Peggle Multiplayer Review: Elation and Frustration Abound

About Peggle

While I’m typically not a huge fan of puzzle games, Peggle is an exception. Peggle is less puzzle than strategy; like pool, the game requires you to send a ball in the perfect direction in order to clear all orange-colored pegs from the board.

At first glance, Peggle appears simplistic and more as a game of luck than strategy. However, after playing through some of the more challenging levels, you start to learn how to improve your strategy to yield better results, and you get addicted to taking those orange pegs out.

Peggle Multiplayer

Peggle's main campaign is single-player only. Multiplayer is only available in the game's PVP mode. However, it's surprisingly fun to take turns playing Peggle's campaign as a group. Read our review below to learn more.

Local Multiplayer: Up to 2 players, shared-screen

Online Multiplayer: Up to 4 players

Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac

Genre: Puzzle

Review of Peggle

Peggle has a dual mode that allows two players to play a match against each other. However, dual mode is really the least fun part of the game. In essence, the person who hits the last orange peg almost always ends up winning the match, so the whole goal is to be lucky enough to hit the last orange peg.

The better way to play Peggle with others is to take turns playing the story or challenge modes. The challenge modes are difficult, so you’ll want help, and for some reason watching others play is just as much fun as playing yourself. You can cheer for other players and lament their losses. Then you can show them up on difficult levels by beating a challenge everyone else struggled with.

Peggle is both simplistic and challenging. It’s also immersive, so it’s a great game to play to unwind after a long day at work. The best thing about the game is that you can take turns playing the challenge modes with multiple people. Since the game doesn’t require full attention at all times, it’s great for combining gaming with conversation.

Playing the game as a single player can be frustrating if you get stuck on a level. You'll have to play the same level over and over again before you can move on. However, if you play with others, you'll get a break from the redundancy by watching others play. And you might even get ideas for strategies for beating the level if it hasn't been completed by the time it's your turn again.