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Zuma Deluxe (Windows)

Everyone
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
75
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3.9
MobyScore
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Description

Zuma Deluxe is an Aztec-themed action puzzler. The goal: eliminate all the balls before they reach the skull. Balls roll down a track towards this skull and the player-controlled frog-shaped idol must shoot balls toward them to stop them, earning points. Using the mouse to rotate the frog and clicking to fire, the player needs to create rows of three or more of the same color balls to eliminate them.

The catch is that each track is shaped differently. Part of the track may block others so that if the track is filled with balls, the ones behind some may be unreachable. Fortunately, the player has up to four lives, a rarity in many puzzle games.

The game offers two different play modes:
  • Adventure Mode
    The player must battle through multiple temples to find the secrets of the Zuma. In this "campaign mode", temples that have been defeated may be skipped by the player when the player continues the game via save game.

  • Gauntlet Mode
    The player must work the player's level up from Rabbit to Sun God. Levels used in this mode must first be unlocked from the Adventure Mode. Gauntlet Mode also offers 4 (four) additional play modes: Random, Spesific, Practice, and Survival.

Screenshots

Zuma Deluxe Windows Later levels get particularly evil. I won't spoil the really outrageous ones for you.
Zuma Deluxe Windows This screens shows your progress in the adventure mode, when you die you can restart at the beginning of every stage you've unlocked
Zuma Deluxe Windows The First Level
Zuma Deluxe Windows The Balls Enter

Alternate Titles

  • "Zuma" -- Palm OS/Pocket PC title

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User Reviews

Addictive even though it does get pretty difficult Roedie (5226) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Addicting game, but very difficult Robinet (42) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This is what Snood should have been Zack Green (1015) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
If you don't like haemorrhoids send them a ball! POMAH (33730) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Freegame.cz Nov 21, 2005 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Aug 25, 2005 8.1 out of 10 81
Impulse Gamer Aug, 2008 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Feb 07, 2007 15 out of 20 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Dec 10, 2003 75 out of 100 75
7Wolf Magazine Oct 19, 2004 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Zuma appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Lawsuit

The Zuma concept is not new. Popcap borrowed it from Mitchell Corp.'s 1998 arcade game Puzz Loop/Ballistic. In 2004, President Roy Ozaki intended to file a lawsuit against Popcap for IP infringement. The outcome is not known. Mitchell did however rework the game concept in the 2006 Nintendo DS game Magnetica.

References

If you scroll over the Main Menu selections from top to bottom, the notes played are the same 5-note motif from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Information also contributed by Sciere

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Zack Green (1015) added Zuma Deluxe (Windows) on Dec 30, 2003
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