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Peggle for the iPhone

by: Meryl K Evans ; edited by: DaniellaNicole ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

PopCap Games' popular Peggle for the PC and Mac comes to the small screen. Can the beautiful game handle the smaller pixel space? Read on to find out!

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    I'm not a big fan of arcade-style games because I feel like I'm constantly on edge. Then a friend told me to grab Peggle only to end up spending hours with the game. I played the Pachinko style game much longer than I needed to in order to write my review.

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    How to Play

    Peggle gives you 10 balls, much like in a pinball machine game. Except unlike pinball, the game screen is upright instead of a slight incline. Pegs and bricks appear throughout the scene in one of four colors:

    • Blue: standard.
    • Green: Bonus power based on the current character's power.
    • Orange: Must hit all of these to move on to next level.
    • Purple: Big bonus points.

    The only thing you do is aim the ball and fire. Well, maybe cross your fingers, too, for a good run. Though you do little, the sound and visual effects just wow you and they wow beautifully on the iPhone.

    You play a handful of levels with each character and they all have different powers that show up when you hit the green peg. The first, the unicorn, gives you extra help by showing you where the ball will go after it hits the first peg. You'll just have to meet the other characters to find out what they are and its powers as that's part of the fun.

    Peggle also comes with multiple game modes, some of which you must unlock:

    • Adventure: Go through the entire game, meet all the characters and work your way to the end.
    • Quick Play: Play a previously played puzzle with the character of your choice.
    • Challenge: 40 challenges for advanced levels.
    • Duel: Play against someone or computer.

    A bucket slides back and forth ready to catch the ball. But it has to be in the right place at the right time. You have no control over it. If the ball lands in the bucket, you get a free ball.

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    How I Rated It

    Again, all I can say is, "Wow!" I'm hooked on Peggle all over again. I've owned many handheld devices over the years, but none with the iPhone's gorgeous interface. Because of this, Peggle translates perfectly to its smaller screen.

    The Precision Wheel is a feature not available on the computer versions. It's a wheel contraption on the right side of the screen. Scroll it up or down to get the precise target you want. Or you can simply touch your finger on the screen to point the target and hit "Fire." The game developer was wise to add the Fire button rather than have you double-tap the screen. It's too easy to mess this up. Options also come with colorblind mode for changing the colors (not grayscale) to fit those with various types of color-blindness, and left-handed mode, which moves the Precision Wheel to the left.

    Most PC ported to iPhone games tend to be smaller and shorter. Peggle doesn't feel like a tiny version of its PC/Mac counterpart and it's worth every cent.

    Peggle sells on iTunes for $4.99.

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    Screen Shots by Popcap

    Peggle Main ScreenPeggle Adventure ModePeggle Quick Play Mode