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EA have finally revealed the next game in their ongoing ‘On The House’ promotion series. They gave away Dead Space followed by Battlefield 3 and Plants vs Zombies. Well now it’s Peggles turn and the puzzle game has now become free on the Origin store after previously costing $4.99 making this either the best or worst of their free-game offers, depending on your fondness for unicorns, rainbows, and an impossibly compelling series of block-smashing levels.
Within the game’s main “Adventure” mode, Peggle is divided into fifty-five levels with each level containing around a hundred blue “pegs”, positioned to correspond with the level’s background picture, inside of three walls on the top and sides (leaving the bottom opened), along with other fixed and moving features. The goal of each level is to clear the board of the twenty-five random pegs that are turned orange at the start of the level, by using a ball launcher located at the top center of the screen to strike one or more of the pegs. Pegs light up when hit, and once the ball either falls through the bottom of the screen or is caught by the ball catcher that moves back and forth along the bottom in a fixed manner, the pegs will be removed. Struck pegs are also removed if the ball is stuck on them. The player begins each level with ten balls (twelve on the non-Touch iPod version) to clear the orange pegs, but may earn more by landing the ball in the ball catcher, or by earning high scores on single shots.
Failure to clear the board with the allotted number of balls will require the player to restart the level, while completing this objective will allow the player to progress forward to the next board.
Even though this isn’t a big adventure game with amazing next gen graphics it may be good to just kill time in between games or when you’re bored so give it a try. Visit the Origin store and download your copy for PC and Mac for free.