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Coming Soon Magazine
Crystal Dynamics have out done themselves by combining games like Gex, Sega's Nights and Bug to bring you a tremendously fluid and fast 3D game named Pandemonium!
The level construction is very good, with a gentle learning curve, and Pandemonium is immensely playable as result. Perhaps my only criticism in this respect would be that the game does feel a little short, especially for the more adept player. With only 19 levels and only three (albeit very impressive) bosses, with the first six or so being relatively straightforward, it does feel as if it could have done with a bit more. Saying that, the levels do get a lot longer as you progress through the game, but if you don’t get 100% on them and just take the straight route, you’ll miss out on quite a bit of the game. In this case it’s wise to go back to some of the levels to look for what you missed the first time around. Otherwise, a top-notch effort, and certainly much more enjoyable to play than Crash Bandicoot. Pandemonium is a beautiful platform romp through a wonderful fairytale land. Well done Crystal Dynamics and BMGie.
The graphics and 3D camera angles used in this game will give anyone with vertigo a real headache. It plays and moves so well that you instantly forget that your range of movement in and out of the screen is none existent. The graphics are possible some of the best seen on our console.
I progressed through Pandemonium at a steady pace, but I will return to the earlier levels again to seek out the sections I could see, but failed to gain access into. There also remains the challenge of completing the game with both characters. Pandemonium has to be the surprise hit for '96-97. It quietly crept up on Crash Bandicoot, and climbed above to a higher platform. Unlike many other platform games, this is neither repetitive or frustrating, just plain good fun. The worthy challenger to the Sonic and Mario games, truly the next generation platformer.
In the end, Pandemonium is a very enjoyable action/platform game with some interesting twists and very nice presentation, but it's more tried and true than it is innovative.
Pandemonium är en klockren fullträff.
The gameplay revolves around mastering the patterns of the obstacles, enemies and jumps, so Pandemonium's action isn't terribly original. But if an enjoyable graphical experience and traditional platform gaming sounds attractive, Pandemonium fills the bill.
Que l'on soit habitué à la 2D ou à la 3D, jouer à Pandemonium! est au premier abord déroutant. Cette idée d'un jeu de plates-formes aux perspectives plus vivantes et à l'ambiance étrange ne séduira peut-être pas tout le monde mais l'effet produit est incontestable. En étant plus audacieux dans ses environnements, en peaufinant son concept de la 2,5D et en bousculant un peu plus ses mécanismes de jeu, Pandemonium! aurait pu se hisser parmi les plus grands du genre...
It wasn’t even mildly shocking that another 3D-styled platform game would follow so swiftly in the footsteps of Crash Bandicoot – the praise heaped upon Naught Dog’s colourful PlayStation debut proved that searing graphics are still enough to impress most observers of the videogaming scene.
Pandemonium has its shining moments when it comes to fun, reflex driven jumping and fun N-Gage Arena play, but is harbored by its limited field of vision. It takes advantage of the N- Gage's graphical capabilities with its array of colorful levels, but left us unsatisfied in the audio department. Pandemonium would be a good choice for hardcore platforming fanatics looking for a little mindless but fun jumping action, but warrants a trial-rent for others.
The Video Game Critic
Pandemonium's renaissance-style music is very well orchestrated, and a handy password is displayed between stages. If I have one issue with this game, it would probably lie with the two playable characters, who are decidedly uncool. I can tolerate the girl, but that jester in the sneakers looks like a complete dork, and watching him in that corny opening video is almost creepy. Pandemonium has faded into obscurity, but its innovative style of gameplay lives on.
Despite all of its nifty graphics, Pandemonium doesn't have what it takes to contend with the latest 3-D action games, like Crash Bandicoot and Tomb Raider. Ultimately, Pandemonium is a game for run-and-jump junkies who've already beaten those two offerings and are still looking for an angry fix.