A screenshot of Peggle 2.
It's been seven years since casual gaming specialists PopCap released the ball-bouncing gem Peggle to huge critical and commercial success.
The lengthy wait for a sequel suggested PopCap did not know how to improve on the game: a suspicion confirmed by the lack of genuine innovation in the new release Peggle 2 on Xbox One.
The good news is the game is as wonderful as ever, so any disappointment is relatively short-lived.
Peggle veterans can attest to how adept PopCap is at plugging into our base instincts. There's the beautiful balance of skill and chance that compels you to try "just one more time", the thrilling drum roll and dramatic camera zoom as the ball approaches its final target, and the exultant rendition of Beethoven's Ode to Joy as you complete a level.
For those that haven't had Peggle pleasure, the game is like a cross between pinball and popular Japanese timewaster Pachinko.
Players have a limited number of marbles to fire at a board covered with multi-coloured pegs and must hit all of the orange ones before they run out of balls.
It's surprisingly addictive, rewarding and almost guaranteed to make you smile.
This sequel features 60 stages, plus another 60 challenge maps which provide a welcome change of pace and require more strategy.
The optional objectives such as surpassing a certain score or performing a special trick-shot also add plenty of replay appeal.
There are four new Peggle masters, each with a different power-up ability triggered when you hit a green peg.
The new characters include a troll who can launch a huge boulder smashing everything in its path and a robotic gnome whose electrical powers can zap nearby pegs.
While there's no shortage of content, Peggle is so moreish many players may be left wanting more characters, more stages and more multiplayer options. Here's hoping we don't have to wait another seven years...
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- Jason Hill