Game Review by Jonas Leyrer
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Zuma’s Revenge rejoins the famous Zuma, a puzzle solving frog, who now finds himself ship-wrecked on an island full of dangerous Tiki gods. He must battle his way through five different puzzle zones and defeat each of the bosses in order to avoid becoming dinner.
Though there are four different game modes, the basic game play of Zuma’s Revenge is always the same. The objective is to stop a stream of colored balls from reaching the end of its track by making all the balls disappear. This is accomplished by launching more balls onto the track in hopes of getting the balls into groups of three or more, based on their color. Though it may sound a bit confusing, the game has almost no learning curve and takes about five seconds to understand once you’re in it.
Despite the ease of learning, Zuma’s Revenge is no slouch when it comes to game difficulty. Adventure mode, which is the simplest of the four game modes, becomes quite a task as you make your way through and find yourself amidst more colors of balls and power-ups. If you feel that is not tricky enough, there is always the advanced difficulty of Heroic Frog, Challenge, and Iron Frog modes.
And did I mention the bonus trophy room?
Zuma’s Revenge does exactly what it should when it comes to graphics. It provides simple visuals that look very clean and highly stylized. Despite the game being largely based off your ability to match bright colors, the images on screen are not garish or irritating to the eyes.
The sound matches the visuals just about flawlessly. The effects are as crisp and stylized as anyone could hope for, but exist only as compliments to the game and do not dominate the overall experience. Though it is done well, it is also good to mention that the sound is not essential to game play. So yeah, you can fire it up anytime at the office.
Creativity and Innovation:
Zuma’s Revenge is what we should be seeing more of from game companies. It’s a simple idea and basic game play that has been accessorized with originality, humor and genuine care. From the game’s Tiki-themed graphics and sounds to its ball-obliterating power-ups and balanced game modes, it manages to get you hooked and always give you a challenge. Finally, to top it all off, the game is filled with its own brand of quirky humor that is sure to make you smile from the first load screen.
You should buy Zuma’s Revenge if:
– You liked the original Zuma
– You love challenging puzzle games
– You enjoy games that go the extra mile to do their best and make you laugh.
You should NOT buy Zuma’s Revenge if:
– You want your game to have an epic plotline
– You’d much rather shoot guns than colored marbles
– You have Ranidaphobia
Popcap created Zuma’s Revenge.