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If you see this, walk briskly in the opposite direction:


A friend of mine recently got a job at PopCap. About a week ago she wrote to tell me that they had released a new game called Peggle.

I've played a few PopCap titles in the past, but only the demos--I'm a notorious skinflint when it comes to shelling out cash for computer games. Still, I wanted to support my friend in her new endeavor, so I bought this one.

DO NOT DO THIS!! This game is to free time what whales are to krill. Even now, as I type this, I am trying to resist the urge to go play a few rounds (and my resolve has already faltered a few times since I wrote the first paragraph).

If this game were half as addictive, I would urge you to buy a copy; as it stands, I'm afraid I cannot, in good conscience, recommend Peggle to anyone who has a spouse, a child, a friend, a job, or reservations about wearing astronaut diapers to avoid ever having to leave the PC.

Posted on March 07, 2007 to Games


But don't just take my word for it ...

Posted by: Matthew on March 8, 2007 8:32 PM

Or just get a Mac. The platform where all games are shunned apparently.

Posted by: HDC on March 8, 2007 8:41 PM

Turn that frown up-side-down, HDC! Do what all other Mac users do: brag that your inability to play games makes you more productive than your Windows-using counterparts.

Why be jealous when you can be a snob?

Posted by: Greg Hines on March 8, 2007 9:28 PM

Or do what this Mac user did: run it in Parallels and get a couple of hours of free time sucked away!

Posted by: Todd on March 8, 2007 10:12 PM

You are an evil man, Matthew Baldwin, and you will come to a bad end.

Posted by: Jack on March 8, 2007 10:13 PM

Probably don't play this then: http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/

Posted by: Hooper on March 9, 2007 12:55 AM

matthew, it was my birthday last week.
perhaps you could buy me this game, since i played my free version and the unicorn told me i was the best he's ever seen.
considering its because of you that i have become addicted to this game in such a short period of time, i find it only fitting that the gift of the complete game come from you

lots of love,

Posted by: carly on March 9, 2007 4:28 AM

Curse you, Matthew Baldwin!!

Posted by: RJones on March 9, 2007 6:26 AM

Only a complete dork would be interested in this.

My score's currently 4,730,030. How about you?

Posted by: ScandalXK on March 9, 2007 6:39 AM

OMFG! I got hooked on this during the past week. I haven't purchased it for fear of ruining my marriage. As a testament to the power of this game, I've stopped playing WoW in favor of this game.

I hear the next version comes in a syringe.

Posted by: Ryan on March 9, 2007 9:31 AM

I can't believe I'm about to admit this to the whole internet, but the only game I've ever played that made me skip meals and subsist on 3 hours of sleep was...Dr. Mario. I started seeing those little colored pills every time I closed my eyes. It was easier to just turn the thing back on and keep playing than to try to sleep.

Posted by: Tired but happy on March 9, 2007 10:17 AM

It can NOT be as addictive as this.

Posted by: Margo on March 9, 2007 11:04 AM

Thank goodness it is not Mac friendly. I was on my way to Costco to buy a 10-year supply of Depends.

Posted by: Mrs. Bickerson on March 9, 2007 11:11 AM

Scratch that. I remembered we have Parallels on this thing. See ya later...

Posted by: Mrs. Bickerson on March 9, 2007 11:13 AM

I am frankly surprised the FDA allowed both a ball-o-tron and a fever meter into the same game.

Vioxx anyone?

If they are thinking that flower power can reduce the risks to your heart-health, I think they are as addicted to denial as I am to this game.

Posted by: Rob Cockerham on March 9, 2007 11:13 AM

Notes from a recovering addict.

Posted by: Ashley on March 9, 2007 2:03 PM

What are Parallels?

Posted by: Liz on March 9, 2007 2:17 PM

Um, I finished the game... 15,182,000 was my final score. I sat here for four hours and played from start to finish. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Margo on March 9, 2007 3:39 PM

Sorry, I'm already addicted to PopCap's Zuma. Two such addictions would probably kill me.

Posted by: Rabid Child on March 9, 2007 4:07 PM

ConFOUND you, Matthew Baldwin. We're already in way over our heads, and our 4-year-old even has her own username. Curses.

Posted by: Belinda on March 9, 2007 4:55 PM

Posting a link to that game was a cruel, cruel thing to do.

Posted by: jcm on March 9, 2007 7:36 PM

I checked out Desktop Tower Defense, and it was so addictive, I'm too terrified to try Peggle.

Posted by: Carny Asada on March 10, 2007 8:54 AM

Curse you for posting that link. Of course I went and played it yesterday. Today I bought it.

Posted by: Agent_Orange on March 10, 2007 9:03 PM

Dammit, Baldwin.

I ended up cancelling dinner plans last night, fishing out my credit card, and not getting out of this recliner until I beat the game.


Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Meredith on March 11, 2007 2:05 PM

Meh, that's just gateway grade. Get onto the harder stuff like BreakQuest...

Posted by: David on March 11, 2007 6:32 PM

You cruel, evil man. Don't you have a ruined tower to be cackling manically in?

Posted by: Nate on March 12, 2007 2:53 PM

I should have read your blog before this past weekend.


Posted by: Keith on March 12, 2007 3:55 PM

Ugh. The missus and I are completely hooked. I hate you, Milkman Dan.

Posted by: Eamon on March 13, 2007 1:07 PM

I downloaded that game a couple days ago and the shame of my addiction has been compounded by the undeniable fact that there is NO SKILL INVOLVED in playing it. It's PLINKO, only without the raw cash. But when that Peggle ball goes into slow motion and then the whole orchestra-rainbow thing happens? Hook line and sinker.

Posted by: Erin on March 13, 2007 8:54 PM

Oh no you don't. I'm not touching that link with the proverbial ten-foot pole. I nearly got carpal tunnel syndrome from my crack-like addiction to Zuma this past summer. Never again.

Posted by: Heather on March 14, 2007 6:37 PM

Damnit, Baldwin! My thesis! My thesis!

Only sucked an hour before I uninstalled it.

Must.... not... reinstall...

Posted by: Zach on March 15, 2007 12:00 PM

Everyone in the house is playing the demo, haven't broken down and paid for it, yet.

Still hadn't forgiven you for ruining that month with Funny Farm.

Posted by: Andree on March 16, 2007 8:35 PM

When I saw this post, I figured I was totally safe because I had lost my wallet and thus, my credit card was a good few weeks from arriving at my home. Thus, I would likely forget about it in the meantime. Unfortunately, popcap also takes paypal! Damn you, popcap!!! And they threw in Zuma at half price too! Booooo!

Having said that, I played through the original tutorial mode, scored about 18 million or so... I'm playing through adventure mode for the second time now. I love it! So much damn fun!

And to the person who said it takes no skill? Try some of the later levels, or some of the 55 peg levels. You can't beat those levels just randomly shooting the balls around, there's some serious strategy involved! :)

Posted by: Ryan Waddell on March 20, 2007 9:31 AM