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Peggle Nights, on the other hand, offers a series of challenges that are possible, but far from easy. To get a trophy (after the first few awards) I had to complete tasks such as beating six random levels in a row, besting Peggle Masters in duels, or beating levels while keeping my score below a certain threshold. I thought that good trajectory intuition and a little physics would keep me cruising through, but the Peggle Nights challenges required real effort to master. If you have to pick one Peggle game, this is it, if only because it improves on everything that made the original so entertaining.
Peggle was a champion of casual gaming that anyone could pick up and play, and it could be played and completed either with a great amount of chin-in-hands skill, or with a grasp of the mechanics and a bit of luck; whichever you chose, it was just as satisfying. In that sense, it was a masterpiece of design, and Peggle Nights doesn't fall short of its predecessor on any count. It doesn't enhance the original much and acts more like a nice big level pack, but this is a formula that hasn't aged or gotten stale yet, so that's not something we have a problem with. If you're new to Peggle, there's no reason why you can't start with this, and if you want some more levels to set off a new bout of addiction, then Peggle Nights is definitely for you.
Recommended to all people on this planet and you manage to get through all the 60 levels, than you've become a Peggle master!
Even though you ultimately don't have all that much control over how games of Peggle play out, PopCap still managed to create an engaging experience by infusing the addictive qualities of slot and pachinko machines into its title through a masterful implementation of sound effects and color. So while you can never predict exactly where the ball will bounce, you'll want to keep playing just to see if you can get it right the next time. With Peggle Nights, PopCap offers a bunch of new boards and a few new features, though the gameplay is more or less unchanged. Still, Peggle fans should absolutely dive in, and if you've never tried Peggle, you really should. Just make sure you've got some time to spare before you load it up.
This sequel continues the addictive nature of Peggle, with a selection of brand new levels and challenges that will keep you busy for hours. Peggle newcomers and Peggle veterans alike will find enough new levels in Peggle Nights, whilst still using the same gameplay formula, to fill any spare time that they may have in front of the computer, and maybe even some not so spare time.
Minor complaint aside, it is still the same old Peggle we know and love. Those of you who spent hours upon hours on the original will find yourself being sucked right back in, desperately trying to beat that annoying challenge.
Peggle Nights is largely unchanged from its predecessor, but sitting here at the end of the review with the game open in another window, it's hard to fault the developers for that. I would have really liked a level editor, but the game is still just as addictive as the original. It is difficult to understand why it's so fun and engrossing, but I suggest that you don't worry about the "whys" and just start playing. That's what I'm going to do.
While this game is a “second verse, same as the first” kind of experience, this might just be fine for casual gamers who crave more of the same.
There isn’t much more that can be said about Nights that hasn’t been said about the original Peggle, I loved the original, and I love this new one. If you want some new Peggle challenges and a new character then get Nights and enjoy.
I'm far from a Peggle hater, and the last thing the world needs is a Peggle backlash; I loved Peggle Deluxe, I cheered for Peggle Extreme, and seriously considered putting a series of commentated duels on YouTube. The phrase "that's liquid Peggle" remains a private joke, and I've spent happy lunchtimes cheering my deranged friend Steve onto winning that third and stupidest trophy for 100 per cent clearance on all levels. Peggle Nights is still a great casual game. It's just a game that PopCap has released before. It's like draughts and checkers. You don't need to buy the board and pieces twice to play the same bloody game.