Video Game / Pandemonium!
is a 1996 platform game, published by Crystal Dynamics
, for the PlayStation
, Sega Saturn
and PC. It features Fargus, a joker, and Nikki, a young sorceress, who unwittingly casts a spell that destroys the town. The goal of the game is to reach the Wishing Engine, where they can wish the town back to normal. For each level, the player can choose which character to be. Each has a special move — Fargus can deliver a special spinning attack by throwing his talking stick-puppet called Sid, and Nikki can double jump.
A sequel, Pandemonium 2
was released in 1997, for PlayStation
In the PlayStation
and Sega Saturn
versions, rather than using a memory card as in most games released at the time, progress is saved using the older password system.
This game series contains examples of:
- Bare Your Midriff: Nikki in both games.
- The Cameo: Nikki appears, in her Pandemonium 2 incarnation, in the ending of Gex: Enter the Gecko.
- Cloudcuckoo Lander: Fargus, in the sequel.
- Deadpan Snarker / Servile Snarker: Sid.
- Early Game Hell: The first game can get pretty frustrating while you're struck with only two hearts and two lives.
- Faceless Eye: The Wishing Engine.
- Fake Balance: There's really no reason at all to use Fargus in the first game, as Nikki's mobility is far more advantageous in every scenario.
- Freeze Ray: One of the power-ups, that allows to shatter frozen enemies.
- Goomba Stomp: A common way of dispatching enemies.
- Here We Go Again!: The ending of the first game, to an extent. "Oh boy, I think we're gonna need another wish!"
- Hot Witch: Nikki. Which version of her is hotter varies from person to person.
- The Jester: Fargus, both in costume and personality.
- Mad Bomber: Fargus, but only in the sequel.
- Marathon Level: The penultimate level of the sequel, "The Bitter End", which is both sprawling and full of backtracking.
- Multiple Endings: The ending of the second game depends on which character the player uses to complete it.
- Nintendo Hard: Stages can be really damn long, the camera often goes a little wild and easily disorients the player, or zooms too far in so that the player can't see oncoming enemies, and extra lives are prohibitively expensive (300 gems per life.)
- Progressively Prettier: In the first game, Nikki is fairly plain-looking and innocent. In the sequel, she has become Hotter and Sexier, sports a completely different hairstyle (not to mention a different face), and a new, more ruthless, personality.
- Shrink Ray: One of the power-ups, that allows to even kill Invincible Minor Minions by stomping on them.
- 2½D: The first game has 2D mechanics in a 3D environment. Most of the sequel qualifies as well.