Plants Vs Zombies (PC)
Genre: Strategy, Puzzle - Real-Time Strategy - Publisher: PopCap Games - Age Rating: 10+, 3+
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Review of "Plants Vs Zombies (PC)"
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My nephew was the one who introduced me to Plants vs Zombies. He couldn't stop going on and on about it how great it was. He had it on his IPhone, at the time I owned a Nexus 7 and gave it a try, seen as it was free to install.
I have since changed over to Apple devices and decided to get the games again, to my surprise they look amazing on a Retina display.
The only downside of the free Android/IOS versions are the adverts.
Plants vs Zombies is also available on other platforms including a online free version from PopCap's (http://www.popcap.com/plants-vs-zombies-1) website.
I got the PC version free on Origin as part of their On The House Deals.
The game normally costs £4.25 unless you can pick it up on sale. Buying the game from 2010 onwards will get you the Game of the Year Edition (the full package)
The PC version doesn't look as great as the Ipad Retina version but sometimes it's just nice to play a game on a bigger screen.
The game has a lot to offer, but not at the start of the game (you have to play just adventure mode for a while before all the other modes are unlocked).
The first thing I did on the main menu was created a Zombatar, here you can personalise a zombies looks to your liking, this zombie will be the flag bearer for the zombies (he arrives on the map to announce a huge wave of zombies are on there way). You will know how far you are into a wave by a little meter in the bottom right corner, the flag bearer symbol will also appear on this meter (maybe several times).
Hairstyle, clothes, facial hair, tidbits, eyewear, skin colour, accessories and backdrop.
Once I had done this, I went onto Adventure mode (as mentioned above, other modes unlock later on after passing certain levels in Adventure mode).
The Adventure mode starts off very easy (more like a tutorial) and as you progress through the levels it picks up the pace, the game becomes more challenging when you get to level 2, by then you would have unlocked more of the plants you need to defend your home with.
Plants vs Zombies is a very simple tower defence game, which isn't really the sort of game I would normally try. The aim of the game is to defend your home from a zombie invasion (they want your brains, yummy). The levels are made up of a grid (your garden and more) in which you can plant an army of plants for your defence.
The zombie invasion starts on the other side of the screen and slowly they appear heading along one of horizontal lines of the grid (up to 7 lines horizontally depending on the level). If a zombie reaches one of your planted defences he will eat it until the HP (healthpoints) of that plant is lost and then he will carry on moving until he gets to his goal (your brains), if a zombie reaches the edge of the garden there is one last defense mechanism in place (a lawn mower), this will activate and mow down all the zombies in that line of the grid, you only have one of these so defend as best as you can (I quite like my brain intact, don't you?).
If a zombie does get to the house after your lawnmower has been used, the music changes and all the other plants and zombies stop moving while that zombie enters your house, munching sounds will be heard, accompanied by a scream and a message saying "The zombies ate your brains!".
Then its Game Over for you, bad luck on being a zombies dinner.
As you play the first set of levels you will be introduced (unlocked by completing levels) to the different types of plants and their abilities, some plants can attack the zombies whist others are just plain defenses. The most important plant of the game are the Sunflowers (Sun Shrooms and Sunflowers on the night levels), these grant you sun points (sun points also fall from the sky every few seconds) which are needed to fortify your defences.
At the top of the screen you will see the slots in which all of the plants you can use for this level (all plants cost sun points and have different regeneration times). On some levels you can choose the plants you want, always check the start of the level when you get to see what zombies will come into play, this will give you an idea of what plants will be needed for that level, as mentioned above you will unlock more plants as you progress through the levels, the zombies will also spawn harder types to kill, also on some levels the plant slots are replaced by a conveyor belt where plants are moved into view slowly, this makes the level harder (pick wisely).
There are many types of zombies each have different HP and require different strategies to kill them, ranging from a standard Zombie to Gargantuar (the Big Daddy Zombie). The worst zombie for me was the Bungee Jumping Zombie (only on the roof level) who swoops in and takes away one of your plants.
To add more to the gameplay they have added few twists to the levels, A walnut bowling level (quite fun), a level where you fight a mini zombie hoard and a thunderstorm level where you can only see the map when lightning strikes (this is hard and annoying).
As you are progressing through the adventure you will unlock coins. David Blazing a.k.a Crazy Dave (the main instructor/narrator of the game, for some reason he wears a saucepan as a hat, hence the name Crazy Dave) will advise you to purchase upgrades, once you have reached level 3-4 you will find his car-key, this will unlock "Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies" (his shop for upgrades). He sells extra seed slots (you only have 6 plant slots to start the game off with) extra defences, upgrades for your plants and Zen Garden upgrades (more on this soon).
At level 1/1-10, level 2/1-10, you are on your lawn. The lawn is the easiest, since it's only 5 lanes.
Level 5/1-10 level 6/1-10 are the hardest levels of them all. They all take place on your rooftop, which means there isn’t any ground to plant on. You need a special plant, which is the Flower Pot. Flower Pots can be placed on the roof for your plants to be placed in.
What makes it so hard? Flower Pots cost Sun. There are 7 lanes, so it will take a lot of time to save up sun points for Flower Pots and plants. Not only does this add to the difficulty, they also use the strongest zombies from the game (what a challenge!!!). You have to be fast, and you need to know what you are doing.
The final level in the game is the final boss, Dr. Edgar George Zomboss a.k.a Dr. Zomboss. I am not going to say anymore about him, you will just have to play and see for yourself.
Plants you can use:
Day: Peashooter, Sunflower, Cherry Bomb, Wall-nut, Potato Mine, Snow Pea, Chomper, Repeater.
Pool: Lily Pad, Squash, Threepeater, Tangle Kelp, Jalapeno, Spikeweed, Torchwood, Tall-nut.Fog: Sea-shroom, Plantern, Cactus, Blover, Split Pea, Starfruit, Pumpkin, Magnet-shroom.
Roof: Cabbage-pult, Flower Pot, Kernel-pult, Coffee Bean, Garlic, Umbrella Leaf, Marigold, Melon-pult.Upgrades: Gatling Pea, Twin Sunflower, Gloom-shroom, Cattail, Winter Melon, Gold
Magnet, Spikerock, Cob Cannon.
Others: Imitater, Explode-o-nut, Giant Wall-nut.
Day: Zombie, Flag Zombie, Conehead Zombie, Pole Vaulting Zombie, Buckethead Zombie.
Pool: Ducky Tube Zombie, Snorkel Zombie, Zomboni, Zombie Bobsled Team, Dolphin Rider Zombie.Fog: Jack-in-the-Box Zombie, Balloon Zombie, Digger Zombie, Pogo Zombie, Zombie Yeti.
Roof: Bungee Zombie, Ladder Zombie, Catapult Zombie, Gargantuar, Imp, Dr. Zomboss.
Zombotany - Part of mini games
Peashooter Zombie, Wall-nut Zombie, Gatling Pea Zombie, Tall-nut Zombie, Squash Zombie, Jalapeno Zombie.
As you can see there are a lot of characters on offer for you to use your own strategies against.
Once you have finished adventure mode, you could try the other features Plant vs Zombies has to offer (unless you are all zombied out).
You can unlock this mode at level 3-2. This mode is similar to adventure mode with twists or slight changes, to make the main game feel slightly different.
Vasebreaker: A unique variation of the game where you have to smash vases open with a mallet, inside each vase is either a zombie or a plant unless the vase is a green (with a leaf printed on the front) these always have plants in them. The objective is the same to stop those zombies eating your brains. The good thing about this mode is you can play it at your own pace depending on how quickly you smash open the vases.
I,zombie: A series of Puzzle levels, the objective is to plant zombies with sun points to destroy cardboard plants and get to the brains at the end of each row. A level is completed when all of the brains have been eaten, but if the player runs out of sun points before all the brains are eaten, they will lose.
Unlocked when Adventure Mode has been beaten for the first time. The player must survive multiple waves of zombies.
This really isn't a game mode it's just a place where you can grow and tend to your plants.It
seems a bit pointless really.
The backing music fits the game perfectly, it's just a shame the graphics aren't amazing, they have done a much better job on the Apple version.
The game is very addictive and great family fun but they could have made Adventure mode harder and also got rid of the boring tutorial like missions.
I would have been happy purchasing the game especially through Steam because of the Steam achievements. The game does have achievements built-in but Steam has added a couple more. The game is also lacking Multiplayer which is available on other versions.
A final note, if you do buy the game, check out the help section on the main menu, it will make you laugh.
Product Information : Plants Vs Zombies (PC)
Manufacturer's product descriptionGenre: Strategy, Puzzle - Real-Time Strategy - Publisher: PopCap Games - Age Rating: 10+, 3+
Release Date: 2009
EAN: 5031366018212, 5050740024373
Genre: Strategy, Puzzle
Publisher: PopCap Games
Long Name: Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition
Manufacturer: PopCap Games
Listed on Ciao since: 30/09/2009