Can You Escape? Edinburgh Escape Room | Operation Odyssey 👩‍🚀🚀

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Edinburgh’s award-winning, 5-star, escape rooms are BACK! This Wednesday we received a complimentary invite to try Operation Odyssey by Can You Escape? If you love learning about outer-space or consider yourself a bit of a sci-fi geek, then this is the perfect way to put your knowledge to the test.

What To Expect During Operation Odyssey

In this escape room you play the role of an agent. The International Space Station has been hit by a meteor and now it’s time to hop on the escape pod and get out of there! But wait, in order to use it you must first repair the damages caused by the meteor impact.

This is the most atmospheric escape room I’ve played so far. Every prop was so well made and the dimmed blue lighting, sound effects, and screens on the wall made it really feel real.

The two screens at the front of the room display symbols for parts of the shuttle that need fixed. Fixing some parts will require you to solve more puzzles than others. For each issue solved, you’ll receive a number that goes towards the code needed to eventually escape and win.

You’ll also be led by another agent/cadet over a speaker who will give you prompts and more information from time-to-time.

A timer on the wall shows you how long you have left. For Operation Odyssey the total time is one hour.

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Clean & Safe

It’s clear that Can You Escape care about the safety of their visitors and had hygiene measures in place such as social distancing, face masks and even a bottle of hand sanitiser in the room. There was also an air filter and fan to ensure proper airflow.

Did We Escape?

No! This was only my second escape room and my husband’s first, but we were close and completed five out of eight puzzles. I’m determined that I will beat an escape room, someday…

The success rate with 4 people is 52% meaning that almost half fail. These numbers are lower if you have less people on your team, so it’s best to gather as many allies as possible if you want the best chance of winning! Unless of course you like a challenge.

If you do win you have a chance to be entered into this nifty leaderboard and give your team a name!

Can You Escape Operation Odyssey Leaderboard


Whether you win or fail, at the end you’ll receive one of these adorable keyrings to remember your time at the escape room.

Operation Odyssey Prices

2 Agents – £44 |3 Agents – £60 |4 Agents – £76 |5 Agents – £85 |6 Agents – £96


I’ll definitely be returning to Can You Escape? Edinburgh. The escape room had a brilliant range of puzzles each requiring different skills to solve. It was fun, interesting, and unique. They also have another magic themed escape room named Operation Spellbound.

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The Department of Magic – Edinburgh Escape Room 🧙🏼‍♂️

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With trick-or-treating and partying off the menu this Halloween – we opted to celebrate a little differently, by trying one of Edinburgh’s many escape rooms. With strong Harry Potter vibes, The Department of Magic Escape Room felt like the perfect place!

At this escape room, you get to decide which side you’re on. If you consider yourself a Gryffindor, for example, then you may want to play the Prophecies Quest. In this game, you aim to defeat the Dark Lord. But if you’re more Slytherin, then you may want to play the Dark Lord Resurrection Quest. After all, where’s the fun in being good all the time?

We opted for Dark Lord Resurrection as what better year to summon a dark overlord than 2020?! 🧛🏻‍♂️

Here’s How It Went

After waiting at the meeting point, we were soon greeted by a wizard who helped us navigate our way past some muggles (his words not ours) and onto the escape room. We stopped briefly in a waiting area while our wizard sanitised the room, which was reassuring. We were then surprised when he re-appeared in a mask and cloak and asked in a very deep voice if we were “ready to resurrect the Dark Lord”? To which of course we both said yes!

The Waiting Area

Upon entering there were several different stations where puzzles needed to be solved to win the game. Unfortunately, I have no photos for this part as that would give too much away! Clues were hidden throughout the room, and we had to solve various riddles. A timer placed on the wall counts down so you know exactly how much time you have. For Dark Lord Resurrection it’s 50 minutes.

Normally, your witch or wizard would be in the room with you but on this occasion we were given occasional prompts over a speaker. We managed to solve three of the several puzzles, unfortunately not enough to win. However, this was our first ever escape room and we still had a great time! Would I do it again? Definitely!

The Department of Magic Escape Room Prices

I believe if we had a larger group we likely could have beaten it. Pricing is as follows:

3 for £55

4 for £60

5 for £70

Essentially, the bigger your group the better the price per person and it’s easier to win. There are a lot of escape rooms in Edinburgh and after this experience, I’ll definitely be trying more!

If you’re looking for another fun-filled activity, check out our review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.