Popcap's original puzzler was an out and out sensation, Peggle's simple control interface attracted casual gamers whilst it's devilish later difficulty and compelling randomness appealed to all.
Whether it was time or not, where Electronic Arts is involved there is going to be a sequel regardless.
If Gamertroll was going to make a sequel to Peggle, the most essential ingredient would be innovation on the original premise. No attempt has been made to do this at all. Why couldn't there have been split-screen
head-to-head mode this time? It never made sense in the first game when positively ancient titles like 'Super Puzzle Fighter 2' and 'Puzzle Bobble' had them.. so why miss an obvious opportunity to put something right?
Why not introduce a new kind of special peg above the orange, green and purples? -Nope.
Why the conspicuous addition of nothing?
It sounds like nitpicking but sometimes little things in a simple game make a big difference.
8/10 for newcomers and..
7.5/10 for long time fans.
(The original Peggle deserved a 9/10)