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Zuma Deluxe

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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 Shooting a Ball
Zuma Deluxe Xbox Each level has a different track.
Zuma Deluxe Windows The Balls Enter
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

Alternate Titles

  • "Zuma" -- Palm OS/Pocket PC title

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User Reviews

Addictive even though it does get pretty difficult Windows Roedie (5211)
Addicting game, but very difficult Windows Robinet (42)
This is what Snood should have been Windows Zack Green (1013)
If you don't like haemorrhoids send them a ball! Windows POMAH (36361)

Critic Reviews

IGN Canada J2ME Mar 11, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Shark Xbox 360 Feb 02, 2006 B+ 83
GameSpot Windows Aug 25, 2005 8.1 out of 10 81
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME Mar 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Impulse Gamer Windows Aug, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Lawrence Xbox 360 Aug 15, 2006 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Modojo J2ME 2006 4 out of 5 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Feb 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
7Wolf Magazine Windows Oct 19, 2004 5.5 out of 10 55


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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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