Hocus Pocus

Moby ID: 515
DOS Specs

Description official description

Hocus Pocus is a young magician apprentice who has two goals in life: to join the Council of Wizards in the land of Lattice, and to marry his sweetheart Popopa. Unfortunately, both objectives cannot be accomplished without embarking on a long and dangerous journey to gather magical crystals on behalf of the wizard chief Terexin. The quest for career and love begins!

Hocus Pocus is an action platform game. Controlling the young magician, players run, jump, and climb through levels populated by various types of monsters. Hocus will encounter many magic potions on his way; some will restore health, others will grant special powers; such as as a super-jump that will allow access new areas, or laser shot which offers a better attack.




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Credits (DOS version)

18 People (11 developers, 7 thanks)

Level Design
  • Cygnus Multimedia Productions
Manual Design
Sound System
Cover Art
  • Depew Illustration
Financing & Resources
  • Apogee Software
Special Thanks to



Average score: 69% (based on 6 ratings)


Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 44 ratings with 8 reviews)

Hocus without the pocus.

The Good
The graphics were very clean and moved smoothly. The controls were simple and have a one mintute learning curve. The gameplay is ok although...

The Bad
...it was really all too easy. The sound effects and music leave something to be desired. I really wanted to like this game, I played through, but found that it was the same old thing over and over again with minor changes in scenery.

The Bottom Line
Hocus Pocus is fun for about a half-hour but quickly loses what charm it might have had.

DOS · by Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2347) · 2000

Same gameplay as Clyde's Adventure

The Good
Once upon a time, there was an apprentice wizard called Hocus Pocus, who studied long and hard to become a powerful magician. When Hocus went up and spoke to the Council of Wizards, Terexin, the leader of the Council did not believe him and set aside four tasks that he must complete in order to become a member. Not only that, but if he becomes a member, he also gets to marry his beloved Popopa.

These tasks involve Hocus collecting magic crystals in order to reach the bosses that threaten the Land of Lattice, including the Mad Monks of MellenWah, the Tree Demons, the Gray Dragons of Higgendom, and finally, the evil wizard, Trolodon. During his journey, a small version of Terexin will appear and give him some words of wisdom on how to survive a level. On his way, Hocus can grab some weapons like extra firepower and laser shots to defeat enemies that Trolodon placed in the nine areas. Some enemies take a long time to be destroyed, so it is important for Hocus to find a potion that gives him rapid shots, which will be handy if he ends up defeating a boss, who takes quite a number of shots to defeat. If Hocus takes damage from an enemy, then he is able to grab a potion that will boost up his health.

He can collect treasures such as rubies, diamonds, goblets, and crowns. He can also collect another potion that will cause him to jump higher so that he can get to places that he can't reach, although the effect lasts only a few seconds. He can also get to other hard-to-reach places by using elevators. If Hocus finds a switch, he can flip it to make platforms appear in front of him so he doesn't land in hazards like spikes or fire. Some parts of the level are blocked off by walls and Hocus must collect a gold or silver key and insert it into a keyhole to make the walls disappear. Some blocks can be destroyed by shooting at them, and more often than not, Hocus will find a potion that will teleport him to another area that contain lots of treasures.

Hocus Pocus was developed by Apogee, in conjunction with Moonlite Software, who also gave us the stinker Clyde's Revenge (this game still runs way too fast on my computer), where the aim was similar to Hocus, in that you have to collect crystals and find the exit out of the level. Only with Hocus, once you collect all of the crystals, you are warped out of the level and into the next level.

There are also four episodes full of enemies: "Time Tripping", "Shattered World", "Warped and Weary", and "Destination Home" and there are nine levels in each one. In each level, the scenery is worth looking at. I enjoyed looking out the windows in each level just to gawk at the spectacular scenery that Hocus has to offer. It looks like each piece was hand-painted and then transferred onto the computer. The scenery changes every two levels, but in the seventh, eighth, and ninth levels, it stays the same. This probably means that each level is based on a specific theme, like the egyptian and ice levels in episode two.

Someone complained about Hocus having the same enemies throughout the game. Actually, each episode introduces new enemies like birds, dragons, penguins, and mummies. And each enemy only appears depending on the type of scenery. For example, the mummies will only appear in the egyptian levels, just as penguins will appear in the ice levels.

In terms of sound, Hocus Pocus features some nice music, and the sound effects sound quite "magical". The game supports popular sound cards, including Sound Blaster, Pro Audio Spectrum, General MIDI, Sound Canvas, and Gravis Ultrasound. General MIDI really brings the music to life.

The Bad
Some dialogue in the game is rather stupid. For example, at the end of episode one, you are told that after defeating the Mad Monks, Hocus sits down with the wizards celebrating victory with food and drink.

The Bottom Line
I think everyone will agree that Hocus Pocus is much better than Clyde's Adventure, in terms of graphics and sound. In fact, Hocus can be a subsitute for Clyde's Revenge. ***

DOS · by Katakis | カタキス (43051) · 2003

Basic Mario type platform game.

The Good
Personally I like the music. It's a standard platform game otherwise.

The Bad
The enemies are repetitive. Same moves over and over.

The Bottom Line
Good platform game. Excellent parallax scrolling. Cute character.

DOS · by gametrader (208) · 2000

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Subject By Date
Both related sites links are dead J D (3) Jul 3rd, 2021



Right through the game there are references to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The Tree-People who attack you in the second level are obviously parodies of the Ents, and the wizard to whom Hocus is an apprentice, Terexin, is a Gandalf spoof.

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Related Sites +

  • Hocus Pocus
    The official homepage - obsolete site, last archived in 2003.
  • Hocus Pocus Web
    Hocus Pocus fansite in Portuguese and English - obsolete site, last archived in 2009

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by IJan.

Macintosh, Windows, Linux added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: Xantheous, Frenkel, Maw, Patrick Bregger.

Game added December 3rd, 1999. Last modified October 1st, 2023.