Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Peggle 2' Almost as Addictive as Original

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Peggle 2' Almost as Addictive as Original

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When the Xbox One's launch window lineup was first announced, I was intrigued by a couple titles, but none of them matched my excitement for "Peggle 2." The original "Peggle" stood the test of time on the 360. Long after completing every level and challenge, I still fired up Bjorn and company to play peg parties with friends. This sequel didn't have to do much to impress me, as long as the winning formula was still intact. But I still wanted to see what Pop Cap Games could do on this new platform.

Fortunately, they didn't change much. "Peggle 2" is still the same great, addictive, and accessible gameplay that made the first game so compelling. You still line up your shot, shoot, and become hypnotized by the ball plunking each peg on its journey to the unknown depths of Peggle land.

The changes come from the new set of Peggle Masters. Bjorn, the mascot of the game, returns with his super guide power up. Four newcomers replace the cast from the first game. These four new powers seem more fleshed out and useful than the powers from the first game.

Jeff, a friendly troll based on the personality of Jeffery Lebowski, hurls a bowling ball that crushes pegs in its path. This is a more satisfying and practical version of the Lord Cinederbottom's power from the original game. Berg, a clumsy snow creature who likes to ice skate, freezes the peg board allowing the pegs to slide on impact. If a struck peg collides with another peg, that peg then counts as a hit. This power is quite useful if the board has long rows of pegs. Luna, a young undead girl, wipes out the board so only orange pegs can be hit. Blue pegs become ghosts, and still count if passed through. Gnorman, a half robotic German soldier, rounds out the cast. When powered up, each struck peg zaps two nearby pegs adding them to your total. This power has the potential to rack up a serious score if you have a good multiplier.

Each character has a set of 10 Peggle boards that lend themselves to the character's power. Each board has three optional tasks that range from getting a final score above a certain number, completing the board with a set number of balls remaining, or hitting every peg. …

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