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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! Windows Fargus out of combat
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus is exploring an airship
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus in a stairwell
Pandemonium! PlayStation Crossing a bridge, looking at a dragonfly

Alternate Titles

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

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Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Feb 15, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
informaticien.be N-Gage (service) Jul 25, 2009 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
GameTrip.net PlayStation May 26, 2008 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpy N-Gage Oct 06, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Super Play (Sweden) N-Gage Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40


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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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