Join two kindred spirits, Fargus the Jester and Nikki the acrobat in a fantastic 3D world of magic and mystery as they bounce, tumble and jump through 18 massive and diverse levels in search of the Wishing Engine!Key Features: Fast-paced 3D platform action in a lush, texture-mapped environment.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (53 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 1996
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Join two kindred spirits, Fargus the Jester and Nikki the acrobat in a fantastic 3D world of magic and mystery as they bounce, tumble and jump through 18 massive and diverse levels in search of the Wishing Engine!

Key Features:

  • Fast-paced 3D platform action in a lush, texture-mapped environment.
  • Over 18 levels, hilarious power-ups, tons of secrets, huge bosses and shape-change from a bull-dozing rhino to a fire-blasting dragon.
  • A totally immersive experience complete with beautiful soundtrack and cinematics.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
I just finished the game and ... **** yes!. It was great. Since i played it when i were a little kid it was also very nostalgic for me though i never finished it because it was to hard. It was still hard, unforgiving, but still somehow fair and a very fun, i cant believe it was made so long ago.

For those of you who are expection a graphical bump or something extra, no.

Btw for those who finish the game, wasn't the credits the most awesome credits there is?

I had some problems when i tried to double jump (sometimes it didn't take my input or something) but other that that no problems at all.

Loved it! 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I remember playing this as a wee lad. My dad got a free copy with a computer magazine and I probably spent hundreds of hours playing it. Wasn't very good at it, the death music is very much familiar to me :D its a fun game even as I play it today, the double jump sometimes seems unreliable or you have to press jump again at exactly the right nanosecond.

Even after nearly two decades I still remember the highest password I unlocked in the olden days.
Level 15, KACACIBA

10/10 Those red bombs are proper ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Ah... the old days. Putting the game disk in my old Playstation one, then later, my old (still working) Playstation 2. This is a game I remember fondly as one of the best platformers I've ever played.

To put it simply: This is a game I would play, time and again, just because it's fun. It's nice that I can have it on Steam because the old disk is now practically done for, after almost 2 decades of service!

While this is almost the exact same game on PC as it is on PSX, there's the different music (one track I do not recognize because it wasn't from the PSX version), the different controls that took some time getting used to (wish I could remap the controls to something more favorable), and lack of an options menu in the main menu also threw me off.

But there's the levels themselves, still beautiful in my eyes thanks to nostalgia. The fun of becoming a frog that belly-slams weird mushroom guys, a rhino that teaches those desert-bull things a lesson, even becoming a fire-breathing dragon that toasts flying shark-torpedos!

So don't like the recorded hours fool you, I've played this game in upwards of hundreds of hours, possibly even a thousand by now! If you love platformer games, you owe it to yourself to play this classic someday!

10/10: I will never regret playing this game.

P.S.: Have fun trying to find all the Heart Containers without guides or help.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Pandemonium is a 2.5D action platformer. Pandemonium is hard as nails. You know this. You bought this game in the mid-90s for your grey slab and you loved it. I know this well because I was you, and I still am.

The only reason you're here is because you saw your childhood (or adolescenthood w/e) was put up in the shopfront and ported to your shiney game tower format. So did I. But do not let its looks deceive you! This version of the game is a straight, low reolution, low-poly, lo-fi, exact replica of the Playstation classic. This is why it is bad. This is why you shouldn't buy it. You already have the disc, and you probably have at least a PS2 you can run it on. Go do that. Or rip your BIOS from your console and emulate the game. But do not buy this. not for £2, not for £1. Not even for the £0.69 I was on sale for last month.

The main problem with this game is control. PCs have 1000000000000000000000000000's of options for controllers. you can use anything from an 8 button fightstick to a 109 key Keyboard, with pads, joysticks, flightsticks, lightguns, keyboards (MIDI this time) etc in between. Although the game received my Motioninjoy xbox360 pad input OK, the button mappings were way off, all over the place! UNACCEPTABLE! This problem is joined onto the next; buttonpresses and keystrokes are not always registered. Being a game with doublejump, only registering a doublejump every third of fourth try is no good. no good at all. Although it brings back cheery memories of being bad at this game when I was 7, I'm only bad at this game now because the game doesn't respond,

Very Fustrating.

There are also no options in game for sound levels. no master, no music, no SFX. nada. If you want pandemonium to be quiet you have to (sacrifice a small goat and pray to your God) alt-tab, and then alter the levels in the windows sound manager. And then (sacrafice another goat...) alt-tab back.

Now let's talk about the glorious retro graphics. Being a bad port the game is available in one of four very small, very strange resolutions. three of which will crash the DirectDraw application the software goes through. The one that works, and it is very shaky, will look bad. I am the kind of guy who complains about a 960p upscale resolution, and some people will cast that comment aside. But imagine upscaling an analog monitor's grainy, pixelly, 700px wide display onto a screen almost 3x the size. please take a moment to think about how this looks. it's like watching a 240p film on youtube. vbad.

This writing has caused me to start losing good grammar so the rest will just be pros and cons.

pros
+fast way to waste excess money
+you can own pandemonium on your PC
+retro nostalgia

cons
-fast way to waste excess money
-you can buy CSGO keys instead of this
-buggy DirectDraw launcher and DX handler
-poor controller compatibility
-no config menus for anything
-bad button response
-nothing is remastered
-shaky alt-tabbing

In summary, go just get your old PSX, PS1 or PS2 and this disc and play it, or use your BIOS and epsxe to emulate your PS1 with some GFX upgrades, like smoothed textures, extended rendering and 1080p resolutions. This here, is a minor cashgrab and is partially forgivable given it's cost, but totally not worth it.

Think!
Don't ruin your childhood memories.

Game 7/10
Port 3/10
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
A classic platformer from the PS1. My only main gripe about this game is that there are some serious leaps of faith that annoy me greatly. Other than that, the level design and the music is very lovable, or maybe it's just my nostalgia talking.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Pandemonium hmmmm the old days this is one of my Favorite game in PS1 its more like crash bandicoot but in diffrent characters and levels, my Favorite character is the crazy joker ^^ .
there is 18 level in this game each level even more fun then the other and there is Level Codes
like this
LEVEL 2: OMAAEBIA
LEVEL 3: NAABEBAI
LEVEL 4: ENAIAKBI
i totally recomand this game ^^
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
I can't even remember how much time i spent playing this beautiful game back then.
Probably the funniest and most entertaining game i'll ever play..
The nostalgia is real :D

Huge shoutout to the devs

10/10 would nerd on it 24/7 again
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
One of the best Platformers of the 90s by far.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Old school, simple yet fun. Great game to kill time.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Got this on the PS1 and its amazing, its amazing on PC too.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Almost exactly as I remember it on the PS1. Excellent game, but the double-jump still sucks, the FMV emulation doesn't work particularly well, and the button prompts are keyboard-only. Other than that, it's awesome. :3
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Super nostalgic! It's basically exactly as I remembered. Just good, old-school fun.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2014
My old ps1 favorite cant beat this game really funn as its just a classic.. Thanks steam for making this buyable ...
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I never owned the PS1 original, but looking at youtube gives me reason to assume that this was a good game, one that I kind of wish I could play through. Why can't I? Well because this is an incredibly lazy port of it. The controls aren't even wasd, until you find out that there is sort of an options menu, but only in-game. Apparently even the PS1 game had a sound menu, but we don't get one. That is a huge problem because of the constantly looping background music, that is INCREDIBLY LOUD.

EDIT: It is possible to find the options, though they are only available in-game, as previously stated. What's worse than the game not having a sound option? Well, a lot of things, specifically Hitler, and that said sound options in the menu DO NOT EVEN WORK. You have the slider to turn the music off, but it's just as loud no matter what you do. I reccommend plugging in your headphones, and just not wearing them at all.

By far though, the game's biggest sin is laziness. It has a password system. Some of you might be a little nostalgic for passwords, but no. It's a port to the PC, we have internal storage, there's no reason for this game to require passwords anymore, but there they are... Again, you have to look in the menu for them, and you can't copy/paste the passwords either, which means writing them all down! You get the passwords in a little window that says "Message from programmer dude." So that basically sums it up, they just made one guy sit down at his desk for 45 minutes and port this game so they could put it out on Steam. Not worth your money unless you are extremely nostalgic for this game, and if you have it on your Play Station, that's probably the way you should play it.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This is extremely sad to play. Level 1 should have 2 different tracks that play through out. Instead there is only 1. This might not sound like a big deal, but as for me personally it compeltly kills the game. When graphics werent as specutaculr as today games got away without the best by keeping the player engaged through the music. I loved playing this game on playstation and bought it knowing the game inside out. Without the music it feels like its had its soul ripped out by the publishers - and as you progress through the game and the levels get longer and longer the music thing becomes a much bigger problem. Theres also the issue of 'fade ins' and 'fadeouts' that I dont think I ever experienced on the orignal. IE after about 2 mins of music it stops and fades in. This also happens when you die.

Also they decided to rebind the keys. I have no clue why. Im playing on a PS3 controller, using software that maps the buttons. What was the jump button is now Square, the fire weapons is now Cross. Whats really annoying is that the pause button isnt mapped at all. So if you enter the wrong level you cant get out. Pressing 'esc' on the keyboard closes the game.

On the plus side - load times dont exsist and frame rate is much better than the oringal. Id say the game runs slightly faster than the orignal.

Really lame borked version of a fantastically fun game.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
A classic game that everyone must own
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Waste of money, if you cant get it going from the first start up...you wont. I cant get past the load up black screen.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
The camera jerks around to the point where you start to feel sick, the controls are floaty and make it feel like the characters are careening out of your hands, and you die in two hits.
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13 of 30 people (43%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Nostalgia, sometimes you should just keep this stuff as a nice memory. This was a great game on the PS1 that I loved. It was one of three games I got with the PS1, and one of my favourites, blowing my mind away with it's 3d goodness (coming from a Sega Megadrive).

This game, by modern standards, is just plain frustrating. The first couple of levels are fun, but later levels (lv 14 expecially) are so fricken hard with only 2/3 hearts per level and very long checkpoints. Also the game speed stutters from slow to sometimes stupid fast, making jumps and timing difficult.

This is a lazy port, with NOTHING to add on the original, but is not as good as the original. It's also not aged very well. Don't bother with unless you really need to remind yourself of fond memories.
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11 of 26 people (42%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
NiGHTs isn't the only assclown from the 90s.
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