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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 Nikki turned into a frog!
Pandemonium! PlayStation Title screen
Pandemonium! PlayStation Level select
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on clouds!

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86 Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
Video Games SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage (service) May 16, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score PlayStation Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
IGN N-Gage Oct 07, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54
Super Play (Sweden) 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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