Original Release Date: May 5, 2009
Platforms: PC, MAC, iPhone, Xbox Live Arcade
Publisher: PopCap Games
When a game is voted as one of the iPhone Games of the Year, you take notice. When you find out that the game involves zombies, you feel a twinge of pride as a zombie fan. When you discover that the game in question is “Plants vs. Zombies,” however, you may have some conflicting feelings.
Listen, I get it, I really do – most iPhone users want their games and apps to be fun little things that they can play for a few minutes here and there during their down time, while they’re commuting, on a break at work, and so forth. Something that’s – how can I say this politely – not too taxing on the brain, yeah?
And that’s exactly what you get when you engage in a round of “Plants vs. Zombies.” The gameplay is your standard “tower defense” approach: you have to stop the undead from swarming your house, and you do this by planting a variety of flora and fauna in your backyard (some levels take place in the front yard as well, and even on the roof).
I played it on the pc, and because my kids got a kick out of it, I did complete all the levels. There is a boss mob (a zombie in a giant robot that launches all sorts of attacks that require specific plants to combat) and overall, I got a kick out of the game. It is mindless fun and I guess I was able to hold on and play it to the end, where things start over from the beginning, but the challenges increase, and you get to keep all the plant types you’ve accumulated. Nothing spectacular, but an interesting waste of time.
I haven’t played it. But I hear some people get a pretty good kick out of it.
World of Warcraft implemented a “Plants vs Zombies” aka “Peacebloom (a flower in the game) vs Zombies as a mini game within it too :
I haven’t participated in it– but apparently a prize for playing– is a walking flower that trots along behind you as a non-combat pet 🙂 (aka for non WoW platers= It’s just for looks)
Nice review Tone, of course this is one of the few games I haven’t played yet. Looks like someone needs another iTunes gift card. I’m pretty sure I have built up enough Speedway pts for one… hmmm….