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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 Crossing a bridge, looking at a dragonfly
Pandemonium! PlayStation Double-jumping while enjoying the view
Pandemonium! PlayStation Jumping on clouds!
Pandemonium! PlayStation Burning desert

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Pandemonium! Concept Art
Pandemonium! Other
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

NowGamer Nov 01, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Video Games Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Game Players Dec, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
High Score Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80 May 02, 2011 15 out of 20 75 May 26, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Edge Dec 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
IGN Dec 13, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
The Video Game Critic Aug 10, 2000 C+ 58


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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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Satoshi Kunsai (2085) added Pandemonium! (PlayStation) on May 21, 2001
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