Dublin, Ireland– January 14, 2010— PopCap Games, developer and publisher of the world’s most popular video games, today announced the immediate availability of the third FREE“level pack” for Peggle™ Nights. Available for PC and Mac exclusively at www.Popcap.com/extras/peggle/bonuslevels, the Peggle Nights“Art Contest” level pack features five all-new levels based on the top entries in the Peggle Art Contest held earlier this year. The new levels can be played in the Quick Play or Duel modes of Peggle Nights, and there are also five new challenges in Challenge Mode based on the new levels.
“We really enjoyed incorporating the contest winners' designs into finished levels and have been playing them non-stop,” said Sukhbir Sidhu, Studio Director at PopCap and co-creator of Peggle and Peggle Nights.“These user-generated concepts turned out quite well in terms of playability and challenge, and it's really interesting and inspiring to see level design ideas from fans of the game!”
The new levels in the Art Contest level pack feature whimsical "mash-ups" of PopCap characters and imagery as well as re-imaginings of past levels. Grand prize winners Matt Ward of Heanor, Derbyshire England (in the adult category) and Michael and Stephanie Liu, youth category co-winners from Naperville, Illinois, visited PopCap's headquarters in August to play-test and provide feedback on the levels based on their designs.
The user-created levels, and their respective creators, are:
•“Bucket Revisited”– Michael and Stephanie Liu (Grand Prize, Youth category)– a redrawing of the classic Das Bucket level with Peggle characters.
•“Dynamic Two-Oh”– Matt Ward (Grand Prize, Adult category)– the Undercover Unicorn patrols the streets and rooftops of Pegopolis with his crime-busting partner, Kid Radical!
•“Fun Dead”– Anthony Maddaloni– (Runner-up)– a combination of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies results in a graveyard scare!
•“Caykee”– Jessica Kozulbal– (Runner-up)– Caykee the Cupcake presents her argument for inanimate objects as Peggle Masters!
•“Peggle 3D”– Brice Johnson (Runner-up)– What if Peggle fully embraced the third dimension? This level presents one possible vision.
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