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Peggle: Dual Shot

An Addictive Game of Luck

Peggle's wacky take on pachinko has enchanted PC gamers since 2007, and now DS owners can join the fun. Dual Shot includes the original Peggle, Peggle Nights, and some all-new levels. The dozens of hours it takes to clear all of this content fly by, as the breezy gameplay leavens the profoundly luck-driven action with just enough skill to keep players enthralled.

Players must clear all of the orange pegs on each level by simply aiming and firing a ball from the top of the screen. Mastering the first bounce is possible thanks to a clever interface that allows for precise, frustration-free aiming. Beyond the initial rebound, it's impossible to predict where your ball is headed, especially on boards that feature moving pegs. Cheering the little silver sphere on or cursing its hatred for you is half the fun.

This port has a decidedly low-fi presentation compared to the PC original, but the gameplay is 100-percent authentic. The handheld's limited resolution makes tricky shots somewhat harder to line up, but this is only a minor annoyance. Peggle is one of the better puzzle games available, no matter the format.

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It only took me 15 minutes to understand the Peggle craze; this game is digital crystal meth. The setup is very basic: aim your cannon and shoot a ball at an assortment of blocks and pegs to score points. But Peggle embodies a perfect balance of skill, strategy, and blind luck. If you get that right, the results are dangerously appealing. Don't believe me? Drive down the Vegas strip, a road built entirely on games that got this deceptively complex formula right.

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