Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Peggle 2

Microsoft and Electronic Arts’ confidence in Peggle 2 as an Xbox One exclusive title undoubtedly surprised many, but there’s no doubt that the original videogame capitalised on an opportunity to present gamers with an idle distraction between bigger experiences. Peggle 2 does exactly that on […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageMicrosoft and Electronic Arts’ confidence in Peggle 2 as an Xbox One exclusive title undoubtedly surprised many, but there’s no doubt that the original videogame capitalised on an opportunity to present gamers with an idle distraction between bigger experiences. Peggle 2 does exactly that on brand new hardware, bringing a uniquely addictive action-puzzle videogame that promises to keep you playing for hours after you’ve finished all your shooting, racing and virtual ball games.

For the uninitiated Peggle 2 is essentially a modern take on pinball. The player fires balls from the top of the screen with the aim of hitting the orange pegs that lay on the playfield below, removing them from play before their next shot. It’s aElectronic Theatre Image very simply system in which the skill involved is in the prediction of the angle at which the ball will bounce upon impact with the peg, wall or bumper. This is complicated with the addition of power-ups and various free ball bonuses, but these additional mechanics don’t detract from the simple enjoyment of one precise execution and the intensely exaggerated rewards that follow.

The original Peggle was noted as being hugely rewarding considering the simplistic nature of its gameplay, and Peggle 2 doesn’t break from this template for a moment. From the immediacy of the score pop-ups in-game to the explosion of colour and the dramatic attack of rapturous orchestra upon completion of a level, Peggle 2 is hugely Electronic Theatre Imagegratifying throughout every inch of the player’s successes compelling you to play further. It’s highly likely that the basic campaign will be completed in an evening because of this, but Peggle 2 has plenty on offer to keep you coming back for more.

Every level has three bonus objectives, including a high score challenge and two variants such as winning with a set number of balls left or achieving a specific score with just one shot. Atop of this is the trials mode – a selection of trickshots to be made with limited balls using select power-ups – and then also the multiplayer mode. Here up to four players compete on the same board with the same amount of starting balls, but with the option to choose whichever power-up they so Electronic Theatre Imagewish. It’s an interesting addition, but one which benefits mostly when you are friends with those whom you are competing against.

Peggle 2 is full of that typical Popcap Games humour, from the troll who quotes from The Big Lebowski with abandon to the eccentric use of the soundtrack. It’s a videogame that isn’t going to rock the boat, but will easily absorb hours of your free time; which is exactly what it was intended to do. Expecting a block-busting action-puzzle videogame to push the boundaries is perhaps overstating Peggle 2’s significance, but recognising it as one of the most accessible and compelling experiences on Xbox One to date most certainly is not.

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