Peggle 2 XBOX ONE, ELECTRONIC ARTS CERT: 3 ?????
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) There is no story. There is only your life before Peggle, and then the gnawing addiction that takes its place after even the most cursory exposure to its colourful puzzle play. Don't be fooled by the cute characters and jaunty music - Peggle is that compulsion to have "one more go" - and there is no escape.
Glorified Pachinko, Peggle sees you firing balls around blue and orange peg-filled screens. The goal of clearing all orange pegs is simple in principle, but with obstacles, moving pegs, and the bouncing of the ball itself, it can become fiendishly difficult. Each cluster of 10 rounds is shepherded by a "Peggle Master", whose unique powerups offer routes to success.
Once in the zone, playing
Peggle 2 becomes more about style and score, and pulling off skilful shots brings a strange but fulfilling rush. Online multiplayer may be a humbling experience, with frighteningly talented players in the community already. Of course, that's just incentive to play more - which would be great, if the game didn't crash so often.
Despite its frustrating tendency to drop you back to the Xbox One's home screen, you'll be booting the game back up straight away. Overall, Peggle 2 is essentially more of the same, remixed, but it remains so relentlessly engrossing that returning players will scarcely care. Newcomers should bid their free time farewell.
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