ferris would do it. Cameron wouldn't. Be a Ferris.