Zuma's Revenge Adventure: Ball-Busting at Half the Price

Several weeks ago, PopCap games released Zuma's Revenge for the PC, the long awaited sequel to the ball-busting game Zuma for $20 (along with a free demo). Any recessionary wallet-watchers who hesitated at shelling out an Andrew Jackson for the full game, will now be able to buy a pared-down version of the game, Zuma's Revenge -- Adventure, for $10. This cheaper alternative will give players full access to the single-player Adventure mode only, reserving any additional challenge modes for the premium version of the game.

We asked if this $10 breakout had anything to do with flagging sales, and a PopCap rep replied by saying, "Not at all ... We did this in an effort to ensure that gamers on a budget could get their hands on a sizable portion of Zuma's Revenge at a cost comparable to many other casual games that sell for $8-12."

If you're new to the Zuma franchise, the puzzle games star a ball-shooting frog who must destroy chains of colored balls (by matching three or more of the same color) before they reach the ancient temple. The game starts out easy, but the difficulty levels ramp up as the game progresses.

In Zuma's Revenge, the basic game experience remains the same of the game, the frog can hop to different parts of the screen (which makes it easier to hit hard-to-reach areas) and each stage ends with Tiki-themed boss battles, offering additional challenges to even the most adept ball-busters.

In the abridged Zuma's Revenge -- Adventure mode you'll get the following:

- 60 new levels
- Six boss battles
- Three new power-ups: Lightening, Laser and the Tri-shot
- New methods of moving, like slide-aiming and lily-pad hopping
- Eye popping high-definition graphics

Here's what you won't get unless you buy the premium ($20) version of Zuma's Revenge:

- Challenge Mode, where players must clear levels in a set amount of time
- Heroic Frog mode, which lets you replay the Adventure mode (once completed) at a faster pace
- Iron Frog Gauntlet -- additional challenges once the Adventure mode is completed

In my humble opinion, the Adventure mode is the best part of the game and is a good deal at $10. However, if you've got an addictive personality (like me), you'll fly through the adventure mode and want to test your skills in the additional challenge modes. We're waiting to hear if PopCap will offer the additional challenge modes as an additional $10 download in the near future. The PopCap rep says they haven't decided if they'll offer the extra challenge modes as a separate download in the future.

Ready to be the baddest frog in the entire Zuma-verse? Start playing now.

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