Plants v’s Zombies is a defense and strategy video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Windows and iOS in May 2009, and ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices, and in remastered versions for personal computers.
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In Plant V’s Zombies the player takes the role of a homeowner in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. To defend their home from zombies, some of which have unique abilities, the player uses plants that can fire projectiles at, or have other detrimental effects on the horde of advancing zombies.
Zombies approach along several parallel lanes on the lawn, and the player must plan defenses in these lanes. If a zombie makes it to the house on any lane, the level is over.
Director George Fan was inspired to make the game after playing other tower defense titles and wanting to eliminate the typical strategies of sending advancing enemies through mazes, instead adapting the lane approach to remove this strategy.
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Players place different types of plants and fungi, each with their own unique offensive or defensive capabilities, around their house, in order to stop a horde of zombies from reaching it.
The playing field is divided into 5 to 6 horizontal lanes, each with lawnmowers, and with rare exceptions, a zombie will move towards the player’s house along one lane only (the main exception is if it has bitten garlic, causing it to move to another lane).
Most plants can attack or defend against zombies in the lane they are planted in only. The game uses several different level types and layouts, each with their own gimmick.
The game starts out in a front yard and progresses to nighttime levels (sun will not be able to be gathered for free), where the gameplay is more challenging without any replenishing sun unless specific plants are used.
Later levels are nighttime pool levels (where fog fills the right half of the screen except when specific plants are used), a lightning storm level in pitch black (except when illuminated by occasional flashes of lightning), and rooftop levels (where a slanted roof renders most offensive plants useless).
On the final level, the player must face a huge robot operated by a zombie who takes the form of a mad scientist known as Dr. Zoomboss.
At different stagers throughout the game, the player is either warned through a letter by zombies or their neighbor, Crazy Dave, to prepare for an ambush, where the game takes on a bowling style, using wallnuts to bowl down zombies, or a modified version of regular levels, where random plant types come upon a conveyor belt, and the player can use the plants without spending any sun.
The player starts with a limited number of seed pack types and seed pack slots that they can use during most levels. The number of slots can be increased through purchases with in-game money.
At the start of a level, the player is shown the various types of zombies to expect and given the opportunity to select which seed packs to take into the level.
Certain plants are highly effective against specific types of zombies, such as the Magnet-shroom, which can remove metallic items from a zombie, such as helmets, buckets, ladders, and pogo sticks.
Plants may be placed on any available square of lawn, on lily pads floating in a pool, or in flowerpots on a rooftop; these last two items may be chosen as a seed pack for their respective level types and deployed to increase the usable planting space.
The zombies also come in a number of types that have different attributes, in particular, speed, damage tolerance, and abilities. Zombies include those wearing makeshift armor, those who can jump or fly over plants, and a dancing zombie able to summon other zombies from the ground.
At various points, the player will be inundated with a huge wave of zombies. If a zombie reaches the end of a lane, a lawnmower will shoot forward and destroy all the zombies in that lane.
However, if a zombie reaches the end of that same lane for a second time, it will reach the player’s house. When this happens, the music changes and the other plants and zombies stop moving while that zombie enters the house.
Crunching sounds will be heard, accompanied by a scream and a message saying “The zombies ate your brains!”. The game will then end and display the Game Over dialog box along with an option to retry the level or return to the main menu at the upper-right side of the screen.
The primary game mode is Adventure Mode in which the player can earn money to spend at an in-game store to buy new seed packets and other bonuses.
In the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo DS versions, there is also a Co-Op mode, as well as 2 Player Mini-Games and a Versus mode (only Versus mode in the Nintendo DS version & Xbox Live Arcade).
The Adventure Mode consists of 5 different areas and 50 different area levels. They are shown with the area number first, followed by the level number in the game.
Each level in this model has a certain amount of flags and one final wave. The adventure mode is the first game mode and is also the main mode. Every 5th level will be a mini-game, while the 10th level will be a conveyor level.
When and if the player plays through it a second time, Crazy Dave will pick 3 random seeds that the player must use based on the zombies and area they are in every level, this is, of course, optional but it can assist the player in getting more of the in-game currency.
Mini-games are unlocked during the Adventure mode and are mostly for fun.
Puzzles Mode consist of 18 levels from 2 different “modes”, Vasebreaker, where you break vases that either contains a plant seed or a zombie.
Zombie Mode is where you create zombies to destroy cardboard cutouts of plants.
On iOS and Android versions, there’s also a third mode called Last Stand that similar to the level with the same name from the Mini-Game Mode but with different zombies in each wave.
Survival is the second-largest game mode in Plants vs Zombies. Survival is the last game mode in the game itself. There is also a page of canceled mini-games called the Limbo Page which can be accessed using the Cheat Engine.
The game also features a Zen Garden, where players can care for plants they previously purchased from Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies or occasionally dropped by zombies. Plants will grow only when the game has been running for enough time.
Zombies director George Fan intended on balancing the game between a “gritty” game and a “sickeningly cute” game.
He was inspired to make it a tower defense game after both thinking of a more defense-oriented version of a previous title of his, Insaniquarium, and playing some Warcraft III tower defense mods.
While he was looking at the towers in Warcraft III, he felt that plants would make good towers. He wanted to bring something new to the genre with new Plants vs.Zombies 3 released this year, 2020.
In Conclusion, Plants vs. Zombies (PVZ) is a tower defence video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game involves a homeowner using a variety of different plants to prevent an army of zombies from entering their house and “eating their brains”.
Zombies (Basic Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies 2) and their world-themed variants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 are the most basic “zombie” units. In fact, they take three shots for a Melon-pult to kill one of them or ten peas. Having no special defensive equipment or travel abilities, these zombies are susceptible to any type of attack.
They are found in most levels and are the first zombies the player encounters in every Plants vs. Zombies game.
At the official start of a level, a siren noise will appear and one will say “the zombies… are coming…” and moan, signalling that the zombies are about to come.
The Conehead Zombie, Buckethead Zombie, Screen Door Zombie, Trash Can Zombie, Camel Zombies, Blockhead Zombie, Knight Zombie, Bug Zombie, and Jurassic Fossilhead become this zombie when their armour is destroyed.