The Ministry of Peculiarities – Hope End [Review]

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Hope Endย is one of the best games in Los Angeles. Here are our other recommendations forย great escape rooms in Los Angeles.

Family, am I right?

Location:  Azusa, CA

Date Played: March 3, 2022

Team size: 4-12; we recommend 6

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: from $50 per player for teams of 4-6 to $42.50 per player for teams of 11-12

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

When I was planning our trip to Los Angeles, multiple people who had already played Hope End told me that they’d be willing to come play it again… that was a clue that we were in for something special.

Blending immersive theater and escape room, Hope End was an instant classic in the booming Los Angeles escape room scene.

Hope End had so much happening, from the lobby experience and briefing to the intimate game intro, straight through to the finale.

The set design was thoughtful and beautiful, and the world building was backed by a nuanced script, and fantastic acting. Finally, all of this was tied together with smart and original game design.

Entrance to Hope End has beautiful wood work covered in ivy, a stained glass window separates a door to a light room and a door to a dark room.

The Ministry of Peculiarities is an exciting new entrant into the escape room world, and when I hear that they have a new game opening, I will begin figuring out my next trip to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is one of the premier escape room markets in North America, and Hope End is one of the must-play games in this region.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Supernatural mystery fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Brilliant actor performances & interactions
  • Strong set design
  • Creative interaction design
  • Compelling storytelling


110 years ago, tragedy struck the Hope family. One by one, they each died, each under dubious circumstances. Over a century later their family home remains uninhabited except for the spirit of Mrs. Dolores Wright whose presence has rendered the beautiful home unsellable.

We had been contracted through Ministry of Peculiarities to investigate the home.

A beautiful stained glass window.
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