Plants VS Zombies is an action-strategy tower defense game developed by PopCap. In this adventure, your challenge will be defending your home and yourself from hordes of zombies who want to eat your brain. Imagine you are at home, calm and relaxed. Glancing outside, you find a full army of wacky zombies are after your brains. However, don’t worry just yet! You are not defenseless, you have "special" plants that will fight for you, shoot the zombies, slow down them or even eat them.
Your challenge will be defending your home and yourself from hordes of zombies who want to eat your brain
You will have a lot of levels to play in Plants VS Zombies. You will have to face lots of different zombies, each with its own special ability, and zombie bosses who will be difficult to defeat. If you manage to finish the whole Adventure mode, you will be free to enjoy the mini-games that the developer has included within the game. If you play the PC version, you will have a Zen Garden where you can grow plants, feed them, take care of them and earn money to buy new items that will help you in your adventure.
Once you download Plants VS Zombies, you'll notice that the graphics of Plants VS Zombies are cartoon style, which lends a humorous aspect to the charming plants and the undead zombies. The sound effects are addictive; you will find yourself repeating zombie quotes even before they open their zombie mouths! The soundtrack follows the rhythm of the gameplay. When you finish the main campaign, you will enjoy an amazing performance by the plants that will make you love Plants VS Zombies.
Plants, zombies and gameplay
The Adventure mode of Plants VS Zombies is divided into different places outside your home, different hours of the day and varying weather. First, you will have to face a zombie horde in your front yard. This is just a plain yard where the zombies will try to enter your house. Then, you will have to stop them in your backyard. Here you have a swimming pool, but this is not an obstacle for your enemy - on the contrary, they will use the pool for sending zombies in rubber ring, underwater zombies or even dolphin zombies. However, you will have powerful plants to stop them, like the Cattails, which can shoot in any direction. Remember, before planting water plants, you have to plant a Lily Pad.
The Adventure mode of Plants VS Zombies is divided into different places outside your home, different hours of the day and varying weather
Finally, you will have to face zombies on your roof (how did they manage to get there?). The main drawback of this stage is that you must place a Flower Pot before you put down a plant. Of course, this supposes spending more sun and taking more time to complete the lane. All these stages can be played during day (the easiest ones), or by night, with special night plants such as the Puff-shroom and Sun-shroom. By night, you can play with different thicknesses of fog. The fog hampers your vision to see from which lane the zombies are comming, or which kind of zombie they are. You will have a Plantern to make the fog disappear, but it has a long recharging time and it also occupies the place that an attacking plant could take.
Regarding plants, the most important plants in Plants VS Zombies are the Sunflower; as they provide you with the necessary suns to get the rest of the plants. Suns also come from the sky, but they are not enough to create your plants’ army. Then, you will have fighting plants that will hurt zombies in different ways, for example, by shooting peas with the PeaShooter, or corn and butter with the Kernel-Pult.
Another class is the Stopping Plants. They will weaken and slow down zombies while attacking plants defeat them. The main one is the Wall-Nuts, which you place in a certain lane and the zombies eat it very slowly. Also, you will have the Tall-Nuts, larger but more expensive ones, or the Pumpkin, which you place on a plant for protection until it is eaten.
You will also have "Just-in-case" plants, mainly explosive ones that serve to quickly finish off an enemy, in case the rest of your plants fail. Usually, they are expensive and the time they take to recharge is long. The more zombies they are able to defeat, the more useful they are. For instance, you will have the Cherry Bomb, which explodes all zombies closeby, the Jalapeno explodes an entire lane or the Squash, which smashes the zombies in front of it. All of these disappear once they are used.
Finally, there are special plants which do not harm zombies but which can help you in your battle. The Grave Buster eats the graves which appear in your yard and from which zombies usually appear. The Magnet-shroom removes metal items from zombies, such as helmets. The Blover removes the fog temporarily and the Marigold gives you money from time to time.
Regarding zombies, we cannot divide zombies in types or difficulties, because each one has its own abilities and methods of resistance. We can say that you wouldn’t want some zombies to appear, like the Buckethead Zombie, which is very difficult to defeat since you have to remove his bucket by shooting. The Pole-Vaulters will jump over your plants, avoiding the first line of defense. Also, the Football Zombie, which wears an entire breastplate and, he runs! The Dancing Zombie carries an entourage of frenetic dancers which arrive overland or the Dolphin Rider jumps over your plants. However, the one which you don't really want to appear is Gargantuar, a gigantic zombie very difficult to defeat, which carries a huge post to destroy all plants on his way. Watch out, he launches his companion Imp to the first line of plants!
Plants VS Zombies 3.1 Features
Here you can see the features of Plants VS Zombies:
- 26 different zombies to defeat (Football zombie, Snorkelers, Gargantuar…)
- More than 40 types of perennials and temporal plants to defend your home (Sunflowers, Peashooters, Chomper…)
- Different modes to play (night, day, roof, swimming pool, etc.)
- 50 levels to enjoy
- The possibility of creating your Zen Garden to feed your own plants in the PC version
- An Almanac is available with all the information about zombies and plants
- Survival mode in the PC version
- Mini-games included at the end of each stage and available once you finish the Adventure mode
If you want to know more information about Plants VS Zombies before you download it, feel free to take a peek at the developer’s website.
The minimum system requirements to download and use Plants VS Zombies are listed below:
- Operating System: Windows XP or later
- Processor: @ 1.2 GHz
- RAM Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: 128 RAM 16Bit or 32Bit
- Sound Card: compatible with DirectX 8 or later
- Hard Drive Space: more than 65 MB of free space available
Plants vs. Zombies is the game that marked a milestone in the tower defense games
By María Villar de Sande
On Thursday, April 24, 2014
Plants vs. Zombies is one of those games that marked a milestone in the tower defence games. The game play is simple, your only task is to place your plants in front of the house and wait until they destroy the zombies. But the enterprise is not as easy as it seems. Each plant has its own skills and some are more efficient than others against certain zombies. For example, the Fume-shroom can cross the screen-doors of the Screen door zombie, but it is not very dangerous for the rest. For this reason, you have to think very carefully a strategy to confront the mob of zombies. It is also important to take into account that there are some features of Plants vs. Zombies that change depending on whether you play on your computer or on your phone. Playing on the PC allows you to access the Tree of Wisdom, which you have to raise to get some acting advices in report. You will also have access to the Zen Garden, which will provide you with some extra money to buy things for Crazy Dave, but from time to time you will also have to water, fertilise and protect your plants from bugs in order to make some profit. In the version for mobiles, you will not have any of this, at least not in Plants vs. Zombies, because in the second instalment of the saga the Zen Garden is available for mobiles, too.
- The graphics are very funny and the soundtrack, too.
- You have a lot of plants at your disposal to defend yourself.
- The variety of zombies makes you to think very well your strategy.
- The game is not free and the mobile version lacks some features.
Use your strategy while enjoying this terrific game of amazing plants
By Renaley Jamir
On Monday, April 14, 2014
A confession has to be made. I was completely addicted to this game since it was released years ago. I admit I can play this game all day long. I find the game relaxing in some ways. The game's objective is simple. You need to defend your house from the zombies who for sure will do anything to conquer your home and eat your brain. Now, you have to think fast for an effective strategy to keep these zombies away with the use of unique plants. Sounds simple, right? Remember that these zombies are unstoppable! Zombies come in various sorts such as rugby players, dancers or just plain ones. Each has different capabilities and this makes the game a whole lot of fun. I make use of the most common and important plant which is the Sunflower as my defense. I familiarize myself with the different types of zombies and the level of the game in order to come up with a strategy to win. Since the majority of the plants need ample time to recharge, it means you need to be keen on every plant to use. What I also enjoy about this game is I can choose what modes to play with, whether it is night time or during the day. I also try and use all the plants to provide a variety in the game.
- Multiple plants to use as defense
- Addicting sounds and fantastic graphics
- Several game modes to choose from
- Wide selection of mini-games available
- There is no multi-player game mode
- Some level can be frustrating
- Repetitive sound can be annoying
- Zen Garden not available in mobile version
Plants on my garden and zombies want to eat me, eeek!
By Will Terry
On Thursday, April 3, 2014
Plants vs Zombies was the first mobile game I’ve ever completed. I think it is a great title with a funny gameplay. The diversity of the available plants is great, and the combinations you can make with them make the game even better than at first sight. The game is really simple; you have to plant your defenses in the different tiles of your garden. Each plant costs suns, which are generated automatically or thanks to the sunflowers. The main plants will be the pea shooters, since they can beat down the zombies with enough time to plan your next movement.
The different available levels make the game to be long enough, and the variety such as the funny boss battles and others make Plants vs Zombies a great mobile app. Enjoy the mini-games you have completed from the main menu, lots of puzzles available and try the survival mode to check how long can you survive to the deadly zombies out there. There is an additional mode for creating your own avatar zombie with different elements that you can get from the shop of the game. Many hours of fun from the moment you install the game on your mobile device, completely recommended!
- Colorful and correct visual aspect
- Variety of funny zombies and plants
- Sometimes the game lagged on my smartphone
- An online mode would be awesome