Plants Vs Zombies: Game Of The Year Edition PC Review
Gameplay 10
Graphics 10
Sound 10

Plants Vs Zombies is just one of those games that you won’t be able to put down. It’s jam packed with enough content to keep you playing for a long time as well. If you only ever buy one game of this type make sure it is this one. You won’t regret it.

Gameplay: Beyond addictive. Once you are hooked there’s no turning back.
Graphics: Looks like a Flash game but still pretty nice.
Sound: Goofy and catchy

Summary 10 Perfect
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Plants Vs Zombies: Game Of The Year Edition PC Review

Developer: Popcap Games | Publisher: Popcap Games |Release Date: 2010 | Genre: Casual / Strategy | Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

Popcap Games is one of the biggest names in the casual gaming market with hit after hit under their belt.  Titles like Bejeweled and Peggle have already cemented their reputation, but with Plants Vs Zombies they have really outdone themselves.

At its heart, Plants Vs Zombies is a tower defense game with hordes of zombies determined to get into your house and devour your brains.  Your only defense is planting a variety of flora to block and repel the undead invaders.  It sounds rather macabre, but in typical Popcap fashion, everything is coated in a sugar sweet layer of cuteness.  While the graphics are rather simplistic and resemble a flash game more than anything else, it’s the brilliant and humorous character designs that really made the game.

To stop the zombies from lumbering into your house, you have at your disposal a range of plants that are gradually introduced during the course of the 50 level adventure mode. You need resources in the form of sunlight in order to mobilize your troops and while it slowly trickles down during the daytime levels, you’ll need to plant sunflowers in order to get more, faster.

It’s a fine balance as you have six lanes to defend and the steady trickle of zombies soon turn into huge hordes that can quickly overrun your defenses.  The amount of different plants you can plant on a level is also very limited but fortunately you are shown what zombies you will be dealing with before you have to make your selection of seed pockets.

Zombie Types

Speaking of zombie types, there are 26 different undead freaks and they aren’t simply the same zombies but different toughness levels.  Each zombie type has their own unique style and has to be dealt with appropriately.  Athletic zombies will pole vault over your defenses unless you put a “tall nut” to stop them while miner zombies will burrow underneath everything and attack you from behind. With bungee, pogo, disco, football zombies and many more the challenge just never becomes boring.  Some zombies even rock up in vehicles or adorn themselves with buckets, street cones and screen doors to thwart your attempts of killing them, again.

Environments
It’s not just the different zombie types that make your life difficult, but the environment as well.  While your start off in your front yard the fight soon moves to the backyard where the pool provides another avenue for intrepid zombies to sink their teeth into your brains.  Night time is even more of a challenge as you won’t get any sunlight and need to use nocturnal mushrooms in your setup.  Things get worse when the fog rolls in obscuring your vision and by the time you reach the roof the where plants can only be put in pots you’ll have to rethink your strategies again.

Crazy Dave
Added help comes in the form of  “Crazy Dave” your neighbor who sells you items out of the boot of his car.  You need cash for these, but fortunately the zombies sometimes drop coins.  Dave plays a bigger role later in the game when you’ve unlocked all the puzzle, mini games and the zen garden feature.

Replay Value

The replay value of this game is really through the roof and the amount of content included is unusual for the genre.  The mini games alone is a blast and take their inspiration from past Popcap hits.  The game of the year edition adds some nifty Steam achievements and some of them will really take time and dedication to get.  You also get the “Zombatar” feature that allows you to design your own custom zombie.  Long after you’ve finished the adventure mode there will still be new items to purchase from Dave’s shop that make subsequent play thoughts  worthwhile.  A second play through  of adventure mode is also a challenge as Dave will randomly pick three seed pockets for your inventory and you will have to adjust the rest of your defenses around this.

Audio

The audio is a goofy mix of tunes and fit the game perfectly.  The zombies also have wacky voices and utter phrases like “the zombies are coming!” and the obligatory “Braaains”  The music video at the end of adventure mode with the song “there’s zombies on your lawn” is  a stroke of genius.  The controls are spot on and for a casual game can have some fiendish challenges like mini zombies swarming or attacks of invisible zombies.  Lucky these challenges are apart from the adventure mode which is fairly easy to complete.

Conclusion
Plants Vs zombies is really one of those games that’s impossible to criticize. It’s a cliché to say it but its one of the cases where the adage “simple to pick up but impossible to put down” rings true. The game off the year edition doesn’t add much to the game but if you are new to the world of Plants Vs Zombies there’s no better way to start.  As far as casual games go, this is truly one of the best and belongs in the collection of any self respecting gamer.  Even if tower defense games isn’t your thing this might just be the thing to change your opinion.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: 1.2GHz+ processor
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Graphics: 128MB of video memory, 16-bit or 32-bit color quality
  • DirectX: DirectX 8 or later
  • Hard Drive: 65+MB of free hard drive space
  • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound

 

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8-10.6.x
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Graphics: 64MB of video memory, 16-bit or 32-bit color quality
  • Hard Drive: 50+MB of free hard drive space
  • Sound: Standard audio

 

Related posts

Fallout 3 – Mothership Zeta

Fallout 3 - Mothership Zeta

Mothership Zeta is a bit of a step backwards as far as Fallout 3 DLC is concerned. The game still has the trademark humor and some interesting areas, but the endless combat and lack of side missions turns it into a grind at times. Gameplay: Strips Fallout 3 down to a linear corridor shooter. Graphics: Brand new visual assets and a suitably sci-fi environment. Sound: Still good.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

It's easy to hate Stalker for all the things that it does wrong but if you take the time and effort to really get into the game instead of judging it by the standards of other First Person Shooters you will find a deeply engrossing and gripping experience that will keep you coming back for more. Gameplay: Tough as nails and very unforgiving but stick with it and you will be hooked. Graphics: Might not be cutting edge but still looks very good. Sound: Barring some weird voice glitches its all very good.

Planescape: Torment

Planescape: Torment

You just don't get games like this anymore and it is with good reason that Planescape Torment is constantly rated amongst the best games of all time. It is a nice departure from similar games in the genre but you are going to need patience and perseverance to stick with it. Once you get caught up in the fate of the nameless one however there's no turning back until you have seen all that this game has to offer. Gameplay: Planescape Torment is a solid RPG experience that should please all fans of the genre. Graphics: Showing their age but the story makes up for the lack in visuals. Sound: Excellent voice work and great sound effects not to mention stirring music.

Tengami

Tengami

The standout features of Tengami are definitely the unique visuals and great soundtrack, but the tranquil gameplay is also quite good. It doesn’t have an epic story or any action, but the gentle puzzle solving and relaxing atmosphere makes for an interesting experience. The game doesn’t have a lot of freedom, challenge or replay value, but it is quite enjoyable while it lasts and definitely leaves an impression. Gameplay: The puzzles are fairly straightforward and not very numerous, but interacting with the gameworld by pulling or sliding parts of the scenery is quite neat. Graphics: The pop-up book world visuals are simply beautiful. Sound: Features an atmospheric and very appropriate soundtrack by David Wise.

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

The Princess, The Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart is a charming and humorous visual novel that features a large cast of interesting characters. It opens with the protagonist, Nora Handa, encountering a girl claiming to be a princess of the netherworld and events just spiral further out of control from there. After his encounter with this newcomer, Nora has to decide whether he is falling in love with her or if his heart beats for one of the three other girls in his life. Of course, the fact that he has been cursed to change into a cat whenever he is kissed also complicates matters further. Overall, this is a great visual novel, but there are some gaping holes where all the adult content has been removed. Gameplay: Completing all four of the routes in the game is a lengthy process, but very enjoyable. Graphics: The artwork is really good, but it is a pity that all of the adult content had to be removed. Sound: Full voice acting for the characters along with a huge and varied soundtrack.

Mass Effect

Mass Effect

Gameplay: A nice blend of action and role playing. Graphics: A decent looking port. Sound: Very good. Mass Effect is yet another offering from Bioware that does not disappoint. The story is gripping and the characters interesting. Best of all, this is just the start of a trilogy, so there is still plenty of adventures ahead for Commander Shepard and his crew.

Leave a comment

nine − 8 =