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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 Jumping on watermelon
Pandemonium! PlayStation Fargus is exploring an airship
Pandemonium! Windows World Map
Pandemonium! PlayStation Level select

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Feb 15, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Saturn Power SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Windows Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
Pocket Gamer UK N-Gage (service) May 19, 2009 7 out of 10 70 N-Gage (service) 2009 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Saturn Jul, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot N-Gage Oct 09, 2003 4.4 out of 10 44


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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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Side-Scrolling Game of the Year runner-up (PlayStation version) (Readers' Choice)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Platformer in 1997

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