Hocus Pocus (DOS)

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Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus - DOS - USA.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1994
Developer: Moonlite Software
Buy: Amazon

Hocus Pocus is another one of many platform action games published by Apogee. This time you play an apprentice wizard who is trying to earn his pointy-hat, so to speak. Each stage contains several magic crystals that must be collected. When the final one is found, you move on to the next level and as you get further in the game you will eventually impress the other wizards enough to let you join the Council. The final goal is to marry your sweetheart Popopa.

Hocus Pocus was out of date in 1994 compared to other platformers like Jazz Jackrabbit (DOS) or Earthworm Jim (SNES). The maps get repetitive pretty quickly, and there are an annoying amount of lever puzzles. Over all, the game is fun for awhile, but becomes pretty dull after you beat the first couple stages.


Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Early in the game.

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Level 2.

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Level 3.

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Episode three.

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Later levels.

Music

Despite being a ho-hum game, the music of Hocus Pocus is pretty catchy. Several of the tracks will surely be a trip down memory lane for those who played this game in their childhood. However, nothing stands out as exceptional.

Most of the titles come from their ripped name, though a couple have meta data. Tree 10 is the introduction of Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March". The Apogee Theme was composed by Bobby Prince.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Apogee Theme Bobby PrinceRob Wallace 0:09
Download
02 Hocus Pocus Theme Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:05
Download
03 Level 1 Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:09
Download
04 Scary Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:02
Download
05 Squeal Rob WallaceRob Wallace 1:07
Download
06 Highland Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:33
Download
07 Spooky Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:30
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08 Hit Bell Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:05
Download
09 Search Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:49
Download
10 Taj Mahal Rob WallaceRob Wallace 3:12
Download
11 Wedding Song Rob WallaceRob Wallace 2:46
Download
12 Tree 10 Felix MendelssohnRob Wallace 0:10
Download

Credits

(Sources: 1, 2)

Game Rip

Format

Download

Size

MIDI.png IMF.png

Download 66 KB

The MIDI files were ripped from the Hocus.dat file. It is unknown where the beta IMF files came from. The MIDI soundtrack was recorded using Winamp's MIDI plugin. Tree 10 and Tree 10A are roughly the same song, but the A version is probably designed for FM synthesis cards.

Audio Devices

Music

Icon - AdLib.png Icon - General MIDI.png Icon - Pro AudioSpectrum.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - Sound Canvas.png Icon - SoundMan 16.png Icon - UltraSound.png Icon - Wave Blaster.png

Sound

Icon - Pro AudioSpectrum.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - SoundMan 16.png Icon - The Sound Source.png Icon - UltraSound.png

(Sources: Music, Sound)

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
Hocus Pocus - DOS - USA.jpg
Title: Hocus Pocus
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994-06-01
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  UK.svg   UK
Hocus Pocus - DOS - UK.jpg
Title: Hocus Pocus
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  Australia.svg   Australia
Hocus Pocus - DOS - Australia.jpg
Title: Hocus Pocus
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.

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