A fun and delightful tile matching video game
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
Zuma is a classic PC game that pits a mysterious frog against an ever-advancing group of colorful balls. The Zuma frog has one mission: Protect the golden skull from being overrun by these balls. Like most games of its kind, Zuma is a game of accuracy. You must accurately fire balls that successfully eradicate a certain color. For example, if two red balls are together, then you would aim to accurately fire a red ball next to them, making all three disappear.
Most people see Zuma as a puzzle game. It definitely has all the elements of a match-3 puzzler, but it also demands shooting skills that other games of its nature don't require. Zuma is a game not just of thought but of action, too. Prepare for things to get very hectic as the axis of balls advance toward the golden skull. Many folks have grown too frustrated to play this game because it has a high level of difficulty, but the payoff is worth it, and most of us eventually find our way back to the Zuma playing field.
The mechanics of the game are simple, but their application is endlessly challenging. The colored balls may be red, green or yellow. Challenging features include the occasional appearance of balls that change color in the field. Two modes of play dictate approaches to the game. Unfortunately, "Adventure" mode and "Gauntlet" mode are virtually identical. The music is the same and so are the general graphics. The key difference is the level of difficulty. Gauntlet mode may look the same, but it is actually much harder than Adventure mode. Only experienced Zuma players should enter Gauntlet mode, as the game goes at such a fast pace that it's easy to get lost in the mix.
Zuma is a game that leaves many gamers with mixed emotions. On one hand, it's one of the most unique, challenging puzzle games available online. On the other hand, this is not one of those relaxing puzzle games that so many millions of people know and love. Zuma is fast-paced and challenging from beginning to end. This is a true game, both shooter and puzzler, and you will have to work for everything you get in Zuma. There is no relaxation mode, only a hard and a harder mode.
This legendary puzzler/shooter is a classic for good reason. The game play is timeless, the mighty frog character is unforgettable, and the game itself is almost always free to try. If you want a challenging game that leaves a powerful impression, Zuma might be for you.
- Zuma is simple to learn. Don't confuse simple with easy though. You can start playing Zuma in seconds, but you may never master all of its secrets.
- The gameplay is always interesting.
- The graphics are engaging and suitable for both adults and children.
- The limited number of modes makes it impossible to experiment with the inner workings of the game. What you see is what you get.
- There are times when the balls will stall or move more slowly than they should.
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