What is Zuma? Zuma is a fast-paced puzzle game developed by PopCap Games. It can be played for free online at several Web sites like MSN Games, Zuma on Yahoo! etc, and also available for a number of platforms, including PDAs, mobile phones, Smart-phone, Xbox, Mac and the iPod. Zuma is one of the best-selling casual games of a very long time. It has been a brand, we can find over 10 clones in the casual game market called zuma-like games. As a Flash developer, did you think build a zuma-like flash game for yourself?
Of course, we can’t decompile the official swf file for an ethical standpoint. However we can try to build/coding it by ourselves for learning. So we should know first:
How Zuma works?
The principle of zuma is sufficiently simple, it is shaped like interlocking links in a chain, and is filled with colored plastic balls which move around through channels. Shoot balls with the balls of the identical color and remove them from a playfield. The balls are released from a stone frog that can rotate around and against the clock. Zuma barely falls into the category of "puzzle game" at all. It’s much more of a fast-action arcade-style game with a good deal of strategy and skill thrown into the mix.
Download Flash CS4 Project
I tried to search if there were existing AS3 based Zuma-like project, fortunately, I took it on a forum. A user named hy411699434 published his/her Zuma-like AS3 code on here(Chinese, need to register). Though it’s a non-finished version, but most functions has be done. If you are interesting it, then action!
Click below screenshot to play demo, click below link to download Flash CS4 project.