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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 Not afraid to look down?
Pandemonium! PlayStation Icy cave
Pandemonium! PlayStation Trying to avoid flower fire
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus in a stairwell

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Feb 15, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Player (Germany) Windows May, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75 N-Gage (service) Jul 25, 2009 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Super Play N-Gage Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40


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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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