A Modern Puzzle Classic (Peggle 2)

Game: Peggle 2
Genre: Puzzle
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Completion Time: 6 hours (main levels)
Average Critic Score: 79.8/100
My Score: 90/100

I’m breaking all the rules this week! Well maybe not all of them. Really just one. Usually I talk about games that you can play on any of the three major platforms, (PC, PS4, Xbox One) but I had to make exception just this one time because this game holds a special place in my heart. If you haven’t figured it out by reading the intro, this week’s spotlight is Peggle 2. All awkward E3 moments aside, (click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about) Peggle 2 is a casual gamer’s best friend. This game was released in back in 2013 so I guess I’m a little late to the party but I felt that it would be a perfect fit for what this blog is about.

A Whole Lotta Luck

As far as puzzle games go, Peggle 2 is the cream of the crop. The premise is simple, you have 10 shots to clear 25 orange blocks from the board or you lose. Landing the ball in the “free ball” bucket that slides across the bottom of the level earns you an extra turn, as does scoring more than 25,000 points in a single turn. If you want a more in depth overview I recommend checking out this GameSpot review of Peggle 2. If you want to succeed in this game you’re going to need to get lucky more than a few times. Sure you need to be skillful enough to time and place your shots; but once you let that ball go, who knows where it will end up. Every shot has an inherent risk, especially when you get to the end of a level and you have two shots to clear five pegs.

Keeping Things Interesting

What’s great about this game is that it’s easy to pick up (like most puzzle games) but there’s also something completely addicting about it. You can casually surf through all the levels in about six hours. But if you’re not careful you might find yourself sucked in trying to complete all the side objectives that each level has to offer. Peggle 2 also does a great job of mixing things up by giving you different characters with special abilities to help complete each level (my favorites are Gnorman and Berg).

A Little Good Goes a Long Way

The best part about Peggle 2 is how it leaves you feeling satisfies and smiling (That’s what she said!), sorry I couldn’t help myself I watch too much of The Office. Either way as I was saying, Peggle 2 makes you feel fulfilled by competing the simplest of shots. This is also where that luck factor comes back into play because balls in this game sometimes have a mind of their own so shots can either end up disastrous or amazing. The best is when you hit the final shot and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” begins playing and your character happily dances in the corner. There’s no better feeling in the world.

That’s it for me this week. Check out the game if you’d like, it’s a lot of fun and it’s real easy to get into. It’s also a great way to kill an hour or two while making decent progress or not (it depends on how quickly you get through the levels). Have a great week! I’ll see you next time.

Oh yeah I almost forgot. Here’s the various critic scores if you care:

  • Metacritic:

    • 77/100 (Xbox One)
    • 72/100 (PS4)
  • Game Informer: 8/10
  • GameSpot: 8/10
  • IGN: 9/10
  • Polygon: 8/10P

 

 

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