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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 Crossing a bridge, looking at a dragonfly
Pandemonium! PlayStation Nice view from above
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping through grassy area
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus floats on a platform

Promo Images

Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Render
Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Player One SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Saturn Power SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86 Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60
Super Play (Sweden) N-Gage Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40
Digital Press - Classic Video Games N-Gage Jan 12, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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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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