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  • genre action / arcade / platformer
  • download size 19 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 116 user ratings.
  • release date June 1, 1994
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Moonlite Software / 3D Realms
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Four incredible episodes with 36 huge and challenging levels!
  • More than 30 different monsters to fight and four huge bosses!
  • Exciting puzzles that will challenge your wits as well as reflexes!


Has everyday life gotten you down? Are you tired of not being an awesome wizard? Presto Chango! Transport yourself to the magical, mystical land of Lattice, where the would-be magician Hocus Pocus needs your wits and reflexes to complete the quest of his life! Terexin, leader of the Council of Wizards, has sent the untried apprentice on a special mission to prove his worthiness. To become a card-carrying, fancy hat wearing wizard, and claim the hand of his lady love, Hocus must conquer realms filled with unique dangers and enemies. Few have survived Terexin’s final test because for many it’s a one-way trip!

Help Hocus defy danger with potions that let him teleport and fire devastating energy blasts! Challenge dragons, demons, and other dastardly denizens of the dark! Go ahead, dabble in black magic -- we won’t tell a single soul! But hold on to your hat and tighten your cloak -- you could be in for a bumpy ride, in the 36 levels of this classic 1990s VGA-era platformer.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista/ 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Minimum system requirements (Linux): Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Processor: 2.0 GHz, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, OpenGL compatible

All user reviews:

User reviews:

A DOS Classic... A Must Play

Posted on 2013-02-20 07:23:08 byZacron's avatarZacron:

I was 3 when this game came out, and my family never actually purchased it. However, this game came from a time when Shareware meant something. It meant that you had a full game to play. If you wanted more, you bought additional episodes. This game was one of my favorites. I played it for hours on end, followed by Jill of the Jungle and Jazz Jackrabbit.
The game itself has a simpleread more concept. Find all the crystals. There was no time limit, just a bunch of baddies. You shot lightning bolts from your finger tip, and you could get special items to give you Rapid fire, or the ability to shoot faster. There was also a TON of treasure in this game, as well as several hidden areas per level. There were puzzles, such as putting 3 or 4 or more switches all in the right positions to open the path forward, wall blocks that could be shot to find a hidden room, and so on.
All in all, this is a great game. And for all the hours I played it, I never fell through the floor, never found any game breaking bugs, nothing. It is a solid Platformer, and if you like the idea of mixing Pitfall with Mario and Megaman, you are going to have a great time.
Also, its 6 bucks, how much cheaper do you want it?

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A solid platformer with some issues but still a lot of fun

Posted on 2013-02-19 06:21:31 byRoman5's avatarRoman5:

In Hocus Pocus you play as a Magician...that's...out to prove his worth.
Needless to say that just like in many platformers of that time the plot is almost non-existant, what this game however does not dissapoint in is the gameplay
This game is a solid platformer, you jump and shoot in it with your lightning bolts, in this regard it's similar to MegaMan, even if there is no realread more time weapon swithing like in that series. nThe levels are generally varied throughout and the great thing about this game is that many stages are built as giant puzzles that you have to explore and solve, this is done in many ways, be it defeating monsters or finding treasure. This game has many powerups that make the experience very fun like the potion that allows you to shoot a stream of lightning bolts or the potion that warps you to different locations, there are also certain NPC's that are scattered throughout the levels that you can talk to, they sometimes provide you with hints. The music is very funky and lively and the general design of the game will keep you wanting to play more after you are done with a level.
This game also has absolutely no Gore/Violence or anything like that, so It's great for all ages no matter how old you are, 8 or 28
Overall, a Solid platformer with Good gameplay, nice music, clever levels and many secrets
4/5 Stars
Five potions you can see, only one means Victory!

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A nice looking and sounding mid 90s Apogee platformer

Posted on 2013-02-19 10:53:52 byhansappel's avatarhansappel:

This is a game that makes a great first impression. It happens to have an incredibly catchy theme song and the graphics don't hurt either.
Apart from looking and sounding very nice (for the early 90s, but then again art doesn't get worse with age) the game isn't that special feature-wise. It's a platformer published by Apogee with four eposides, each with four tilesets and nineread more levels if I remember correctly (2+2+2+3).
The gameplay is more slowly paced than that of Jazz Jackrabbit, a game which was released around the same time and also had the looks and sound going for it. In Hocus Pocus there are actually a few simple puzzles and you aren't really urged to rush through the levels.
You won't get anything groundbreaking with Hocus Pocus, but you know what you get and you'll like what you get.

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