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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 Whee!
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping through grassy area
Pandemonium! PlayStation Snails in a forest

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Pandemonium! Concept Art
Pandemonium! Other
Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Concept Art

Alternate Titles

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

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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 Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1996 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80 PlayStation May 02, 2011 15 out of 20 75 N-Gage (service) 2009 7 out of 10 70
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54


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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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