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Pandemonium!

MobyRank MobyScore
N-Gage
59
3.5
SEGA Saturn
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4.5
PlayStation 3
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4.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Pandemonium! PlayStation Not afraid to look down?
Pandemonium! PlayStation Nikki turned into a frog!
Pandemonium! PlayStation Loading screen
Pandemonium! Windows World Map

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Feb 15, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Edge PlayStation Dec 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Defunct Games N-Gage Jun 10, 2007 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot N-Gage Oct 09, 2003 4.4 out of 10 44

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Platformer in 1997

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