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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 Acid will damage you
Pandemonium! PlayStation Running in circles, trying to avoid the saws...
Pandemonium! PlayStation Death animation
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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The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage (service) May 16, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 C+ 58
Super Play 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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