Thanks to some fast-paced, simple gameplay, Zuma has been carving out its own niche in the mobile phone play-on-the-train market since the mid noughties. The tile-matching objective puts Zuma firmly in the geometric world of old-school classics like Tetris and, like its forbear, Zuma is often available for free on platforms including websites, PDAs, phones and iPods. Zuma won the coveted Game of the Year award in 2004 (from RealArcade).
The original, 22-level game, is set in the Central America of the Aztecs. The object of the game is to eliminate rolling balls before they reach a yellow skull. This is achieved via the use of other balls, which the player controls by firing from a stone frog idol. When three balls (or more) of the same colour come in contact with each other, they explode. That’s the gist of it.
There have been a number of sequels and spinoffs to the original game. Sky’s online casino, SkyVegas, is the latest version of Zuma to hit the web. Designed as a slot game, players choose a small stake to wager, between 1p and 25p. A multiline slot, there are twenty lines to bet on. From there, it’s basically a classic slot game… until you get to the scatter bonus round.
The bonus round becomes available when a player sees 3, 4 or 5 frog scatter symbols appear on their screen. The feature allows players to build up some free spins. If a player achieves a reel win on any line with a ‘wild symbol’, their win is multiplied by anything from x2 to x10. Only one multiplier is used to work out the reward.
Sounds a bit complex on paper? It’s not. The best way to get to grips with slot Zuma is to head over to skyvegas.com and try a few free, no-stakes games. Follow the link to try SkyVegas Zuma, or see here for the original game.