There aren’t many games that impress me these days, especially market games on the X-Box Live market place. I first heard of Plants vs. Zombies on some forums, but was too skeptical to purchase the game. I mean, come on, plants versus zombies? It doesn’t sound enticing whatsoever to many gamers, including me. But the game persisted in retaining in my mind – all of the reviews were good, the title was all over the forums, and the cartoon-like graphics did start to grab my attention. After some time I couldn’t take it anymore – I gave in and downloaded Plants vs. Zombies. It was well worth it.
Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense game in nature (pun intended). The primary goal of the player is to defend their residence from waves upon waves of zombies. At first you start with a select basic group of plants such as the sun flower and peashooter. Your arsenal of plants grows as you progress further into the game, and so does the classifications and types of zombies that try to invade your precious household. While this game may seem simpe in, erm… nature, the dynamics of the game keep opening as you progress into the game.
The initial screenshots you’ll probably see are of some plants sitting in a yard (*yawn*) with a zombie or two making their way to the household. Yes, the game does start out like this, but progressively the game becomes increasingly fast-paced and difficult. Inbetween some of the levels there are mini-games that the player has to complete in order to progress in the story mode. Subsequent to the daytime levels you’ll be thrown into a nighttime scenario where only certain plants can be used. Over time there will be certain zombies that can only be taken out by certain types of plants, so adaptation is key.
*Pro Tip*: Curreny in these types of games are key. In Plants Vs. Zombies the currency is sunlight, so make sure to plant a lot of plants that create sunlight, especially in the beginning of rounds.
Aside from the story portion of the game, the mini-games (these are unlocked through the story mode) can be played freely, there is co-op games, as well as versus games. There’s also a store in which players can buy items using their money accumulated in the story mode. These items help out in story mode, where sometimes it can make or break a game.
Overall, Plants Vs. Zombies is a unique game that many gamers will find to be a serious time (and zombie) killer, especially with the addition of mini-games and side projects within the game.
Who knew a combination of botany and zombieology could be such a lethal video game mix?