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The young sorceress Nikki, the court jester Fargus, and his side-kick Sid the puppet are the three main protagonists of this 3D platform game. While attending a "Wizards in Training" seminar, Nikki accidentally casts a powerful magic spell, which results in a giant monsters swallowing the whole village. The three friends must now travel to a place called "Wishing Engine", and be granted a wish to revert the world back to normal.

The characters each have a special movement to kill enemies with. The game uses floating camera angles through a vast Prince of Persia-style world. The goal of the game is to clear the various levels, avoiding spikes and enemies and collecting coins for extra lives.

Unlike most 3D platformers, Pandemonium offers only two-dimensional movement, rather than complete freedom of movement. The characters move along a curving 2D course within a 3D environment.


Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus floats on a platform
Pandemonium! PlayStation Running in circles, trying to avoid the saws...
Pandemonium! PlayStation Oh no...

Alternate Titles

  • "Magical Hoppers" -- Japanese title
  • "マジカルホッパーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Player One SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 93 out of 100 93
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Edge PlayStation Dec 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66


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Version differences

Pandemonium! (and its sequel, Pandemonium 2) were released in Japan, but with new characters and slightly different environments. The series name was also changed to Magical Hoppers.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Platformer in 1997

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