Peggle leads PopCap's DS charge

Lumines developer Q Entertainment handling handheld adaptation; casual game publisher also announces a pair of hidden object puzzle games.

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While most casual games involve tried-and-true gameplay mechanics like falling bricks or matching three-of-a-kind, PopCap's Peggle has become a standout success for the publisher based on its Price is Right Plinko-style gameplay. To date, the game has found a following among iPod users and PC gamers, but PopCap today said it's going after a more hardcore crowd with a new DS port of the game.

Q's Peggle looks a lot like normal Peggle.

To ensure the game appeals to a more dedicated gaming audience, PopCap has entrusted development duties to Q Entertainment, the studio behind Lumines, Meteos, and Rez HD. In a prepared statement, Q CEO Shuji Utsumi said, "We've always incorporated casual game elements into our console and handheld games, and now we have an opportunity to bring our gaming sensibilities and expertise to the DS version of Peggle and make a very novel 'crossover' game for all ages."

Q's version of Peggle is expected to have more levels than any other version of the game (including some exclusive to the DS) and revamped control scheme options. Peggle will arrive on the DS this winter with a suggested retail price of $29.95.

PopCap also detailed a pair of additional DS titles it's developing. Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins and Mystery P.I.: Portrait of a Thief are two hidden object games that call on players to spot dozens of items in a given scene that will then serve as clues to piece together the story. Each game will feature 18 missions with nine DS-exclusive locations. The two games will sell for $19.95 each and arrive this winter.

Discussion

16 comments
necronaux
necronaux

Price is right. And just in time for x-mas.

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

i'm addicted to hidden object games, cant wait. when ur bored and want something to pass time that u enjoy but also a bit mindless those are the perfect games. i always have a few hidden object games installed on my pc for quick easy access into a game without the 1/2 time requirement to really immerse urself into the game like some other fun games but not for quuick play :)

GredegHeado-san
GredegHeado-san

I'm not big on Pop Cap's games in general, but I really love Peggle. Good choice (though probably not suited to the DS so well). They should consider porting Bookworm Adventures as well. That would really work well with the dual\touch screen. A multiplayer Arena (real-time) battle would be sweet.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Popcap on DS is perfect, Popcap would work well on the Wii also. Those systems are made for casual games. It should be interesting to see hardcore games by Popcap the controls should be simple and the games addicting.

GrimBee
GrimBee

looking forward to this, its a very addictive game. brilliant!

Tylendal
Tylendal

The more I see flash game developers making games for D.S. or Wii-Ware, the happier I get. Granted, Pop-cap games isn't exactly a little indie team.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

peggle is ok. tried a demo on steam. but i'd prefer an adventure game with legnth like zelda over puzzle games. and it costing 30 bucks does not entice me. give it a budget price.

nccpeter
nccpeter

aww... I was hoping they were coming to xbox live arcade.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

I wonder why PC casual games are much better than ones developed for consoles only. Though it seems more and more of the better PC ones are coming to the DS. I am hoping to see Gold Fever goes to DS in the near future.

JuggerGrimrod
JuggerGrimrod

A friend of mine mentioned that "Peggle" is coming to XBOX Live as an arcade title soon...

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

i love that game .. so man o an that means i gotta go get a ds. k,.. lol.. i had one but i didnt like the games on it..

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! Now no-one will be safe from the pure narcotic that is Peggle!!! CANNOT. STOP. PLAYING!!!!!!