Steal & Escape – Mysterious Stranger – San Diego, CA

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    What we look for in an Escape Room: The Unlockables Team’s general idea of an Escape Room Experience is one that is Overall Fun. First and foremost the games MUST be fun in order for us to recommend it. Each venue has different strengths and weaknesses, we do not care about its difficulty rating, how fast we finish or how many hints we asked for. Our team we wants to be transported to the world each venue creates and how their puzzles and stories blend together.

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    ***Experience Level – A common misconception of the Success Rate of an escape room is: “Intelligence over Experience.” This is only partially true. Intelligence does NOT matter in an escape room, some of the older escape games had basic problem solving puzzles (ie Math, sudoku and crosswords). But as the industry matured alot of rooms started moving away from old fashion paper puzzles to a more interactive style of play. There is still a large lateral and creative thinking mindset involved, but the basic problem solving puzzles are now physical and interactive. The better designers find creative ways to challenge their players. Which is why we base our “experience” level not by how intelligent you are, but by how many escape rooms you’ve played. Just like any hobby, those who spend more time invested in the hobby are more exposed to different varieties of puzzles. Making it easier to accomplish tasks because of “experience”. 

  • VENUE: Steal & Escape
    ADDRESS: 2602 Transportation Ave B, National City CA 91950
    PHONE: (619) 259-4096
    WEBSITE:
    www.StealAndEscape.com

    OVERVIEW: One of The Unlockables favorite experiences in San Diego! Chances are if you ask us what games to play in town, this would be the first one we mention. The tech innovations and full scale immersion makes this one of the most complete experiences you can find in San Diego. This is a definitely MUST-PLAY for Beginners and Enthusiasts alike. We highly recommend playing anything they open, they are sure to not disappoint!


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    QUICK OVERVIEW

    DETAILED INFORMATION

    GAME NAME: Mysterious Stranger
    THEME: Mystery
    SCARY ELEMENTS?: No
    GAMEPLAY: Non-Linear
    (Linear: Game progresses from Puzzle to Puzzle | Non-Linear: Multiple Puzzles can be solved at once)

    PUBLIC/PRIVATE GAMES?: Private Only
    AVAILABLE GAMES: 1 Currently

    • Mysterious Stranger
    • Saint Diego’s Treasure (Coming Soon)

    MINIMUM GROUP: 4 – Can be played with lower
    MAXIMUM GROUP: 6
    RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE (Beginners < 10 Games): 4-6 Players
    RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE (
    Experienced > 10 Games): 3-4 Players

    KID FRIENDLY?(Under 14): Yes
    2-PLAYERABLE?**: Yes

    SUCCESS RATE: 10%
    TIME LIMIT: 
    60 Mins

    HINTS: Varies on experience – 4 Max for most groups
    UNBL DIFFICULTY RATING*: Intermediate

    FINDING LOCATION:
    Steal & Escape is located in a commercial area not far from the I-5 and the National City mile of Cars. From the I-5, head East on Mile of Cars Way / 24th St, make a right on Transportation Ave, the Venue is a block and a half down on your right side. If you reach W 26th St you have gone too far.

    PARKING SITUATION:
    There is plenty of Free parking outside of the venue. You can park in their lot or street parking if the lot is full, which is highly unlikely.

    GAME INFORMATION / STORY:

    You live a simple life in a simple time. Nothing out of the ordinary happens to you, until now. Five minutes ago you received a mysterious phone call. The caller stated that they work for the government and they need your help. Your neighbor has been detained and they believe he has created a device that will destroy America. The device is set to activate within the hour and they will not be able to reach it in time. They need you to go to his house and steal the device.

    TIPS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

    In their lobby you can play their 2 Mini box games both showcasing their puzzle style in their rooms.

    There are a few eating spots nearby, driving distance.

    • In-N-Out Burger
    • Denny’s
    • Starbucks
    • Goody’s Sushi & Grill
    • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    • Stoney’s (Local Bar)

     

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      SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS

    • SPOILER TIP
      Don’t forget to search the ENTIRE fence, front and back. You might need a tool to help.

     

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