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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 Intro
Pandemonium! Windows Fargus shooting
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus is exploring an airship
Pandemonium! PlayStation Nice view from above

Promo Images

Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Concept Art
Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Render

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Feb 15, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Saturn Power SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Windows May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Video Games SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 83 out of 100 83
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60


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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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