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Pandemonium!

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA Saturn
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4.2
BREW
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PlayStation
77
3.7
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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.

Screenshots

Pandemonium! Windows Nikki jumping
Pandemonium! PlayStation Death animation
Pandemonium! PlayStation Running in circles, trying to avoid the saws...
Pandemonium! PlayStation Acid will damage you

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
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage (service) May 16, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 70 out of 100 70
IGN PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66

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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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