Zuma(TM) Deluxe Readme

Version 1.0.0
Release Date: December 14, 2005
Build Date: January 23, 2008
Developed and published by PopCap Games, Inc.

Thanks for downloading Zuma Deluxe. We hope you enjoy the game!




OS*: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel
Memory (RAM): 256MB (minimum); 512+MB (recommended)
Free Hard Drive Space: 50+MB
Video: 32MB (minimum)
Colors: Thousands or Millions (256 colors may not work)
Controls: Keyboard and mouse
Internet: Internet connection is required to register/unlock game trials � including those delivered via CD-ROM

*This game has been tested with the most current system updates of Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard) � system updates are available from Apple: www.apple.com/support/downloads. (NOTE: OS X Server and case-sensitive formatting are not supported)

Multiple Users: In all supported operating systems, if you are using a Mac with multiple user accounts, it is advised that the administrator of your system install this game into the Applications folder. If the administrator has not enabled any user specific restrictions, this will enable all users of the system to access the game when logged into their respective accounts. If permitted, non-administrator users may install the game; however, this does not guarantee proper function for all other users. The game is limited to one copy per machine.



For updates to this list go to www.popcap.com/help.php?cat=deluxe.

Bug Reporting

Though we've tried our best to squash all the bugs, every once in a while something we didn't expect pops up...

If you should come across a bug in Zuma Deluxe, please report it.



If you are experiencing problems with Zuma Deluxe, you can contact us at: www.popcap.com/help.

If you can, including the following information along with a description of your problem will help us to help you!

  • Title of game
  • Computer model
  • CPU type and speed in MHz
  • Operating System Version (Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.4.0, etc.)
  • Amount of RAM
  • Video card
  • 3rd party sound hardware cards (if applicable)

REGISTRATION [back to top]

If you enjoy playing the trial version of Zuma Deluxe, sooner or later you'll need to register!

Benefits of Registering

When you register, you will receive unlimited game play for a simple one-time fee. Plus, you support PopCap and help us to create more games in the future!

How to Register

It is highly recommended that the administrator of your computer complete the registration process of this game in order to ensure proper functionality for all users of your machine. If registered by a non-administrator, the game may only be unlocked for that user. You may only register one copy of this game per computer. Click the Buy Now link that appears when you first launch the game. Your game will be permanently unlocked once you register... there's no need for a CD-ROM or any further downloads.

Buying the Game

Once you decide to register, follow the onscreen prompts to complete your purchase. An internet connection will be required to register the game, but will not be necessary to play after you have registered.

You will receive an email receipt after purchasing the game. Save this information in case you need to reinstall the game later.


Hopefully this will answer all your questions, but if you're still having difficulties, feel free to contact us at www.popcap.com/help. Include as much information as you can about the problem you're having, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can!


INSTRUCTIONS [back to top]


Can you discover the ancient secrets of the Zuma? Their hidden temples in the jungle teem with traps and tricks! It will take a quick hand and a sharp eye to uncover their treasures...

Zuma Deluxe is an action puzzle game with two main modes. If you are new to Zuma, you should start with the Adventure mode, and move on to Gauntlet once you are experienced with the game.

Create Your Profile

When you first launch Zuma, you will be asked for your name. Your progress and high scores will be saved when you quit. If there are several people playing on one computer, you will want to create separate profiles for each. To do this, click on the link at the top of the screen that reads, "If this is not you, click here." A dialog will appear allowing you to select another identity, or create a new one.

Game Selection

You can choose either Adventure or Gauntlet mode.

Adventure mode is best for new players. You will explore a series of temples in search of the treasure of the Zuma. Each temple is divided into three stages and each stage has several levels. When a level is described with two numbers, such as Level 2-1, that means it is the first level of the second stage.

Gauntlet mode is better for experienced players. As you complete levels in Adventure mode, they are unlocked in the Gauntlet mode. You can then play an endless game on any of them, or on a random succession of levels, trying to earn higher ranks and the fabled Sun Gem.


The Options are accessible from the first game selection screen, or by clicking the Menu button while playing the game. They include:

Music Volume and Sound Effects: You can adjust these volume sliders separately to fit your preferences.
Fullscreen: If this is checked, Zuma will use your entire computer screen. If it is not checked, Zuma will be played in a window. It�s up to you to decide which you prefer.
Custom Cursors: If this box is checked, you will see special custom Zuma cursors in the game rather than Mac standard cursors. If you have a special theme installed that changes your Mac cursors, you may need to activate this option to see the cursor properly in the game.
3-D Hardware Acceleration: This box can be checked to improve performance for computers with supported video cards.
Help: This will show you an instructions screen on how to play Zuma.

HOW TO PLAY [back to top]


The controls for Zuma are very simple:

  • Point your mouse cursor somewhere on the screen and left click, and the stone frog will fire the ball in its mouth towards the cursor. Right click (or Ctrl+click) your mouse to switch the ball in the frog�s mouth with the ball color shown in the gem on the back of the frog.
  • To quit the game or change your options, click the Menu button in the top right.


The object of Zuma is to eliminate all the balls rolling onscreen before they reach the skull. When a ball reaches the skull, you will lose one of your lives, and when all your lives are gone, it�s game over!

How do you eliminate balls? Easy! When you fire a ball into a group of 2 or more of the same color, they explode! Not only that, but creating gaps between groups of like color causes them to attract and explode on their own. Practice your aim to make sets quickly and efficiently!

Zuma Meter

On the top bar you will see a small orange meter that fills as you destroy balls. When you completely fill this meter, you will hear a voice cry, �Zuma!� and all the balls will roll backwards for a moment. No new balls will enter the screen after this, so you just have to clean up the remaining balls to finish the level.

Powerup Balls

You will be aided in your task by Powerup Balls that appear occasionally. These will turn back into normal balls after a while if you don�t use them, so learn to recognize the different types! All Powerup Balls can be triggered by detonating them as part of a set.

Slowdown: All the balls will slow down.
Explosion: This will cause a huge blast, destroying all balls in its radius.
Reverse: This will cause all the balls to move backwards for a moment.
Accuracy: This will give your frog an aiming beam and increased firing speed, making it much easier to get the balls where you want them to go.


From time to time you will see a golden Zuma coin appear. Shoot these with a ball to score big bonus points! If you can hit more than 1 coin on a single level, you�ll get even more!


You can make tons of extra points by scoring combos. A combo occurs when you cause two or more explosions by firing a single ball. That is, one explosion causes the balls on either side to slide together and detonate, perhaps chain-reacting into a third explosion, and so on. These take some time and care to set up, but they�re worth it!


You can get a chain bonus by completing 5 or more sets in a row. That is, each ball you fire must cause a detonation. If you can cause 6 or more in a row, you�ll score big points!


If you can fire a ball through a gap in the balls so that it goes through and creates a set on the other side, you�ll receive a gap bonus! If you can do it through two gaps, you�ll get the rare double gap bonus! On some levels, a triple gap bonus might even be possible!

Ace Time

If you can finish a level really quickly, you may qualify for an Ace Time bonus! On the level up screen you�ll see your time and the Ace Time. You'll get bonus points for every second by which you beat Ace Time. Press the 't' key to see how much time remains to get the Ace Time bonus.


ADVENTURE MODE [back to top]

Adventure mode is ideal for players new to Zuma. You must battle through multiple temples to find the secrets of the Zuma!

Each temple is divided into three stages, and each stage is divided into several levels. When you complete an entire stage, your progress in the game is saved. Next time you play, you can skip ahead to the next stage you were working on. You can still go back and play earlier stages if you like, by clicking on the respective gateways in the Adventure screen.

When you start a level for the first time, it will be unlocked to play in Gauntlet mode later.

You�ll get a surprise when you complete each temple. Can you discover the final secret?


GAUNTLET MODE [back to top]

Gauntlet mode is for more experienced Zuma players. You must unlock levels in Adventure mode in order to play them in Gauntlet mode. Now your challenge is to work your way up the ranks from Rabbit to Sun God, earning a Sun Gem for each temple.


When you have the Random map selected, you will progress through a series of levels chosen randomly from maps you have unlocked. Difficulty will increase with each new map. The Random mode can be accessed by cycling through all the maps with the two arrow buttons.


Use the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of the screen to select a specific temple to play. You must have unlocked the level from within Adventure mode to be able to play it. You will then play an endless game on that single map. This is also good for practicing. The longer you survive, the higher your rank will rise, until you earn a Sun Gem for the map.


If you enable Practice mode, you will play the selected level over and over, just as in Adventure mode. This way, you can try to improve your performance on specific levels.


In Survival mode, you will have a non-stop stream of balls rolling onscreen, faster and faster, until you ultimately perish. How far can you make it before being overwhelmed?


SCORING [back to top]

You get an extra life every 50,000 points.

Exploded balls are scored at 10 points each.

A combo is initiated when multiple explosions are triggered with one shot. The first explosion is scored normally. The second gives a bonus of 100 points, the third 200, the fourth 300, etc.

A chain is created when at least five subsequent shots generate five subsequent explosions. At the 5th explosion a bonus of 100 points is awarded. The bonus for every subsequent explosion is calculated by taking the previous bonus and adding 10 points. So the bonus for the fifth explosion would be 100, the 6th would be 110, the 7th would be 120, and so on.

If a gap is created along the curve, a ball can be fired through the gap to cause an explosion on the other side. The bonus ranges from 10 to 500 points. A large gap is worth 10 points, while something closer to the size of the ball is worth 500 (or 250 in Survival mode). If multiple gaps are cleared in a single shot, the best of the bonuses is multiplied by the number of gaps to figure the scoring bonus.

Another way to score points is by shooting coins that appear in certain areas along the curve. If a coin is shot, a bonus of 1/6th the level's target score (rounded down to the nearest hundred) is gained. In Adventure or Practice mode, the lowest possible coin value is 500 points regardless of the target score. In Survival mode, the lowest possible value is 200 points.

The target score is equal to the number of points needed to fill the Zuma meter.

Two additional bonuses are scored at the end of each level. A bonus is given based on the distance from the last destroyed ball to the entrance of the skull's mouth. An award of 100 points per 60 pixels is given.

A second bonus is awarded for speed. The player's time to clear the level is pitted against a unique and static Ace Time. If the time is equal to or lower than the Ace Time, an award of 100 points is awarded. If the Ace Time is beaten (not tied) the difference, measured as a percentage between the two times, is multiplied by 25,000 and awarded in addition to the initial 100 points. If the time was not beaten, no bonus is awarded.


GAMEPLAY TIPS [back to top]

The strategy that should be employed when first playing Zuma is the slow and steady approach. The keys to being successful at the game are accuracy and efficiency. The game starts out slow and forgiving, so take time to fire intelligently. Watch what happens each time a group of balls is destroyed. Knowing the basic principles and physics of the game are just as important as accuracy.

The frog houses two balls at a time. The ball in his mouth is the ball "in the chamber." The color on the top of his head represents the color of the ball that is "on deck." The two can be switched at any time by clicking on the right mouse button, or Ctrl+clicking. Use this to your advantage at times when the second color would be more useful.

Each level has a target score represented by the orange progress bar at the top of the screen. When the orange bar is filled (it will turn green), "Zuma" is achieved. The state of "Zuma" means that the balls will slow down and roll backward temporarily if they are further than 50 percent along the curve. Use this time wisely to assess the situation and ready the best strategy, like setting up combos to clear the balls quickly.

As the game gets harder, it's important to remember which scoring tactics are the most rewarding and efficient. Shooting coins is always the best way to get points. It takes the least amount of time and has the highest yield. There is a trick to shooting coins, as they always lie behind balls on the curve. It's safe to say that a coin positioned behind two lines on the curve isn't worth working on. Opportunities to hit these coins usually present themselves rather randomly. However, a coin behind only one line of balls is easy to hit with a double tapping technique. If a group of like-colored balls is directly between the frog and the coin, fire a ball of the same color directly at the coin. Follow up quickly with a second ball (of any color) and it should hit the coin. Double tapping the mouse button should fire quickly enough to avoid hitting any balls that might potentially be sucked back.

That being said, balls of a like color attract. If a group of balls explodes, the remaining balls on either end of the explosion will draw toward each other if they are the same color. This principle is used in making combos. If those two remaining balls draw together and another group of three or more is formed, it will explode, creating a combo. Two or more explosions generated by a single shot are considered a combo. With each explosion, the bonus becomes greater and greater. While the point total is very good, it's not very practical to spend a lot of time setting up combos slowly. As you play the game, it might become second nature to create these combos while doing other things. This is one of the most efficient ways of scoring.

Another bonus is the chain bonus. If five or more subsequent shots each generate an explosion, this is considered a chain. Starting with the fifth, a bonus is added for each subsequent explosion. This is the easiest way to generate bonuses, but it also has the weakest point pay-off. The best time to employ this method is on the levels with a double curve. There are two independent curves generated their own ball clusters and, generally, there is much more curve exposed, so there is a better possibility of keeping the chain alive.

The final bonus is the gap bonus. This bonus is achieved when shooting through a gap in the balls to cause an explosion. The smaller the gap, the higher the bonus. The best way to employ this is using the double tap method discussed above. Firing to create an explosion on the closest part of the curve and then firing quickly at the balls behind the gap you just created is the best way to get good points. If the second shot creates an explosion, the bonus can be quite large as long as the gap is small. Watch for opportunities behind two (or more) gaps. They don't come around often, but the point yield is such that you won't want to miss it.

The single most important reason to collect as many points as possible is obtaining extra lives. An extra life is earned at 50,000 points. A good way to gather points is with speed. The faster you clear a level, the better chance you have of receiving a bonus. Each level has a pre-determined "Ace" time. Beating this time can bring in a bonus as high as 25,000 points. The best way to finish quickly is to garner as many points as possible as quickly as possible. Usually a combination of shooting coins, gaps, and chains is the best method. If the board is a double curve, take the chain bonus as far as possible while hitting any coins you can, while also paying attention to any gaps you create.


VERSION HISTORY [back to top]

1.0.0First universal binary version.
(Note: PowerPC versions of this game previously existed.)

CREDITS [back to top]

Zuma Deluxe was created by PopCap Games, Inc.

Game Design:Jason Kapalka
Programming:Brian "Ace" Rothstein
Art:Walter Wilson
Sound:Stephane Brault
Music:Phillipe Charon
Level Design:Ben Lyon
PopCap Framework:Brian Fiete
Biz Dev:Don Walters
QA:Eric Harman
Brenna Flood
Shawn Conard
Chad Zoellner
Special Thanks:Jordin Baugh
John Vechey
Shanon Lyon
Beta Testers:WhatGall
Inmost Light
Meatboy Dogfood
Macintosh Port:OrderN Development
Paul Wasmund
Jim O�Connor

Thanks to all our beta testers and players on PopCap.com for their valuable feedback!



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