My first reaction to iPeg Game? “Holy crap, I’m old.”
I had a peg board game in middle school. I remember playing it in math class. And I’m not talking about one on my Gameboy, or on the school computer, or anything digital. I mean I had an actual triangular wooden board with fourteen pegs stuck in it, and I sat there and jumped pegs until I had one left.
JT Enterprises has brought this strangely compelling game to iPhone. It makes me laugh. It makes me nostalgic. But most of all, it makes me feel old.
If you’re not familiar with the game, I’ve always thought of it as a mini-version of checkers, solitaire style. Start by removing one peg, any peg, to create an empty space. Jump one peg over another into the empty space to remove the middle peg. The goal is to get down to only one peg, something that really does take foresight and planning. Some actually consider this a sort of I.Q. test.
iPeg Game is intuitively designed. You start with fifteen pegs and tap one to delete it. Select a peg to move, highlighting it in red, then tap the space you want to move it to. The middle peg will automatically disappear. You can’t highlight pegs that can’t be moved, and your points and number of rounds are tracked in the top right and left corners.
Bonus – iPeg insults your inability to get rid of all the pegs! My first attempt yielded “Airhead Level”, giving me 2 points. I see from their iTunes page that there is a “Doofus Alert”, so I’m happy that I bypassed that one, at least.
Other than a quick info page with instructions, that’s all there is to it! It’s simple, and it’s fun, even if you never hid a peg board under your desk while everyone else learned surface formulas for parallelograms. For a dollar, it’s a great app to pull up when you want a fun, challenging game.
iPeg Game requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.