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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.


Zuma Deluxe Windows The Balls Enter
Zuma Deluxe Xbox Gameplay
Zuma Deluxe Windows Later levels get particularly evil. I won't spoil the really outrageous ones for you.
Zuma Deluxe Windows The balls are uncomfortably close to the exit... I'm about to lose a life

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zuma" -- Palm OS/Pocket PC title

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User Reviews

Addictive even though it does get pretty difficult Windows Roedie (5255)
Addicting game, but very difficult Windows Robinet (48)
This is what Snood should have been Windows Zack Green (1186)
If you don't like haemorrhoids send them a ball! Windows POMAH (49062)

Critic Reviews Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Nov 21, 2005 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot J2ME Mar 02, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Impulse Gamer Windows Aug, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Jan 16, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Oct 03, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Feb 18, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Modojo J2ME 2006 4 out of 5 80 Windows Feb 07, 2007 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Xbox 360 Dec 13, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72


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1001 Video Games

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


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.


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

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