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Peggle MANIA!

I know this might look lame, but TRUST ME! You can thank me later.

Peggle…if there was ever a game more perfect, it would have “Mario” or “Tetris” in the title.

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Basically, in Peggle you shoot a ball down through a board covered in pegs. The ball bounces off these pegs, hitting other pegs on the way to the bottom of the board. Your goal is to clear the screen of all the red pegs while racking up points by hitting purple and blue pegs. Every board has a different layout of pegs, each placed over a different picture. For example, there is a board with pegs outlining the image of a bat, and some have moving parts, like windmills and wheels on a car.

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The most addictive thing about Peggle is that it’s about 50% skill and 50% luck. You can sit around perfecting your skills for hours, days even, and still you will never have two games that are exactly the same, nor will you ever be as good as you know you can be. There is a lot to be said about a game that makes you struggle through its levels, challenging you and also allowing you to have this much fun

It's not as easy as it looks, but victory is always one lucky bounce away.

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Online play is great. On Xbox, I’ve met so many cool people who just want to casually play a light-hearted game of Peggle between zombie killing or pinata raising. I even met a 56 year old woman from some place near London who plays every day. EVERYONE LOVES PEGGLE!

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A few other things that set Peggle apart from other puzzle/strategy games: The game comes with built in challenges. I played it on Xbox360, and while there are achievements, there are also challenges to beat built into the game. Do things like clear boards of all its pegs, get a crazy score on single board, or just pass a board starting with only one ball to clear these challenges. It’s enough to keep you coming back for more and more.

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Another thing Peggle does that no other puzzle game that I’ve ever seen does is cater to the color deficient. I have a color deficiency, so I appreciate this more than most, but you can click a button and suddenly the game doesn’t rely on just colored pegs to let you know where things are, it places shapes and symbols in the pegs to allow people like me to play and have just as good of a shot as anyone else to come out on top.

In Peggle Nights you get to see what every character dreams of being in the real world. Some of them can be pretty entertaining, and they all make for great game boards.

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Just released last week was Peggle Nights, and add-on to the original Peggle game. While the original game had about 55 boards, this new expansion has 60 AND a new character AND new challenges! Seeing as how I haven’t even finished all the original challenges, I’ve got a lot of Peggle in my future. And believe me, I’m fine with that.

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Peggle: A (about $20)

Peggle Nights: A+ (only about $5)

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To get a free demo of Peggle, go here: http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle

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