December 17th, 2011 | By Former Staff
Tagged in: 4 1/2 Stars | fun | iphone | strategy
Personally, I love this sort of game; you know, the kind that is so simplistic that you can pick it up in a heartbeat, yet it still has a challenge. Plants vs Zombies is a row based tower defense game. It’s amazingly addicting, and incredibly fun. For those of you who haven’t yet played Plants vs Zombies, the objective of the game is to prevent the zombies from reaching your house. While there are similar clones, they no where come close to this game.
You start off with just a few plants, and as you advance, your selection of sadistic seeds swells to a sanity-shaking amount. Each plant has its own good things and bad things. For example, a sunflower creates extra sun, which is what you use to create your plants, but cannot attack zombies and is weak. There are a large variety of plants from peashooters to explosive doom-shrooms. There are two main types of plants: plants and shrooms.
Plants are essentially used in every level, and there are tons of different types. There are wallnuts block incoming zombies, cactus’s shoot incoming balloon zombies, torchwood ignites your peas to do double damage, and there are tons more. Some plants must be used in different kinds of levels to gain advantage over the zombies. Catapult typed plants are to be used on roof levels because pea shooters can’t shoot over the inclined roof and lily pads are to be placed upon water so you can put other land based plants on water.
Shrooms need very little or no sun to be created, so they are the perfect plant for night. On the other hand, usually they aren’t as powerful as plants. Shrooms can’t be used during day time levels due to them being nocturnal but with a coffee bean, you can wake them up! Shrooms vary from explosive doom-shrooms to scaredy-shooters which hide when a zombie gets near. The plants of the game all have their own unique perks and shortfalls, and combined with the rest of the game, produce a hilariously fun game.
The shop is filled with goodies that you can buy using the coins you’ve obtained on the long journey to fight those dang zombies. You travel through day and night, through the pools, and onto your roof. These themes really make the game insteresting because each level adds increased difficulty but you also unlock new plants to fight the zombies. Obstacles like fog, water, gravestones, and inclined platforms really make the game one of a kind. There are IAPs to add 100,000 coins to your game to buy in the shops, but it really isn’t necessary to purchase to play the game.
Over the last few updates, there has been new modes added, like Zen Garden and Minigames. Zen Garden is a place where you can grow plants, relax, and get more coins. You start off with a sapling, and you can grow it to a marigold, which drops coins. There are other special plants you can get by playing through the game, like peashooters, doom-shrooms, lilypads, etc. You grow these plants by watering them, fertilizing them, and then using anti-bug spray or music to make them drop coins. You can unlock special minigames by buying them in Crazy Dave’s store. Some of them include: Zombiquarium, ZomBotany, Slot Machine, Beghoulded, Portal Combat, etc.
This game, at least on the iPad and iPhone, is worth every penny it costs. Gameplay is fun and the levels last a while. This game has great graphics and music never gets old. You can replay and on the iPhone, they have Zen Garden and Minigames. Have fun!
Reviewed Device: iPhone 3G