Sharp Shooter achievement in Zuma

Sharp Shooter

Awarded for completing 1 level in 5 or fewer seconds.

Sharp Shooter+0.3
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How to unlock the Sharp Shooter achievement

  • Mr FiddlerMr Fiddler464,415
    18 Sep 2009 18 Sep 2009 05 Sep 2013
    94 1 49
    This is a particularly annoying achievement that is based far more around luck than skill. Be prepared to put in a fair amount of hours attempting this, perhaps try half an hour or an hour every now and then.

    You should be attempting this on level 1-1 only. To clear a level you need to fill the meter in the top right of the screen (which stops the balls from generating) and then clear all the remaining balls. The best way to fill the meter is chaining combos, that is given a sequence like this:

    [red] [red] [yellow] [yellow] [red]

    Firing a yellow ball into the middle will cause the yellows to clear and the reds will drag back together and clear as well, thus causing a chain. Each consecutive chain causes the meter to fill by a larger amount. Other good ways to fill the meter (in normal play) are gap shots and hitting the coins. However, you won't have time for that trying for this achievement. You should be looking to shoot a ball that will cause as big a chain sequence as possible. This will fill the meter and if you get it right will actually drag some of the balls back inside the spawn meaning you won't need to clear them with additional shots.

    Bear in mind that you can only really afford to shoot two balls in total here. Any more than that and it isn't likely to work as your very first shot needs to start off this continuous chain sequence and any pause can stop them from being dragged backwards. There really is zero margin for error.

    Your first shot is going to need to be roughly straight down (around the six o' clock position) and the second will be towards the upper right (between the one and two o' clock position). You may have time to swap the two balls you start with but in general I didn't bother, I just restarted instead. In fact, quite often I didn't even end up firing a single shot - you can see straightaway if there is nowhere for the first ball to go towards the bottom of the screen.

    Thanks to IQwz we finally have a video:

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    VapR StorMVery luck based achievement in my opinion, only took me 592 attempts :)
    Posted by VapR StorM on 02 Nov 21 at 09:28
    ijiekmotorsI know a tip from someone who hasn't gotten the achievement yet isn't very merit worthy, but FWIW, sometimes you do get a pattern where there is just two colours. I had once during a couple hours of trying today, a pattern that was just red blue, no other colours. That'd be easiest to combo. If you don't gain any score (Don't shoot or don't break any balls when shooting) you can just exit out and restart the level without having to clear your save, so you could grind until you get that pattern.
    Posted by ijiekmotors on 11 Jan at 17:45
    Maelstorm95+1 for me. Started playing this game again after a few years off and took maybe 100 tries. Got plenty of 7 second runs, and 1 where it was definitely under 5 but I screwed up the last shot. This isn't too bad of an achievement, and I did it just like the video above.
    Posted by Maelstorm95 on 18 Jun at 19:33
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  • NICKYG2X3NICKYG2X3924,829
    30 Mar 2015 30 Mar 2015
    13 10 0
    cn_guide I DONE IT wave

    WHILE THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS PURELY BASED ON SKILL AND LUCK - I ADVISE ANY PLAYER TO BE PERSISTENT, AS AN AVERAGE GAMER, I UNLOCKED THIS ACHIEVEMENT

    DESPITE THE HEADACHE IT CAUSES - AFTER UNLOCKING I CONTINUED TRYING TO DO IT AGAIN angry AND DID SO AGAIN IN UNDER 5 SECONDS WITHIN A 20 MINUTE TIME FRAME -

    STRATEGY IS MAINLY SHOOT DOWNWARDS/LEFT WITH THE FIRST SHOT - HITTING A SECTION OF 3/4 BALLS - THEN ADJUSTING THE SHOOTER TO DOWN/ RIGHT - HITTING ANOTHER SECTION OF BALLS AND THEN HITTING A QUICK 3RD SHOT CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION - THE LUCK PART IS IF THE SHOTS CAUSE LARGE ENOUGH CHAINS TO LEAVE YOU WITH AN EASY OUT IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER IN WHICH MOST OF THE TIME SPRAY THE RIGHT HAND CORNER HOPING THE LEVEL IS DONE - many times i had cleared all the bottom and left section and had a poor out in the top right corner - thats the luck part -


    TIME IS VERY TIGHT I HAD MANY 6,7,8 SECOND SCORES. AND EVEN A 5 SECOND SCORE. IT NOW READS MY BEST TIME IS 5 SECONDS SO MAYBE I WAS BANG ON 5 SECONDS TWICE?


    GOOD LUCK KEEP TRYING - IN KA CHACKA ZOOMA
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