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Zuma Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Sammy Barker

Zuma is a simple puzzle game from PopCap games

A string of marbles move along a winding path towards a skull waiting to eat the string. Alas, you play as a marble shooting frog, able to match up coloured marbles and clear them away before the skull eats them up. Chains are possible via the magnetic properties of similarly coloured marbles, making high scores possible for experienced players.

Zuma includes an Adventure Mode and a simple Survival Mode for £6.99.

Zuma is such a simple concept but it's also deviously complex. The game's difficulty slowly ramps up as you play and you'll eventually find yourself both cursing the game's existence but unable to take yourself away from it. The one-more-go factor is extremely strong in Zuma, there's no doubt about it. And essentially, that is the game's biggest strength.

If you're looking for a Playstation 3 game for a younger sibling or a parent, you can't wrong with Zuma. The deviously simple gameplay is engaging from the off but the game remains challenging throughout. Just remember, once you show someone Zuma, it's unlikely you're going to be able to pull them away from it.

A quick Google search for Zuma took us to PopCap Games' official website, where after watching a 15 second advert we could play the exact same version of Zuma as on the PSN for free. That's crazy when you consider the game is being sold for £6.99 — we definitely think a price around the £4 mark would have been more reasonable, especially when there are so few modes on offer here.

We were promised new visual effects for the PSN version of Zuma but we don't exactly see them anywhere. The PSN version looks just like the free Flash version but upscaled a bit. It's disappointing because they could have really made the game a more exciting prospect by making the graphics a bit stronger. It's rather lazy.

At times Zuma takes a devious difficulty ramp which will put you on the verge of tears. It's so frustrating given the game's simplistic nature, but it does lend itself to multiple playthroughs no matter how angry you get. The sense of determination creeps in.

Conclusion

Zuma is still one of the most addictive puzzlers around but in this instance it's probably a little overpriced.

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