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iPhone, Peggle: Together at last

You may have played hundreds of iPhone games already; from the fantastic Crayon Physics Deluxe, to the painful Brothers In Arms, but you haven't played a game that is as perfect for this platform as Peggle.

You may have played hundreds of iPhone games already; from the fantastic Crayon Physics Deluxe, to the painful Brothers In Arms, but you haven't played a game that is as perfect for this platform as Peggle.

Sweet, sweet Peggle. Note the "precision wheel" on the right. (Credit: iTunes)

Peggle has been around for the PC since the start of 2007, but made a splash earlier this year when it made its way to the Xbox Live Arcade. Now it has arrived on the iPhone and iPod Touch and it just feels so right.

Playing Peggle seems easy, but requires strategy and a fair helping of luck to be played well. Your job is to shoot balls at the coloured pegs, which disappear when struck, until you've cleared the screen. The balls you fire ricochet from peg to peg, so you can clear a good portion of the screen with a single, well-aimed shot. You start each level with a limited number of balls to fire, but if your ricocheting ball-bearing lands in the moving basket at the bottom of the screen you will have the chance to fire the same ball again.

The iPhone version of the game features an Adventure mode as well as Quick Play, and you can choose your character, or Peggle Master, at the beginning of the game who brings a unique advantage to each level. It also features a cool "precision wheel" helping to fine-tune your shot before you hit the fire button.

Amongst the reams of free or US$1 games on the App Store, the US$5.99 asking price for Peggle may seem steep. But you can trust us: it's totally worth it.