The Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink

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The Pink Panther: Hokus Pocus Pink
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Developer(s)Wanderlust Interactive
Publisher(s)
Artist(s)Brian Gaidry
Writer(s)Emily Kapnek
Composer(s)Jared Faber
SeriesThe Pink Panther
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: October 18, 1997
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Genre(s)Adventure, educational
Mode(s)Single-player

The Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink is a musical adventure computer game for the PC released on October 18, 1997 by Wanderlust Interactive. It is based on the Pink Panther cartoon and is a sequel to The Pink Panther: Passport to Peril. It teaches children about six countries with the Pink Panther. The places Pink visits are: Siberia in Russia, the Dead Sea in Israel, Kenya, Indonesia, Borneo, and Ancient Greece.[2]

Plot[edit]

After the successful events in The Pink Panther: Passport to Peril, the Pink Panther gives up his life as an agent for Inspector Clouseau and gets a job as a door-to-door-salesman. However, his more slow-paced life is soon interrupted as Nathan, son of the wealthy lunatic dentist and antique teeth collector Dr. Periowinkle, steals utensils from the warlock Dr. Strangeblood and accidentally transforms the little girl Violet, daughter of a guest at Dr. Periowinkle's auction party in his mansion, into a giant, anthropomorphic wombat (with some bat-like physical features). It falls to the Pink Panther to find Strangeblood's book of spell reversals so that he can undo the transformation before Nathan's parents discover his activities.

Armed with a book of knowledge that contains information on the indigenous people, languages, clothing, entertainment, art, history, nature, and foods of each pertinent area, players must guide Pink on a quest spanning six countries across the globe to undo Nathan's magic. Players will need to find objects that can be used or traded to acquire items crucial to advancing the story. Helping Pink travel between locations is Spot, a sentient, speaking black hole that he steals from Strangeblood's magical laboratory in the forest outside Dr. Periowinkle's mansion.

Although Pink would rather undo Nathan's work directly, Violet wishes to become an "immortal, magical ninja princess mermaid". Pink succeeds in gathering the magic elements needed to complete the potion, including an improvised black belt, but his success is only temporary, and the transformed Violet falls asleep in midair after consuming a poisonous apple. He is then tasked with finding the right ingredients to awaken Violet. When the new potion fails, Pink again improvises with a third ingredient, this time a Greek salad, but this causes Violet to become possessed by Echidna of Greek mythology. Finally, Pink must outwit two gorgons and convince the Greek sea god Poseidon to travel with him to Dr. Periowinkle's mansion. Once they return to the party, Strangeblood appears suddenly and reveals that he does indeed have a good heart when he exorcises Echidna, freeing Violet and restoring her to her original form. Poseidon arrests Echidna and departs with her.

When the auction party ends, Dr. Periowinkle and his wife reprimand Nathan for being the primary cause of so much chaos even though Nathan confesses that he only wanted to learn how to be a magician. However, Strangeblood consoles Nathan and explains that he intentionally caused the events of the story to test the boy's abilities as a wizard. He recruits Nathan as his apprentice and brainwashes the boy's parents into agreement. After Strangeblood takes Nathan to his forest laboratory, Pink expresses satisfaction with this adventure's happy ending.[3]

The game features ten original songs and over 300 fact-filled pages containing information and photos of the countries in which players find themselves. It is also characterized by comic graphics similar to those from the animated shorts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual Report of WANDERLUST INTERACTIVE, INC. for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1997". SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20549. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  2. ^ The Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink (Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror), Michael Sinterniklaas, Wanderlust Interactive, retrieved 2021-02-01CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Simon & Schuster. The Pink Panther Hocus Pocus Win. Richmond, TX, USA: Alibris. ISBN 9780671317058. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.