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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 monster 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 Not afraid to look down?
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on pillows. Cool angles
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on clouds!
Pandemonium! PlayStation Nikki turned into a frog!

Promo Images

Pandemonium! Screenshot
Pandemonium! Screenshot
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

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul 01, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Jul, 1997 33 out of 40 82
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Game Players PlayStation Dec, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
Retro Archives PlayStation Aug 30, 2021 16 out of 20 80 PlayStation May 02, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Pocket Gamer UK N-Gage (service) May 19, 2009 7 out of 10 70 N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 70 out of 100 70 N-Gage (service) 2009 7 out of 10 70


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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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