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Description

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.

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Pandemonium! PlayStation Not afraid to look down?
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus floats on a platform
Pandemonium! PlayStation Acid will damage you
Pandemonium! PlayStation Icy cave

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation May 02, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 C+ 58
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54

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Trivia

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.

Awards

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

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