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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Review

by on April 25, 2014
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The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time!
Meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and discover amazing ways to protect your brain. Play new limited-time levels for bite-sized battles against zombies from all worlds – and win prizes. It’s an ever-expanding universe of fun! And zombies – lots and lots of zombies.

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iOs

 

Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time!

Not just a clever title and something we were all thinking, but also a prelude about the game play as each level is a different period of time. Wait? It’s only available on Android and Apple markets? That’s right! PopCap/EA released the game giving rights to both Android and Apple formats and it’s not available on PC or Console currently. Will limiting the formats the game is released on limit the gameplay? The answer is no, this game is awesome, and free to play.

I downloaded this game quicker than you could say the title and started playing right away; I found the levels easy to manage, as the gameplay is very similar to the original. There are of course new plants, zombies, and even varied types of gameplay within the game that differ from the original.

As of now there are 4 different time periods to play through, Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, Wild West and Far future. There is also a blank area showing they will expand on additional time periods. Each time period has 25 game levels that of course get more difficult as you play along. The game has you playing the first 10 or so levels of each time period before moving you to the next, which is nice because you don’t need to beat all 25 levels to proceed to next time period. There are also new power ups you can use that are really handy, and a Zen garden much like the original. Even the Zen garden plays a little differently this time around, you grow a flower and water it and when fully grown you collect on coins and it disappears, instead of getting to keep the flower and watering it occasionally for coins.

I find the zombies very entertaining and the plants almost more useful than in the original. The game has the basic plants we all know and love, such as the sunflower, the walnut and the peashooter. Crazy Dave is back, and he talks to a time machine which helps guide you through the levels. No more bowling for zombies that I’ve seen so far, but they do have a conveyer belt which delivers certain plants for you which you have to arrange them in the right way to pass the level. Also the game has certain “Boss” levels that you pass before going to next time zone in which you have to survive an onslaught of zombies without any mowers to help you. Very challenging in that way, and while they did a good job of making it difficult, I still enjoyed the challenge and found it refreshing.

PopCap/EA made a great sequel on a platform where they can continue to grow the game and grow their fan base. The Android and Apple market games have been growing in popularity and this is yet another must download game. I myself am looking forward for more updates and more levels to play which will be coming in the future.

Positives

+ Great new characters
+ New game modes
+ Still holds true to franchise

Negatives

- Feels too basic at first; seasoned players may not find it challenging until later levels

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75%

 
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85%

 
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100%

 
Sound
75%

Author Score
84%

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They got it right with their title, It's About Time!

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