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May 7, 2009 – 5:56 pm
by Mike


Zombies have targeted your house and brains and now it’s up to your plants to save you.  Plants vs Zombies is a tower defense game for the casual gamer, while both charming and fun, the game is very easy and doesn’t have many features that other, even free, defense games have.  I picked up my copy on Tuesday right after it was released on Steam and not only have I already beaten the game, but I’ve beaten all the puzzles, mini-games and almost all the survival games (3 left).   I’d say I probably played it for around 12 hrs total so far.

plantsvszombies1Plants vs Zombies is definitely fun and addicting, but the fact it’s so easy really hurts it, there’s no sense of accomplishment when beating a map.  Having played though the main game I only lost once and that was because I made a mistake early which doomed me, but even so I only lost by 1 zombie.   The mini-games and puzzles are just as easy, I flew threw the 18 puzzle games in about an hr.  The only challenging maps are the Survivor maps and only the ones towards the end.

The maps are well designed and slightly different which forces you to use different strategies, but there are only 3 maps types.  So it does get a little boring playing the same maps over and over.  One of my biggest grips with the game is no fast forward option.  This is a standard feature that I’d say most tower defense games have and for good reason.  There are times when you can’t do anything but watch, so being able to speed up time is a nice option to have.  However not here, you’re forced to watch zombies slowly walk across the map as they get mowed down by your plants.  I’m not sure why they didn’t include this feature in the game, but if they did I would have beaten it in half the time.

I also like my tower defense games to give me stats on the towers, or in this case plants, power, rate of fire and range.   A leader board or point system would also have been nice so that you can compete against other players for top score, which would in turn add more reply value.  Having basically beaten everything the game has to offer, I can honestly say I’ll probably never play it again.

There’s also a shop where you can buy upgrades and a garden where you can grow your own plants the crap out money.

Overall the game is fun but way to easy.  I’d recommend this only to beginners or someone new to the genre.  If you’re a veteran then I’d recommend Defense Grid: The Awakening, it’s a much more complete tower defense experience and will last for more than 2 days,  hell I still play it.

Grade: C+

Oh how could I forget, the music video.  Enjoy :)

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