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    Peggle 2

    Rating: 4.0 – Great

    Hallelujah!

    The first Peggle was one of my favorite puzzle arcade games on Xbox 360, so I was plenty excited for the followup. Peggle 2 on Xbox One is a worthy successor to the original Peggle, with new characters and gimmicks to help keep things feeling fresh.

    Gameplay

    In Peggle 2, the basic gameplay is basically the same as the gameplay in the first game. Players shoot a ball on a Plinko-like board, with the goal of eliminating all the orange pegs. Extra points can be obtained for combos, trick shots, and for eliminating all of the blue pegs on a board as well. Each board has its own challenges attached to it that add an extra layer of challenge as well.

    Each chapter is controlled by a specific "Peggle Master," who gives players special abilities that can be activated by hitting green pegs. The new Peggle Masters are the main new addition in Peggle 2, and some of their abilities are interesting, like a boulder that smashes through multiplayer rows of pegs or another the freezes the board and makes pegs move around like blocks on a sheet of ice.

    Players can go through the single player chapters and then hop in to online multiplayer modes, but at the end of the day Peggle is Peggle. Peggle 2 honestly feels a bit more like an expansion pack as opposed to a true sequel, but those looking for more of the same will have a lot of fun with Peggle 2’s gameplay.

    Graphics and Sound

    Peggle 2 is known for its distinct style, including its colorful, over-the-top visuals and goofy music and sound effects that accompany the action. Characters in the game include a unicorn, a ghost, and more, lending the game a great deal of visual uniqueness.

    PopCap was going for "quirky" with Peggle 2, and it succeeds in that regard. Of course, as a simplistic puzzle game, it’s not going to win any awards for its graphics, but it runs fast and smooth, and that’s the most important thing for the gameplay.

    Play Time/Replayability

    Beating all of the main chapters in Peggle 2 takes a few hours, and then there’s some additional levels to pursue. There are challenges to complete in each of the levels that add additional replayability, as does the multiplayer and the achievements. However, I imagine most people are going to use Peggle 2 as a game they play casually in between their more serious ventures, and very few will set out to fully complete it.

    Final Recommendation

    Peggle 2 is definitely worth the price of admission, whether that’s through buying it standalone or downloading it as part of EA Access. The game offers more of the same from the first Peggle, but there’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s good for a few hours of fun, addicting entertainment.

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