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 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 there is a group of 3 or more balls of the same color touching, they explode! Practice your aim to make sets quickly and efficiently!
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.
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!
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.