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games Posted 2007-03-22 18:15:12 by Jim Crawford
For a game that's barely more interactive than Pachinko, Peggle is astoundingly satisfying. It predicts when you're about to win and sends the game into bullet-time as it happens. Your ball starts trailing rainbow particles, Beethoven's Ode to Joy starts up, “EXTREME FEVER” crosses the screen in fiery letters, and the ball bounces in slow motion one of several bonus point containers, out of which flies a shower of glowy stars accompanied by firework sounds. Then an enormous rainbow wipes the screen clear and a box pops up counting all the bonuses you got on that level.

All that's missing is for nubile women to arrive with free drinks and for coins to spill loudly out of the USB ports. Even most casual puzzle games have more to them than Vegas-style glitz and a sensation of faux accomplishment. Which is why I'm glad the deluxe version costs money; after the 60 minutes was up, I went back to collecting heart pieces in Twilight Princess.

On the other hand, I am starting to understand how some people are capable of sitting in front of slot machines for hours at a time.
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