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Zuma Available Today on PSN

Greg Canessa's Avatar + Posted by Greg Canessa on Feb 19, 2009 // Vice President of Video Game Platforms, PopCap Games

Hey folks, it’s Greg again over at PopCap Games. You may recall that I made a post a few weeks ago announcing our multi-title publishing deal with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) to bring our hit casual games to the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation Network. We also announced our first title in the partnership, the puzzle classic Bejeweled 2, on PSN that day. Since then, the community has responded in a big way, and Bejeweled 2 is a hit! We’ve been blown away by how well-received the game has been on the PSN. All I can say is, thank you!

Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of our next title, the action puzzle smash hit Zuma, on PSN! Zuma is one of our biggest and most popular games of all time, and it’s one of those games that truly appeals to hardcore and casual gamers alike. It’s just the right blend of action and strategy, with a healthy dose of skill and a bit of luck as well. I’m very happy with how great the game looks on the PS3 and how well the controls map to the PS3 controller. And, like the case with Bejeweled 2, Zuma includes an absolute ton of gameplay – 13 temples, more than 50 levels of puzzle fun, Adventure and Gauntlet modes, unlockables and more. The game looks and sounds great in HD with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and includes exclusive features like Trophy support and PSP remote play, which you’ll only find on PSN.

In collaboration with our partners at SOE, the team has worked hard to bring our biggest franchises and most popular games – Bejeweled 2 and Zuma – to you first, for your immediate enjoyment on PSN. Both of these games are puzzle classics that everyone should have in their collection, and frankly, never get old. I am really excited that we were able to get this second title out to you guys so quickly after the release of Bejeweled 2. The team is hard at work on the other three titles we’ve announced – Peggle, Feeding Frenzy and Heavy Weapon – and we plan to release those to you later this year.

In the meantime, kick back, relax and download a game of Zuma tonight. Enjoy!

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+ dh4645 on February 19th, 2009 at 11:15 am said:

nah, i already have the 360 version.


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+ MUSTANG750R on February 19th, 2009 at 11:22 am said:

Keep up the good work


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+ zombie9 on February 19th, 2009 at 11:23 am said:

Demo’s please I would not mind a flower Demo also.I don’t see what is so big about it??? :D


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+ DuckWC on February 19th, 2009 at 11:29 am said:

I got Luxor2 (the same game I think) for free when I bought the arcade version of my XBOX360

Nice game depending the price, but not for 9,99$ for sure…4,99$ is more appropriated


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+ EvoAnubis on February 19th, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

What the hell is a Zuma!? GIVE ME PEGGLE!!

Actually, Peggle I’d rather have on my PSP . . . hint, hint.


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+ WestSiide on February 19th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

meh….


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+ acerazer1 on February 19th, 2009 at 11:56 am said:

Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I thought this day would never come!

Now I need to get this, Noby Noby Boy, and the Burnout cars, the old wallet is gonna take a hit.


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+ leetfoo on February 19th, 2009 at 12:01 pm said:

lol @ $10 for a free web game. This is truly the generation of console ripoffs…


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+ motorhead85021 on February 19th, 2009 at 12:01 pm said:

I love all the people asking for a $5.00 pricetag. They don’t do this stuff for their health you know, regardless of availability elsewhere.

They do this to make a profit. Pay the $10.00 or go play it on a browser, simple as that.


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+ acerazer1 on February 19th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

How do people not know what Zuma is? Seriously, I wonder sometimes if people really do live under rocks.


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+ MattG-PTB on February 19th, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

If Popcap is looking for suggestions for future releases beyond what has already been announced, I’d like to suggest Bookworm. It’s my favorite Popcap game and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a PS3 version of it.


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+ Ankh-Morpork on February 19th, 2009 at 12:12 pm said:

I have the PSX game that Zuna is based off. Ballistic. Fun game, so I guess this will be fun too.


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+ ChainClutch on February 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm said:

no price? so is it free? $9.99 is way too much, I couldnt believe Bejewel 2 was $9.99, i was going to buy it too until i saw the price. Its a really good game but not worth that price especially since there is nothing new added except trophy support. The price should be $4.99 .. and zuma should be $4.99 unless it has some new exclusive levels or something, not just trophy support, we need something more to justify a price of $10 for a game thats many years old and that you can find on a PC for like $4.99

Im very much looking forward to seeing Zuma today.


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+ AwRy108 on February 19th, 2009 at 12:25 pm said:

Great game, but I’m holding out for $4.99, especially since Flower was only $9.99.


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+ MixPix72 on February 19th, 2009 at 12:36 pm said:

This is great, but i was wondering when are you bringing out the fantaastic game Peggle??


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on February 19th, 2009 at 12:36 pm said:

What’s up with these little casual games being 10 bucks? They are 400 points on XBL, I would like to buy Bejeweled 2 but 10 bucks is 5 bucks too expensive, sorry.


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+ Hsanrb on February 19th, 2009 at 1:04 pm said:

Zuma which I’ve played on the 360 and PC or Noby Noby Boy… Thanks for the tough decisions Sony. At least this decision is a good one to make but I could always do both.


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+ motorhead85021 on February 19th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

@66, 400 points on XBL?? I had no idea!

I now retract my statement (59)
We have to pay double the 360 crowd? No thank you.


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+ KingBroly on February 19th, 2009 at 1:17 pm said:

Why can’t you guys put out your content EARLY on Thursday? I grow wary of these 6pm-7pm updates week after week.


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+ motorhead85021 on February 19th, 2009 at 1:25 pm said:

Wow, I just checked.

You are charging PS3 users double what you charge the 360 crowd. That is messed up.


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+ Hsanrb on February 19th, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

You do realize Zuma AND Bejeweled 2 had their prices slashed 50% and are also included in their greatest hits. Not to mention you could buy a Popcap collection on a disc in stores. My memory might be foggy but I do remember prices are being slashed for these games during holiday seasons.


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+ TheZed88 on February 19th, 2009 at 2:21 pm said:

Am I the only one who will go INSANE if PopCap doesn’t bring us Insanaquirium eventually? :)


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+ madtyger on February 19th, 2009 at 2:35 pm said:

Another great Popcap game, can’t wait to play it!


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+ linuxguru on February 19th, 2009 at 2:38 pm said:

I would love to see ROCKETMANIA! Can we get that for the PS3, Greg?

BTW, how do you like working for PopCap compared to M$?


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+ lakaiHIGH on February 19th, 2009 at 2:52 pm said:

i love all popcap games but please lower the price to like $7.99. at that rate ill buy em all! good to hear that bejewled to was a smash hit on the Network, i hope that Zuma follows suit and becomes a great success on our PS3′s too. i know i love it on my cell phone.

cheers,
Lh


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+ nzgeek on February 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm said:

Please please please bring this and Bejeweled to the Euro PSN stores soon. These PopCap games are great, but there’s no excuse to leave non-Americans out in the cold.


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+ THATAIDE on February 19th, 2009 at 4:42 pm said:

Zuma costs U$ 5.00 on the 360, it’s not fair to charge double the price for a two years late conversion…
I bought Bejewled 2 U$ 9.99, it’s fair since it costs the same on the 360, but Zuma doesn’t, so I think I won’t buy it!


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+ solo013 on February 19th, 2009 at 6:32 pm said:

I like Zuma, but not as much as Bejeweled 2 and Peggle. The controls will take some getting used to, because they don’t seem as sensitive as I think they should be.

I can’t wait for Peggle I hope it’s out really soon too.


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+ Lil_Mermaid_Girl on February 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm said:

I think $10 is too pricey for a puzzle game like this. Really these should be $4.99 or $5.99. I would definetly of bought Bejeweled 2 at that price, I’m sure more people would buy too. I suppose you’re set on the $10 price tag though. The games look fine for puzzle games, but I just can’t spend that much on a puzzle game when games like Piyotmama and Go Puzzle are on the store and cheaper. Or a bigger game like Pennay Arcade for $15. If these popcap games every go to the prices I named I’ll pick some up. I’d really like to see those price tags. I mean Noby noby Boy just came out, is very original and fun, and it’s only $5. I bought that and like it.


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+ Onna76_NL on February 20th, 2009 at 3:37 am said:

I really like Bejeweled, but is it just me, I can’t seem to get pass level 5 in Action mode *huh*.

Also the hints in the puzzle mode really kills that mode.

Zuma really looks a lot like Magnetica when it comes to gameplay, I’ve tried out the demo this morning. GFX and sound aren’t really stunning comparing to most PSN games on the PS3. 9,99USD is just simply “too” much for most of the PS3 gamers. 4,99USD and 3,99 Euro makes a lot more sense for a little puzzle game like this which is long available on other platforms. Bigger games like Pixeljunk Monsters ask less for more.

Hope you’ll take that in consideration.


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+ Onna76_NL on February 20th, 2009 at 3:41 am said:

@Thataide, thanks for the tip, really, lower the price and then I’ll buy it instantly! You can check my trophy collection, I’m a real PSN game whore, but if the 360 version really is half the price, it ain’t fair!


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+ ChainClutch on February 20th, 2009 at 5:39 am said:

So after playing the demo, I am NOT buying this game which I loved so much on the PC years ago. First off the price is too much and you get nothing extra/exclusive except trophies. And what the hell is up with the graphics? the game looks like its running in standard definition!!?? and why is there a huge grey boarder surrounding the entire game interface? Bejewel 2 is full screen and truely looks HD cause its so crystal clear, but Zuma does NOT look crystal clear and does not even run in full screen. Zuma is a 101% exact port of the PC version, not even improved visuals or nothing and yet still charging $10… not good, not good.


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+ passenger_x on February 20th, 2009 at 8:53 am said:

Tried demo. It’s OK, but I will definitely not buy this for 10 bucks. Will stick to demo, it has everything I need from this game (do not really care about trophies).


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+ Kirkpad on February 20th, 2009 at 4:31 pm said:

Peggle Peggle Peggle. I don’t care if I’ve beaten both PC versions. Peggle on a TV = win


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+ JimInPT on February 21st, 2009 at 12:25 pm said:

Hi Greg, thanks for Zuma; I checked out the demo and it looks like a fun game.

However, my left thumb is VERY sore after playing a few rounds! To get smooth aiming control, it seems we’re forced to hold the left stick all the way to the edge of its maximum movement, and that gets very hard on the thumb after a while. Unless it’s held all the way over, aiming movement is very sticky, clunky and inaccurate.

I don’t see any reason it has to be this way, so I’ll wait for a control adjustment before buying; I don’t need any new thumb problems!

Thanks.


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+ tim4265 on February 21st, 2009 at 8:09 pm said:

Ya so i just got a PS3 friday and today Saturday I thought I would check out the store and buy a small game just to see how downloading and playing works out. Well, I bought Zuma figure my 7yr old would like it.
Anyways, It says downloading and then installs and complete.. Well nothing is anywhere on the PS3 to play it .. i downloaded a demo game and that works. Then i notice that the file size of Zuma is only 6mb.
What the heck is that? So now i would like to know how do i get my money back or the full game fixed. Not happy with PSN atm. Calling them and you get no answer. I will try again in the morning. But if anyone here has any clue that would be nice.


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+ ishe4rl on February 22nd, 2009 at 5:51 am said:

I can’t play Zuma, I paid for it and downloaded it numerous times and its still not showing up on my PS3. Can someone help me out, with this?


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+ ishe4rl on February 22nd, 2009 at 5:53 am said:

I like the game I had it on my 360 before I got rid of it and bought my PS3. It downloads and then the game is not under my game list. It shows up under downloads in the PS store but not on the crossbar. I’m currently in S. Korea, does that have anything to do with it?


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+ tim4265 on February 22nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm said:

Ok.. I just got off the phone with PSN. This is how to fix ZUMA. Go back to the store and go to DEMOS – find ZUMA demo and download it.
Then after that it will show up and work. The ZUMA you paid for was only 6mb reason why it is the key to unlock the demo that you should have downloaded first. When you look in your download list you wil notice it says Zuma Full Game (Unlock).
Would be nice if the PSN store had this clearly wrote out on the site.


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+ JimInPT on March 13th, 2009 at 7:32 pm said:

I tried the Zuma demo and liked it pretty well (wasn’t familiar with the game at all previously), but the way the left-stick control works prevents me from buying.

My thumb hurts! I’ve never had this happen with a PS3 game before, but my left thumb gets very, very sore playing Zuma because you have to hold the stick all the way to the maximum extent at all times to accurately and smoothly steer the shooter. Not good, and painful.

If this control ever gets modified, it’s a buy for me, but pain just isn’t on my list of game features.


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