Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 90
    Endearing and satisfying. [Issue#107, p.70]
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    90
    A brilliant, addictive downloadable that will is designed to target and trigger the happiness center of your brain.
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    90
    Peggle 2 is one-button joy. You think, you aim, you fire, and you sit back and watch as massive combos and bright popping colors take over. That it’s such a joyful sequel to an all-time classic stretches my grin from ear to ear, just like most of the rest of Peggle 2.
  4. 90
    Even if Peggle 2 works best as a solitary pursuit, you can fully expect 12 bucks to buy you innumerable hours of absorbing amusement.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    85
    It’s just more of the same, but isn’t that what we all wanted? The whole thing is executed with real style and class, and deserves to be huge.
  6. Dec 9, 2013
    84
    If you liked the original, this sequel is as addictive as the first game was. If you never tried it and your Xbox One is in need of some arcade games, this is one of the best choices at the moment.
  7. Jan 2, 2014
    80
    Peggle 2 might be the most addicting game on the Xbox One. Online leaderboards and more content would've done it a few favors, but it doesn't buckle under this criticism. 'Xbox, go to Peggle 2' will be a phrase uttered in many living rooms.
  8. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    It isn’t going to set the world on fire, or change the series. It is Peggle, and if you want more Peggle, you will get exactly that here
  9. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Simple but nonetheless enjoyable puzzle and party game created but the same very team behind classic franchises such Bejeweled and Plants Vs Zombies.
  10. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Maybe it's not the masterpiece we were waiting for, but Peggle 2 is still one of the most enjoyable games a player could buy and play.
  11. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Those who loved the original Peggle will easily get their money’s wortht out of its sequel.
  12. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    Peggle 2 is surprisingly void of a free-to-play framework, although a shop is listed as “coming soon.” It’s one of those games that you can just pick up, play, and have immediate fun with. Yes, it plays out more like a level pack than a true sequel, but that’s okay with me. As long as this formula remains entertaining, I wouldn’t mind more of it.
  13. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    Catching your ball in the bucket below or racking up enough points to gain an extra shot satisfies like never before, but the title will absolutely appear on a device you probably already own sometime very soon.
  14. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Peggle 2 is a gloriously addictive sequel that'll slap a great big smile on your face and keep it there.
  15. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Mechanically, Peggle 2 is just as good as the previous Peggle titles, and once you get into a groove, it’s really hard to put down the controller.
  16. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Peggle 2 is another addictive puzzle game from PopCap Games. Direct and effective, this sequel has fewer masters than its predecessor, but it's still fun.
  17. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    It's heaps of fun, totally absorbing, and such a wonderful place to be.
  18. Peggle 2 is exactly, but not enough of, what we wanted. When you make something this addictive, you gotta supply, man.
  19. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    It's a ridiculous, excessive, joyful game that will devour all of the time you're willing to give it.
  20. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Peggle 2 is ultimately the same basic concept as the original set of games, but it's still most definitely worth playing if you're a series fan. PopCap could have done so much more than they did, especially when you consider the generational leap, but the good news is Peggle fans will eat this up and fall in love all over again.
  21. Dec 17, 2013
    78
    Still addictive as ever, Peggle 2 does not shake the original formula, offering another occasion of spending hours and hours shooting balls around the screen. Too bad for the lack of local multiplayer.
  22. Jan 14, 2014
    75
    Too obviously set up for DLC, but Peggle 2's peg-busting charms are worth the investment. [Feb 2014, p.76]
  23. Dec 20, 2013
    75
    Strange crossing between pinball and pachinko, Peggle is one of PopCap's greatest hits on all platforms in which it appeared. The second episode debuted on Xbox One, serving as a colorful "more of the same".
  24. I don’t expect many people will organize online Peggle 2 parties, and playing a puzzle game against strangers isn’t as much fun. Pity there’s no local splitscreen play.
  25. Dec 14, 2013
    75
    Peggle 2 lacks courage but it's an extremely funny, colored and satisfying puzzle game. There are some missing parts, like multiplayer leaderboards, but future DLCs should fill the holes.
  26. Dec 12, 2013
    75
    Peggle 2 is more of what you’ve come to love about PopCap’s peg-busting puzzle franchise brought to Microsoft’s next-generation console. If all you want is more, then Peggle 2 will definitely please—but if you were hoping for something to really refresh the series after its previous outings, “more” may leaving you wanting, well, more.
  27. Feb 7, 2014
    70
    There's really nothing really new or innovative in this version of Peggle, but you know you have to try it.
  28. Jan 8, 2014
    70
    Like Peggle Nights, Peggle 2 feels like just an extension of the original game and not a whole lot more.
  29. Dec 18, 2013
    70
    Peggle’s secret is the way it makes you feel about these successes – and it’s here that this most feels like a true sequel. Clear out a level and the resulting Ultra Extreme Fever is a bigger festival of light and colour than ever, and Xbox One’s Game DVR popup serves as an extra pat on the back. The accompanying crescendo is no longer limited to Ode To Joy either – each Master has their own piece of classical music.
  30. Dec 16, 2013
    70
    Peggle 2 brings to Xbox One all the fun of its predecessor. Unfortunately this new chapter misses some important features like hot seat multiplayer and leaderboards online.
  31. Dec 10, 2013
    70
    The game crashes. I mean, it crashes a lot. Oh, you finished a level? Let’s return you to the Xbox home screen. You’re loading a new level? There you go, back looking at your pins. Oh, you’re on the last shot of an extremely difficult level that you’ve been trying to conquer for more than an hour? LOL, SEEYA.
  32. 70
    More of the same is perfectly acceptable when it’s as good as Peggle, but there’s a disappointing lack of both content and ambition here.
  33. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    Peggle 2's visual overhaul makes for a cleaner, fancier Peggle experience, but the lack of leaderboards assures your addiction will be relatively short-lived.
  34. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    Peggle 2 remains a foregone conclusion for existing Pegglers and puzzle fans alike, even if it doesn't quite live up to the addiction that destroyed everyone's work ethic back in 2007.
  35. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    Peggle 2 is still a wonderful game, but to a super-fan there are too many things that feel miscalibrated. In a way, that's more damaging than the suggestion PopCap isn't sure what else to do with Peggle: it suggests PopCap needs to rediscover itself.
  36. Dec 13, 2013
    67
    At a price tag of $11.99, this isn’t what I’d consider a steal. But if you’re absolutely dying for more Peggle, this will likely keep you satiated for a week or two.
  37. Feb 12, 2014
    60
    A missed opportunity. [Issue#144, p.102]
  38. Dec 10, 2013
    60
    Though not as experimental or revolutionary as we would have liked, Peggle 2 is as bright, bouncy and brilliant as ever, delivering the same addictive action as its predecessor.
  39. Dec 10, 2013
    55
    Peggle 2 is an extremely safe sequel, and consequently a bit dull, most of the time.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Dec 15, 2013
    10
    Best game in the universe. Hands down. No contest. Id buy 2 xbox ones just to play multiplayer with myself. Anyone who disagrees is jealousBest game in the universe. Hands down. No contest. Id buy 2 xbox ones just to play multiplayer with myself. Anyone who disagrees is jealous that their console doesn't have the legend that is this masterpiece. Still soiling myself in excitement as we speak.
    100000/10 would buy 20 times.
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  2. Dec 23, 2013
    8
    This is the biggest case of "more of the same" I've ever seen. Which, if you liked the first one (and who didn't, AMIRITE?), is not a badThis is the biggest case of "more of the same" I've ever seen. Which, if you liked the first one (and who didn't, AMIRITE?), is not a bad thing at all. However I was disappointed by the lack of content.

    I was able to finish the game (including extra levels, called "trials") in one sitting. Now to be fair, it was like a 6 hour sitting. So yeah, the game is still addicting as hell. But it was EXACTLY the same gameplay. Nothing new WHATSOEVER. I mean, it doesn't even feel like Peggle 1.5. It feels straight up like an alternate version of Peggle 1. The game also felt a lot shorter than Peggle 1. Less levels and less characters as well. AND it costs 12 dollars as opposed to 10.

    Lack of local multiplayer is also very noticeable.

    So once you finish the main single player, the only replay value this has are optional objectives present in every level, which take the game from casual fun to insanely hard. So that might be appealing to some and completely ignored by others.

    So having said all the bad things I have on it, the good thing is that its Peggle. The formula still works flawlessly. Super easy to play, supper addicting and immensely entertaining. I just wish there were either new gameplay elements OR just more levels.

    Recommended.
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  3. Jan 29, 2014
    4
    Let's face it: the only reason this game is getting such praise is that it's one of the cheapest releases on the Xbox, similar to how FlowerLet's face it: the only reason this game is getting such praise is that it's one of the cheapest releases on the Xbox, similar to how Flower got high marks for the PS4 just because it's cheap and looks good. It seems like a lot of games these days get reviewed more for their value to the dollar rather than whether they're worth your time. So, if money is no concern, is Peggle worth your time? Only if you enjoy interactive slot-machines. The game is heavily reliant on luck, with the vast majority of pegs you hit being a product of the ball bouncing where you never expected it to. Planning out shots to earn extra lives and make the most of your special moves is only a small part of the experience. Compared to other puzzlers like Bust-A-Move, the game simply relies too much on random chaos for my taste. Full Review »