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Expert Score
8.7

Videogame Plants vs. Zombies

A fun, highly-addictive tower defense game for all ages.

June 25, 2012
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Introduction

On the heels of its successful Mac/PC launch in 2009, Plants vs. Zombies came out for iOS in February 2010. Since then PopCap Games has released a number of other versions for Android, Nintendo DS, Playstation Vita, and Xbox Live. Not without a trove of industry awards and nominations, Plants vs. Zombies proves that cute, highly-addictive tower defense games can still move the masses.

One thing about Plants vs. Zombies can’t be questioned: The developers had a good sense of humor. It’s cartoonish and self-aware (not in the Terminator sense, but in the humility sense), and it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It’s cute, funny, silly, and even a bit traditional. It’s almost as if Pixar decided to make a game for iOS. Even the title alludes to PopCap’s endearing take on a familiar cultural meme: Yes, there are brain-eating zombies, but there are also weaponized cabbage sprouts and crooning sunflowers. To truly enjoy this game (which isn’t difficult), you have to approach it with the same level of sincerity as the developers; just smile, fight some zombies, and remember what game designer George Fan said in an interview with Gamezebo, “I'm not into games that are too gritty or take themselves too seriously, nor am I into themes that are too pandering or sickeningly sweet… Yes, you have these cutesy plants, but the existence of zombies prevents it from being too sugary.”

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  5. Conclusion
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