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Zuma - The Original Game
2004's "Game of the Year"
In 2003, PopCap Games released Zuma, its face-paced game where the player destroys chains of colored balls before they reach the end of the path and drop into the awaiting skull's open mouth. The player is represented by a frog who discovers an ancient Aztec-esque temple where the mighty Zuma reigns.
The game contains 12 levels of "Adventure" play, where the player must clear the level of colored balls before moving on to the next level. The game also featured a "Gauntlet" style of play, where a player can choose a level and tries to reach the highest mark of the level by racking up points while a seemingly endless supply of balls fills the chamber.
There are two formats of the game: Zuma, the no-frills version which is available for free play online as well as download, and on iPods and other mobile devices. The enhanced version, Zuma Deluxe, is available on Mac and Windows, as well as a download for Xbox 360 and on the PlayStation Network.
The game became an instant hit and has now spawned a sequel, Zuma's Revenge!
The Ribbeting Sequel
On September 15, 2009, PopCap Games released the long-awaited sequel to Zuma. Called Zuma's Revenge, the heroic frog is washed out to sea and arrives at a deserted Polynesian-esque island inhabited and ruled by Zhaka Mu, a Tiki god who controls the five other Tiki bosses the player must defeat to win the game. A very special prize awaits you at the end of the game!
The style of play is virtually the same; you must clear the constantly rolling strings of colored balls, collecting points to beat the level. At the end of each level is a Tiki boss, and the main boss awaits you at the end of level six.
There are several options of play:
Adventure Mode, which takes the player through the 60 levels of story play.
Challenge Mode, which the player must reached a point target in 3 minutes to win a trophy. Includes 70 levels of play, unlocked by completing levels of the Adventure Mode.
Heroic Frog, a return trip through the Adventure mode from the very beginning.
Iron Frog, unlocked once you complete the Adventure mode, features 12 levels of play with no second chances.
The game also features the Tiki Temple which lists your accomplishments for every level, as well as other stats about your game play.
New Powerups! - And other cool features!
Fans of Zuma will remember the special Powerups that occur during game play. PopCap Games have added several new ones, in addition to old favorites. Players now have the ability to make more accurate shots with the Accuracy Powerup, blow up whole sections with the Bomb Powerup, destroy selected balls with the Laser Powerup, destroy all balls of a particular color after unleashing the Lightning Powerup, shoot three steel balls at once with the Tri-Shots Powerup, reverse the flow of balls with the Reverse Powerup, and slow the movement of the chain with the Slow Powerup.
In addition to Powerups, there are bonuses given for shooting the magical Fruit that appears during game play. Bonuses are also awarded for Combos, shooting through Gaps, and destroying bigger and longer Chains of balls.
Zuma's Revenge! also introduces two new screens of play: The Double Lily Pad, where you can move your frog between two lily pads during the game and the Pole Screen, where the frog can slide back and forth along a pole at the bottom of the screen.
Boss Challenges - Face these sinister six!
In Zuma's Revenge! you will face off against six Tiki Bosses, who you will have to defeat before continuing on to the next part of the island. The farther you progress through the Adventure mode, the harder the Boss Battles will get. Some even have protectors you must defeat before even getting a shot at them!
The final boss, Zhaka Mu, is the most complex, requiring you to defeat him in several ways before you will taste victory! And a special prize awaits you at the end of Zuma's Revenge!
For Mac and Windows
OS: 10.4.11 - 10.5.8
Memory: 1+GB Ram
Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66+GHz
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Memory: 256MB Ram (minimum, lo-res mode); 768+ MB Ram (recommended, hi-res mode)
Processor: 700MHz (minimum, lo-res mode); 1+GHz (recommended, hi-res mode)