Jun 23, 2011
Note: This game is not currently available from the Android Market; click here to download the game from the Amazon Appstore.
PopCap is back on Android, releasing another one of their addictive hits. This time, poor, unsuspecting Android owners have to try to battle the addiction of Peggle. This game is a blend of pachinko, pinball, and Puzzle Bobble. There is a field of pegs, consisting of multiple colors; the goal is to hit all the orange pegs without running out of balls to use; extra ones can be earned by scoring a certain number of points in one shot, or by landing in the moving bin at the bottom. There are green pegs to destroy as well, which activate each character’s special ability, from an enhanced targeting line to multiball, a fireball that burns straight through pegs, and even more.
What Peggle gets right is the satisfaction of just playing the game; hitting the pegs with the balls fired from the ceiling is just one of the most purely fun things in gaming. PopCap knows how to make a game that progresses perfectly, as the difficulty increase across the game’s 55 levels is perfect, leading to the a final set of levels that is just dastardly. The Android port of the game is perfect in terms of gameplay; there are few if any differences compared to other versions of the game, and the touch screen controls that worked well on the iOS version have been brought perfectly here, with the ability to make the controls work for lefties and righties; as well, a colorblind option is available.
PopCap’s Android team seems to keep committing the sin of stretching to fill wider aspect ratios instead of letterboxing the game, or adjusting it in some way to properly fit Android screens. I’m not a developer, but is it that hard? Do I somehow care more than the people at PopCap who directly work on this? The game is also the same as every other release of Peggle on other platforms; this doesn’t make it any less fun, but it does mean that veterans don’t necessarily have anything new to check out with this version.
Despite the graphical issue, Peggle is another fantastic port of a PopCap game to Android. Despite this issue, the game is still fantastic, and those who have yet to experience the Peggle goodness should run, don’t walk, and download this game now.