• Publisher: PopCap
  • Release Date: Feb 27, 2009
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    The premise may be simple, but I found myself replaying levels over and over again to see how high I could get my score. Throw in the challenge mode (with objectives like getting a certain score with limited shots), and my OCD nature found a state of Zen.
  2. 100
    Peggle: Dual Shot is the ideal game to take on a vacation or long road trip, as it'll pass the time and leave you smiling. Pick it up and go Peggle crazy.
  3. There are DS games out there that I can only call 'must-have', and Peggle: Dual Shot is the newest member of their ranks—a rocking 'port' with faithful presentation (right down to the glorious burst of 'Ode to Joy' at the successful completion of each level, which really makes you feel like a by-God winner), a literal double-shot of two complete Peggle games with DS-exclusive coolness to boot... and all of it jammed onto the same tiny cartridge, with no compromises.
  4. The perfect game to port to the DS. Its addictive qualities will keep you staring at the small screen during your lunch break or while waiting for your flight.
  5. Now for the big bummer -- there's no Wi-Fi multiplayer for Peggle: Dual Shot.
  6. If you're one of the unlucky saps who have yet to be caught in Peggle's addictive grasp, the affordable, content-packed Peggle Dual Shot may be the best gateway to this enduringly enjoyable franchise.
  7. The controls are terrific, and the sound is simply amazing.
  8. Every bit as addictive as the PC version. For me, it replaces the PC versions in its more portable form.
  9. With two games worth of content, exclusive bonus levels, almost one hundred challenge missions, and the infinite replayability afforded by the gameplay, Peggle Dual Shot is an absolute steal at $20 and is well worth picking up if you are looking for the perfect on-the-go puzzle experience.
  10. 86
    Peggle is a harmonious combination of simple, addictive gameplay and engaging sights and sounds. The design has been mostly successfully ported to the DS, although the interface isn't quite as smooth as it could be.
  11. Quite a good value. It's a shame that the game has only pass-the-DS multiplayer, though. [Apr 2009, p.85]
  12. It goes without saying that if you enjoy fun, get yourself a copy of Peggle DS.
  13. A brilliant portable fix for PC Peggle-heads and a treat for newcomers to the world of peg-toppling. [June 2009, p.63]
  14. Peggle Dual Shot is a faithful translation of the addictive peg-and-ball puzzler.
  15. 70
    Peggle on-the-go means you might end up accomplishing more while you're actually at your desk-a perk-but if that seems like small consolation, then you're better off sticking to the classic version. Plus, you'll save $9.99.
  16. 70
    Were it not for the Nintendo DS' low-res graphics, Peggle Dual Shot might well be considered a definitive version of the game. Packed with a great deal of content, it's a great time-killer that can make hour-long bus rides pass in the blink of an eye.
  17. A very simple and addictive concept […] but we really would have liked more new features.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. DanD
    Mar 27, 2009
    10
    HUH?! I am completely baffled that this game isn't averaging well over 90%. It's PEGGLE. Not only that, it's more Peggle for HUH?! I am completely baffled that this game isn't averaging well over 90%. It's PEGGLE. Not only that, it's more Peggle for your money than you'll get anywhere else. It includes all the modes and stages from Peggle as well as all the modes and stages from Peggle Nights -- AND about fifty brand new stages. The graphics and sound aren't as crisp or catchy as they are on the bigger versions, of course, but for cryin' out loud...it's PEGGLE!!!! It's more Peggle than you deserve for $30. If you're a Peggle fan (who isn't?!), this is an essential title. Full Review »
  2. kid247
    Jun 6, 2009
    10
    You're kind of not sure what to think at first. Then you get caught up in the dang thing - trying to reach & unlock the many next You're kind of not sure what to think at first. Then you get caught up in the dang thing - trying to reach & unlock the many next levels, beating challenges & in general mastering the art of the perfect shot. A blast to play and never ending it seems. This game was made for a system like the DS. Lotta bang for the buck here folks. Full Review »
  3. reedf
    Mar 29, 2009
    4
    Playing Peggle: Dual Shot on the DS was a mixed experience. I try to appreciate games even where they do not match my personal tastes, and Playing Peggle: Dual Shot on the DS was a mixed experience. I try to appreciate games even where they do not match my personal tastes, and Peggle certainly does not, but DS titles in particular I evaluate based on the playability with my son, age 10. We spend a ton of money every month on new titles and play them for an average of 2 hours before throwing them away or selling them back to the store. With Peggle we got about 30 minutes out of the game before realizing there was nothing to it. Simple (but forgivable) graphics are plonked together around a VERY simple (and insulting) system that lacks several obvious features: your own level design and multi-DS gameplay. It was shocking to find out the "multiplayer" is just an extra ten turns added on for each "person" to whom you must literally give your DS so they can play their turn. This makes for asinine roundrobin play that cannot be viewed by all, has no competitive feel to it and is lazy programming. I tried to smile my way through a single session with my son for his sake, but he gave up on it faster than me. The lesson of course is to be wary of future Popcap DS releases. But this experience was one of the bigger letdowns, coming from something we all know so well. The 4/10 score I am giving Peggle DS here is up from zero simply for potential -- I'm now looking for the PC demo to play with my son for free, on a big screen, on Joe Doe's recommendation. Full Review »