An older but not necessarily wiser Nikki and Fargus return for another magic-infused adventure in Pandemonium 2. The spunky sorceress and jovial jester must prevent an evil queen from harnessing the power of a mysterious comet. As in the original game, the duo will traverse 3D levels viewed from a side-scrolling perspective, dodging dangers and battling beasties along the way. Each protagonist offers distinct attack moves and abilities; Fargus spins and throws a talking stick named Sid toward enemies, while Nikki double jumps and fires projectiles derived from power-ups. Conquer all four worlds and 19 levels to win the game. Collect gold keys to access bonus stages, treasure for extra lives, and hidden life pieces for added health.
Pandemonium 2 is a solid sequel to Pandemonium, one of the best platform games ever created. Although more evolutionary than revolutionary, Pandemonium 2 offers the same addictive gameplay as the original, with even better graphics. The game begins where the first game left off. The Comet of Infinate Possibilities has returned and encased within is a source of magic with unlimited power. An aspiring sorceress called Nikki wants to harness that power to become the world's greatest sorceress. Meanwhile, Fargus (lead character from the first game) has slowly degenerated to being almost completely insane, and Queen Zorrscha is using her minions to build a fleet of rockets to fly her to the comet. In a twist to most "kill evil, save world" plots, your quest is to stop the Queen from using the comet's power to.... bring freedom and happiness to the land. That's right- you are the bad guys in Pandemonium 2, and it's the quirky humor such as this that makes the game (and every other Crystal Dynamic title, for that matter) unique and a lot of fun to play.
You control either Nikki or Fargus, each of whom has unique abilities. Fargus starts off with a weapon called Sid, the talking stick (also sidekick) which can be controlled like a remote-controlled missile after being thrown. Fargus also has a spin attack, although it is not as fun to use as Sid. Nikki does not start out with a weapon other than jumping on people's head. She can, however, collect various magic spells that allow her to throw different projectiles. Nikki also can do a double-jump which allows her to reach higher heights than Fargus. This makes the game somewhat replayable, as one character can access areas the other cannot.
In short, Pandemonium 2 offers all the gameplay and control one could ask for in a platformer. The game looks great in 3D, with graphics that rival its Playstation version (which was much more successful than this PC one). If you enjoy the first game, you will definitely enjoy this sequel. If you like action games but have not heard of either games, you are missing out on two of the most unique and entertaining games ever made for the PC.
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