Cataclysm Adds Plants vs. Zombies Minigame to WoW

The unholy matrimony of PopCap and Blizzard continues with a “Peacebloom vs. Ghouls” minigame found in the newest World of Warcraft expansion.

Last year at BlizzCon, I noticed that the movers and shakers at Irvine-based PC developer Blizzard seemed more than a little fond of PopCap’s brilliant Plants vs. Zombies. As it turns out, Blizzard’s love for PvZ extends far enough for the developer to essentially recreate the puzzle/tower defense game in World of Warcraft.

The above video details a new minigame found in the Hillsbrad Foothills, where players are asked to defend a farmhouse from remnants of the undead Scourge. Instead of using swords and sorcery this time around, though, you’re using … plants.

Yes, the quest is called “Peacebloom vs. Ghouls,” and its influences are, shall we say, more than obvious.

Even if the minigame only has five different types of plants, from what I can see, this WoW-ized version of Plants vs. Zombies is incredibly faithful to PopCap’s original – so much so that it’s not unreasonable to think that PopCap actually had a hand in creating the thing. Given that the two companies have worked together before (with a WoW-themed version of Peggle and official PopCap-produced Peggle and Bejeweled addons), it’s likely that PopCap was at least on board as a consulting partner.

And yes, after you’ve beaten the quest there is a repeatable version – complete with Achievements. Oh Blizzard and PopCap, why must you tempt me so?

(RockPaperShotgun)

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