Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
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Game Graphics4.54.54.54.54.5
Game Sound4.54.54.54.54.5

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies, developed by Pop Cap Games, Inc. is a game I recently downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on both my iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. With the ability to produce hours upon hours of gameplay with a decent amount of replay value, the simple touch-screen strategy game is a game I would highly recommend to anybody.

Plants vs Zombies

Specifications/Requirements:

Prices: United States

  • iPod Touch/iPhone – $2.99
  • iPad – $9.99

Prices: Australia

  • iPod Touch/iPhone – $3.99
  • iPad – $12.99

Size: 43.0 MB

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Rating: 9+ for

  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Purchasing/Downloading the App

I purchased the App directly via the App Store, accessible on the iPod Touch, iPhone 3/3G/4, iPad or on your computer through the iTunes store. An iTunes account and a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express) is required to pay for the application. Once purchased, the app will automatically download to your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or to your iTunes to be synced onto your device.

Gameplay

The main aim of Plants vs Zombies is to grow plants, each with a unique ability, to defend your house from attacking Zombies. The game is played on a 5×8 or 6×8 grid, with only one plant being allowed to be planted on one square (there are exceptions though). Hordes of attacking zombies will attempt to attack your house, eating through your plants if they cannot kill the zombies fast enough. Once you have defeated all of the zombies, you win. If the zombies break your lines of defences and enter your house, game over.

It may sound simple, but with 49 different plants and 26 zombies, each one with a different method of defence, attack and difficulty to overcome, the levels become progressively difficult to the point where it really requires you to think ahead. This was the selling point of the game for me. The freedom to choose how you want to defend against the zombies can lead you to replaying levels over and over to figure out what works, and what doesn’t.

Features

Plants vs Zombies is very simple to play, but there are a few features that will see you playing this game further past the first playthrough. 26 in game achievements which each require a special task to be completed in game is a notable extra, as well as a small bio on each plant and zombie, giving information about the roles of each plant and zombie in game and a small bit of extra information intended for entertainment rather than strategy.

After completing your first playthrough, you will unlock the Quick Play feature, which will allow you to play any level in the “Adventure”, including the bonus levels as well. These Quick Play games do benefit your gameplay in the second playthrough of the Adventure, so while entertaining, is also important for you to progress.

Sounds and Graphics

For an iPhone application and with knowledge of the developers intention for the game to hold that cartoon-y feel, the graphics do the job. While the background for the game is generally the same in most cases (with a few smaller features added and removed depending on your progression in the game), the graphics are easy on the eyes allowing you to easily see what is happening. While there is enough detail to ensure comfortable gameplay, a bit of extra detail wouldn’t have hurt, but this doesn’t detract from the gameplay.

The sounds in this game are a major part of this game as well, but after half an hour of playing, they begin to get beyond distracting to just annoying. With an individual sound for each zombie and each plant, it gets to the point where having a hundred or so pops from attack plants every 30 seconds really annoys you. The background music is also enjoyable at first, but again, you can only listen to something for so long before it starts to annoy you. I have found myself putting my iPhone on Vibrate to counteract this, as the sound is not necessary to actually play the game.

In conclusion, Plants vs Zombies is a game I would highly recommend. With hours of entertaining gameplay for a low price, it is one of those things that you’d regret looking past when you’re looking for something to really kill time with and slowly fall in love with.

Dylan Gatt

I swear to god I am a pirate!

2 Customer Reviews of “Plants vs Zombies”

Review by Keith Nallawalla, August 19, 2010

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I beat this game on computer, and then checked the itunes store almost every day over christmas last year waiting to see if game was available or not yet (it kept getting delayed).

I didn’t get around to finishing it again the second time on the iPhone version but I’m sure I’ll get back into it one day.

hours and hours of fun, you can also buy the game for PC at some stores for $10-$20 AUS.

Review by Ben, March 28, 2011

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The sound on the game is awseme. You can waste hours a day on it just in the Zen Garden. Too bad there isn’t zombies in the real world.

Just watch out in case someone deletes your file and you have to start again so make sure you back it up.