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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zuma's Revenge is the iOS installment of the popular PC and console franchise. It's a typical match-three game, where players destroy a chain of balls by connecting ones of the same color. Like most PopCap games, it's cute, addictive, and has no real worrisome traits for parents to be concerned about.
What's it about?
Players need to eliminate a chain of balls, which are rolling toward a gaping mouth at the end of a long track. To do this, they fire balls from a frog's mouth, attempting to match three or more of the same color -- and ideally set up chain reactions, where the destruction of one group brings another three or more like-colored balls together. Along the way, there are power-ups that do things like reverse the direction of the balls and slow their progress.
Is it any good?
ZUMA'S REVENGE is just one in a long line of titles from PopCap that is perfectly made for the iOS audience. It blends a simple concept with colorful graphics, goofy (yet funny) text, and an adorable lead character to create something you can't bring yourself to put down.
The only complaints are minor ones. There's nothing here that hasn't been included in previous ports of the franchise to other systems (though the touchscreen controls work great) -- and some modes are missing. And it would be nice to see a universal app, instead of two differently priced ones. But quibbles aside, this is a spectacularly fun game for anyone.