Release Date: 12/18/2007
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The Good: Perfect port, charming visuals, varied stages, power ups are fun, iTunes support, resume where you left off
The Bad: Vets will find it the same, nothing new
Peggle is one of the most addictive games ever made and now it’s on the iPhone. The first thing I need to say is that people who played Peggle on other consoles may find this game a bit repetitive since nothing has changed. You control a needle that shoots silver balls on a background full of colored pegs. Your goal is to hit all the orange ones before you run out of balls. You can hit blue ones to clear paths and rack up a score, or random purple ones will raise your score significantly. Green pegs are your current character’s power and these are what can change a game. Some powers range from multi-balls, making your basket wider, and even destroying pegs in a blast radius.
As you spin the wheel to move your cursor your aiming is what counts. There is a moving basket at the bottom that can catch balls and give them back to you. If you score up to 25,000 points you get a free ball. Some times if your ball goes straight down without touching anything a coin will flip deciding whether or not you should get your ball back. Once you are down to your last peg the focus camera will activate and zoom in on your ball once it’s near the peg. If you hit it some epic music will play (Ode to Joy!), fireworks go off, and you get a chance to gain more points by having your ball bounce in one of 5 buckets for extra points.
The game has charming visuals and each and every stage never plays the same. You can even play your own music in the background which is a nice plus. It’s unfortunate this kind of game doesn’t support OpenFeint. Fans of the game will find a perfect port here, but new comers will fall in love. I just wish the game had more than just the port which keeps it from getting a perfect 10. You even have the option to resume right where you left off if you have to shut your device off in a hurry, but even this handy feature keeps it from getting a perfect score.