Parents' Guide to


By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

One of the best downloadable puzzlers of the year.

Game Windows 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+


The game Peggle as a whole is just ok, it’s very simplistic yet nothing outstanding. In fact, I’d say that this game is more akin to a mobile app game than anything else. (I’ve only played the PC and console versions of this game so my review is only directed at those versions.) The gameplay isn’t particularly gripping by today’s video game standards. But something just turns me off from this game and always has; I can’t quite place my finger on what, but I think it’s the art style. Even though the game is colorful, the way the game is designed and the way the characters and backgrounds are look is just not visually appealing, at least not to me. But ultimately this is a very safe and harmless game that parents don’t have to monitor for their kids. It would also be easy enough for kids as young as 2 or 3 to play. Although kids nowadays will probably find this game rather boring or underwhelming due to the vast amount of other video game options they have.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 2+

Best game ever!

It's so addicting I played it for hours at a time! It rocks!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The "wow" factor kicks in just as you finish the level. As the silver ball moves toward the final peg, the "camera" zooms in for a slow-motion close-up and a drumroll climaxes into Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125. Then, the silver ball falls into one of five bonus prize values, ranging from 10,000 points to 100,000 points, followed by fireworks and a rainbow. Now this is how to reward a gamer for a job well done. Levels are segregated into themes -- such as Space, Halloween, or Nature -- featuring a unique character at the top of the screen and a power-up that is activated when a green peg is hit. In the underwater level, for example, hitting a green peg causes pinball flippers to appear (in the shape of lobster claws) on each side of the screen to help keep the ball afloat.

Along with the main Adventure mode and its 55 increasingly challenging levels, the game also offers a Quick Play mode (play any previously completed level); a Duel mode for you to compete in head-to-head matches (against a friend on the same PC or against the computer); and the Challenge mode with 75 additional puzzles to tackle. Do yourself a favor and give Peggle a chance -- it might not grab you by the lapels at first, but give it a few minutes and you won't be able to pry yourself away from the computer.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: PopCap Games
  • Release date: August 5, 2008
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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