Review: Plants vs. Zombies

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Ok, that theme song is definitely approaching (though not quite equalling) Portal's Still Alive in terms of sheer awesomeness.

Must... resist... buying... game....... aargh!

"I used to hate this game because I'm a hardcore gamer and it appeals to a casual market."
"Used to?"
"Yes, now I hate this game because of carpel tunnels brought on by playing far too much of it."

Not a bad game at all. Bought it yesterday, got my gold statue today. It's fairly easy, especially if you're building two columns of sunflowers. Even after the game is fully beat, there's the endless modes, it would be quite awhile until I've unlocked everything the store, and the zen gardens would probably take months to fill too.

I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.

WillSimplyBe:
I just want to DL the song. As I dont have the 20 dollars currently to go out and buy the crap out of this game! Susan, your voice could sell anything, it lulls one into a sense of security that makes purchases seem even better ideas than they are on their own.

Really though, Plants versus Zombies? Genius!

And after that. (already said) Cats versus Vampires!

And maybe after that... Puppies versus werewolves!? oh the insanity...

..."we don't want zombies on our lawn.... lala la la...."

The game is only $10 on steam.

Susan Arendt:

BonsaiK:
Susan gets to review all the cool shit once again. She must get first pick of the games, she always gets the neat stuff, while poor old Yahtzee is stuck with rubbish like H.A.W.K. and Halo Wars...

I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.

It's official. Yahtzee has crap taste in games.

...i hate you...and that song

This game is fantastic. I got it the other day and haven't stopped playing it since. Thanks for telling me about it Susan!

Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.

Internet Kraken:
Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.

Huh, what? I didin't get any achievements update. What are you talking about?

Eric the Orange:

Internet Kraken:
Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.

Huh, what? I didin't get any achievements update. What are you talking about?

I got one over Steam. It added some achievements to the game.

Susan Arendt:
I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.

He did review Peggle, though.

well the game is awesome and playing the minigames to get new plants for the sen garden could be very addictive this is a damn nice game

but the boss fight... well its kind off a zombie on a big robot...

Skeleon:

Susan Arendt:
I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.

He did review Peggle, though.

Yeah but that was back in the day when they told him what to review and he diddin't want to. thses days he picks his own games.

I probably watched that damn music video at least a hundred times. If only I hadn't blown all my money and could afford a new ac adapter for my laptop...(this computer is impossibly to play anything on, which is why it's mainly used for forums and msn..I need to save some money...)

Bah I have to get this game.

I got this game about 4 days ago... and have been seriously neglecting my revision playing it. It's like cocaine, speed and heroin mixed together. I've nearly 100% completed it though which is depressing, although I've still got adventure mode 2 to play through. Thank you Susan for making me fail me exams :-)

I downloaded the demo for this. I thought, "it could be okay." Then I played it, and any doubts I had disappeared. It was the fastest hour of my life, and now I want this game so badly that it's not even funny. I wonder how long it'd take to earn ten dollars... (Yes, I am a middle school student, so no, I don't have a job.)

Oh, zombies...I want more than an tiny hour shooting you with vegetables and blowing you up with fruit...

the_tramp:
I got this game about 4 days ago... and have been seriously neglecting my revision playing it. It's like cocaine, speed and heroin mixed together. I've nearly 100% completed it though which is depressing, although I've still got adventure mode 2 to play through. Thank you Susan for making me fail me exams :-)

I do what I can. :) Oh, and just start over with a new profile. It's just as fun the second time through, I promise you.

geldonyetich:
"I used to hate this game because I'm a hardcore gamer and it appeals to a casual market."
"Used to?"
"Yes, now I hate this game because of carpel tunnels brought on by playing far too much of it."

Not a bad game at all. Bought it yesterday, got my gold statue today. It's fairly easy, especially if you're building two columns of sunflowers. Even after the game is fully beat, there's the endless modes, it would be quite awhile until I've unlocked everything the store, and the zen gardens would probably take months to fill too.

I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.

Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.

However, they're water plants only, on other maps you can try Cob Cannons, you need to convert two Kernal Paults though, so this means they take up two squares. But, they instakill zombies in a fairly large (and targetable) area, with a moderate cooldown though, so, you'll want two or more to be effective, or just one to save for really massive groups of zombies. It's also the most expensive plant at a whopping 500 sun, and that's not including the 200 sun you spend on the two Kernal Paults in the first place. But, once it's down you don't have to pay for the explosive cobs it launches, so you can think of it more on the order of 4 Cherry Bombs in price and then free cherry bombs every so often after that.

God Freakin Damn it. And there I thought there are no original games since Portal and World of Goo. But this is the first game I bought after playing an hour in demo...

I never had this much fun since I played Stubbs the Zombie and Portal. Damn you PopCap Games for this massively entertaining distraction!

I'm currently at the last level before the boss fight. Damn I hate those Gargantuars. And if you people beat that game easily, I must really suck for being stuck at that level.

InProgress:
I never had this much fun since I played Stubbs the Zombie and Portal. Damn you PopCap Games for this massively entertaining distraction!

I'm currently at the last level before the boss fight. Damn I hate those Gargantuars. And if you people beat that game easily, I must really suck for being stuck at that level.

Spam Kernelpaults. Large masses of them immobilize zombies. This gives you more time to recharge your seed packets and place new plants.

Also Gargantuars are best taken care of with explosives. I would shove a doom-shroom near them because it causes massive damage to the other zombies on screen. Then I would just let the kernelpaults take them out, or place a squash next to them (excellent plant). Again, it helps that you have a good number of kernelpaults, as they can throw so much butter that the gargantuars can't even move, allowing you to easily place deadly plants near them.

GothmogII:

Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.

No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.

What ever you do, don't waste your money on the tree of life until you have nothing else to spend it on. I wasted like 30k on that damn thing and all it gave me with useless advice and a few cheats I could easily find on the internet.

Good game overall.

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geldonyetich:

I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.

Don't worry, I think the highest i got to was level 18 as well before those damn giant zombie beasts and sneaky diggers overwhelmed my defences as well.

Markness:

GothmogII:

Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.

No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.

I managed to get 27 flags in endless survival and cat tails are almost a nesessity, not only do they shoot twice, they can hit in any lane to help do damage to the farthest along zombies, they can take down air, and if any diggers get to your back row they can hit them as well.

Eric the Orange:

Markness:

GothmogII:

Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.

No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.

I managed to get 27 flags in endless survival and cat tails are almost a nesessity, not only do they shoot twice, they can hit in any lane to help do damage to the farthest along zombies, they can take down air, and if any diggers get to your back row they can hit them as well.

Well I guess they would save space from not needing as many magnets, but wouldn't they get too expensive for what they're worth after about 4 at the most? They also seem to waste a lot of bullets as the ones they are shooting disappear after the target is dead whereas normal bullets hit the zombie behind.

Markness:
Well I guess they would save space from not needing as many magnets, but wouldn't they get too expensive for what they're worth after about 4 at the most? They also seem to waste a lot of bullets as the ones they are shooting disappear after the target is dead whereas normal bullets hit the zombie behind.

well it's either cat tails, cacti or the blowers to deal with air. But yeah they are expensive, but then again most of the upgrades are after awhile, and in endless most of them are extremely helpful. I dont think I could get past 10 without rockspikes, doubble sunflowers, and frozen watermelon launchers.

Susan I bought it, and EVERYTHING you said is true.

It is FANtanstic

Dastardos:
Susan I bought it, and EVERYTHING you said is true.

It is FANtanstic

I'll never steer ya wrong, mate. :)

I think I've officially burned myself out on this game now. After getting the 10 seed slot I went to endless survivor mode and made it to flag 46. That was absolute madness and I made 60,000 dollars while playing it (hello two new zen gardens) but after the flood of gargantuars and zombonis and diggers and total lack of sun they got through. Even with 4 cob cannons in my pool, I just couldn't do it. The zombies ate my brains.

lol...i love cheeze burgers...now i feel bad...

lol gotta agree with ya there dude...although it is vary vary VARY catchy

aww...i forgot to quote...my fist post and i screw it up...

Honestly worth every penny. It's one of those 2 week addiction games where you will play it non-stop. 50 extra Missions and reasons to go over the 50 normal missions twice. Not to mention a zen garden with collectable plants, and a huge tree you can grow. 50 types of plants 20 types of zombies, good times.

I just looks like a juiced up version of 25% of flsahgames created. Not that thats a bad thing.

I liked the theme song.

Fraser.J.A:
Gosh darn it Susan, you just cost me $30! (In kangaroo currency.)

Curse your persuasive words and my easily-bedazzled puzzle-loving brain.

I got it for my iPod Touch for 1.80. I would happily have paid 10 quid for it, it is that addictive and fun.

The scuba diving zombies are the worst at the moment, but I haven't found everything yet. How long is the adventure mode exactly?

Just got it for Android (Finally!) No Zombies on MY lawn!!!

Fantastic review, Susan nailed it.

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