Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 800 points seems a bit much for a puzzle game, but when it's one as unique, clever and original (hey, we're not in Japan, we don't know what a Puzzloop is!) as Zuma Deluxe then it's very much worth it.
  2. A hugely addictive addition to the Live Arcade scene, but very much a completist's game for the lone puzzler.
  3. It’s unfortunate that the Xbox controller can’t possibly be as accurate as a mouse (this game originally was released for PC a few years back) but you actually get used to it quickly enough.
  4. 80
    Zuma should downloaded immediately; it's one of XBLA's finest.
  5. The stages get progressively more challenging as more-complex layouts and additional ball colors are introduced, and while the underlying gameplay really doesn't change much, it's still an engaging way to pass the time.
  6. This game proves the argument that game play is more important than graphics. The addictive nature of this fast, action puzzle shooter will make sure you come back time and time again to break up those long sessions on any other 360 title.
  7. Zuma is another Xbox Live Arcade game that is highly recommended. It’s only $10, and you’ll make that back quickly with the amount of time you spend with it.
  8. It's a bit of a bummer that Zuma is single-player-only: I would've loved to go head-to-head with a buddy over Xbox Live. But the game still packs plenty of thrills into a tiny package.
  9. The difficulty curve is steep, but you probably won't even notice how hard the game has become until you realise you haven't blinked for three minutes. [Issue #16, p.78]
  10. Sooner or later you're going to be angered by options you can see but can't actually play. [Issue#23, p.97]
  11. For roughly about $10, this is a no-brainer for puzzle gamers.
  12. Anyone who loves "Bust-A-Move" will enjoy this aztec-themed variation in which your stationary frog idol fires different-colored stones into a revolving chain. [Jun 2006, p.64]
  13. It will delight and challenge both young and old alike with its bright colors, enchanting music, and addictive gameplay.
  14. Zuma is a well rounded experience, but it does have a few flaws that could be improved upon. The first down side to Zuma is the lack of multiplayer over Xbox Live, or why not even a four player Zuma?
  15. Zuma Deluxe is a enjoyable and hearty title, and the perfect time killer.
  16. It’s without doubt a unique experience. My only true complaint is the ten dollar price tag, which may be a bit steep for the subtle amount of content provided with the purchase.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 29, 2012
    10
    This is a great game. It is very challenging but worth playing none the less. It is one of those games that once you pick it up you can't putThis is a great game. It is very challenging but worth playing none the less. It is one of those games that once you pick it up you can't put it down. This is much better than Luxor 2 which is a crap knock off of this. If you like puzzle games or something with a challenge I highly reccomend this title. Full Review »
  2. JoeMasters
    May 22, 2008
    9
    I didn't like this game at first. Using the left thumb control was a bit awkward for spinning the frog around to shoot the balls.I didn't like this game at first. Using the left thumb control was a bit awkward for spinning the frog around to shoot the balls. Perseverence pays off, though, and I spent more hours playing this game than all other XBLA titles I tried or bought, combined(not a lot, but some). Full Review »