Peggle 2 Has Unicorn Farts, Bare-Ass Sasquatch Men, And A High Price Tag
Posted on Friday, December 6 @ 12:53:00 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
Peggle 2 lands on Xbox One exclusively December 9th. I've been playing the game all week long and Popcap's latest never lets you feel anything other than awesome all-the-time, just as Peggle should. Everything is as you'd expect it to be in a highly anticipated puzzle game sequel, even if that descriptor, "highly anticipated puzzle game sequel", sounds absurd to you.
For those who've never played Peggle, it's a lot like Plinko. In fact, I like to think the designers at Popcap wanted to create a game that plays just like Plinko, but ultimately only serves to make the player as excited as someone selected to participate on The Price is Right. Peggle 2 never stops celebrating your god-like ability to score meaningless points.
There are two new Peg-types that add to the variety of boards you come accross. There are armored pegs that take two hits (or certain Peggle Master powers) to clear and there are bumper pegs which you don't actually clear. Bumper pegs just throw your ball back at the other blue and red pegs.
The real stars in Peggle 2 are the new masters that aid you with special abilities as you progress from board to board. There's returning unicorn Bjorn, who farts frequently. I don't know if Bjorn farted in the other Peggle games because my fingers almost always covered up the master on my iPhone screen. In Peggle 2 on Xbox One, it's almost impossible to miss the silly things Bjorn does.
Bjorn also turns his horn into Satan's horns. Bjorn then rocks the f*** out to Ode to Joy, of course, everytime you beat a level. Peggle walks the line between weird and wonderful. There's hefty troll Jeff, who frequently references The Big Lebowski and Berg, a sasquatch who shakes his bare ass when you beat a level, but my favorite has to be ghostly girl Luna.
Luna is dead and her jaw likes to fall off when you get a high score, but she's still cute and as you clear Pegs in each of her levels, she transforms into a glowing-eyed ghoul of immense power. It's easy to get distracted by the Peggle Master you've chosen, but then their ever present attention makes playing the game feel like it has some impact on their world.
I'm nearing the game's final series of puzzles, and if there's any major complaint I have it's that it costs over $500 to play Peggle 2 at launch. You can't play Peggle 2 on any of the devices you already own, unless you bought an Xbox One at launch. It's great to use my Xbox controller for fine control and I love turning my television screen in a rainbow-joy-factory of epic proportions, but Peggle just does not belong on consoles. The structure and attitude of the game don't really jive with the kind of investment required to play.
Obviously, Peggle 2 won't remain an Xbox One exclusive forever. The game has to make it to iPads and iPhones and Android devices at some point in the future, right? We'll bring you that Peggle news as it breaks, but look out for GameRevolution's Xbox One review of Peggle 2 next week.
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