I heard about Peggle (buy Peggle on iTunes) several times before I actually tried it. Being Scottish I can be a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to paying for apps. There a re a good number of high quality apps available for free and the price (£2.99/$5) seemed quite high to me and ignored it. I had even read about the Peggle pricing experiment, found it interesting but not the game itself.
Then I was in an electronics store waiting (quite a while) for something to be brought out to me and they had Peggle running on a PC. I played it without really knowing what it was and became addicted. So i ponied up the money and bought it.
The aim is to knock out all of the orange pegs on the different boards. There are a majority of blue pegs which help your ball to have something to bounce off and the occasional purple score multiplying peg.
The most interesting pegs are the green ones, which offer new “special powers” depending on which level you are on and which of the 10 Peggle masters you are studying under. Among the powers are:
- Super Guide – showing you where your ball will go after its first bounce
- Space Blast – lights up all nearby pegs
- Fireball – blasts its way through pegs instead of bouncing off them.
There is a collector barrel moving from left to right on the bottom of the screen then you are able to re-use the ball (useful when you’re running out)
I’ve played it for hours since I downloaded it and am re-playing it. It’s a great “quick” game, to play in spare minutes, but you could also play for prolonged periods and it’s well recommended.
It does behave very well when I’m listening to my own music, keeping the sound effects but dropping the music (although the “Handel’s Messiah” music when you finish the level is fabulous)