Review: Plants vs. Zombies

Susan Arendt

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Review: Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is one of those games you'll be happy to let live on your computer forever and ever.

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Snor

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nooo not that song again!! :D

actually sounds like a fun game too
 

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Looks a good wee game, but for £15 I can get a few pre-owned DS games instead. Does not look fun enough to be worth the investment sadly, despite the interestingness of it all
 

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I spent about 10 minutes with this game getting it set up for the video capture and I was sold. That was even before finding out about the wealth of extras. The game is simply to fun and charming to pass up.
 
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What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?

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I'll be back soon. "Hello, Popcap? I may have an idea for you..."
 

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If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
 

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holy crap. plants vs zombies? plus a theme song that i can actually sing!? hec YES! next up should be "furniture vs aliens"!
"There are zombies on your lawn.." dun dun dun
 

John Funk

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chimmers said:
Looks a good wee game, but for £15 I can get a few pre-owned DS games instead. Does not look fun enough to be worth the investment sadly, despite the interestingness of it all
Oh, it is.
 

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chimmers said:
Looks a good wee game, but for £15 I can get a few pre-owned DS games instead. Does not look fun enough to be worth the investment sadly, despite the interestingness of it all
Get it on Steam - tis cheaper!
 

Susan Arendt

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WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
 

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The steam version was 10&#8364; (and you get Heavy Weapon Deluxe as a preorder bonus, still three hours until the game comes out on Steam), is that stripped down or something? I hope I didn't end up with a gutted version.

WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
The multiple lanes and resource system do seem to differ from what TD games usually do...
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?

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I'll be back soon. "Hello, Popcap? I may have an idea for you..."
Just make sure you don't sign anything without carefully reading it first and having an eldritch language trained lawyer check it too.
 

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If anyone's wondering about the value, Popcap's games, in my experience, don't need the disk to play once you've installed them, so you can share the fun with other people. I have a friend's computer right by mine, and we constantly compete at Peggle, and this will probably be next.
 
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Gosh darn it Susan, you just cost me $30! (In kangaroo currency.)

Curse your persuasive words and my easily-bedazzled puzzle-loving brain.
 

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DAMN YOU SUSAN, I AM BROKE AGAIN!

Also, shit, there's a zombie on my law, no, this is not the annoying song.
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?

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I'll be back soon. "Hello, Popcap? I may have an idea for you..."
Cats vs. Vampires? Damn, I was hoping for Footstools vs. Werewolves.
 

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Thanks a ton, Susan. That song brought a smile on an otherwise extremely depressing day. :)

A shame I'm still without a job and thus without moneys to spare for games...
 

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I guess they could cross tower defense with Porrasturvat and create "Sleepwalkers vs Furniture"
 

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Susan Arendt said:
WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
ok i think i might get this game, but on a different note Ms. Arendt im going to pay you to record your voice on to a very long CD that i may fall asleep to. Your like Mr. Rogers with that calming review voice, sitting here at the office i wanted to fall asleep throughout this vid.
 

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xmetatr0nx said:
Susan Arendt said:
WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
ok i think i might get this game, but on a different note Ms. Arendt im going to pay you to record your voice on to a very long CD that i may fall asleep to. Your like Mr. Rogers with that calming review voice, sitting here at the office i wanted to fall asleep throughout this vid.
Um...I can't tell, is that a compliment? It sounds like one, but at the same time, being told I put people to sleep doesn't sound too good...
 

Susan Arendt

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Why, oh why, does PopCap keep making these things? I just end up giving them money so I get addicted to a game and ignore my social life/work/spouse. They're like drug dealers, only legal.
 

Eric the Orange

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Damn you Pop Cap why, WHY! ... all my prescious time gone...gone.


eh, well I woulda wasted it anyway.
 

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My god this game is epic!

Within 5 minutes of the demo and looking at the vid i had mine ordered on Steam.

O hello buckethead zombie, KA BOOM SUCKA!!!!
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?
i would buy this. Kittens reflect ultraviolet love rays and burn the pires.
 

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I've been trying to decide just what to get my mom for Mother's Day and after reading (listening to) this review, my choice is now clear.

Hope she's ready to soil her plants!
 

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I preorderd this on steam last week. I'm thoroughly pleased to hear my gamble paid off, lotsa fun :D
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?

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I'll be back soon. "Hello, Popcap? I may have an idea for you..."
"Ahh, thank you Mister Root. Please sign here, and here. And here. And initial there. And sign to say you initialled there. And initial to indicate you initialled. And sign here, and here. Credit card number here. First-born child's name here. Oh, you need blood for that one, here, let me get you a knife. Right, that's the gag order preventing you from telling anyone else or selling your- I mean, OUR idea. Now, where did I put the rest of the paperwork?"


Susan Arendt said:
xmetatr0nx said:
Susan Arendt said:
WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
ok i think i might get this game, but on a different note Ms. Arendt im going to pay you to record your voice on to a very long CD that i may fall asleep to. Your like Mr. Rogers with that calming review voice, sitting here at the office i wanted to fall asleep throughout this vid.
Um...I can't tell, is that a compliment? It sounds like one, but at the same time, being told I put people to sleep doesn't sound too good...
Yes, I believe that's supposed to be a compliment. You do have a very nice voice, Susan. I think you could actually promote Superman 64 as a good game if you used it. ;)
 

Susan Arendt

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I waited for this since your review two weeks ago, then I got to play the trial on the 4th. Very addicting, it ended too soon.

Now I'm out 20 bucks.
 

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really fun game, and bout the only game on steam thats apparently cheapest in EU instead of the us, which of cause means i would have bought it no matter how good it was just to rub it in the face of the US citizens, if they would ever take their face away from the cheese burgers that is
 

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Nerdfury said:
Yes, I believe that's supposed to be a compliment. You do have a very nice voice, Susan. I think you could actually promote Superman 64 as a good game if you used it. ;)
No, no, no...one must use ones power for good, not evil.

As for a console/handheld version, yes, one will likely come along, but don't hold your breath waiting. PopCap is a very small company, and these things take time. Peggle only just came out on the DS, remember.
 

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Oh lord, I played the trial, and it ended. Then I bought the game. Half-Price on steam so naturally I went there.
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
What have they got lined up for the sequel? Cats versus Vampires?

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I'll be back soon. "Hello, Popcap? I may have an idea for you..."
Ultimate tower = Laser Cat
 

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Well, I got to say, the review was dead on.
Not that I was really affected by it, for I had pre-ordered the game a week ago, since the concept seemed so interesting. And the catch theme song propably had its hand on the situation as well.
And now, I have wasted an entire night playing it. And I do mean that I started playing around 10 PM and around 4 AM started wondering wether I should go to work really late or really early.
I chose early.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
CURSE YOU SUSAN! I need to stop listening to your reviews, they're too expensive. T_T
 

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Thank you for bringing this game to my attention with your review. This game is an absolute blast. Love the random humor sprinkled through the game with the almanac entries for the plants and zombies and the very helpful "help" button.
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
Susan Arendt said:
Plants vs. Zombies is one of those games you'll be happy to let live on your computer forever and ever.
Oh, and click on "help" for a giggle.
Heh heh... I discovered that one as well. I noticed the "Help" option there, and was just wondering what it'd say in there.
 

Nerdfury

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swaki said:
really fun game, and bout the only game on steam thats apparently cheapest in EU instead of the us, which of cause means i would have bought it no matter how good it was just to rub it in the face of the US citizens, if they would ever take their face away from the cheese burgers that is
You're already on probation - making wide-spread generalisations about Americans on a predominantly American board isn't going to make you any friends. And no, I am not American myself.
 

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Sounds interesting, although I find it strange not to see any maze-building...?
Isn't that possible?
 

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OMG curse you popcap, the game is so damn good i cant stop playing it and the song is in my head, grrrrrrrr
i preordered this game on steam cause i needed some time to kill and heavy wepon deluxe looked fun, in short plants vs zombies is awsome BUY IT PEOPLE!!!
 

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Without wanting to risk the ire of the other reviewers and senior writers. Susan's reviews are AWESOME!


Nothing wrong with the theme song. I've heard worse. Somewhere. Ok, I may have been dreaming.
 

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ElArabDeMagnifico said:
Oh lord, I played the trial, and it ended. Then I bought the game. Half-Price on steam so naturally I went there.
I picked it up yesterday for $10 on Steam too, and it's totally worth it. Ended up playing it for several hours last night.

It's simple, but entertaining.
 

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The hour passed all too quickly, but now I can kill zombies all night if I wish. What a great little game!
 

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downloading the demo as we speak. Well we don't really speak but... you get the idea.
 

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The singing sunflower actually sold me on the game better than the demo.

As far as hardcore gaming goes, I wasn't too impressed with the demo. The thing is that it's very much a lighter version of tower defense because the towers only fire in one direction and there's no maze customization. Something like Desktop Tower Defense [http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/Game.asp] is a whole lot more compelling because there's a great deal more freedom to it.

This shouldn't be too surprising that the hardcore gamer isn't impressed, as PopCap is the king of casual.

That said, it could have been a lot worse, and as far as PopCap games go this one is a few slices above the norm in terms of sophistication. They added a quite the number of interesting additional modes and a ton of different tower types. That there's a bit of deck building is a nice touch, too.

Despite my finding it a bit oversimplified for my massively overdeveloped 32-years-old-and-still-a-habitual-gamer brain (a tempting target to zombies everywhere) I might just get Plants vs. Zombies anyway. At $9.99, it's a fair steal for the amount of content in the game. I probably wouldn't go as high as $20 in this case, though.
 

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WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
This is very different from the run of the mill TD flash games, trust me I've been all over playing Tower Defense games free and bought, and the ones I had to buy (this and Defense Grid) were worth the buy (to me at least).
 

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There are two things that put this above pretty much any other tower defense game for me: a unique style that is actually interesting to look at (as well as listen to) and the feeling that you are really in the middle of the game instead of some all powerful eye in the sky making commands. In fact, I would barely consider it a Tower Defense game since it eschews most of the generally accepted principles of those games like mazes and upgrades for a simple interface with complex decisions (what plants will you use here? can you wait for this particular plant and use the sun on something more immediately useful or is it better to place it now so it will regenerate in time to build more?) It seems more like Orbital Decay [http://orbital.decay.fizzlebot.com/] to me, which by the way is an amazing defense game that isn't really tower defense either, and in fact is actually part action.

I haven't played TOO far yet, but I'd say it's a bit more than PopCap's average casual game, but maybe not quite for the really hardcore people, however the style gives it a certain advantage that no other game like this has and could very well attract people from either side.

I'd write a review but I fear for a flood of PvZ reviews that will no doubt be arriving within the week.
 

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i don't know if i could enjoy playing another tower defence game especially one i need to pay for.
 

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I like how Susan explains concepts , it sounds so simple and... I don't know... carefree?
Her voice reminds me of few relaxation/meditaion tapes, but I can't really put my finger on it.... I got it !! It's hypnosis! Curse you Susan! :p
 

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neuromasser said:
I like how Susan explains concepts , it sounds so simple and... I don't know... carefree?
Her voice reminds me of few relaxation/meditaion tapes, but I can't really put my finger on it.... I got it !! It's hypnosis! Curse you Susan! :p
Buyyyyyyy the gaaaaaaaame.... ;)
 

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Susan Arendt said:
neuromasser said:
I like how Susan explains concepts , it sounds so simple and... I don't know... carefree?
Her voice reminds me of few relaxation/meditaion tapes, but I can't really put my finger on it.... I got it !! It's hypnosis! Curse you Susan! :p
Buyyyyyyy the gaaaaaaaame.... ;)
Agh... ngh.. must.. resist!

I'd be getting worried, Susan - people here are starting to get obsessed with you!

Oh, and totally got PvZ. Almost missed my bus because of it!
 

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Why is the lady in that video talking like she was explaining anal sex to a sleepy kid with Down syndrome? I don't know, it just lacks flow for my taste.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
xmetatr0nx said:
Susan Arendt said:
WhiteTigerShiro said:
If there's anyone who could make Plants vs Zombies look interesting, it's the Escapist Sweetheart: Susan Arendt. Even still though, I just don't know if I can justify paying $10 for a game I've been playing for free on various Flash Game Archives for years now. :/
Trust me, it's totally worth it. I totally understand where you're coming from, but it really, truly, genuinely is worth it. It's just a joy to play.
ok i think i might get this game, but on a different note Ms. Arendt im going to pay you to record your voice on to a very long CD that i may fall asleep to. Your like Mr. Rogers with that calming review voice, sitting here at the office i wanted to fall asleep throughout this vid.
Um...I can't tell, is that a compliment? It sounds like one, but at the same time, being told I put people to sleep doesn't sound too good...
You should totally do audiobooks, Susan, I would buy them!

And I will buy this Plants Vs. Zombies game as soon as I figure out HOW to.
 

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I just want to DL the song. As I dont have the 20 dollars currently to go out and buy the crap out of this game! Susan, your voice could sell anything, it lulls one into a sense of security that makes purchases seem even better ideas than they are on their own.

Really though, Plants versus Zombies? Genius!

And after that. (already said) Cats versus Vampires!

And maybe after that... Puppies versus werewolves!? oh the insanity...

..."we don't want zombies on our lawn.... lala la la...."
 

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Susan gets to review all the cool shit once again. She must get first pick of the games, she always gets the neat stuff, while poor old Yahtzee is stuck with rubbish like H.A.W.K. and Halo Wars...
 

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I finally gave in and bought this and have easily succumbed to the addictiveness of it.

My favorite thing to do is just experiment with different plant combinations, even if it means losing horribly. Why? Because I'm CRAAAAAAZZYY!!

Sorry, somebody had to do it.
 

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BonsaiK said:
Susan gets to review all the cool shit once again. She must get first pick of the games, she always gets the neat stuff, while poor old Yahtzee is stuck with rubbish like H.A.W.K. and Halo Wars...
I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.

Oh, and to download the song, just go here [http://www.popcap.com/extras/pvz/?default=downloads&icid=pvz_downloads_pc_promo_top_2_05_06_09_EN].
 

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Ok, that theme song is definitely approaching (though not quite equalling) Portal's Still Alive in terms of sheer awesomeness.

Must... resist... buying... game....... aargh!
 

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"I used to hate this game because I'm a hardcore gamer and it appeals to a casual market."
"Used to?"
"Yes, now I hate this game because of carpel tunnels brought on by playing far too much of it."

Not a bad game at all. Bought it yesterday, got my gold statue today. It's fairly easy, especially if you're building two columns of sunflowers. Even after the game is fully beat, there's the endless modes, it would be quite awhile until I've unlocked everything the store, and the zen gardens would probably take months to fill too.

I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.
 

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WillSimplyBe said:
I just want to DL the song. As I dont have the 20 dollars currently to go out and buy the crap out of this game! Susan, your voice could sell anything, it lulls one into a sense of security that makes purchases seem even better ideas than they are on their own.

Really though, Plants versus Zombies? Genius!

And after that. (already said) Cats versus Vampires!

And maybe after that... Puppies versus werewolves!? oh the insanity...

..."we don't want zombies on our lawn.... lala la la...."
The game is only $10 on steam.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
BonsaiK said:
Susan gets to review all the cool shit once again. She must get first pick of the games, she always gets the neat stuff, while poor old Yahtzee is stuck with rubbish like H.A.W.K. and Halo Wars...
I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.
It's official. Yahtzee has crap taste in games.
 

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This game is fantastic. I got it the other day and haven't stopped playing it since. Thanks for telling me about it Susan!
 

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Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.
 

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Internet Kraken said:
Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.
Huh, what? I didin't get any achievements update. What are you talking about?
 

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Eric the Orange said:
Internet Kraken said:
Ever since that achievements update I lost all my progress in the game.

However, I don't care. Playing the game again from the start has led to me discovering new strategies that I normally wouldn't consider.
Huh, what? I didin't get any achievements update. What are you talking about?
I got one over Steam. It added some achievements to the game.
 

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well the game is awesome and playing the minigames to get new plants for the sen garden could be very addictive this is a damn nice game

but the boss fight... well its kind off a zombie on a big robot...
 

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Skeleon said:
Susan Arendt said:
I very much doubt Yahtzee would've touched PvZ with a ten-foot pole.
He did review Peggle, though.
Yeah but that was back in the day when they told him what to review and he diddin't want to. thses days he picks his own games.
 

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I probably watched that damn music video at least a hundred times. If only I hadn't blown all my money and could afford a new ac adapter for my laptop...(this computer is impossibly to play anything on, which is why it's mainly used for forums and msn..I need to save some money...)

Bah I have to get this game.
 

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I got this game about 4 days ago... and have been seriously neglecting my revision playing it. It's like cocaine, speed and heroin mixed together. I've nearly 100% completed it though which is depressing, although I've still got adventure mode 2 to play through. Thank you Susan for making me fail me exams :)
 

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I downloaded the demo for this. I thought, "it could be okay." Then I played it, and any doubts I had disappeared. It was the fastest hour of my life, and now I want this game so badly that it's not even funny. I wonder how long it'd take to earn ten dollars... (Yes, I am a middle school student, so no, I don't have a job.)

Oh, zombies...I want more than an tiny hour shooting you with vegetables and blowing you up with fruit...
 

Susan Arendt

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the_tramp said:
I got this game about 4 days ago... and have been seriously neglecting my revision playing it. It's like cocaine, speed and heroin mixed together. I've nearly 100% completed it though which is depressing, although I've still got adventure mode 2 to play through. Thank you Susan for making me fail me exams :)
I do what I can. :) Oh, and just start over with a new profile. It's just as fun the second time through, I promise you.
 

GothmogII

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geldonyetich said:
"I used to hate this game because I'm a hardcore gamer and it appeals to a casual market."
"Used to?"
"Yes, now I hate this game because of carpel tunnels brought on by playing far too much of it."

Not a bad game at all. Bought it yesterday, got my gold statue today. It's fairly easy, especially if you're building two columns of sunflowers. Even after the game is fully beat, there's the endless modes, it would be quite awhile until I've unlocked everything the store, and the zen gardens would probably take months to fill too.

I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.
Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.

However, they're water plants only, on other maps you can try Cob Cannons, you need to convert two Kernal Paults though, so this means they take up two squares. But, they instakill zombies in a fairly large (and targetable) area, with a moderate cooldown though, so, you'll want two or more to be effective, or just one to save for really massive groups of zombies. It's also the most expensive plant at a whopping 500 sun, and that's not including the 200 sun you spend on the two Kernal Paults in the first place. But, once it's down you don't have to pay for the explosive cobs it launches, so you can think of it more on the order of 4 Cherry Bombs in price and then free cherry bombs every so often after that.
 

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God Freakin Damn it. And there I thought there are no original games since Portal and World of Goo. But this is the first game I bought after playing an hour in demo...
 

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I never had this much fun since I played Stubbs the Zombie and Portal. Damn you PopCap Games for this massively entertaining distraction!

I'm currently at the last level before the boss fight. Damn I hate those Gargantuars. And if you people beat that game easily, I must really suck for being stuck at that level.
 

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InProgress said:
I never had this much fun since I played Stubbs the Zombie and Portal. Damn you PopCap Games for this massively entertaining distraction!

I'm currently at the last level before the boss fight. Damn I hate those Gargantuars. And if you people beat that game easily, I must really suck for being stuck at that level.
Spam Kernelpaults. Large masses of them immobilize zombies. This gives you more time to recharge your seed packets and place new plants.

Also Gargantuars are best taken care of with explosives. I would shove a doom-shroom near them because it causes massive damage to the other zombies on screen. Then I would just let the kernelpaults take them out, or place a squash next to them (excellent plant). Again, it helps that you have a good number of kernelpaults, as they can throw so much butter that the gargantuars can't even move, allowing you to easily place deadly plants near them.
 

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GothmogII said:
Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.
No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.

What ever you do, don't waste your money on the tree of life until you have nothing else to spend it on. I wasted like 30k on that damn thing and all it gave me with useless advice and a few cheats I could easily find on the internet.

Good game overall.

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I'd like to stump the survival mode, but no luck yet. Eventually my magnets get gummed up too effectively to thwart digger zombies, the neverending procession of zombonis take out my spikes (even metal) faster than I can lay them. This is to say nothing for the gargantaurs who both add to my spikes wear and tear and subvert my defense with their imp-throwing ways. The balloon zombies feel like an extra wheel - there's just not enough room to plant something to handle them, I'll typically just deal with them with a blover. Oh well, 17 flags isn't bad.
Don't worry, I think the highest i got to was level 18 as well before those damn giant zombie beasts and sneaky diggers overwhelmed my defences as well.
 

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Markness said:
GothmogII said:
Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.
No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.
I managed to get 27 flags in endless survival and cat tails are almost a nesessity, not only do they shoot twice, they can hit in any lane to help do damage to the farthest along zombies, they can take down air, and if any diggers get to your back row they can hit them as well.
 

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Eric the Orange said:
Markness said:
GothmogII said:
Cattails. You turn your lilly pads into them, they can fire in all lanes -and- at airborne zombies, I think they do about the same damage as the Catcus so you need to mass them, maybe six or eight of em'.
No way man, they cost 250 to start with, but every one after that is 50 more. I normally use those triple peashooters.
I managed to get 27 flags in endless survival and cat tails are almost a nesessity, not only do they shoot twice, they can hit in any lane to help do damage to the farthest along zombies, they can take down air, and if any diggers get to your back row they can hit them as well.
Well I guess they would save space from not needing as many magnets, but wouldn't they get too expensive for what they're worth after about 4 at the most? They also seem to waste a lot of bullets as the ones they are shooting disappear after the target is dead whereas normal bullets hit the zombie behind.
 

Eric the Orange

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Markness said:
Well I guess they would save space from not needing as many magnets, but wouldn't they get too expensive for what they're worth after about 4 at the most? They also seem to waste a lot of bullets as the ones they are shooting disappear after the target is dead whereas normal bullets hit the zombie behind.
well it's either cat tails, cacti or the blowers to deal with air. But yeah they are expensive, but then again most of the upgrades are after awhile, and in endless most of them are extremely helpful. I dont think I could get past 10 without rockspikes, doubble sunflowers, and frozen watermelon launchers.
 

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I think I've officially burned myself out on this game now. After getting the 10 seed slot I went to endless survivor mode and made it to flag 46. That was absolute madness and I made 60,000 dollars while playing it (hello two new zen gardens) but after the flood of gargantuars and zombonis and diggers and total lack of sun they got through. Even with 4 cob cannons in my pool, I just couldn't do it. The zombies ate my brains.
 

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Honestly worth every penny. It's one of those 2 week addiction games where you will play it non-stop. 50 extra Missions and reasons to go over the 50 normal missions twice. Not to mention a zen garden with collectable plants, and a huge tree you can grow. 50 types of plants 20 types of zombies, good times.
 

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Fraser.J.A said:
Gosh darn it Susan, you just cost me $30! (In kangaroo currency.)

Curse your persuasive words and my easily-bedazzled puzzle-loving brain.
I got it for my iPod Touch for 1.80. I would happily have paid 10 quid for it, it is that addictive and fun.

The scuba diving zombies are the worst at the moment, but I haven't found everything yet. How long is the adventure mode exactly?
 

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Just got it for Android (Finally!) No Zombies on MY lawn!!!

Fantastic review, Susan nailed it.