Peggle Reviews

  • Elem3ntal80Elem3ntal80916,274
    19 Mar 2009 25 Jan 2013
    49 5 1 is a pretty simplistic concept, which is good in that anyone can pick it up and start playing, but to be good at the game, there is quite a bit of strategy involved.

    Basic gameplay: For each stage there is an array of pegs and you aim and fire a ball from the top of the screen and hope to hit as many pegs as possible on its way down...kinda like the Price is Right's Plinko on steroids. The goal is to score as many points as possible.

    A certain number of the pegs are orange. As you hit more of these orange pegs, a meter will go up in which you can earn multipliers for all subsequent shots. If you clear all the orange pegs before you run out of shots, you will recieve a special bonus at the end. The slow motion theatrics and resulting "Ode to Joy" music when you hit that last orange peg will make it all the more rewarding.

    There is one purple peg for each shot that gives you an additional multiplier for just that shot. This purple peg moves to a different location for each shot.

    There is also two green pegs per level that unleash the special ability of the character you are using. There are 10 different characters all with their own unique special shot.

    There is a bucket at the bottom of the screen that moves back and forth. If you are fortunate enough to have your ball land in the bucket, you will receive a free ball in single player or bonus points in multiplayer. You can also earn free balls by scoring a certain number of points on one shot.

    There are also several ways to get bonus points by doing "skill shots" such as hitting an orange peg off a long bounce or making it in the bucket after bouncing off its rim. There is also a super special bonus if you manage to clear every peg in the level.

    For single player, there is the Adventure Mode in which you go through all 55 levels and try to accumulate as many points as possible. Once you complete Adventure Mode, Challenge Mode unlocks which presents 75 various challenges such as completely clearing certain levels, beating the computer in duel mode, or beating a certain number of levels in a row.

    Online multiplayer consists of two modes, either Peg Party or Duel Mode. In Peg Party up to 4 players compete on their own map and have 10 shots to score as many points as possible. There is an update of the score between each shot and you can view each of your competitors screen between each shot as well if you desire. In Duel Mode, you compete against one other player on the same map and alternate shots. The winner is whoever has the most points when the shots run out or the level is cleared. You can also do Duel Mode on local multiplayer.

    Sounds simple, but requires a lot of strategy to become skilled...and a good bit of luck helps as well. Choosing which character to use also plays heavily into your strategy since certain special abilities are more useful depending on the level layout. Challenge Mode is just that, challenging, and will require patience angry and many retries. You will soon learn that you will have to start paying attention to where that bucket is and plan your shot to have the best chance of getting a free ball.

    This is getting long...sooo overall I found Peggle a very enjoyable game. I also found the online multiplayer very fun as well. If you are like me, you will sit down with this game and before long you will realize it is 4 or more hours later...and the sun is starting to come up cry

    If you are interested in achievements (aren't we all?), there are two in particular that will take awhile...clearing all challenge levels and clearing all pegs in all levels...but I guess you can see that for yourself by looking at the TA ratios.

    Cheers! toast
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    ERIKDOTCOMPretty good review; it really told me a lot about the game. :D
    Posted by ERIKDOTCOM on 28 Mar 10 at 00:54
  • DrumstiknikDrumstiknik168,411
    25 Feb 2010
    19 6 0
    The Good: Presentation is excellent with vibrant and vivid colours = Slick gameplay and simple controls are easy to like = Addictive and fun gaming style will appeal to all ages and skill levels.

    The Bad: Soundtrack can get annoying after a while, especially if you're stuck on one level.

    Arcade Classics. That simple phrase conjures up a plethora of both conscious and sub-conscious images of late nights spent down at your local amusements as you pump your entire week's pocket money into what is basically a glorified TV with some knobs and buttons on it. Like some kind of primitive pay-to-watch meter system. That's how I spent my childhood. Playing titles that will be cemented in the minds of many for years to come, timeless. Games that are beautiful in their simplicity, a place where graphics take a backseat to thrilling and memorable gameplay with a huge lean towards having the most fun as possible. Xbox Live Arcade's 'Peggle' is a game that has set itself a goal - to encapsulate the playability of the penny arcade in your front room. Taking the game at face value, Peggle is the spiritual successor to the iconic puzzler 'Breakout' of many, many moons ago but nonetheless a timeless classic that has spawned many imitations. The basic idea (as it has been for years) is that you have bricks, a paddle and a ball. Your mission statement for each level is to eliminate the bricks using the ball and the paddle. Simple, no? It's a tried and tested model that works.

    Peggle takes this template and bends it, shapes it and gives it new life by upping the ante on the graphics, but not losing any of the fun that made that style of game iconic. In front of you is presented a patten of blue and orange bulbs in various configurations, a ball release at the top and a paddle moving left to right at the bottom. To beat the level, the player has to hit all of the orange balls using the ten balls in your arsenal. One by one you aim the ball (which also moves left to right on its axis) for the best angle of attack into the blue and orange bulbs. Fans of the genre will appreciate the familiar, while new fans will get their heads around Peggle easily as the learning curve is not very steep. Powerups are also plentiful, and come in the form of a character such as a cartoon horse and a comedy hamster all bestowing different bonuses to the player. These powerups are activated by lighting up the green balls (two per level) and can activate goodies such as multiball, fireball and the 'Zen' ball - which is wherever you fire the ball, the Zen Master (an owl) will tweak your shot to attain maximum points. It's a real hoot...geddit?

    There are over 50 different levels, all of varying and original designs, modelling around the level background adding variety to a game that could get a bit repetitive. Peggle doesn't take itself too seriously. Actually, it's a right laugh. For example, instead of the loading screen? You get a note on the screen which 'Gathering fluffiness' and 'Composing Ode to Joy'. Now, if you weren't familiar with the Beethoven Opus that I've just mentioned then you will be if you manage to clear all of the orange balls and bricks with the available balls. That is to say, when you complete the level, Ode to Joy blasts out of your speakers accompanied by fireworks and fanfare similar unseen since the days of Mario when you juuuuuust managed to jump over the flagpole to get into the castle.

    To say that Peggle is addictive is an understatement. It's about as addictive as crystal-meth…but far better for your health, but not by much as you will be spending hours trying to perfect your shot so it bounces into as many orange balls and nets you maximum points. It's also the little things that make Peggle stand out as a 21st century puzzler. Let me set the scene, your faced with one ball left in your arsenal and there are 3 orange bricks (or pegs) to hit and boy, they couldn't be further away from each other. You have no powerups or bonuses left, and the paddle moving relentlessly from left to right at the bottom of the screen seems to taunt you as you aim your final shot. You fire, and the ball heads towards one peg, bounces off the wall to hit the other then amazingly, deflects off a blue peg and flies towards the other orange when everything goes slo-mo n and then BAM!, the fireworks hit and the flukiness of your shot is tantamount to euphoria.

    Peggle doesn't take itself too seriously though, as you can the mascots for the powerups take the forms of gophers, unicorns and…erm, pumpkins. Also the loading screen is emblazoned with slogans such as 'preparing fluffiness' and 'enhancing cuteness', a theme which continues throughout. Initially viewed as 'another' block-esque puzzler, Peggle can be enormous fun played alone or with friends to see who can get the most pegs in one shot. The flukiness of the game is also incredible as seemingly impossible shots are just nailed by the slimmest of margins by absolute chance.

    There's plenty of gameplay here for an XBLA title. For example, aside from the aforementioned single player mode, there's multiplayer, a surprisingly well thought out and fluid online multiplayer game type using a ranked system based on experience. A challenge mode is also present with some pretty difficult levels to complete all for the glory of 'Ode to Joy' and those precious achievements.


    Peggle breathes new life into a game genre that was previously exhausted over various platforms from your mobile phone to your home computer. It gives the 'block breaker' classic a modern and more over, extremely fun and replayable gaming experience, one which you can pick up and play for a couple of levels, or tackle the ever increasing difficulty of the challenges to inviting your friends over Xbox live for a game. It's addictive too, really addictive and should sit well in anyone's collection who likes a bit of fun, and takes themselves about as unseriously as Peggle itself.
  • 14 5 0
    Peggle is one of the most simple and addictive games ever made. It is easy to pick up and start playing. To play all you have to do is aim and fire a ball out of a dispenser with the A button. Then watch as the ball bounces its way through the pegs, clearing them as it hits each one. The objective is to clear all the orange balls before you run out of balls. Blue pegs give you points but can block your shots. The purple pegs give you bonus points and the green pegs give you a special power to the character you are playing as. Each of the 10 character has its own unique power. This can change the gameplay a bit. For example, Warren the Rabbit gives you a lucky spin on a wheel of fortune.You can win a Magic Hot, Zen Shot, Extra Shot or Triple Score. At the bottom of the screen a bucket moves slowly across. This gives you a free ball if your ball lands into it.

    Peggle has made its way to other platforms from PC, Nintendo DS and Ipod Touch. You won't find any changes in the Xbox Live Arcade version. There are 55 puzzles, 75 challenges in total. It also has some multiplayer modes.
    Duel mode and Peg party. In Duel mode you have players taking in turns trying to get the highscore. Peg party can be played with up to 4 players each with their own table.

    Peggle is great fun for a reasonable price.Once you start playing the first few levels you can get hooked.Popcap are great for making simple and addictive games and Peggle is one great example.

    9/10 "Excellent!"
  • CassiopeiaGamesCassiopeiaGames170,600
    18 Jul 2012
    10 8 0
    This review was originally posted on which I own

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    You have a little canon at the top of the screen, and all you have to do is to hit the small balls at the screen, called pegs. A unicorn named Björn is presenting the game for you, and as you advance in the adventure mode, you’ll meet the other masters. Each one of them has different powers that you engage by hitting the green pegs. To clear a stage you have to hit all the orange pegs, hopefully ending the level by falling down to the most valuable part of the bottom that appears when you hit the last orange peg.

    The biggest amusements must be the power ups engaged by hitting the green pegs, but also the spirit of the game. It’s pure, childish and magic and more than all, it’s sweet. You can put your three year old in front of the screen with the controller and not worry if the game turns M-rated. It won’t. And your child will most likely have their time of their life if they like to push buttons and see the screen react. The game is very relaxing, but I bet it can be challenging as well, when it comes to clear the levels completely – not sure how much I look forward to it..!

    A lot to choose from
    Single player contains Adventure Mode, Master Duel, Challenges and Quickplay. Quickplay is just like level select in other games, and you can check your highscores in each level. Masters Duel is a head-2-head mode against the CPU in shape of one of the masters that taught you how to play this game. Challenges are rather similar to adventure mode.

    If the first 55 levels aren’t enough for you, there’s a whopping 60 level expansion pack for this game – or it’s actually a sequel, but for the x360 version, that we are reviewing here, it shows as expansion pack, doubling your gaming time.

    For the players who wants to play online there’s Peg Party and Duel. Peg Party is for up to 4 players at the same time, dueling to get most points within 10 shots. You have to get more points than your opponents, so trick shots and bonus pegs – the purple ones – are vital here. After each shot all players are compared and everyone get to know the score and positions.

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    Local duel is available, which seems very fun to play. The players take turn to shoot for points, just like in the Masters Duel. With a lot of playing time, most people will be very good at this game because it’s so simple and there aren’t many surprises or changes in the game.

    The game is downright beautiful to look at; the graphics are smooth and clear all the way through and the mind-bending colours are chocolate for the brain, all in High-Definition. The drawings are sweet and the characters are cute.
    The music is well-chosen for the games acoustic feeling and fulfils the harmony within it.

    The goals seem very obtainable, yet it demands some aiming skills from the player, not to mention whole lot patience – but don’t most games demand that? Many of the goals also seems to be fun to go for, but this game in itself can entertain for hours, and you don’t have to go for the goals to enjoy it.

    No annoying glitches
    I haven’t encountered glitches or errors, but the music might be a bit too repetitive for the most people to play for many hours straight. Again, this game might be repetitive on its own though, but streaming or playing music from another source while playing surely helps out a bit to avoid suddenly loneliness. Eyeballs seeing pegs can be a bit of a peggle – right?

    Looking at other puzzle and arcade games, this is by far one of the most simplest ones, but it makes your brain work. Because of this games pure, magic and innocent look, I just love it for what it is. Hit balls, make points. On top of that, there’s a huge amount of levels available.

    It's been years since I wrote this, and I can safely say; This isn't my proudest work, but I decided to post it regardless.
  • Smalfri2Smalfri2178,149
    23 Mar 2009
    1 9 1
    Great Arcade game and well worth the price of 800 points. Sure its not the best arcade game out there, but it gets the job done. Single player mode consist of an adventure mode which goes through 9 different stages, all of which are fun and interesting. After beating that you got plenty more with challenge mode which test even the best of players. If that's not enough for you, players can go online and play it up with the best.. and worst players of Peggle. I give this 5 stars because its one of those games you can always go in a play a few rounds then move on.