Plants vs. Zombies

Game Description: A mob of advancing zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Use Peashooters, Squash, Cherry Bombs and more to stop the zombies dead in their tracks before they can reach your front door!

How to Play Plants vs. Zombies:

  • Plants vs. Zombies has 4 different game modes: Adventure, Survival, Puzzle, and Mini-Games. As I write this review, I have only tried the first 6 levels of Adventure mode. (I have not, as of yet, tried any of the other game modes). So, that is what my review will be about... the first 6 levels of Adventure mode.
  • The main idea of Plants vs. Zombies, in Adventure mode, is to position your plants in such a way so as to protect your home from the invading zombies.
  • If you are successful in protecting your house, you go on to the next level. If you fail, and the zombies get into your house, then the "zombies eat your brains" and it's game over, (but not really). Just hit the 'Quit' button after you lose a level. On the next screen you see, click the green 'Quit' button. This takes you back to the main game screen. Then, click the 'Adventure' mode button again, and you will be right back at the level you failed... to try again!
  • Plants vs. Zombies should automatically save your game progress as long as you use the same computer. So, you can always pick up right where you left off.
  • This free version of Plants vs. Zombies that I have here on Richard's Game Reviews has 14 levels of play on the Adventure mode (Levels 1-1 through 1-10, and Levels 2-1 through 2-4). To play the entire game would, of course, require a purchase. I never encourage, or discourage, anyone from buying a game. I am simply letting you know the facts, before you begin to play. That this is a free demo version, and not the full game.

Plants vs. Zombies Game Options: The game options are accessible by clicking the 'Menu' button located in the upper right corner. After you make changes, click the 'Back to Game' button to resume play. The main game options are:
  • The game sounds may be turned on or off by toggling the first green check mark.
  • The music may be turned on or off by toggling the second green check mark.

Plants vs. Zombies Playing Tips: Since I am brand new to Plants vs. Zombies (I am currently playing Adventure mode and I am only through level 1-6), I can only offer you advice from the prospective of a beginner. If you have played the game before, you undoubtedly know much more than I do at this point. Anyway, here is what I have learned in my brief play so far:
  • Your plants will grow in rows, left to right. (As you click your mouse to position a plant, it will automatically go to the row closest to your click).
  • Plant lots, and lots, of Sunflowers. Each Sunflower produces suns that you will collect. Each sun you collect gives you 25 points. You use the points you collect to buy other plants that will fight the zombies. So, having numerous Sunflowers is key to your success.
  • Positon your Peashooters to the left, near your house. Then place the Sunflowers farther up in the row closer to the zombies. (In Adventure mode, the zombies march from right to left). It is better that the zombies first chew on your Sunflowers rather than your Peashooters.
  • A Cherry Bomb blows up all zombies in an area. Try to save your Cherry Bombs, if you can, until the final big zombie attack; which comes at the end of each level.
  • The Wall-Nut blocks off zombies for a while and protects your other plants. Place it in front of the other plants, closer to the zombies. It will protect your other plants for a longer period of time because the Zombies have to chew on this plant longer, although certain zombies can simply jump over it.
  • The Squash, like its name indicates, can squash a zombie. Place it directly in front of, or behind, a zombie and it should squash the zombie immediately.
  • If you make a big strategic error, Plants vs. Zombies will sometimes provide a written message explaining your mistake. Pay attention to these tips. They can really help!
  • Well, that's all I have in the way of advice. The game does an excellent job of explaining each new element as it is introduced. Just start playing. I am sure you will have tremendous fun figuring out everything for yourself.

Richard's Rating: 5 out of 5.

Comments: Plants vs. Zombies is total pure fun. I really can't say enough good things about it to do it justice. It is quirky, imaginative, and most of all tremendous fun! I can't wait to try the Survival, Puzzle, and Mini-Games modes.

Please Note: Plants vs. Zombies is quite a large game file. It may sometimes, though not always, load a little slow. After you see the initial sponsor advertisement, don't be alarmed if the screen goes blank and you see an empty white space. This may last up to a full minute, or more. Then, suddenly, the game will appear. But it still needs to load, which could take up to 2 more full minutes. (While the game is loading, you can view the progress of the game load by watching the green lawn unroll near the bottom of the game screen). Once it unrolls completely, click the 'Click to Start!' button to begin play.

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