Plants Vs Zombies Game Review

Plants Vs Zombies

Plants Vs Zombies was an unexpected yet impressive hit that cemented its place in pop culture history. PopCap Games proved they can create successful games even from small studios when given the right creative direction and talent.

How to Play

When playing Plants vs Zombies, keep Sunflowers and Peashooters on the front line as attackers to quickly eliminate multiple zombies at once while protecting against more lethal threats like Screen Door Zombies and Ice Resurfacers who hit harder than most plants.

Kernel Pults are key elements of your defense, quickly decimating Sandstorms and Raiding Parties while taking out zombies quickly so you can focus on getting Sunflowers out early.

If your defenses are struggling, try equipping plants with Plant Food. This will give them a massive increase in damage but must wait until a zombie carries it before using it.

One tip for strengthening the defenses of your house is planting Cattails and Sea-shrooms around its center to impede zombies as they approach your home, as this will reduce planting Gloom-shrooms which are generally ineffective against most types of zombies.

Do not be intimidated to try different structures. A line of Fire Peas may help deter Bungee-Zombies from taking your plants, but they’re useless on slopes. Also keep in mind that each plant has a distinct hitbox; Pumpkins cannot be destroyed by Jack-in-the-Box Zombies as they would block their explosion; but Tall Nuts may. Once you find an effective combination of defenses, stick with it throughout the level. Doing so will protect against being overwhelmed by later waves!


Gameplay involves homeowners using different kinds of plants to ward off waves of zombies from entering their house and eating their brains. Starting with only limited seed packs that can be purchased with in-game money, but can unlock additional types of plants by progressing further into the game. Each plant type provides unique abilities for combatting zombies; some bloom at night with lower sunlight requirements while others can grow faster or deal additional damage when certain zombie types appear.

This game takes place on a 5×9 (sometimes 6 by 9) grid where plants are planted. At first, this play area may contain grass for planting purposes; later however, rooftop environments require special plants and water features that require their presence for optimal gameplay.

While playing, players can collect power-ups to aid them in their battle against zombies. Some power-ups may be available simply from dropping certain zombies while others must be earned through specific tasks like finishing levels within certain time limits or temporarily supercharging plants when necessary.

As players progress through the game, more zombies will appear in their front yard with different abilities that require different strategies to combat. For instance, Pole Vault Zombie are highly mobile but cannot jump over plants; players can stop these by planting two columns of Pea Shooters or using Repeaters with Snow Pea to slow their movement and munching speed.


There are 49 unique plants and zombies you can fight as you play through this game, each possessing its own special attributes, strengths, and weaknesses that determine its effectiveness at killing zombies. Furthermore, special upgrades exist which enhance certain plants to deal greater damage against zombies.

Your first plant to acquire will likely be the Peashooter. This plant fires a single pea every 1.5 seconds at zombies and can serve as the cornerstone of your defensive strategy. He can later be upgraded into a Melon-pult which fires multiple peas that cause splash damage at them simultaneously, offering higher hit rates than traditional Peashooters.

Wall-nuts and Spikeweeds can both block zombie paths while Sunflowers produce enough sunlight to give other plants a quick boost, with Torchwood increasing damage done by Peashooters while Snow Peas can slow their pace further still.

Finally, The Beanstalk can fire beans at zombies that enter his lane, dealing a large amount of damage over time and necessitating additional defensive measures such as coffins or screen doors for protection. There are also various minigames which can be played to earn money and rewards.

Crazy Dave is your neighbor who serves as both a narrator and instructor throughout the game, providing information about minigames and bonus levels as well as running an in-car shop offering plant upgrades and extra defenses for sale.


The graphics in the game are simple yet vibrant and effective, with its distinctive visual style making both plants and zombies stand out. Furthermore, its captivating soundtrack and light voice acting add an additional layer of enjoyment.

Plants Vs Zombies’ gameplay is simple yet challenging to master. Players must strategically place protective plants to repel an undead army that has taken over their home and devoured everyone inside it. Each zombie comes equipped with its own strategy for invading homes and devouring family brains – making the challenge all the more engaging!

Through the course of the game, the player must upgrade their plants to make them stronger and more useful. There are bonus levels which can be unlocked by achieving certain achievements during regular gameplay; additionally, an online leaderboard allows them to track their progress against players worldwide.

Director George Fan conceived of Plants Vs Zombies by considering an action-oriented version of his previous title, Insaniquarium, as well as playing Warcraft III tower defense mods. He wanted a game that was both enjoyable and challenging – one which could be enjoyed by casual gamers without needing extensive instructions or tutorials.

PopCap Games created and released their version on May 10, 2010. A special enhanced edition was then made available via Steam on June 17, 2010; this edition featured 20 Steam Achievements, Mac support, an interactive Zombatar character as well as an unreleased battle soundtrack created for Dr. Zomboss that later reappeared elsewhere in songs. In addition, an innovative minigame called buttered popcorn allows players to grease zombies before shooting them using corncob cannons.


Plants Vs Zombies was released by PopCap Games in 2009 and has since seen multiple sequels and spin-offs. Critics lauded its combination of real-time strategy, cartoon visuals, and catchy music as being highly accessible and enjoyable for players of all skill levels.

Laura Shigihara composed the soundtrack to this game using elements from pop music genre and console chiptunes. Her playful piano riffs combined with nostalgic electronic sounds set a lighthearted and nostalgic tone on the static title screen track, “Title Track.” Night stages offer more dark and haunting music like Loonboon; for “Watery Graves”, she used different sounds and styles to create the right atmosphere and mood in each environment.

As players progress through the gameplay, the soundtrack keeps players engaged and entertained with its use of varied soundscapes, tempo changes, instrumentation and instrumentation to give each level an exciting new challenge. Notably memorable is also its upbeat main theme featuring sunflowers and peashooters cheering them on, along with other memorable musical cues that remind players to keep on going!

Bandcamp now offers the soundtrack of Plants Vs Zombies at US $1.00 per track or $3.99 for the entire album, providing high-quality, uncompressed versions of its music that offers superior audio samples and polished mixing compared to what was found in-game. Listening to these tracks on higher quality systems creates an immersive listening experience; listening to more tracks than just “Crazy Dave” becomes even more of an immersive experience than just the original game’s music could provide! In addition to original game music and additional tracks like funkier fast version “Crazy Dave”, as well as unreleased song “Zombotany”. Overall this soundtrack should be listened to by fans of Plants Vs Zombies alike!

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