Platform(s): Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: PopCap
Developer: PopCap
Release Date: Feb. 27, 2007


PopCap Confirms Unauthorized Peggle Clone is Unauthorized

by Adam Pavlacka on June 17, 2011 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT

Peggle requires players to fire a metallic silver ball from the top of the screen, relying on gravity to propel the ball downward while it ricochets off orange and blue "pegs." The goal is to clear all the orange pegs from the screen before running out of balls. A moving bucket at the bottom of the screen offers free balls, while hitting green power-up pegs will activate the selected character's magic power.
If you happen to be an avid casual game player (or not so casual even) you're probably familiar with Peggle. It's on many platforms, but it isn't on Facebook.

In May, developer PlayQ launched HotShot on Facebook which appears to be a straight-up copy of Peggle.

We reached out to PopCap for comment and received this official statement from spokesman Garth Chouteau: "I can certainly confirm it's not authorized... Beyond that, we're not commenting further at the moment."

Jeff Green, PopCap's social media director was a bit more direct when commenting on HotShot in his personal Twitter feed sarcastically observing the lifted elements with, "Those guys really should have just gone for it and called their game Puggle."

Don't believe us? Have a look at the screenshots below and decide for yourself.



We'll have more on this story as it develops.

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