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Plants Vs Zombies (PC)

Plants Vs Zombies (PC)

Tower defense games seem to be all the craze lately with every platform having a multitude at their disposal already. Heck, even the Iphone has a few really good titles available on the Itunes store. Today we are looking at the newest title available on Steam for a few bucks by developer PopCap called Plants Vs Zombies. This game is set to become a classic because it combines addictive gameplay while oozing charm and personality from every line of code.

Zombies want to destroy your home and it is up to you to stop them crossing your lawn by arranging a multitude of zombie killing plants in their path. You have some funny, weird and wacky vegetation at hand which start with basic pea shooting plants, Zombie eating Venus traps and end up with exploded plants which leave craters in the garden. By planting these across the various lanes you get the opportunity to stop the onslaught and protect yourself again the brain hungry mutants.

Unlike the standardised tower defense games there is not a winding route to your house, the yard is divided into straight rows and the zombies shuffle in an orderly fashion ahead. They don’t cross lanes but you will find more than one zombie in every lane, especially later in the game when things get very busy. Granted this sounds very simplistic and perhaps not like it would be much fun, but trust me this game is a massively addictive experience.

There is also a stunning variety of units, with around 50 plants and 26 zombies to play with! When you complete each level in the game you unlock a new plant or item to join your arsenal of weaponry. The masses of rewards and additional game play elements ensure that long term playability is ensured and Popcap really need a pat on the back for pushing this genre to new areas. The guy who coded the game recently said in an interview that while he loved the tower defense genre that he wanted the attacking hordes able to lash out at the defensive units which means in this game that, yes, the zombies can attack the plants if they get into the same square which adds another gameplay mechanic to the overall concept.

Before every round you get to choose the vegetation you can take into battle. You only have a certain amount of slots available in your inventory although you can increase this as the game progresses by purchasing additional slots from the mentally challenged store owner (see image above). Most of the fun is choosing different plants and then adapting your strategy to compensate throughout the various levels.

To mix things up, the developers have incorporated day and night levels which means that different plants are available to use as well as meaning that harvesting sunlight for your resources is handled differently. Between these night and day levels are bonus style levels which involve quick time mini games, such as whack a zombie or zombie bowling. They even throw in a survival mode and puzzles that let you play as the zombies. There really is such a wealth of gameplay on offer in such a stunningly simple game style that I kept returning to it over the course of a week.

The game has oodles of charm and the mutants are so hilariously funny. There are zombies reading who get annoyed when you destroy their newspaper and there are american footballer zombies who run faster than the rest. The highlight for me was the Michael Jackson zombie who summons 4 backing dancers into the garden to help protect him while they dance. They are all so well rendered and animated that it is hard not to fall to the games charms.

There is an entertaining soundtrack as well which fits into the tongue in cheek game style perfectly and will bring a smile to your face everytime you fire it up. The zombies moan in various amusing ways and when you see Zombie Jackson moonwalking while several others are groaning “brainnnnnssssss” it really is hard to stiffle a giggle.

Unfortunately there is no option for altering the screen resolution, but considering the modest cost and download size (25mb) it is hard to find fault with such a charming and entertaining game.

Plants Vs Zombies is a game you need to get, regardless of what genre of games you like. if you don’t get a least a few hours play from this I will be surprised. Popcap might be seen as a budget game maker but if they keep producing games like this I will continue to sing their praises. If you are sick of buying a game which you know will just focus on a fancy new game engine then this should be a refreshing change of pace, because it is all about the gameplay. Even Macintosh owners can rejoice because it is available over here as well


Takes the tower defense genre to the next level. Massively addictive.
Very basic, but just as effective.
Some great effects and zombie mutterings
For the price of a few bucks it is hard to say no.

A modern day classic, and it just shows you don’t need a fancy game engine to create a fun and memorable game.

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Stuart Davidson

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