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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 Title screen
Pandemonium! Windows World Map
Pandemonium! PlayStation Loading screen
Pandemonium! PlayStation Intro

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 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
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75 PlayStation May 02, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 70 out of 100 70
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66


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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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