Once in a while we come upon a great game which captures the hearts and curiosity of a lot of gamers; fans and non-fans of the genre alike. The creativity, simplicity, fun-factor, and pretty much everything else about a great game are just spectacular. Plants vs Zombies is among those great titles. It is developed by Popcap Games which is very very popular amongst computer puzzle games.
Plants vs Zombies is a puzzle game involving plants battling it out against zombies. The main objective of the game is to deploy different plants to defend the house and lawn against zombies. Different types of zombies with different abilities and strengths will try to eat their way through to get to the house and eat the brains of the man in the house.
What you do is you place different plans on the lawn (playing field) and you must be able to place them effectively to prevent the zombies from passing through. Some plants give protection, some plants have special abilities on the field like block zombies momentarily, some plants provide energy to be able to create more plants, some plants even blow up and destroy zombies surrounding it, and there are other plants to choose from. If the zombies reach the house, you lose the level and you’d have to start over again. One of the main challenges here is that you can not use all plants in a level. You have to choose wisely which plants to use.
Aside from the main game, one of the good things about this game is that it has lots of other mini-games. Yes, you can even play as the zombies where your goal is to deploy zombies in a field with pre-deployed plans. You have to plan which type of zombie to use to be able to reach the brains. Some other mini-games are bowling, survival mode, slot machines, etc.
There are some more features in the game that could really interest you. There is a shop where you can buy useful items to gain advantage while playing. You also have the Zen garden where you can plan exotic plants and take care of them (water them or give them fertilizers) and then when they grow up you can sell them for in-game cash. There’s an almanac where you can see descriptions of the different types of plants and zombies you have encountered.
Those are just among the things you can expect from Plants vs Zombies. As for the technical aspect, the very good thing is that you don’t need a powerful computer to play the game. In fact, the official system requirements are 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB of memory, DirectX 8 compatible video card, Windows 2000/xp/vista, and an internet connection. That’s all. It’s not in 3D but just like the screenshot I provided, it’s very colorful and smooth. It may look like a cutie game for kids but trust me, this game is pure fun. The sound effects are simple but still good and the music is very enjoyable. You’ll also be treated to a cool music video later on in the game.
This is a great game for kids, adults, and pretty much for everyone else. It’s a good concept and is pure fun but could really get challenging especially on the later levels and mini-games. And the game is very much re-playable. You can play again and again and you’ll probably enjoy it all throughout once more. Also, it’s not that expensive. It just costs $5. So go ahead and try this game. Who knows? You might love it as much as I do. Have fun!
Plants vs Zombies Official Site
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