When Plants vs. Zombies 2 was first announced as a free-to-play sequel to the smash hit original, many feared it would deter some of the fun and addictive gameplay they enjoyed from its predecessor. But will the convenience of in-app purchasing (for buying extra plant food to help you advance to more levels) attract or repel you from this iOS exclusive Plants vs. Zombies follow up? Read on to find out!
How To Play
If you are familiar with the original Plants vs. Zombies then you’ll be right at home playing the sequel (and if you aren’t were you living under a rock?). The object of the game is to collect suns in order to accumulate points. The points correlate to different packages of seeds which you can drag onto the board to prevent the zombies from reaching your house – from right to left. Choose from sunflowers (who do not kill zombies but provide you with more suns), peashooters, wall nuts (who provide armored protection), cabbage-pults, and more. If you fail to kill any approaching zombie you’re backed up by one lawnmower per lane.
Remember Crazy Dave? He’s back! While on a quest to find a masterful taco (hey who doesn’t love a good taco?!) he accidentally teleports you to past, including places like Ancient Egypt and the Wild West.
This is a sequel, so something has to be different, right? Well, besides in-app purchases (more on that later) not much is new. PopCap has given the zombies an upgrade for the sequel, who can attack you in different ways besides the traditional slow zombie walk to the house. Killing new glowing zombies give you new power-ups, which can give you a real advantage when you need it the most – particularly when a huge wave of zombies is approaching.
What I Like
The most appealing part of Plants vs. Zombies 2 is its easy-to-play and addictive gameplay. I found it to closely resemble a dumbed-down version of Tower Defense (that is until you get deeper into the game). The artwork and music are visually and audibly pleasing as well; this game will definitely look great on a retina display iPad (I played it on my iPad 2 and it still looked great).
What I Don’t Like
The game is free-to-play with available in-app purchases. You can buy your way to advanced levels, or even buy extra plant food to give you more of an advantage to kill an onslaught of zombies. All is great until you reach the deeper levels, where it becomes increasingly difficult to advance to higher levels without purchasing more food. I personally don’t mind the “freemium” app model, but if you’re the type of player who likes to beat games (seriously who does that these days?) this game will likely frustrate you.
Yes, you’re right. I already mentioned the game was free. But it’s up to you to spend your hard earned dollars to cheat (sorry, I mean advance) your way to the top of Plants vs. Zombies 2 . It’s fun and free (mostly), give it a shot and let us know in the comments what you think!