Updated: Jun 11
Difficulty Level: 7.5/10
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Symbology was our second stop on our CA escape room adventure. This location is one block away from the San Jose Japantown. We were lucky to find parking right downstairs as it seems like weekdays it’s a lot busier and would be more difficult to find parking nearby. There’s a large sign that will direct you to Symbology located upstairs and down the hallway as you pass by the bathrooms. So feel free to use that before being locked up for an hour! If you still can’t find them, find the ice cream shop right downstairs called "JT Express" for awesome brain “unfreezers” prior to your game (according to the game master). Right when we entered, the game master greeted us with a warm welcome and we checked in on yelp to get our free soda/water so make sure you do that if you need that extra “energy boost” prior to the game as it definitely helped us. Love to open locks? Well you found the “locks galore” room!
When you enter the room, you are inside of a psychiatrist's office and you must escape through the wonderland world in order to prove that you are not insane before the psychologist returns! This room was Symbology's first room that they built themselves and there’s an actual love story behind it as the owners got married after! With that said, there isn't much high tech in this room but the puzzles were well thought-out. We felt that some puzzles were clearly from a "his and hers" point of view, even with some color-theme coordination in the room too. This made it very fun since we were also a couple playing the room. We did get stumped at the beginning a bit and due to our usual stubbornness, we didn’t use the hints until a bit later which kind of cut our finish time a bit tight at the end. Once we got the first clue and started moving, the puzzles were all quite linear and clear. Good thing the Math master (Cici of course) is in this room or else Brandon probably would've been stuck in wonderland forever. But Brandon did become handy later with some “wordy” puzzles (he made me add this). One last thing we like to comment on, is that since this is a game that has lasted awhile now from the beginning of Symbology, the condition of the room does need some updating and I’m sure the owners are aware of this and are in the works of either a new room or refurbishing this one.
Overall, we really did enjoy this room and can’t wait to see the what their other room - "The Vault" and what the future of Symbology brings!
** UPDATE - We regret to inform you that "Symbology Escape Rooms" has closed its doors.
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 8/10
(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)
** We don't want to go into detail and ruin any surprises for you, but you want more info like if the room is a multi-room or what other additional tips we can provide to you, feel free to email us.
Disclosure: We thank Symbology Escape Room for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.