It was bound to happen. With Plants vz. Zombies selling a hojillion copies on the iPad, it was only a matter of time before PopCap brought a special version of Peggle
to Apple's tablet. I'm still pretty tepid about the iPad--it can't run flash, its abilities are limited compared to android tablets and it's worsening the casual gaming cheap-out that started on the Wii and eventually killed the DS. That said I'm glad PopCap is putting more of their software on the platform. They might make simple casual games, but they are good, quality games, and quality is what matters most in turning the casual market around.
PopCap Games Launches Peggle® HD for the iPad®
Latest Adaptation of Chart-Topping Franchise Adds Game Center Support with 29 Game Achievements & an In-App Purchase Option for Peggle Nights
SEATTLE, Washington—August 24, 2011—PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced the global launch of Peggle® HD for the iPad®. A franchise first, Peggle HD includes Game Center support with 29 achievements and an in-app purchase option for the complete Peggle Nights game. For a limited time only, Peggle HD will be available for a special introductory price of $2.99 from the Apple App Store with the in-app purchase option of Peggle Nights for US$.99. Thereafter, the games will be available for US$4.99 and US$1.99, respectively.
“We’re bringing Peggle in all of its glory to mobile gamers everywhere with this fully optimized adaptation, exclusively for the iPad,” noted Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development at PopCap. “Peggle HD delivers riveting game action familiar to millions of fans of the original PC blockbuster, and is enhanced with Game Center achievements, like First Bjorn and Circus Daredevil, an in-app purchase option for Peggle Nights, as well as vibrant high-definition color and detail that offers the best of on-the-go entertainment to scores of iPad gamers.”
Since its first introduction in March 2007, Peggle has been downloaded more than 30 million times and garnered more than a dozen awards from leading industry associations and trade journals.
Peggle combines elements of pinball, pool and pachinko to create a completely different kind of game experience. The game challenges players to use skill, strategy and luck to clear progressively more difficult levels of orange pegs by firing a small silver ball from the top of the screen. Stationary and moving obstacles along with numerous power-ups and special effects combine with dynamically-assigned peg colors to make each level unique every time it’s played.