Pandemonium!

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
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4.0
PS Vita
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5.0
PlayStation
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3.8
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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! PlayStation Level select
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! PlayStation Beware of spiders!
Pandemonium! Windows Nikki jumping

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Windows May, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Power Play Windows May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot N-Gage Oct 09, 2003 4.4 out of 10 44

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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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