Plants are your only defence against the swarm of zombies heading your way. These aren’t ordinary plants because they have the means to kill zombies. Some plants fire peas that can knock off the heads of the zombies, while others explode and take a bunch of zombies with them. There are also plants that can trap a zombie and hold it under water. Planting the right plants is your only way to survive, so be sure that you make the right choices.
About the game
Plants vs. Zombies, developed by PopCap, has received over 20 Game of the Year Awards, including the iPhone Game of the Year 2010. What makes this game so entertaining?
Plants vs. Zombies came at a time where tower defense games started to lose their shine. Strategy is the key to this game and the best thing about the game is that you can plan your strategy before taking on the zombies. You are given the time to choose whatever type of plants you will use to fight off the zombies. However, your choices are limited to the level you’ve reached.
New types of zombies are introduced with almost every new level, so are the plants that are capable of killing them. Unfortunately, time is of the essence in this game, so you need to carefully plan what plants to use and where to place them.
The Game play
When you first start playing the game it may seem fairly easy. Your garden is divided into 6 rows and the zombies will come at you using all of those rows. The zombies can only walk in one direction so you don’t have to worry about them crossing rows.
You are also presented with a variety of plants. There are a total 49 plants you can use, but not all of them will be available until you unlock them.
You will also need to be aware that the plants aren’t free. You need money to buy them and the only way to raise money is by planting sunflower plants. These are your only sources of income and they have no defence against the zombies.
The key is to plant enough sunflower plants to quickly earn you some cash so you can buy the plants that can kill the zombies. Once you have enough money, you simply select the plant you want and plant them at an area in your backyard.
This is where things can get a little tricky. There are zombies that can withstand some types of plants so you need to have a variety of plants planted on each row.
The zombies may seem to walk a slowly, but it can take some time before a plant is able to take one down. Planting more than one plant in a row will be able take a zombie down faster, hopefully before it can reach a plant and munch on it.
There are also plants that don’t kill zombies, just block them to slow them down. You can use these plants to your advantage because you’ll soon find out that the zombies can walk a little faster than what you would have liked.
If the zombies are too much for your plants, you do have a last line of defence and these are the lawn mowers. Lawn mowers are activated as soon as the first zombie reaches it. These will take down all of the zombies in the row. Unfortunately, the lawn mower can be used only one time. Once you’ve used a lawn mower, your backdoor is open to any zombie that will follow. You know what will happen when a zombie gets inside your house. You can say goodbye to your brains because the zombies will feast on them.
Playing the game is pretty simple and straight forward. You simply tap on the plant you want to use, then tap on the area you want to plant it. The game is more on strategy, so there aren’t any special moves you need to do like other games.
You may not be able to complete a level the first time, but you are given another chance so you need to choose your plants carefully.
Graphics and Sound Effects
Plants vs. Zombies didn’t get the game of the year awards for nothing. The graphics are excellent. The zombies are portrayed in a way that doesn’t make them at all frightening. They can actually be pretty funny. Some are even driving lawn mowers and some of them can fly as well.
The sound effects are a different story. If the zombies are fun to look at, the sound effects give them a little nastier touch. If you’ve ever watched zombie movies, (who hasn’t) the sound effects will give you that same creepy feeling.
The lack of a link in the app to check for downloads is something that the developers need to look at. There have also been complaints on players not being able to download a purchased upgrade.
Version 1.9.1 is the updated version and it has fixed some bugs in the game, but there are still a few more bugs that the developers need to look into.
If you like spending hours on your mobile device, then this is the game for you. Each game will take some time to play, so be sure you have enough free time on your hands before you start a game. The game is also very addictive and once you start, you’ll find a need to complete all the 50 levels.
There is a solution to all of the levels so don’t give up if your strategy fails. You’ll just need to try a different set of plants the next time around. The challenge of getting the right set of plants is what makes a lot of people addicted to this game.
Plants Vs Zombies
Developed By: PopCap
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Other OS: Android, Facebook, BlackBerry