This game may have been around for a while now, but Popcap unleashed a monster when they released this game, a monster that just won’t quit.
The idea behind Peggle Deluxe is a simple one. You have 10 balls and with them you must hit a number of orange pegs. Complete the level by removing all of the pegs. It becomes more difficult when you realise that all of the orange pegs are arranged amongst a huge number of other pegs. You launch the ball from the top of the screen and watch whilst it bounces from one peg to another, removing each peg it hits. Achieve a high score, or get the ball into the bucket that moves across the bottom of the screen and you will be awarded an extra ball. Hit one of the green pegs that can be found and you will unlock something to help you achieve your goal, from crab claw style pinball flippers to the spooky ball that leaves the bottom of the screen and comes back again from the top. These helpful green pegs are provided by a collection of whimsical cartoon characters, with each one offering different benefits to your game. These characters also act as your teachers through the adventure mode, with each one presenting a number of levels for you to complete before moving onto the next. Play through all of the 55 levels in Adventure mode and you will unlock the challenge modes. These are 75 fiendishly hard levels designed to have you pulling your hair out, whilst still having “one more try”. There is also a duel mode that sees the player competing against the computer, or a friend locally. Players take it in turns to launch the ball and rack up as many points as possible. Failure to hit an orange peg will result in the players score being reduced by 25%. Sadly there is no online play or leaderboards.
Skill is required to a certain degree, but luck also plays its role, especially the fever mode. This is activated by removing all of the orange pegs. The bottom of the screen is then filled with five buckets scoring between 10,000 and 100,000 points. Unfortunately, there is no control at this point and the ball will continue its bouncing from the shot used to remove the last orange peg. This means that getting a high score is largely down to luck. But with that minor gripe out of the way, this game is probably the perfect time waster. The game is simple to play, addictive and a lot of fun. The need to just have one more try at a certain level is matched only by the need to try the next level. An outstanding game.
This game was provided for review by Popcap Games