Developed by PopCap Games, this addictive game has been described as a cross between Pachinko and Pinball (which is pretty accurate). The objective of each stage is to knock out all of the orange pegs. There are 10 “teachers” that guide you along the way, each possessing a different special ability that you can adopt as your own. These special abilities can be triggered by hitting one of the two green pegs in each stage.
Nothing can beat the thrill of hitting the last orange peg in any given level (or every peg in the level), the moment when you attain Extreme Fever (or Ultra Extreme Fever). As you approach the last orange peg in a level, everything slows down and the camera zooms in on your ball. If you successfully hit the last peg, you will be greeted by an explosive choral/orchestral rendition of “Ode to Joy”. It’s just plain fun. Brilliant.
The soundtrack primarily features Electronic grooves and elements of classical music. For the most part the music is in the background, so as not to infringe on the cool sound effects. The quirky background music is strangely hypnotic. It’s weird, but it works.
Once you beat all of the levels and “graduate”, you will be presented with additional “Challenges”. Challenges, are, of course, far more difficult than the levels in the “Adventure” mode of the game, and will provide hours more of entertainment (or frustration). Unlockables are always welcome.
Peggle is one of those games that you can play for 10 minutes, but you usually end up playing for longer, because it’s just so much fun. I would definitely recommend it for those who enjoy simple, casual games.
As for the Orange Box, can you believe how amazing it turned out? Portal was the surprise runaway hit, but every part of the Box was sheer awesomeness. I am definitely looking forward to future Valve releases.