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“Peggle Extreme” PC Review

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

Peggle Extreme is a quirky puzzle game packaged with the PC version of The Orange Box. It’s not a full game at all – instead, it’s only 10 levels long. Fortunately, the package gives you a good idea of how the real Peggle games are, and its Orange Box theme is fun and interesting.

For Peggle amateurs, I’ll explain how the puzzle series works. There are a set of dots on the playing screen. Most are blue, but some are orange. The goal is to hit all of the orange dots with a metal ball you launch onto the stage. If you hit a dot, its color will brighten, but the dot won’t disappear until your ball falls off the bottom of the stage. Because of this, the player is forced to strategize and plan where they want to shoot their ball, which will bounce off of the dots. Certain dots work as power-ups, giving you abilities like a bounce-tracker (see the exact path your ball will take), and score-boosters. There weren’t a whole lot of power-ups in Peggle Extreme, but there are many in the real Peggle games.

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Each level consists of a background image and dots following the image. For example, on the level consisting of Weighted Companion Cubes (from Portal), the dots surround the cubes, making rectangles for you to shoot at. The Orange Box theme is followed well, and gives equal attention to each of the games on it. I especially like the Portal levels, where you can shoot your ball into the titular blue and orange portals. Also, upon completing (or losing) a level you’ll hear a voice from one of the Orange Box games. A Team Fortress 2 Heavy might yell “Oh NOOOOO!!!” in that thickly accented voice of his, or after a more positive outcome, the humorous computer voice from Portal might assure you, “Once again, excellent work.”

This game is a bit hard to describe in writing, so I’m not sure if I’ve been clear enough. Watch this video to get an idea of what it’s like:

I have to judge this for what it is – a free extra. I won’t be taking points off because “it’s too short.” Even so, it’s not perfect. The core concept itself is incredibly simple and not nearly as complex as superior puzzle games such as Tetris or Meteos. The ball mechanics are a bit off as well. They way they bounce can be unpredictable, making things unnecessarily difficult at times. Quite ironic, isn’t it? A game based off of Valve titles with unrealistic physics…

In the end, it’s free, so there’s really no reason to want to reject this. This review is just here for the Steam users who have that sitting in their “uninstalled” section, wondering what the heck Peggle Extreme is.

Final Score: 7 out of 10

By Josh60502

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