Can You Escape: Operation H.E.R.O.

By | March 20, 2019

by Can You Escape York (website)

15 Micklegate, YO1 6JH


2-6 players

60 minutes

The Force Four superheroes have been captured by the mastermind Möbius! Hermes, Oculo, Torus, and Badger are being held in an unknown location and there is limited time before they are gone forever.
The superhero recruitment organisation, H.E.R.O., are looking for the next super squad to help locate the heroes and return them to York before it’s too late. Gather your own squad and see if you’ve got what it takes to save Force Four!
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Overall rating

Rated between 25 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 8 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

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Player reviews

flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
broken tech

A good idea in theory. However this room felt like it hadn't passed the test of time. Definitely in need of some TLC.

The hosting was a little bizarre too, this didn't really put us at ease. 

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 12 Mar 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 48 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is good fun - I like that there are some more physical aspects than in most rooms. Lots of cool tech going on, and the host was nice (even though we didn't really need her).

Adam Bravery experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 5 Feb 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 42 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneybroken techquite easy

Feels like an attempt was made to be creative by not having any padlocks but it feels cheaply done with broken tech and a tacky set. Some of the puzzles were cool, but others either didn't work (items got stuck etc) or were super fiddly. Non-linear so good to split up and all work on something, but the space is kinda small. GM was enthusiastic and friendly

Molly Minerva experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Not our usual kind of escape room - there are no padlocks in here and it's not linear. Quite a lot of tech and some quirky bits and bobs that were really good fun. The space is a tight squeeze but fine for two of us. Staff here are really nice and really enthusiastic, which always makes for a good experience.

Team Tonks rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 16 Oct 2021 Team size: 5 Time taken: 40.34 Outcome: Successful escape!

We wanted to find a room suitable to do as a larger group and this one ticked the box. There was so much to do in this room I wonder if we'd have finished in time as our normal team size of 2. There is a large variety of different types of puzzles to keep the whole team engaged, there's something for everyone.

Great use of tech too.

🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
smudgepuss rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 14/04/18 Outcome: Successful escape!

This room's a little more straightforward than their other room.  We still enjoyed it, but as experienced solvers, I think we'd prefer something meatier.

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 04/09/2017 Team size: 3 Time taken: 60:00 Outcome: Failed 🙁


Can You Escape? offers a tidy 20% discount for students. I came to play H.E.R.O with another two newbies: the Game Operator was lively and did a good job of getting us into the room’s plot.



Free a group of fellow superheroes captured by evil mastermind Möbius before they disappear forever.


This is not your conventional escape room: rather than working out codes and finding keys, there are a series of challenges scattered about the room that must be completed. In this sense, it’s much more like The Crystal Maze, and the tasks are therefore very practical. Some were fairly fun, but a few struck me as basic.


I can accept it was a superhero hideout or whatever as it was dimly light and hi-tech-looking. The capes we were given to wear was a nice touch.

Final Comments

We ran out time on the final challenge- sad! Since my friends were both first-timers, if I’d have known this wasn’t a traditional type of escape room, I would have picked another one as I personally prefer those. I also think that they walked away with the wrong impression of what escape rooms actually are.

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A highly structured superhero mission with some great puzzles that were slightly marred by tech failures. In spite of that, I'd still highly recommend you head along and play - I still really enjoyed it with those failures and if you're lucky enough to avoid them then you'll have a great time.

Operation H.E.R.O. is an escape room with buckets of charm, and we had a great time playing it. It’s a great room for enthusiasts looking for a different challenge, or absolute beginners who may benefit from a little handholding, with a fun story to boot. It was definitely the right choice of room to try on our trip to York, and if our visit weren’t so short I’d have booked in to play their second room right away! So far I’ve personally played around half of all the escape rooms available in York, and Operation H.E.R.O. is my favourite.

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