Having owned the original Peggle on pretty much every device I own, it was a no brainer for me to drop on the new and improved version as soon as it arrived onto the Xbox One store.
It’s quite obvious that PopCap didn’t want to break their winning formula, so they didn’t, that game is pretty much…well Peggle. Each of the 60 levels have the familiar blue, orange, green and purple pegs, and apart from the UI having a bit of a facelift, it plays exactly the same. You still have your Peggle masters, you still have your multiplier, your way of earning free balls, and you still get Beethoven’s ninth bellowing out when you hit that last orange peg.
As for the Peggle Masters, we get the ever faithful Bjorn with his Super guide, the new Berg with his Deep Freeze (puts the pegs on ice so they can be slid around the screen), Jeffrey with his Bowlder (the ball is replaced by a large heavy boulder for one shot), Gnorman with his Uber Volt (electrocutes nearby pegs) and finally Luna with her Nightshade power (makes the ball go through all the blue pegs).
At the beginning of each level, you are presented with a list of three additional objectives, one will always be ‘Clear all pegs’, but the others will be the likes of ‘Get a Super Slide’, or ‘Finish with x amount of balls remaining’, adding to the replayability. Once you’ve completed the sixty levels, you then have the opportunity to go back and clean up the levels to get all the objectives, or tackle the ten additional challenges. These will be things like being presented with only six pegs and having only two balls to take them out.
Now the bits I didn’t really like, PopCap have got a little overboard with the gameplay capture, and even on a mediocre shot, it seemed to record a game clip spamming my Xbox One social feed. Secondly no leaderboard? I mean really? PopCap, if you really want to add replayability, add a leaderboard, that will keep people coming back for more. Thirdly, the muliplayer, what there is of it, it’s online only? What happened to the couch coop?
These bad points for me don’t make it a bad game, but do take the shine off what could have been the perfect go-to game.
Approx Time taken to beat – 6 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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