PopCap Games are one of the best makers of addictive puzzle games in
the world and given the current repetitive gaming market, sports,
first person shooters and car games, Mindscape Games have
fortunately given the thinking Australian gamer something a little
Thanks to Mindscape, Zuma is now available at all major gaming
distributors and turns gamers into an almost archaeological treasure
hunter where you must match a variety of Aztec type coloured stone
orbs in order to burst them into the ether before these orbs come
crashing down on you.
Featuring a spiral type interface that has a
variety of balls coming toward your creature, you must basically
match colours in order to prevent this from happening.
The game itself may have origins to Tetris, however is more like
Busta-Move as players move the mouse to fire the coloured orb which
appears in your creatures mouth with the corresponding colour.
Although it may be easy from the start, the game does become
progressively more difficult and frustratingly entertaining.
the end of the day, it's a true thinking man's puzzle game that as
you can see from the below screenshot is quite a breath of fresh
air. Besides the player, the star of the game is the little Aztec
The installation of the game was a breeze and once installed, we
were treated to a rather intuitive menu system that offered the
player two modes of play which include adventure and gauntlet.
Adventure is more your traditional puzzle game where you must
steadily progress through the levels (or temples), whereas gauntlet
is considerably more fast paced. Needless to say, both
relation to system requirements, they are relatively low with the
game needing a minimum of Windows 2000, 128MB RAM, 350Mhz or faster
and DirectX 7.0. If you have anything faster, the game will still
work just as well. Graphically, the title is quite colourful and
even though quite basic at times, actually suits the game perfectly.
Sound wise, it contains a great ambient soundtrack and some
entertaining sound effects to draw you into the world of Zuma!
conclusion, Zuma is a great puzzle game for the PC that we could
happily recommend to those gamers who enjoy a good puzzle and
strategy game. It's Tetris for the 21st century!