Get Ready to be Blitzed – Zuma Style
Following the huge success of Bejeweled Blitz, PopCap Games is taking Zuma to Facebook with the all new Zuma Blitz, allowing players to match ball-blasting wits with friends.
“We’ve received a ton of feedback regarding how players consume Bejeweled Blitz and other leading social games, and incorporated a number of those insights into this initial phase of Zuma Blitz, with more to come,” said Jason Kapalka, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at PopCap. “Zuma is a very different game than Bejeweled, so the social adaptation has gone in different directions. Zuma is already a fast-paced arcade game, so the challenge was to make it feel approachable to players of all skill levels, even with just sixty seconds to play.”
Like they did it would Bejeweled Blitz, PopCap plans to take it slow with Zuma Blitz, allowing it to over time,with the addition of new features and ways to play. New features available from the start with Zuma Blitz are expected to include:
· Weekly tournaments and leaderboards
· Regularly introduced new levels
· An “experience points” system to unlock additional features and capabilities
· A “Treasure Chest” virtual currency-based system for obtaining in-game power-ups
· Time extenders, score multipliers and the “Hot Frog” speed mode
· A peek at friends’ stats, medals, and achievements to see how they stack up
“Once again PopCap is bringing a beloved game to the Facebook Platform and enhancing already successful game play with social features and functionality,” said Gareth Davis, Facebook Platform Manager. “Zuma Blitz will provide a fun and engaging way for our more than 400 million users to play with their friends on Facebook.”
Being a huge fan of Facebook, Zuma, and Bejeweled Blitz, I am so looking forward to the new Zuma Blitz. After Zuma’s Revenge, it will be great to see how PopCap renders our favorite little frog in an even faster paced explosive good time.