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Gamescom 2013: Peggle 2

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Yes, I was horribly addicted to Peggle. The thing is, is that everybody who’s ever really  played Peggle has been addicted to that damn game. Such is the nature of Popcap games, one of the finest purveyors of digital crack in all of video games. So yes, I was a little more excited to shoot little balls at pegs than I rightfully should have been.

Peggle 2, on the surface, seems like it’s really just more Peggle. While that wouldn’t really be such a terrible thing, there have actually been some pretty interesting changes to the game. While the actual formula – shooting balls from the top of the screen to try and clear away coloured pegs- hasn’t changed in the slightest, the while thing’s been refined and tuned to perfection.

The masters – the creatures and characters whose green pegs grant you special abilities – are no longer confined to being faces trapped within the gun; they’re now fully realised characters, brimming with personality, watching your every shot and reacting accordingly.

It’s also, should you choose to play it that way, a little more difficult. One of the new masters, Luna, is the ghoulish girl who governs a far trickier, spookier set of levels that require a little more strategy and skill. Her power makes the regular pegs ethereal, allowing you hit the red ones behind them, un-obscured. Where Peggle 2 really stands out though is in its audio. The music ramps up in intensity based on how close you are to clearing those dastardly pegs and it makes an already exciting and intense casual arcade game even more so.

Some of you are likely shaking your heads in disbelief – or perhaps even disgust – but the rest of you, who’ve shot your last ball in the direction of the last red peg to be blasted in the face by “Ode to Joy” know the rush I’m talking about. So yes, I suppose Peggle 2 is really just more Peggle – but it’s more Peggle with style.

It’s one of those sneaky games that’s announced to be launched exclusively on the Xbox One – which really just means that it’ll be out on other platforms later. And as keen as I am for the game, I really feel it just belongs on a phone or tablet.

Last Updated: August 23, 2013

21 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

    August 23, 2013 at 07:57

    Headbanging purple unicorn? LOL

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  2. Fus Ro John

    August 23, 2013 at 08:01

    My life has meaning again.

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  3. Mossel

    August 23, 2013 at 08:04

    I shall blame Peggle for failing chemistry and electro in my first year! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      August 23, 2013 at 08:06

      peggle did that? woah he had quite the impact on you didnt he? remember never trust a unicorn

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      • Mossel

        August 23, 2013 at 08:08

        NOW you tell me! Come to think of it… Charlie the Unicorn was also my reason for rewriting something in my second year!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          August 23, 2013 at 08:09

          who the heck is charlie the unicorn?

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          • Mossel

            August 23, 2013 at 08:10

            omfg…stay away dude. You’ve been warned.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            August 23, 2013 at 08:12

            I suddenly want mussles hmmmm think should get seafood tonight….

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            August 23, 2013 at 08:13

            don’t ask that question. just don’t! gavin asked, and he still regrets it…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            August 23, 2013 at 08:16

            Is it as bad as the duck tales video? scientifically accurate lol that was flipping messed up on whole other level.

          • Fus Ro John

            August 23, 2013 at 08:17

            I’ve missed both the duck tales and charlie ones. Everyone says I should be happy, but I can’t help but feel left out.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            August 23, 2013 at 08:20

            just go to youtube type in scientifically accurate ducktails (excuse my spelling) there are a few even spiderman… which was rather disturbing…

          • Fus Ro John

            August 23, 2013 at 08:51

            Wish me luck….

          • Fus Ro John

            August 23, 2013 at 09:20

            Well, now that was interesting…

          • Mossel

            August 23, 2013 at 08:29

            You should feel left out. Charlie the Unicorn changed the way I perceived randomness.

          • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

            August 23, 2013 at 08:36

            Best part of that was twofold:
            1. It ended
            2. It ended with some lulz

          • Mossel

            August 23, 2013 at 08:28

            Actually it’s the best video you will see in your entire life! Just drink some beers before you watch it!

          • No Longer SIR Twakkus

            August 23, 2013 at 08:14

            Go and youtube it dude and be amazed!

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 23, 2013 at 09:15

    MOAR PEGGLE!

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  5. DadGamer

    August 23, 2013 at 09:50

    After nearly 30 years of electronic gaming, I confidently proclaim Peggle as one of the top 3 games ever. EVAR!
    That is all.

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  6. James Philip Lawrence

    August 23, 2013 at 10:11

    the game of this generation

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