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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 shooting
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! PlayStation Icy cave
Pandemonium! PlayStation Intro

Alternate Titles

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

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PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Joker Windows Jun, 1997 86 out of 100 86 Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75
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
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 C+ 58


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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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