Genre: Tower defence
Platforms: iOS, PC, Android
Release Date: 15/08/13
Plants vs Zombies 2: Its About Time Review
When Plants vs Zombies first appeared in 2009, it became an instant hit. Winning over 30 awards, this zombie title bowled fans over. Yet I never really got as hooked as some of my friends. Don’t get me wrong though, I loved the gameplay and it was great for a quick burst of gaming. Now in 2013 iOS owners are able to continue the fight as Plants vs Zombies 2: Its About Time has finally arrived. Time to plant some plants and destroy some Zombies, but will I get hooked the second time around?
Plants vs Zombies 2 follows the same format as the first – protect your lawn and home from the undead by planting flowers strategically to dismember the zombie hordes. Collecting the generated sun, converting it into currency to buy more plants – it was a simple yet addictive formula in the first game. It’s all back, but with an added twist.
Dave the crazy neighbour’s back, complete with his wacky humour. After you play through the tutorial, Dave enlightens you to his love for a taco! Unfortunately he’s lost it, so thanks to the help of anime travelling camper van you’re soon whisked back in time, ready to fight the undead hordes in various time periods. Your modern lawns are soon replaced with stone slabs from a pharaoh’s tomb, pirate ship decking and the wild wild west.
Unique undead storm the different time periods; a walking sarcophagus with a mummified creature laying dormant inside, a pirate being carried aloft by a seagull and a pharaoh zombie that likes to nick the sun are to name but a few! These and more are ready to storm your lawns, with one thing on their minds – lunch with brains on the menu!
During the levels you’ll also earn coins and ore treasures. Coins can be spent on using special powers, such as frying the hordes of undead with a streak of lightening! Use these powers cautiously though; they use a lot of your coins… I got a little carried away and went through over a thousand coins in just one level. This brings us nicely onto the free-to-play model the game incorporates. You can buy coins as in-app purchases as well as other goodies, including entry to the next level. To pass through time from Egypt to the wild west you can pay, or earn fifteen stars for the levels to unlock free of charge. How you progress is entirely up to you.
The game looks and feels like the original, yet there’s something a little different. The animations and characters have that quirky feel i found the original to have, with a rather simple yet appealing charm. I can’t quite put my finger on it… yet I soon found myself addicted. I’ve been travelling through the different time periods, taking on the different zombie hordes – unlocking more plants to plant. I soon realised that even in bed I couldn’t put the damn game down.
Plants vs Zombies 2 brings back everything great about the original, yet with the addition of time travel and the variety of new levels makes things feel fresh and friendly, like seeing an old friend for the first time in years. Making it free-to-play was a stoke of genius as well, giving players an option of how to complete the game. With a great challenge and a huge amount of levels – this will keep you playing for months to come. It’s a great game, which for free is a great addition to anyone’s library.
- Time zones make it fresh
- Great animations
- In-app purchases can be steep