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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 Jumping through grassy area
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! N-Gage Main menu.
Pandemonium! PlayStation Acid will damage you

Promo Images

Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Concept Art
Pandemonium! Render

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Saturn Power SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75 N-Gage Oct 15, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Edge PlayStation Dec 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60


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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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