Zuma's Revenge

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Pitch-perfect port of a popular PC franchise.

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age 5+
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Educational Value

Zuma's Revenge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Players defeat enemies by matching three or more balls of the same color. PopCap smartly includes a color-blind mode, which gives more people a fair shot at having fun. As the game advances, though, the balls speed up and players need to think quickly to avoid defeat. 

Violence & Scariness

The frog hero of the game defeats a series of angry gods by knocking their teeth out with balls. 

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Consumerism

The game is part of an established franchise, and kids might ask parents to play other Zuma games on other platforms. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

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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. 

App details

For kids who love arcade games

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