Peggle Deluxe is a competitive, puzzle-platformer video game developed by PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts. Originally released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms in 2021, it's subsequently had several versions released specifically for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Peggle Deluxe supports cross-platform play across all these different formats. It was one of the few games on release that year that wasn't developed specifically for a specific platform and has managed to find a niche for itself with the release of its sequel, Peggle: Platinum Tribute Edition. Here we take a look at the origins of this fairly new title.
The concept of the game - which is really its only central concept, really - is quite simple. You have an overhead view of the arena you're competing in and a ball rolls down one of those little orange pegs you can see on the bottom of your screen. Your objective is to shoot the ball through a series of various holes, making it stop on the orange peg or, more importantly, popping it so that it knocks it into the opposing team's goal. Your pop power ups are as diverse as your weapons, with the main ones including the classic firework and tornado, although your ability to buy power ups comes only with the deluxe edition of the game.
A lot of the confusion about Peggle Deluxe has to do with the comparison with Popcap's other major hit, Popcap Sports. While the majority of the games that Popcap creates are based on sports, like their superior Wii Sports Resort, Peggle is rather more abstract. The unique art style that the retro cartoon style utilizes may be much more suited to a game console than a video game console, but that doesn't mean that it's not an equally good game. It's certainly more fun than either Disney's Magical Warfare (another deluxe edition) or the PSP's Kidizoom! It's also a lot more addictive than either.