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 Zuma Palm OS® Products 
Current released version: 1.0 - 6th January, 2005
Current release expires: never
Feedback to: Joe Chaplin ([email protected])
Game Info:

Recent update headlines: First Public Release!

Copyright (c) 2002-2004 PopCap, 2003-2004 Astraware Ltd
All rights reserved.


Featuring all the fun and madness found in the online gaming favourite from PopCap. Zuma features colourful graphics that reflect the ancient South American civilizations and is accompanied by a panpipe music soundtrack and chanted sound effects to give a Zumaic flavour.

Match sets of three or more coloured balls by firing them from the mouth of the mythical stone frog toward the advancing line of balls. Seek out the bonus balls which cause explosions, line reversal, and slow-downs to help you achieve Zuma and complete the levels.

How To Install

Use an extractor program such as WinZip or Stuffit Expander to get at the Zuma files. Install the game by double-clicking the .prc file, which opens the Palm Install Tool program.

Use the HotSync button as usual to install the game onto your handheld. If you have a handheld with an expansion card, you can then move the game over to it. Do this before you register the game!

Now run Zuma and tap the screen to play the game!

If you've got any queries about Zuma or the registration process, first check out our knowledge base on our website (you must be connected to the internet to access this). If this doesn't help, get in touch with us at [email protected]. If you've got any questions (or suggestions, we love those) about the game itself, please get in touch with us at the email address at the top of this page.

How to Play

The goal in Zuma is to fire balls from the rotating stone frog in the centre to make groups of 3 or more balls of the same colour. Doing so removes those balls from the line. The ultimate goal of each level is to remove all the balls before they reach the skull pit.

You can fire the ball currently in the frog's mouth by tapping anywhere on the screen. This will fire the ball at the place you tapped. You can also drag the stylus on the screen to aim the frog, and the ball will fire when you lift the stylus.

You can see the colour of the next ball that you will get by looking at the top of the frogs head. You may also switch the ball currently in the frog's mouth with this one by tapping on the frog's head.

Removing balls from the middle of a moving line will stop the ones in front of that point from moving for a while, while the balls behind them catch up. If the ball colours on separated ends of a chain match, then the front set of balls will roll backwards to meet the others. This can also create matches (called combo matches).

As you make matches, the yellow progress bar at the top will fill - making matches with more balls, or creating combos, will fill this bar faster! Once this bar is full, no new balls will be generated, so all you need to do is clear the remaining balls from the level before they fall into the pit.

Hints and Tips

Make combos! Balls of the same colour will attract each other, so if there is a gap with balls of the same colour at each end, the forward set of balls will roll backwards to meet up. This can help pull balls away from the skull pit, but can also result in a combo. You get lots of extra points for a combo match, and even more if you get multiple combo matches!

Coins occasionally appear in the corners of the level - fire a ball at it to pick it up. Coins give a bonus to your score, and also help you greatly towards reaching Zuma!

Some balls will display an icon indicating that they "hold" special ability. To get that ability, you need to remove that ball by matching it in the normal way.

Special ball abilities include:


In Demo form, you can play 5 games of Zuma for free, as you decide whether you like it or not. After these games are up, the program will display a short message reminding you to register each time you play!

If you beam a demo to someone else, and they also like the game, then they can register it either by purchasing a copy from a local store or by purchasing online.

Registering Online:

For those that like the speed and convenience of buying via the internet, when you register for the game you'll get a code which will unlock the game and remain valid for future upgrades. Go to the web page at for more details.

You'll need to know your HotSync ID which you can find by running Zuma, opening the menus, and selecting the 'Register...' option. Your HotSync ID will be filled in for you below.

When you register, Astraware will generate a key based on your ID, which will normally be sent out by email within 48 hours of registering. When you receive your key, go to the same register option, and enter the key into the space provided.

Astraware Products

You can find out about Astraware and the product range we have for mobile platforms by visiting our website at
Here are our top products at time of writing:

Astraware Palm OS® Packs

GameHouse Games Pack 1Get shuffling with Nisqually, blast those blocks with Collapse and test your word power with TextTwist!
GameHouse Games Pack 2Make crazy chains in Glinx, match stunning gems in Gem Drop, and get them balls bouncing in Bounce Out!
Gameplate Twin PackBuy the brain-busting Elixir and Abysma together and save $5!
PopCap Games Pack 1Get the web games revolution that is Bejeweled, plus Alchemy, Seven Seas, Mummy Maze and Atomica!
PopCap Games Pack 2PopCap Games Pack 2 brings you another five awesome games from the masters of web games, in one pack for one great price!

Astraware Palm OS® Games

Acid FreecellAcid Freecell is the card game of choice for advanced solitaire enthusiasts
Acid SolitaireThe incredibly addictive solitaire game for Palm OS® handhelds
AlchemyTurn lead into gold in Astraware's addictive PopCap puzzle game!
Astro DefenceDefend your city from the asteroid threat!
AtomicaMake Molecules in Dr. Atomica's Laboratory in Astraware's addictive PopCap puzzle game!
Bang BangBackyard blasting fun
BattleshipThe classic naval combat game now in the palm of your hand
BejeweledBejeweled is the official handheld version of the incredibly popular and addictive online game by PopCap
Bejeweled 2The legend has returned...and is more wildly addictive than ever before!
Bejeweled Puzzle Pack CDAward winning puzzle fun with five great games including the best-selling Bejeweled!
Big Money!Coin collecting fun in another Pop Cap classic!
Biplane AceDogfight against rival fighter pilots
BookWormFeed the bookworm�s loquacious appetite with words made from connected letter tiles.
Bowling DeluxeWhether you're a novice or an expert bowler, Bowling Deluxe is the game for you!
Bzzz!Fly-catching action for the Palm
Candy CruncherCandy Crunching Fun
Candy TrainGot a sweet tooth? Get your teeth into this new game from PopCap!
ChainzUn-chain your brain with Chainz from Mumbo Jumbo!
ChromaGamesGreat triple pack of classic games
ChromaGames CDIgnite your handheld with this full-color bundle of Chess, Checkers and Backgammon
Collapse!Tap matching blocks in this simple but frantic GameHouse game.
CubisThe next generation puzzle game
Darts Deluxe IIDeluxeware's addictive darts game!
DynomiteGet prehistoric with this dino egg-citing game!
ElixirCollect valuable elixir from a stack of capsules without upsetting the balance in this ultra addictive game from Trixiam Studios.
EquilibriaMatching balls on an ever shifting playing field
Exact IIDouble your eXcitement with this sequel to Deluxeware's Exact!
Eye of HorusUnleash your magical powers with this Astraware puzzle game.
Family Fun Pack CDFruit, Fish, Frogs and an Ark-load of animals adds up to fun for all the family!
Family Games PackSix great games for the whole family
FarkleYahtzee meets craps in this fast-paced dice game. Race to 10,000 points against computer opponents or your friends. Farkle is easy to learn and fun to play. Roll the dice today!
Fish TycoonBreed fish in LDWs sequel to the fantastic Plant Tycoon!
Fruit FrolicIt's time to get fruity with this new game from Pyrogon!
Galaxy RangerBe a Galaxy Ranger, Save the Universe!
Gamebox GemsGameBox Gems is a collection of eight highly addictive puzzle games to keep your mind stimulated and your stylus tapping!
Gem DropGem dropping, jewel matching fun
GlinxMake chains of gems as long as you can!
GTS Racing ChallengeBring the power of high speed car racing to the Palm of your hand!
HedgehogTile matching fun from Deluxeware
HellfireRevolutionary combat action that will take you on a worldwide tour of duty
InsaniquariumFeed fish and fight aliens in the craziest aquarium ever!
Link LettersForm chains of words by altering single letters in Astraware's version of a classic word linking game
MahjonggRelax your mind with the most authentic Mahjongg solitaire game for Palm-powered handhelds
Mars Needs CowsThe challenging PopCap puzzle game of animal abduction!
MazeraGuide Ix through the world of Mazera as he searches for a way to escape and return to his home planet
Midway Games PackRemember those video games from the 80's arcade days with alien spaceships, deadly cars, and flying knights?
MonopolyNow you can play the world's most popular property trading game on your PDA
Mummy MazeEscape the maze and outsmart the mummy in this great PopCap game!
NisquallyMake lines of blocks to clear the screen and complete the level
Noah's ArkSave pairs of animals from the rising water in this great PopCap game!
Plant TycoonThe immensely popular Plant simulator brought to you by LDW Software
Police RangePolice Range is a fast game of reactions, dexterity, accuracy and good judgment!
RicochetClassic brick blasting fun comes to the Palm in this conversion of the PC favourite.
Rocket ManiaPopCap's new pyrotechnic puzzler is here!
Rooks RevengeTry to kill king in this real time chess game from ASAP Games.
Round UpMarble Moving Madness
ScrabblePlay the world's most popular word game on your PDA!
Seven SeasShip Ahoy! Blast pirates with a broadside and navigate through dangerous waters, in this PopCap puzzle game
Shattered Worlds: Planet AssaultThe second installment of the Shattered Worlds saga!
Shattered Worlds: Space CombatYour planet needs YOU!
Strange Adventures in Infinite SpaceSail the high sea of stars in your own deep space exploration vessel.
Super Bounce OutGet the latest brain bending ball matching action in this udate of the classic Bounce Out!
T-BlasterPractice your graffiti/text entry by blasting aliens!
TacTicA twist on the classic Tic-Tac-Toe game pits you against the brain
TantricIt's a race against time as you attempt to fill in the puzzle pieces before the descending bar of doom!
Tetric ClassicThe authentic Tetris® game for the PDA
Text TwistJuggle letters to make as many words as you can in a limited time!
TipTopTipTop is a swinging new action puzzle game with plenty of Fifties style and Vegas pizzazz.
Tots 'N' TogsThe weird clothing shop simulator
Toucan TangoPuzzle fun in the Jungle! Switch eggs to make groups before they pile too high, and rescue the baby hatchlings!
TradewindsBuild your empire through swashbuckling sea combat and trade
Tradewinds CDFar East trading and adventure in the Nineteenth Century. It's your adventure... you choose how to play it!
Trivial PursuitThe worlds most popular trivia game
Tycoon Twin PackPlant Tycoon and Fish Tycoon in one great pack!
Warfare IncorporatedFull-on Single and Multiplayer RTS in the palm of your hand
What WordWord finding fun on your palm
Word MojoMisplaced your mojo? Just say the word!
WordPopWordPop! is part word creation, part puzzle, and all fun. Clear the board by creating words. Plan ahead and you'll win the round and the game. WordPop! is easy to learn and thoroughly entertaining.
YahtzeeThe family dice game
Zap!2000/2016Arcade gaming on the Palm has never looked so good!

Release Revision History!

Release 1.0 : 6th January, 2005


If you've got suggestions for Astraware Zuma, or wish to report any problems you've had, then please contact us!

Zuma enquiries/feedback: [email protected]
Registration problems: [email protected]
General Astraware enquiries: [email protected]  


PopCap (PC Version)
Design: Jason Kapalka
Programming: Brian Rothstein
Art: Walter Wilson

Programming: Joe Chaplin
Graphics: Brian King
Quality Assurance: Graham Harrison, Steven Carrie, Paul Klosowski, Kieren Smith, Kirsten Tomlinson

Many thanks also to our tireless beta testers!

Software License Agreement

This is a legal agreement between you, the end user, and Astraware Limited. Read this agreement very carefully. If you do not wish to accept this agreement, you may not use Zuma on a device or software emulator.
  1. Grant Of License
    This License permits you to use Zuma on any single computer, provided the software is installed on only one handheld device at any time.

  2. Copyright
    The software is owned by Astraware Limited and is protected by United Kingdom copyright laws, international treaty provisions, and all other applicable national laws. You may not modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the code and algorithms of the software.

  3. Other Restrictions
    You may not rent or lease the software, but you may transfer your rights under this license agreement on a permanent basis provided you transfer all copies of the software and all written materials and the recipient agrees to the terms of this license.

  4. No Warranty
    The software is delivered as is and Astraware Limited makes no warranty as to its use or performance. Astraware Limited does not, and cannot warrant the performance or results you may obtain by using the Software or its documentation. Astraware Limited makes no warranties, express or implied, as to noninfringement of third party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event will Astraware Limited be liable to you for any consequential, incidental or special damages, or for any claim by any third party.


Astraware Limited takes no responsibility for any adverse effect that this software could cause to your machine or the data on it: backup important data before using Zuma. Zuma is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. Zuma is licensed, not sold.

You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble this software.

Astraware�s and its suppliers� entire liability and your exclusive remedy shall be, at Astraware�s option, either (a) return of the price paid, if any, or (b) replacement of the product that does not meet the warranty and which is returned to Astraware with a copy of your receipt. This warranty is void if failure of the product has resulted from accident, abuse, or misapplication. Any replacement software product will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or thirty (30) days, whichever is longer. These remedies are not available without proof of purchase from an authorized source.

Written permission must be obtained before distribution of this game, either in demo form or full form, through any online or offline methods. You may link to the product specific page, but not directly to the files (as these will change and as the programs are updated) 

Copyright (c) 2002-2004 PopCap, 2003-2004 Astraware Ltd.

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