“ Manufacturer: Mumbo Jumbo / Genre: Family & Entertainment „
~~*~~ Zuma Deluxe ~~*~~
Several years a go I used to play a lot of a game called Zuma Deluxe, it took up many hours of my time and I played it so much eventually I got bored with it. I hadn't played it in years and then recently I received an email offering me a free copy and I downloaded it right away for old time's sake.
~~*~~ Introduction ~~*~~
Zuma was released in 2003 by Popcap Games (www.popcap.com) and it was initially available on the PC. Since that time it has been released on several platforms including the Xbox 360 (via the Live Arcade) and there is even a version on Facebook.
Popcap have released loads of games of this ilk (simple yet addictive) and they offer low prices, free trials and fast downloads. Popcap is a great site to visit if you need something to fill the hours!
~~*~~ Game-play ~~*~~
The game has an Aztec theme going on and you take control of a huge stone frog that sits in the centre of the screen. You have to destroy all the balls that roll around the screen (they follow a visible path) that are heading towards a creepy looking skull that greedily opens his mouth as the balls get closer and closer. If one of the balls reaches the mouth all of the other balls will whizz around the path really quickly down into the mouth; lost forever. At this point you loose a life, your lives are denoted at the top left of the screen by little green frogs. Obviously you want to avoid this so you have to eliminate all the balls first. "How" I hear you cry, why by shooting balls out of your mouth! How else?
Your little frog holds 2 balls, one in his mouth ready to go and another in his back. You can see what colour the balls are and clicking the right mouse button allows you to switch between the 2. You have to aim the little coloured ball at the balls around the path to make groups of at least 3 at which point they will vanish.
More balls just keep on rolling until you fill an orange meter shown at the top of the screen, once the meter is full you will hear "ZUMA" and no more balls will released. You fill the meter by destroying balls and you can earn bonuses by getting several matches in a row, hitting coins that randomly appear, shooting through gaps etc. Every time you earn 50,000 points you get a spare life and believe me, in later levels you will need them!
Sometimes "power-ups" appear on random balls like an exploding ball which takes out all the balls around it, a slow-down ball and a ball that makes the balls travel backwards. You activate the power-ups by destroying the ball it is on.
There are a 2 game modes in Zuma, the first mode is the adventure mode where you progress through the various levels and the other is a gauntlet mode where you go back to one of the levels you have reached in adventure mode and balls just keep coming until you run out of lives.
~~*~~ Graphics & Sound Effects ~~*~~
The graphics have aged well and although 2D and very basic they fit the feel of the game perfectly. The Aztec theme works well with the stylised effect and it all looks good together. The contrast between the earthy coloured backgrounds and the brightly coloured balls is good and makes it easier on the eye.
The sound effects are good with a satisfy "ping" when you hit the balls and a "plock" when the balls are released from the frog. Again they are basic but fit with the game. I have no idea what the music is like because I always turn it off.
~~*~~ Where to Buy/Pricing ~~*~~
You can download Zuma to try for free for 1 hour from popcap.com and the full games costs £9.95 and is 7.17 mb.
~~*~~ In Conclusion ~~*~~
I love Zuma and think it is such a well thought out and designed game. Everything works together to make a very simple idea highly addictive and great fun!
This game is so simple in it's concept and so addictive when you play - it's like the 2004 version of 'Angry Birds.'
With graphics that an Amstrad would be jealous of the rules of the Zuma game are simple: the frog in the middle of the game fires out an assortment of coloured balls from his (her?) mouth, to match with the coloured balls scrolling nearer and nearer the pit, where the frog will disappear into if you're not quick enough. Control your little frog with your mouse and fire using the space bar or your right mouse button. And if you don't understand that description then think of Bejewelled, it follows the same model as this game.
This is the sort of game that doesn't take skill, it takes practice to get 'good' at. There are over 20 'temples' to explore in this game in 'Adventure' mode which see's you working through various levels within the temples. Don't want to have a Zuma Adventure? Then run the game in 'Gauntlet' mode to brush up on your skills.
The soundtrack is basic, but has a funky Aztec beat to it. There are various other sounds, like the sound of the balls hitting against each other (keep it clean!) and the 'Zuma!' noise once you complete a level. The graphics are basic, but not 1980s basic ;).
There are different bonuses to be collected throughout the game - a hint for you: try and shoot into the coins as coins means prizes! There is the 'pause' looking balls that come up which will slow down the procession of the balls for a few seconds on the game, the 'back ball' which will push the balls back on the line and the 'bombs' - these will blow up a good line of balls and can be good if your balls are going towards the gaping mouth that swallows them up!
I got the game free by singing up with the PopCap newsletter (which I have every intention of cancelling) and that's not bad as they quote the game being £9.99. I find that a little pricey considering that most apps are way below this price range, but hey, someone must be paying for this game!
Overall it's a fun little game with no real 'extras' or depth to the game - what you see is what you get. Not for serious gamers, but for those who want to blow off a little steam at the end of the day...although don't get too addicted ;).
Zuma Deluxe could now be classed as a pretty ancient game, being from 2007 and all, but it's still a fun game with plenty of challenge. This PopCap games title can be picked up for just a few quid now - fantastic!
Okay, so the game itself is pretty simple. You control a stone frog which fires different coloured balls from its mouth at a train of similar balls, which travel their way down a track towards a golden skull. Your aim is to match three or more balls of the same colour and remove them from the chain before they reach the skull.
It's a pretty simple concept, but it can quickly get addictive. As you progress through the levels more colours are introduced and the levels get more challenging. I find that there's nothing more annoying than buying a game you can complete in one sitting.
I quite like the look and feel of the game, and I think the simplicity is definitely a good point. The music is something I wasn't really so fond of, but when I play, I tend to listen to CDs and have it muted.
I would greatly recommend downloading a trial of this game from one of the many websites where it is available. A free 1 hour trial can be downloaded from the MSN Games website and also from shockwave.com, to name just a couple of websites. That should give you an idea of what the gameplay is like, and whether it's something you feel you would play enough to get your value for money.
I am far too long in the tooth to be up on what is hot and not in the world of gaming and I certainly could not be considered to be a gamer but there are times when I enjoy a game or two on the PC and one of my favourites is Zuma deluxe.
Zuma is a bright and colourful game that will keep kids and adults alike amused for hours, it has a very simple concept in that a frog in the centre of a brightly coloured screen shoots balls of varying colours from its mouth into a chain of balls in an attempt to match three or more of the same colour to clear the chain before it reaches the open mouth and disappears.
There are 9 levels visible and each has around 5 or 6 sub levels but when you complete those and think you have completed the game a new set of three levels rises from the ashes and again each level has a number of sub levels, so there is lots of game play.
You can quit and return to the game as often as you like and it automatically saves your score which is good because it took me roughly 9 hours in total to complete the game and I would never have completed that in one sitting as I tend to only play games for about an hour per day.
You gather extra life's as the game goes on and be warned you need to have plenty of life's to take on the final levels, I had 15 life's going into the final two sub levels on the final level and only managed to complete it with one life remaining.
It is sighted at 5 years plus and but my four year old granddaughter has become fairly good at it so even younger can play. You can download free trials of this from various places online and then pay around £5.99 to get the full version.
I highly recommend this game to everyone as it is real fun and a simple game to play to pass time without getting too involved or having to try your brain.
Oh Zuma, how i wasted my holiday on you....well wasted, more like productively improved my hand eye co-ordination and let my stress levels build as the levels got gradually harder....
Moving on, Zuma is a classic game of 2+1 = Boom, essentially a trail of coloured balls edge around a path towards a skull. If they reach the skull you loose. Simple enough? To stop this you, the frog shown on the product image, must shoot coloured balls of your own at the ones approaching to destroy them and pull the continually growing chain of balls backwards. When you reach a certain score (more and more each level) the balls will stop coming and you must simply destroy the remaining ones.
Each level changes with different paths, faster balls, more colours, bonuses for tricky shots and objects blocking your shooting path Zuma is nothing if not varied whilst holding continuity and leaving you craving more.
There are two modes in this Aztec/tribal themed game, Adventure and Gauntlet.
Adventure mode takes you from temple to temple making your way through various levels to try and beat all coloured balls the game can throw at you (not completed yet....grudgingly). Whilst Gauntlet mode puts you in with an endless supply of balls, how long can you last? (probably longer than me...)
The game is addictive and entertaining. It'll have you wanting to throw the computer/laptop out the window at times yet still you'll click 'New Game'
Oh. My. Gosh! This is one of THE most addictive games out there! It's so simple but keeps you playing for hours...... and I STILL haven't completed it!
Basically, its a vamped up version of many of the balloon-popping games you tend to find, the difference is with Zuma, they move!! The aim of the game is to get rid of all of the stones before they get to the middle of the tomb. You aim with your mouse, and can aim any colour in any direction, but the idea is to make groups of 3, and explode ready made groups.
Although not a timed game, you do have to explode all of the stones before they reach the end..... seems easy, but towards the end of the game it gets really hard! To make it interesting there are certain stones which will help you in some way when exploded. There is one that slows everything down, one sends all stones backwards, one explodes a large group of stones, and one gives precision in aiming.
There are many different levels, in different tombs, so you will be playing for hours! There are two modes of play- Adventure mode - Start at the beginning and work your way through, and - Puzzle mode - beat your best times from adventure mode, but you can only play levels already completed!
Graphics are good, music is ok.... a kind of constant chanting.... you can always turn the sound off though!
Price.... well I bought mine online by way of downloading it, but I know it can be purchased in shops for around £5 or less. If you're not sure, try before you buy, and download a free trial first!
Zuma deluxe for the PC is one of if not THE most addictive game I have ever played yet it is so simple in concept and design. It features a frog that shoots balls at a row of moving coloured balls and the idea is to match up three or more balls of the same colour before the chain of balls grows and reaches its destination.
You start with three life's and for every five thousand points scored you get a further life and believe me in order to complete the game you want to be collecting plenty lives. There are three zones at the start each with a further three zones within them giving you 9 levels in total but each level has between 5 and 7 sub levels and just when you complete every sub level of every level of every sub zone of every zone and are ready to give yourself a pat on the back a new zone rises from the ashes and its a battle to the end through theses next three levels which again all have sub levels.
I have completed the game several times now but each time I complete it I better my final score because I am getting to know the patterns of the levels better. Each time I have completed it , it has taken me between 3 and 4 hours in total but don't worry you can close it and save your position to return and complete it later.
By the time you have finished the third zone you need to be carrying about twelve lives to be in with a chance of completing it, the least I have ever had and went on to complete it is 12 and the most I have had and still failed to complete it is 16 so you can see the last zone is fairly difficult.
It is recommended for 5 years + and my five year old loves it, she can complete the first two zones but then gets really annoyed that she can never get past the first level of the third zone but she is getting closer and closer and my title as champ of the house could soon be in danger.
There are now different versions of this game floating around such as the star wars edition and the battle edition but the original is easily the best. You can purchase this on disc from various places online for around £7.99 but you can download it from many games sites and pay less for it. Whatever you pay for it you will love it that's for sure.
There are so many arcade and puzzle games out there for the PC and despite all of them charging simiar prices, a lot of them also seem to be made up of the same simple concept. This can sometimes leave you feeling a bit disappointed, after paying the price to play a game which you have basically played before under a different title. Jewel Quest style games are a perfect example of this!
Zuma Deluxe provides a slightly different experience of one of these ever so basic games and can be bought for approximately £10. It works on the same principle of having to get three matching coloured balls in a row to get them to vanish. However, each level is made up of a different background picture depicting the theme for each particular level.
The different coloured balls are all formed in a row in various colours to form a snake or worm of balls which runs around the screen in a circular motion, though the route of the balls varies for each level. You are given a cannon with which to shoot balls at the line and are shown which colour ball you are shooting and which comes next.
As long as there are three or more matching colour balls in a row, by aiming and shooting your next ball in line with them, you will make the balls vanish. The idea is to get all the balls in the row to vanish before the line reaches its final destination.
The game is simple enough in concept and probably didn't take long to design or make, but works effectively and once you get into it, it does actually become quite addictive. This is a game worth the couple of quid just to keep yu or your children entertained for a while.