Recommendation: (4 out of 5) A fun game for anyone who likes puzzles.
Pros: Challenging, lots of variety (multiple play modes, board types), clean design.
Cons: Graphics are fine, but basic.
I sat down recently with Pegopolis by Jon Hatton (The Code Zone) on my Nook Color, a peg board puzzle game. As a kid, I had spent many hours playing a triangular peg board puzzle, at restaurants like Cracker Barrel, and at family gatherings. But, until I came across Pegopolis, I had no idea how many more types of peg board games there are out there!
Pegopolis includes what I think of as the standard peg board game. You play with a triangular board, laid out with a grid of peg holes. All of the holes are filled with pegs, save one. Then, your object is to clear the board. If two pegs are adjacent, you can remove one by jumping over it with another. A simple mechanic, but as the game plays out, and your pegs end up stranded all alone after a jump, it turns out to be devilishly difficult to remove all but one of the pegs.
In playing Clear the Board mode in Pegopolis, one of the features that I found especially useful an Undo button (which I really wish I had years ago, playing with the triangular peg board game). If you end up taking a wrong turn with your jumps, you can back track and try another approach. This made the game much more enjoyable, and I thought it was a great advantage over a physical (real-life) version of the game.
Besides Clear the Board, Pegopolis also includes a number of other game modes, such as puzzles where you need to end with one peg in the center of the board, puzzles where you need to swap two types of pegs, and more. Perhaps my favorite of these variations was Ninja Solitaire, which turns around the board clearing puzzles. Now, you start with one peg, and as you jump over empty spaces, new pegs will be created. As in the Clear the Board mode, the mechanic is simple, but you may soon find yourself trapped with no where else to jump.
Overall, Pegopolis’ greatest strength was its variety: with multiple types of puzzle modes, and a plethora of board shapes, the game includes hours of challenging puzzles.
For $1, you can’t go wrong with Pegopolis.