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Plants Vs. Zombies is a new game from PopCap that is a charming, humorous twist on the classic tower defense strategy games. In it, you will have to work to save your house from an onslaught of attacking zombies. Rid your home of these zombies by strategically placing plants at specific locations in your backyard. The game is a simple one to learn,...[read more below]

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Plants vs Zombies Review

Introduction

Plants Vs. Zombies is a new game from PopCap that is a charming, humorous twist on the classic tower defense strategy games. In it, you will have to work to save your house from an onslaught of attacking zombies. Rid your home of these zombies by strategically placing plants at specific locations in your backyard. The game is a simple one to learn, though it can take quite a while to master. Start the Adventure mode of the game and be transported to a suburban house and a backyard. The backyard becomes your battleground as zombies slowly begin to invade your land. Click on a plant to give it sunlight for strength or to attack the zombies. Select the areas of sunlight in your backyard to gain points, then use these points to purchase new plants. With a variety of plants to select from, the strategy is to choose the right ones to deal with different damage to different types of zombies.

Concept (5 Stars)

Quick thinking and fast planting are a must if you plan on stopping the onslaught of zombies you’ll face in each level of Plants Vs. Zombies. After winning over 30 different Game of the Year awards, this game is a must-play. There are 50 different levels of Adventure mode where obstacles like the setting sun, creeping fog, a rooftop and a swimming pool all add an exciting challenge to the gameplay. The game features 26 different types of zombies, including bucket-head zombies, pole-vaulting zombies and snorkelling zombies. With its infinite replayability, this game never offers the same experience twice. You can even make your zombie with the Zombatar and earn over 20 achievements. The game features five different game modes: Adventure, Mini-Games, Puzzle, Survival, and Zen Garden. Forty-nine different plants are available in gameplay, from the peashooter to the cherry bomb. Collect coins during gameplay and cash those in for perks like power-ups, pet snails, and so much more.

Graphics & Audio (4 Stars)

From the same creators who brought you Bejeweled and Peggle, PopCap is back with Plants Vs. Zombies. Originally made for PC, this game has a surprisingly small resolution of 800x600. In all, PopCap has outdone itself with this new release, which features beautiful graphics and depths of detail. As one of PopCap’s most impressive creations to date, the company has gone on to release subsequent versions of the much-loved original, including Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville, Garden Warfare, Garden Warfare 2, Heroes, and Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. Originally launched for the PC, Plants Vs. Zombies have gone on to be released for Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo platforms as well as for the phone.

Gameplay (5 Stars)

As the levels increase in difficulty, zombies rush at your home in droves, making your mission to place your plants and help them collect sunlight even more critical. As the game progresses, fog is introduced into the gameplay, and mini-games and a survival mode become available. Find different ways to blow up, freeze, and burn zombies to save your home from despair and proceed to the next level. Plants vs. Zombies provides a challenging yet rewarding experience for players of all ages.

Conclusion

While the game contains a decent amount of mild fantasy violence, it is portrayed in a silly manner that encourages players to use strategy to make their way successfully through the game. Once you plant your plants, they can be used as defense, shooting at the zombies of their own accord, resulting in lost zombie limbs or a fallen zombie. As opposed to many current games on the market, you do not aim and shoot at the zombies yourself. Instead, it is a strategic game where you utilize your army of plants to defend your home against the undead once you plant them.

For a campy strategy game about defending your home from zombies by planting plants to stop them, look no further than Plants Vs. Zombies.

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What follows is the official description of Plants vs Zombies, from the developers.


Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense and strategy video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Windows and OS X in May 2009, and ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices, and in remastered versions for personal computers.

In Plants vs. Zombies, players take the role of a homeowner in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. To defend their home from zombies, some of which have unique abilities, the player uses plants that can fire projectiles at the advancing zombies or have other effects on the approaching hoard. Players must plan defenses in multiple "lanes" across the home's lawn and should a zombie make it to the house on any lane, the game is over. Director George Fan was inspired to make the game after playing other tower defense titles and desiring to eliminate the typical strategies of sending advancing enemies through mazes of defenses, instead of adapting the lane approach to remove this strategy.

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