Zero Punctuation: Peggle

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Peggle

This week, Yahtzee, against his own better judgment, reviews Peggle, the monstrously popular casual game from the monstrously successful PopCap.

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That's how dedicated I am!

And I did make me chuckle. Good work... AGAIN... Yahtzee.

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Peggle is a bit like ZP, an amusing timewaster for 5 minutes, or something you can watch endlessly over and over again all day because you seriously don't have anything better to do at work.

Again, legendary.

When can we get married?

I really hate Peggle.
I don't see why it's so addictive either.

Is it just me or is Yahtzee a bit slower this week? :p

Anyway, great episode.

PrinnySquad:
I really hate Peggle.
I don't see why it's so addictive either.

I really hate Prinnies. That F-ing "DOOD" can only be said a certain number of time dammit.

Good Work Yahtzee, though personally I didn't know what the hell this game is about.

Yahtzee Croshaw:
Zero Punctuation: Peggle

This week, Yahtzee, against his own better judgement, reviews Peggle, the monstrously popular casual game from the monstrously successful PopCap.

I take it "monstrously" is being used in a slightly sarcastic context - I never even heard about it before now, in sharp contrast to other monstrously successful yet edgy games such as Bioshock or Great Giana Sisters.

Anyway, the hilarious exposition on casual gaming in general was great to watch. Cat trying to fly a kite indeed! The only video game I've ever seen anyone from my family play beyond the "heehee stroked the controller for 15 seconds but not for me sorry" stage is Brain Academy and only because (a) it makes nice beeping sounds when you get it right (b) saying things to that doctor Kawashima is awesome! and (c) the "I still have a 20 year old brain and will prove it" argument.

VMerken:
I take it "monstrously" is being used in a slightly sarcastic context - I never even heard about it before now

You obviously don't use Steam, MSN or any major feed for casual games. Casual games are way more popular than games like Bioshock, in part because you can start playing them for free. There was also an "Extreme" version of Peggle that came with a pre-order of Orange Box, where you got Valve-themed puzzles and Bjorn the Unicorn had a headcrab on his face.

Yahtzee you charismatic stallion. (Pardon bad spelling, but thats my latest most quoted phrase.)

Another Genius Review, we share it around the work place every week and all get laughs out of it.

cctoide:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee a bit slower this week? :p

Anyway, great episode.

its normal he play peggle for more that 1h

I tried out Peggle after hearing the PC Gamer team rave about it during a podcast. After maybe five minutes, I wanted to shoot myself. After shooting the PC Gamer crew for going gaga over such a horrendous piece of crap. Stay away from Peggle.

Peggle haunts my dreams. I lost about two weeks to the game. There's just so much right about what Popcap does.

It did feel a bit slower this time around, but still had quite a few funny moments.

Hooray for Wednesdays!

Another good review as usual.
Five bucks that he will do Halo 3 next week

Joe:
Peggle haunts my dreams. I lost about two weeks to the game. There's just so much right about what Popcap does.

Anything with that many colors and that much cute that uses the drug dealer business model (the first taste is free!) has no soul. It has no soul because apparently it found a way to not only sell its soul, but to suck the souls from people playing it for hours on end funneling them into some abyss that looks like hell, if hell were decorated by circus clowns. They are the Stepford of gaming. They are evil inca...ooo look! Bookworm! I haven't played that in awhile.

10 quid says reviewing peggle is a not so subtle way of buying time while Yahtzee tries to come up with new and inventive ways to shit on Halo 3. It's going to be epic I'm sure. :D

You might think Peggle is a bad game, but you're wrong. The gopher tells me every five minutes it's _totally_ radical! Why would a gopher lie to you?

And apparently, I also have "mad skillz".

My roomate plays Peggle all the time.

Good review, but forgot to mention that Popcap are a bunch of hypocrital, wanky criminals. Yes, criminals.

OK aside from that though!

Matt55:
Good review, but forgot to mention that Popcap are a bunch of hypocrital, wanky criminals. Yes, criminals.

OK aside from that though!

Any evidence of this criminality of which you speak? I mean I could call various people child molesters...but because I say it doesn't make it true unless I can back up what I say and they are indeed pederists.

Not saying you can't back it up mind you, just saying I'm more interested in seeing evidence of such than accusations.

I decided to try some "stuff" with some of my buds and the first thing I wanted to do when I got back to my dorm was to see what it would be like when I played Peggle while high. Turns out it was really amusing, especially once the orange pegs start blinking at you, and the unicorn pisses you off more than normally. Still, the game does get pretty old after a while, but it's a nice thing to bust out while waiting for a lecture to start...better than some crappy flash game. [Orisinal.com is the exception to this rule]

I was shuttering when i saw that Yathzee, had reviewed Peggle, imagining that he would make a good review of it, becoming a kind of mainstream-zombie. But thankfully he was forced to it, and didn't willingly do it.

Redfeather:

Matt55:
Good review, but forgot to mention that Popcap are a bunch of hypocrital, wanky criminals. Yes, criminals.

OK aside from that though!

Any evidence of this criminality of which you speak? I mean I could call various people child molesters...but because I say it doesn't make it true unless I can back up what I say and they are indeed pederists.

Not saying you can't back it up mind you, just saying I'm more interested in seeing evidence of such than accusations.

Well, maybe 'criminal' is the wrong word. There's just an awful lot of IP infringement going on over there which isn't particularly legal. And they tend to rape the IP of small companies whom they know full well haven't the cash to fight back. Search for the history of Zuma in relation to Mitchell (a small Japanese developer who actually came up with the game before Popcap ripped it off.) Popcap also have a game that's a direct rip off of Guru Logic Champ, another little known Japanese GBA game. And there's plenty more instances. It really wouldn't surprise me if it transpired that Peggle had been released in Japan in 1995 under a different name and Popcap just ripped that off too.

As for being hypocrites, the boss of Popcap was in the news recently berating companies that made clones of Popcap games. Can you imagine!

I can't really back up the wankers comment, but there's enough evidence in the above to suggest it's true ;)

i got to lvl 2 on peggle before returning it to gamestop for a cheaper better game

I knew that Yahtzee would never review Halo 3 this early, he's too good for those "mainstream" games. Another member thanks to Yahtzee ^.^

Once again Yahtzee, you manage to completely throw me for a loop by ending up reviewing games I least likely expect to be reviewed and then die laughing during the subsequent shitstorm you launch upon it.

Great work. Sooner or later, Escapist editors will start doing awful, AWFUL things to you Yahtzee...For the money. :D

I found the same loss of time when I first discovered Sudoku and it didn't even have pretty colors. I'd argue at least its helping my brain, but lets face it, adding up 9 numbers isn't exactly tough and you don't even need to be able to that, you could do it with a collection of any 9 symbols and it would all work the same.

Good review as always.

I preordered Team Fortress 2 through Steam and got Peggle Extreme, a 10-level free version. An hour later I bought the full version. I became its bitch.

Only yesterday did my TF2 playtime finally surpass my Peggle time.

*hangs head in shame*

Ah, Bookworm Adventures. That was seriously addictive. I don't even open it now unless I have three hours to kill.

Loving these reviews.

Peggle?

PEGGLE?!?!

What the fuck are the editors of Escapist smoking, making Yathzee reveiw a bloody casual game, and what's more, the simplest causal game out there!

Yeah, it's popular, but so's Solatire, and you really can't say anything about Solatire, since everybody's played it, so everybody knows what it is and what it's like.

That's the thing, reveiwing a game everybody's heard about is, well, dull, since everybody already knows what it's about and what it's like.

I mean, can't you reveiw something with some meat, something that you can actually talk about?

How about Ico?

Sly 2?

Resident Evil 0-4?

Hey, I hear there's this game called Halo 3, just came out, supposed to be pretty big, maybe somebody out there might have something to say about it, say, some Bristh born Aussie who likes to tear games a new one, even the good ones?

Honestly, hundreds of games already out there, and at least a few dozen worth buying coming out soon, so what the fuck is he doing reveiwing fucking PEGGLE?

YOU CAN DO BETTER!

Hmm Peggle eh? I believe I ignored that as I downloaded my preordered orange box about 5 minutes ago. If it's that much of a soul sucking doom game I may want to steer around it. Also guy who posted before me I think you're assuming he gets to pick the games he reviews and I don't believe that's the case. Also I would think people would want Halo 3 to sink into the populace a bit more before they go off talking about it, especially with it being such a big release.

Edit: Good job Jer you completely forgot to say "Good job Yahtzee clearly we are but ants in the face of your glorious magnificence." There we go. Alls well.

Are you sure that the Escapist wouldn't publish an article on solitaire? How about this and this?

I'm morally certain that Yahtzee can review any game he likes; it's just he won't get paid for reviewing things he hasn't been asked to, and no matter how simple the animation is, it's still very time consuming to do, so he's not likely to be slipping in half a dozen extra reviews on top of the one with a paycheck and a deadline attached to it.

You probably never heard of this 'Peggle' game before because reviewing a game like this is a form of advertising.

You've seen it expertly ripped on, now you're curious, "What could that game really be like?" On top of that, you feel like you might be missing the joke, so you want to see and not be left out.

And thousands of new hits are steered toward that game.

Me personally, I've played too many addictive games that aren't any fun at all. You initially want to play it, then you just want to finish it, and then you just want to get it over with.

Over the past few years I've often just stopped playing games and taken them back to one of those trade-in places. I get to some retarded hit-the-red-pixel-when-it-flashes Boss Battle resurrected from a lame arcade machine from the 80's that was designed to eat quarters to continue, except I already paid for the game and the designer wasn't creative enough to do anything but copy what was done before, and I think to myself, "You know, I really don't care THAT deeply about saving the princess/dog/world/brain/etc." and then eject the offending disk.

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