The popular PC and console puzzle game Peggle [99¢] was released in the App Store way back in May of 2009. Curiously, Peggle came without the background music found in other versions of the game, with developer PopCap promising that it was in the works and would be released in a future update. Many months passed without any news of music being added to the game, and it seemed that it would never come. Then this past June, more than a year after Peggle's App Store release, PopCap shocked everybody by nonchalantly releasing the long-promised background music update for the game.

Earlier tonight, PopCap once again released a surprise update to Peggle. This new update adds the entire sequel Peggle Nights to the original Peggle as an in-app purchase for $2.99. There are 6 demo levels for you to try before you buy, and the full Peggle Nights upgrade features 60 new levels across four game modes, with new challenges and trophies to earn. This video from YouTube shows some gameplay excerpts from the PC version of Peggle Nights:

Ever since the release of Peggle, people have wondered if Peggle Nights would also be coming to iOS platforms, but I don't think anyone ever imagined it would come as an in-app purchase to the original game. If you've played Peggle to death on your iOS device and are craving more, then make sure and grab the latest update and buy the Peggle Nights add-on for $2.99. If you don't already own Peggle, now is a great time to pick it up as it's currently still on sale for 99¢.

Update: It appears that some players in our forums and in the comments below are experiencing problems with the game after updating. I have played through a large chunk of the Peggle Nights content without any problems on my iPhone 4, but others are saying the game is crashing at the PopCap splash screen on their device. You may want to hold off on updating until PopCap can issue a fix, and if you are suffering from problems you can send them an email on the PopCap support portion of their website.

Update: The Peggle Nights in-app purchase is now on sale for 99¢.

  • Colbertj

    Hmmm, not sure how I feel about this one. Thanks for the 5 free levels, but the whole update would have been a nice reward for shotty support. I assume that 'Nights' will go on sale for a buck sometime soon. Perhaps I will pick it up then!

    • Anonymous

      so you basically wanted the entire sequel game for free? That's a bit too much of a reward, doesn't it?

      • Colbertj

        I guess I could go both ways. I do love Peggle, but I felt playing it without music really was a drawback. I did buy the original for 5 bucks (I know cheap, but it's 5 times the current price). Based on that, I would appreciate it as a free update. Again, if it drops I will buy it anyway.

      • Anonymous

        well, game sales happen all the time... Should people who bought Labyrinth ask illusion labs to gift labyrinth 2 because the original one went on sale and even free?
        The lack of music could be an issue, but still... worth all that new content to make up for it? really?

        "Nights" sells as an entirely separate game on most platforms, I believe that the only edition that has them together is "peggle dual shot" for the nintendo DS, but the price of a NDS cartridge is much higher. And the graphics are much worse.

      • KeynoteKen

        I never really played the computer games, so I didn't miss the music. Once I got it, well, it's not terrible, but it's still a great game without it. I don't feel it was a drawback at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Fagrell/614407735 Tom Fägrell

    This is a welcome update. As an Extreme Grand Master of the original game I have been longing for more peggle action. I can't believe how cheap people are – complaining about a couple bucks for one of the best Iphone games ever. Go play Doodle Jump or some other shallow crap.

    The only problem for me is that the game doesn't work. I have Iphone 3G, and the game chrases on launch every time. Please fix this, Pop Cap!

  • Nick

    Just crashes everytime I launch it. Seems to be happening to a lot of people.

    • Beefmasta

      Apparently the crash is to do with the language your phone is set as. It works on 'English' but not 'British English'. Go to Settings > General > International, then change your language to 'English'. Worked for me.

      Pretty major issue though.

  • eev

    on all devices or only 3G?

  • oontee

    my ipod touch 2g crashes to

  • http://twitter.com/marco79 marco79

    Works great on my iPhone 4 (iOS 4.1).

  • Jcman7

    Yeah works fine on my ipod touch 4g

  • http://twitter.com/kgleeson Kieran

    Check if your device language is set to British English, if so setting it to English should temp fix the issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Fagrell/614407735 Tom Fägrell

    Thank you Kieran. That did the trick.

    Performance is a little choppy on my device tho.

  • Athan

    Hmm, I hate in-app purchases!
    I'm sorry for that but it's time to remove Peggle from my apps collection.

    • Noah

      What are you talking about?! This is a GREAT way to promote their new app Peggle Nights.

      I'm sure they will release a separate "Peggle Nights" app soon enough for a few bucks, think of this as a bonus... you get both games in the same app!

      I love it! And I'm purchasing it RIGHT NOW.

      • Athan

        They might think it's a great way to promote their Peggle Nights app, but that's them. Personally, I never liked the "in-app-purchases" idea and I won't support developers who use it.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        So wait, so even though Peggle is one of the best ways you could spend 99¢ right now, and Peggle Nights is an unbelievable value for an additional 99¢ compared to every other platform it's offered on... You're deleting it from your phone? What a ridiculous world you must live in.

    • Silverfist

      What a ridiculous attitude to take -- in this instance, at least.

      Don't think of it as PopCap trying to nickel and dime more money out of you; it's actually them giving you an entire sequel, AND letting you save icon space on your device. I'd actually rather them do it this way than have to buy a second app; costs the same and saves real estate.

      Unless you were wanting this to be given away as a free update j stead of the second game that it is?

      .

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335603011 Greg Feingold

      You're going to have to at least give us support here. If you make outlandish generalized statements like "I don't like in app purchases", you need to tell us WHY or else you look like you just said it to get attention.

  • Pcgeek

    Works fine on my touch 4. will have to try it on my 3rd gen. 2.99 for peggle nights. Thats awesome!!!

  • swarmster

    Peggle Nights is awesome and appreciated. Hopefully they can use the influx of funds to put together a Universal update and some Retina support!

  • http://gerardodiaz.com Falsoman

    The Nights expansion pack is on sale for a buck.

  • Adams Immersive

    I was waiting, thinking I’d just buy Nights and not the original. Now I can have both for $2 total and only one icon slot occupied? I’m in!

  • EastsideStompers

    Fired up Peggle again just now. It's been a while and I have to say, it's still one of the best. Looking forward to the fix for Nights:)

  • KeynoteKen

    I just saw they decreased the price of Peggle Nights as well. Definitely a Buy for me now! :)

  • Rob

    Crashes, boo!

  • Josh

    Great update with a great price. Now only if they will update Peggle and PvZ with retina support.

  • monster

    Awesome, didn't have to wait that long for it to go on sale ^.^

  • Anonymous

    Meh. The "new" levels are just more of the same.