Product Type: Mumbo Jumbo PC games
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Zuma Deluxe (PC)
Member Name: Donnabroom
Zuma Deluxe (PC)
Advantages: Fun to play
~~*~~ 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!
Summary: A great little game from Popcap