App Review: Peggle by PopCap Games, Inc.
Peggle by PopCap Games is both fun and challenging. The game seems easy at first, but it takes some thought and a little bit of luck to get very far in the game. The object of the game is to clear all of the orange pegs from the screen by shooting them.
Each level contains a different arrangement of orange, blue, purple, and green pegs. You have 10 shots per level in which to clear all the orange pegs. To aim your shot, you can either use the scroll wheel on the right hand side of the screen or you can drag your finger across the screen. A trajectory line will be displayed to help you aim better. You can also zoom in your view by double tapping the screen. Once you get the shot aimed, you press the “Fire” button to shoot. Then, watch as the ball bounces around the screen. The pegs that are hit will light up and then disappear when the ball falls off the screen. At the very bottom of the screen there is a bucket that moves back and forth. If your ball happens to fall in there, you get it back, giving you another shot. While it is almost impossible to aim the ball such that it falls in the bucket, these extra shots can be extremely helpful.
The orange pegs are the only ones that you must remove in order to beat each level. However, it is often in your best interest to remove the other colors as well. The blue pegs don’t offer any bonuses, but clearing them gives you points and opens up the screen so that you can get to the orange balls more easily. The green pegs have magic powers in the form of extra balls, extra help aiming shots, and others that are released when they are hit. The purple pegs give you extra points. If you get 25,000 points in a single turn, you can earn another shot.
Peggle has four different types of game play. It is not a game that you will exhaust in an afternoon or even a day. The first mode is Adventure mode. You have to start here in order to unlock some of the other modes and levels. Once you successfully complete the first five levels, you can go on to play some of the other game modes. Quick Play mode allows you to choose the level that you want to play from the levels that you have already completed. Challenge mode is designed for those who want a real challenge. There are 40 challenge levels that you can play after you complete all the levels in the Adventure mode. Duel mode allows you to play 2-player games against either a friend or the computer. In a 2-player game, players take turns shooting at the pegs on the screen to see who can get the highest score. A penalty is levied against players who do not hit an orange ball on their turn.
Other neat features of Peggle include the ability to earn trophies, track your game stats, and save instant replays of your shots to show friends later. Peggle is an addicting game for all ages. It will keep you coming back for more.
Peggle is $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.popcap.com