Peggle Xbox 360

Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    100
    Peggle is a drug. But a good one. And with no special "after effects." [June 2009, p.94]
  2. 98
    It is a game that requires you to think, use different angles and timing to complete the game. It is a game that makes you sit back and rethink those strategies. But most importantly, it is a game that is extremely fun and addictive.
  3. Simply put, this is a once-in-a-generation puzzler, much like Tetris. It’s Xbox Live Arcade’s finest offering, and it can be both mindless and high-level strategic fun. Don’t miss it. Find an internet connection and create an Xbox Live Silver account if you have to; it’s that sublime.
  4. Peggle is without a doubt my favourite title on the Xbox LIVE Arcade. From the addictive gameplay to the many challenges on offer, and with more promise, this game is a must for any Xbox 360 owner and at 800 Microsoft Points, there really is no excuse.
  5. There are many reasons why Peggle is a must own but the best has to be the sheer number of hours you will put in playing this. PopCap knows how to make some insane crazy addicting games and to be sure this is their best.
  6. While I was hoping the 360 version would add something entirely new (not counting the Peg Party), I highly recommend Peggle. It’s a casual game that appeals to everyone. For only 800 Microsoft points ($10 USD), you will definitely get your money’s worth.
  7. The game is incredibly colorful with a great mix of animation and sound to satisfy players of all ages—it’s not dumbed down for kids and it’s not loaded up with sophisticated gameplay concepts that only adults can take in. Most of all, though, it’s the combination of simple gameplay, challenging action and cartoon-like graphics that makes it highly appealing.
  8. Peggle is one of the most fun and addictive titles to hit XBLA in a while. Well worth the 800 MS points it will cost you.
  9. 90
    Peggle is pure happiness distilled into a low-cost digital download.
  10. While it's a shame that the Xbox 360 experience doesn't do more to move the established template forwards on the multiplayer front, it would also be fairly nit-picky to allow such concerns to detract from the fact that Peggle was, and still is, a wonderful, maddeningly moreish gem of fuss-free game design. Every home should have one.
  11. Quite simply put, this is probably the best way to spend 800 points on the Marketplace so far this year, and a game that offers a great deal of simple harmless gameplay with an addictive bite that’ll see you neglecting other more deep and meaningful gaming experiences for a bit of guilty casual gaming pleasure.
  12. 90
    Peggle is a game that everyone should play, even if you've already done so on multiple other platforms.
  13. Overall, the Xbox 360 edition of Peggle has turned out to be the most feature-packed version of the game yet.
  14. Peggle definitely makes the transition over to Xbox Live Arcade very well with the main game’s set of modes and two new multiplayer modes that makes it an easy 800 points, or $10, purchase if you enjoy the demo.
  15. The deliciously addicting game shines on XBLA for a meager 800 Microsoft points. The little touches -- the loading bar phrases and the visuals -- lend credence to Peggle’s relevance on Microsoft’s downloadable service.
  16. Peggle is unique among puzzle games though, in that despite never being particularly challenging, it’s still great fun to play and is the very definition of that ‘just one more go’ feeling that some games evoke. A very pure, fun experience that appeals to gamers of all ages, and a great example of simple, but effective, gameplay. Top draw.
  17. Peggle is a colourful, highly addictive puzzle style game that the whole family will absolutely love. The online multiplayer modes make it that much better, and it's a worthy investment for anyone who wants something a bit simpler to wind down with.
  18. Peggle is a rare, but clear example of a game that utilises a simple concept to create a limitlessly satisfying gameplay experience. There are no end of level bosses, ostentatious cut scenes or superfluous button layouts to memorise, Peggle is simply gameplay refined.
  19. Its simple aim-and-shoot mechanics draws you in for repeated plays and with the short completion times needed to complete levels, you can easily fall prey to ‘Just One More’ Syndrome.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    90
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
  21. No matter what the reason is, Peggle is absolutely worth the $10 price tag.
  22. Peggle is no doubt one of the more addictive games available on the Xbox LIVE arcade.
  23. 85
    If you are yet to be hooked in by coloured pegs and unicorns found in Peggle, it's time to feel the extreme fever and grab a copy today.
  24. 85
    If you're not a hardcore PC super-score hunter, the controls are fine (and you're competing in a walled garden with other 360 gamers anyway) and the addition of an excellent online mode only adds to the already comprehensive depth of content on offer.
  25. It's a very easy game to pick up and enjoy.
  26. Peggle proves to be another fantastic Xbox Live Arcade game, full of great puzzles, fun characters, cool power-ups and an exciting multiplayer mode.
  27. It would have been nice to stretch the brain-box a bit with crazier modes or challenges, and the inclusion of a level editor certainly wouldn't have hurt, but at 10 dollars, Peggle is a welcome addition to my procrastination repertoire.
  28. All criticism aside, this is a title that winds away the hours and, for the most part, is a joy to play. What I first considered to be a silly, childish story turned out to be a true portrayal of what most players will go through learning the ways of Peggle, in that you have to be patient, disciplined and sometimes lucky, too.
  29. Peggle is a well thought of puzzle concept. A transition to Xbox Live Arcade doesn't change that. If you haven't had the pleasure to play a Peggle game, now is your chance to try it out for a very nice price. But if you're already the proud owner of the PC version, use those points on something else.
  30. 80
    Online play: what an addition. Duel mode is the same as it ever was, only now with added strangers.
  31. games(TM)
    80
    It's the instant gratification of fireworks and classical music that comes with victories so addictive that you see entire evenings wasted on a game in which you seemingly do nothing at all. [May 2009, p.124]
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    80
    It's just a shame you'll lose all interest in friends or sleep when in Peggle's inescapable grasp. [Issue#45, p.101]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 26, 2017
    10
    Videogames at their core are fun ways manipulate images on a screen. Arcade style games are the clearest example of this notion and Peggle isVideogames at their core are fun ways manipulate images on a screen. Arcade style games are the clearest example of this notion and Peggle is a prime example of what it takes to make a great videogame. The concept is incredibly simple; as the player all you have to do is aim a ball into a series of pegs to score points. Its a little reminiscent of Plinko from the Price is Right or the really old pinball machines before they had flippers. How PopCap manages to flesh out that core design into such a lovely game is pretty amazing. Lets take a look at all the pieces that came together to make Peggle the charming classic it is today.

    Playing through the story mode your goal in each level is to clear all the orange pegs. You only have ten balls to begin with but by achieving a set number of points in a shot or landing in the moving bucket in the bottom you can gain some of your balls back. Each new shot there will be a purple peg that grants extra points making it easier to reach to get extra balls or set high-scores. Also at the beginning of every level two green pegs are placed random on the stage that grant abilities specific to the character you're playing as. Once you clear the stage you're rewarded with the "Ode to Joy", a celebratory song that fits the cheerful game perfectly.

    The different characters really bring a lot of strategy and variety to Peggle. Bjorn, the games mascot, is a rocking unicorn with the ability to dramatically extend the shot guide making it a lot easier to aim. Playing on the pinball theme you have a skateboarding gopher that activates multi-ball and a lobster that gives you flippers. In total there are ten characters and each character comes with five levels themed to them. The beautiful painted backgrounds fit in with the characters identity while the levels themselves generally play quite well with the characters special ability. As you replay the levels for high-scores you may however find different character mash up quite well.

    In addition to the story mode there is a challenge mode along with multiplayer. The challenge mode will have you attempting stages with less balls, force you to clear more orange pegs, or require you to reach certain high-scores. Some of the challenges let you pick a stage while others have you play through a series of stages without failing. The multiplayer is available for local and online play. The local multiplayer is played in a shared stage with players alternating shots and each turn the player must hit an orange peg or lose points. It can be fun but its inferior to the online play because it is not very balanced. Online you can have up to four players playing the same level and it can be quite fun to watch what kind of shots the other players will make.

    Ever since I first played Peggle it has been in my top ten games of all time. Its such a vibrant colorful game with wonderful sound effects that suck you right into the experience. The gameplay is simple enough for anyone to learn yet is surprising deep once you spend a lot of time with it. There is always the opportunity to go back to levels to set a higher score or try and to attempt to clear all the pegs on each stage. It probably took me near a hundred hours to 100% clear each stage but it was one of the most rewarding accomplishments in my gaming career. Even if you aren't that devoted I have confidence you'll have buckets loads of fun playing Peggle. So if you haven't play it yet now is as good as a time as any to download a copy of this modern classic.
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  2. Rem
    Mar 28, 2017
    8
    Peggle is a mechanically simple game that perfectly blends the hardcore with the casual into an addicting experience. Peggle is simply oozingPeggle is a mechanically simple game that perfectly blends the hardcore with the casual into an addicting experience. Peggle is simply oozing with personality. The colorful and expressionist art style really blends with the characters who accompany you. Not to mention the music that beautifully walks the line with beauty and humor. Of course we play Peggle for its simple but masterful gameplay. Simply shooting balls into pegs has never been this fun. It remains strategic while adding a healthy dose of an arcade feel. And when you nab that slo mo sequence and hit the last peg along with a flourish exit, this game exceeds more than the sum of its parts. Peggle comes with a ton of replay value as well. With this package all tied together into a game that is polished and outstanding that just consists of balls hitting pegs, I'll be more than happy to keep playing time and time again. Full Review »
  3. Jan 9, 2017
    2
    Une suite inutile du jeu de pachinko casse-briques et casse-boules aussi répétitive que le premier et toujours aussi aléatoire. Amusant ouUne suite inutile du jeu de pachinko casse-briques et casse-boules aussi répétitive que le premier et toujours aussi aléatoire. Amusant ou plutôt bizarrement hypnotique pendant un temps limité, il se montre usant et superficiel à plus long terme, toujours accompagné de ses effets sonores idiots et enfantins et de sa musique prise de tête. Graphiquement horrible bien entendu, comme tout jeu indé qui ne se respecte pas. Full Review »