Ryan Wilson

Peggle Nights – Review

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Coming from the high concept and fast paced world of the modern gaming scene, my initial expectations of Peggle Nights were considerably low. I had played so-called “casual” games before, but very few held my interest for more than a few playing sessions.

Imagine my surprise when I found Peggle Nights not only fun, but extremely addicting as well!

Peggle Nights plays like a hybrid of Taito’s Bust a Move and Plinko from The Price is Right. To complete each of the game’s 60 levels, the player must aim and shoot balls from the top of the screen into a field of different colored pegs. The level is finished once the player manages to clear the screen of the orange pegs. Green pegs trigger helpful special moves such as multi-balls, ghost ball (which brings the ball back to the top of the screen as it passes through the bottom), and claw shaped pinball flippers.

Where the game really shines is in its feeling of accomplishment. The first time I completed a level, my jaw dropped from the sheer awesomeness as the camera zoomed into my ball slowly approaching the final orange peg, exploding with a rainbow of color, the message “Extreme Fever”, and the blaring energy of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony #9.

The story, which revolves various animals dreaming of different lives, serves as little more than a formality to give the game a sense of structure. Don’t let this discourage you, however, as this isn’t the kind of game you play for the writing. The levels themselves are wonderfully designed, with the peg formations blending well with the current animal’s dream. The order of the colored pegs changes each time you play every level, which effectively helps in keeping them from getting stale.

Peggle Nights is well worth the ten dollars they charge for it, and is guaranteed to warm the heart of even the most hardened gamer. I cannot recommend it enough.

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