Plants vs. Zombies – A Review

A house owner must defend his home from zombies using a wide variety of mutant plants.

(Published by PopCap Games. Out for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade, and Nintendo DS.)

This game holds a special place in my heart for two reasons.  First, I played the demo for it for the first time while waiting for Dad to get through his second bypass.  It entertained and diverted me through a difficult time, and for that I am grateful.

Second, it introduced me to the Tower-Defense subgenre.  For that I condemn it to the bowls of Hell.  I mean, my God!  It’s bad enough I’m addicted to RPGs (console or otherwise),  Stratagey RPGs First Person shooters, Survival Horror, Platform, Tetris and its clones, Computer Chess, Mahjong, Solitare (pick one; it doesn’t matter) and that damn Minesweeper.  But did I have to be hooked on Tower-Defense too?  Honestly?

In essence, Plants vs. Zombies goes like this:  Each stage is set in a part of the house owners property (In total, the front and back yard as well as the roof of the house. at various times of day. Zombies come in from the right side of the screen and head to the left.  If they reach their goal, it’s game over.

To prevent them from accomplishing this, you put plants between them and the house.  This includes Sunflowers (which give you “light” to buy your plants), Pea Shooters (which shoot peas at and Zombie in their row), and Squashes (which… um… squash zombies).  As the Zombies can eat through these defense, you have to keep on your toes, making sure destroyed offense/defense/funds gets replaced.  You also have to do some serious strategy, as not only do some plants not work in some all situations but also there is an equally varied number of Zombies to contend with.

There are mini games and bonus games along with the main adventure scenario, but I think that gives you a general idea of what to expect.  Now the question is: is it fun?  Well, the first two paragraphs already answered that, but I’l restate it.  The game is very fun and intense.  I had a good time playing the demo and, recently, playing it for the Xbox 360.  I do recommend it.

To find out more about the game, head over to the Wikipedia page for it.

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