Ball shooting fun.
Another game being played on my BlackBerry. Never before has my faithful companion had so much attention. As with Farm Frenzy, this title came from HeroCraft and is being played on my BlackBerry Bold 9700.
Anyone who has played Zuma from PopCap Games will be instantly at home with Zum-Zum. Coloured balls move around a winding track, being pushed by some kind of small insect I think, and the player fires balls from the edges of the screen to match three or more of the same colour. The aim is to remove all of the balls before they reach the end of the track.
Zum-Zum comes with two different modes; Quest and Survival. In Quest, the player works through various levels of increasing difficulty in order to uncover treasure. Survival has the player working through back to back levels in order to achieve high scores. Players can gain bonus points by shooting the gold coins that occasionally appear on the screen.
As one would expect, there are various power-ups and special balls that can be used during the game. There are rockets that can remove awkward balls from the game, and balls which can pause the onslaught along the track or even rewind it. There are also the extremely useful multicoloured balls that can be used to match with any colour, useful in a tight spot.
Playing the game on the BlackBerry was incredibly simple. Depending where the player is shooting from on a given level, they either move left/right or up/down using the touchpad and then fire by sliding in the direction they want to fire in. Things get more difficult as the game progresses and the train of coloured balls start doubling back on themselves, making removing the ones behind a lesson in precision, or patience.
The graphics are very simple on the BlackBerry, but the colours are bright and everything is clear enough to not be a hindrance. The game packs 35 levels and three difficulties.
All in all, there is nothing here to complain about. The game does what it says on the tin and provides match-three fun for the BlackBerry. If matching coloured balls is your sort of thing, and you need some of this fun whilst out and about, Zum-Zum may well be the game for you.
Zum-Zum is available from the HeroCraft website for £1.50 + WAP/GPRS-fees