Best known for games such as the Bejeweled series and Peggle, PopCap Games is certainly not a new company in the gaming industry. While I enjoy puzzle games, they’ve never been my prime focus, but then I stumbled upon Plants vs. Zombies. PvZ is a tower-defense game in which you must protect your home from incoming hordes of zombies by building up the lawn with defensive plants. Using the power of falling sunshine and sunflowers, you must unleash various vegetation such as pea shooters, wall-nuts, and melon-pults. Upon completion of each level, you are awarded a new plant for your arsenal, so that in typical PopCap fashion, you’re itching to play “just one more level.”
The humor in the game is as great as the gameplay itself. There’s an old man zombie who walks slowly holding his morning newspaper…upside down. As the plants knock the paper from his hands, he gets upset and makes a mad dash for the house. That’s just one example of the various comedy elements placed into the game. If you want more of a taste, check out this video that shows off more of the humor along with a ridiculously catchy song that you’ll no-doubt be caught embarrassingly singing later.
If the regular 50-level adventure mode wasn’t enough for you, Plants vs. Zombies also features Mini-Games, Puzzle, and Survival modes. There’s also a strangely addicting Zen Garden mode that features a little snail collecting coins for you while you water your plants. You’ll have to see that one for yourself.
Bottom line: The best tower defense game I’ve ever played. Lots of replay-ability and it’s only $20…well worth the cost.