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Plants vs. Zombies

14 June 2009 Leave a comment


I have a new addiction. It does entail eating brains and gardening, neither of which I can imagine myself doing in real life. Thank God for Popcap Games and its newest hit Plants vs Zombies. Here’s the premise: you’re a home owner (which I am), and your house is being attacked by a myriad group of zombies with different abilities. Your job is to prevent them from getting across either your front or back yards by planting things such as pea-shooting plants, zombie-blocking wall-nuts, and 40 other plant things that you can use to stop them. Some of those zombies ride zambonis, so you really need to be on your toes else they will most probably eat them, too.

As you can expect with a Popcap game, the levels are really well-thought out. Each progresses in difficulty logically and the fun factor follows suit. It’s not often where I find myself literally biting my nails as I barely make it through a level (right now I’m only on 3-9… I can only imagine how long my nails will last at this rate!). A mini-game is made available to you after every 10 levels, and so far I’ve opened three of them up. Each has been extremely well-done and are complete games in and of themselves. They are also a great way to earn money. Money lets you buy important tools from your crazy neighbor’s store, as well as extra slots for you to utilize. The slot prices do seem a bit high. For example, a 10-slot costs $80,000 does seem a bit steep, but you can pay only $200 for a rake weapon that lasts three rounds. This translates to spending a lot of time playing mini-games for those dollars. And lord knows I can certainly use more seed slots!

My one real complaint about the game is the backyard pool zombies. While it’s relatively inexpensive to use some water-based seed units, some of those zombies can be tough to beat, and therefore it winds up being much more expensive to protect your pool tiles than it is to protect the rest of your yard. But, then again, if you’ve ever seen my backyard in real life, you’d know that I’m really just not too keen on backyards to begin with.

Overall, Plants vs Zombies is an absolutely excellent title. It’s well-designed, has a very amusing theme, and overall is just plain fun. I give this 4.5 out of 5 brains.

Special thanks to Miss Alisa for convincing me to check the game out!
Categories: casual games, pc gaming