Indiana Moans

By Alec Meer on December 21st, 2007 at 5:30 pm.

I always get a bit confused about Popcap. They’re a publisher, and they’re a developer. But not all the games that bear their name were developed by them. So I don’t actually know quite who’s ultimately responsible for Peggle, for instance.

This also means I get unnaturally excited when I see a new Popcap game has landed on Steam, such as the recentish Amazing Adventures: The Lost Tomb. This, surely, will be the perfect Friday afternoon squander. Perhaps this one will be of Peggle calibre? Ooh, play, play, play…

Amazing, yeah

It’s not another Peggle. I didn’t actually expect it to be, but the shameless Indiana Jones font-stealing of the logo had me expecting at least a few giggles. Turns out it’s just a collection of irksome find the object, spot the difference and jigsaw puzzles, with a loose Egyptian theme. Boring. It’s a bit weird, as you’d expect from anything Popcap-branded- not many games ask me to click on a ghostly silhouette of a high-heeled shoe superimposed on Tutankhamun’s face, after all. Weird isn’t enough. I want more of the manic, slightly twisted humour and joyous sense of reward of Peggle. Come on, it’s Christmas. WHERE IS CHRISTMAS PEGGLE?

It’s easy to forget that ‘casual gaming’ was never meant to mean the slightly edgy reductionism we tend to associate it with these days, post-Peggle, post-Guitar Hero – it was a genre made mostly for guys who just like clicking on colours and doing jigsaws. So most of the time, it really isn’t anything more than that. So yeah, don’t bother with this one. Frankly, I’m pretty annoyed it’s got ‘adventure’ in its title, what with it having no adventuring in it whatsoever. Grrr.

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14 Comments »

  1. Andrew Mayer says:

    And here’s the real kicker… Casual isn’t primarily meant for guys at all…

    But if you’re looking for something Egyptian themed, have you ever played Oasis?

    I hear the external producer on that game is one awesome guy…

  2. t.carl says:

    Popcap aquired spintop games earlier this year, and this is one of theirs. So technically it is a popcap developed and published game.

    Peggle was developed by the seattle core game development studio. As was BWA, bejeweled, zuma, etc.

  3. Poo Bear says:

    “Casual isn’t primarily meant for guys at all…”

    Actually, the head of the Casual Games Association, at their recent annual convention, said the idea that 75% of casual gamers are middle aged women isn’t true. She said they had conducted their own research and found that both young and older males felt a stigma associated with casual gaming and therefore didn’t openly admit to playing, but they felt that the percentage of old/young/men/women was far more balanced than had previously been thought.

    So there you go ;)

    I don’t have to hide my Peggle desires any more !!!

  4. fluffy bunny says:

    That picture made me remember DeluxePaint on the Amiga…

  5. Evo says:

    I’m just sad that RPS haven’t supported my Peggle campaign :(

    And that they have made no mention of version 1.01 of Peggle which was released on Steam the other week :(

    There isn’t enough Peggle love in the world :(

  6. LaKriz says:

    “That picture made me remember DeluxePaint on the Amiga‚Ķ”

    - Me too. But why is this? Creepy.

  7. Matt says:

    This is probably why it reminds you of Deluxe Paint.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9b/DPVBoxArt.png

  8. Kast says:

    Oh, happy memories :D I’d almost forgotten about DeluxPaint. I was 5 when I accidentally drew a perfect Yorkshire rose in it. My parents were shocked and amazed.

    The first computer I think I ever used was an Amiga. It’s amazing to think I learnt to use a computer with command line interface. At least, that’s what I remember.

  9. terry says:

    There was a Dpaint IV? My world is shattered. I remember the one with the juggler on the front – it had ANIMATION capabilities and also the worst shade of shit brown ever seen in its default palette. Good times.

    And nthing the need for Christmas Peggle – I am stuck on one of these damn 5 in a row levels and the bastard thing keeps beating me on the last shot of level 4 >:(

  10. fluffy bunny says:

    terry: There was a Dpaint V, even. :)

  11. terry says:

    24-bit? Who would ever use more than 4096 colours? :O

  12. LaKriz says:

    Thanks Fluffy, it was the King Tut demo, whose image hid somewhere in the back of my head and just came up screaming and wailing when I saw the above picture. Man, that was some interesting & funny times back then…

  13. Zeno, Internetographer says:

    Indiana Moans sounds like a cheesy porno, IMO.

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