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Plants vs Zombies (iPhone Game)
Member Name: BitterFusion
Plants vs Zombies (iPhone Game)
Advantages: Great gameplay, funny characters, addictive
Disadvantages: You procrastinate on this game instead of doing important things?
How to play
There is no back story as such to 'Plants vs. Zombies'. As soon as you press 'Adventure', you are thrown straight into a simple tutorial, where you are defending your home from a single line of zombies by using the most basic plants, Peashooters (which oddly enough, look like a semi-rip offs of the Pokemon, Bellsprout). More plants become available to you as you complete more levels, and the larger the selection of plants, the greater the defence system you can arrange.
The plants available to you are listed along the left hand side of the screen, and placing the plants on the lawn is very simple. The lawn is essentially a grid, and so you select the plant you wish to use and then press on the grid space where you want to place it. Once this is done, it takes a few seconds for the plant you selected to regenerate itself on the left hand list, and so you cannot reselect the same plant to put down until it has finished regenerating. Additionally, you will need to collect sunshine that falls down from the sky in order to power up the plants listed. However, you will find that Sunflowers become very important in your campaign as they generate additional sunlight, powering up your plants faster.
As you progress through the levels and are given more plants to defend your lawn with, you'll find that the zombies upgrade themselves too to give you a real run for your money. It then becomes a real game of strategy in order to use the most effective plants against the toughest zombies.
Throw in additional difficulties like defending the lawn at night time (no sunshine) and littering the lawn with gravestones (making it impossible to place a plant in that position) and you're really going to have to get that strategic thinking on...
'Plants vs. Zombies' is a success in my eyes for so many reasons. Firstly, the visual side of it is really well done. The characters are all well animated, from the slow moving, limping standard Zombies to the funky, Michael Jackson-esque Dancing Zombies. The screen is littered with the bright colours of your plants, and is a pleasure to look at.
Secondly, the simplicity of this game really contributes to its overall success. It's ridiculously easy to pick up and play, whether or not you have had any previous experience of tower defence games. In no time at all you'll be an expert at whether it's better to use a Cherry Bomb or a Jalapeno Pepper to defeat your adversaries.
However, more importantly than the aforementioned is the game's humour. I mean, where else would you find a game that boasts a Zombie Bobsled Team as its enemy?! This game's success is rooted in the fact that it doesn't take itself seriously at all. For example, pressing 'Help' on the game's home menu brings up a letter from the Zombies advising you to 'just sit there and don't do anything' when the zombies start attacking. This is a totally silly, ridiculous game, and I love it.
It may be of interest/concern to some of you to know that PEGI has given this game a 12 rating, although I feel this is rather harsh for the game. There is only very mild 'violence' (i.e. when you manage to 'kill' the zombie, the 'death' sequences are very much of a slapstick nature - funny, and non-gruesome), and mild horror (if you can call it that) in the form of the Zombies. However, it might be worth playing the game first before allowing young children to play it if this is of concern to you.
If there's one game you absolutely must buy off the iTunes App Market, it's 'Plants vs. Zombies'. Trust me when I say you won't be sorry for having parted with a mere £1.99 for this ridiculously addictive game (and just in time for Hallowe'en too!).
You can also get Plants vs. Zombies on the following platforms:
Google Chrome: Free trial (Chrome Web Store)
PC/Mac: £14.95 (PopCap.com)
Xbox Live Arcade: 1200 Arcade points
Nintendo DS: £13.99 (Amazon)
Summary: Must buy!
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