Plants vs. Zombies for the IPhone and IPod is the most recent version of the popular game from PopCap Games. Zombies are trying to get into your home. They move slowly, but there are so many it is hard to defeat them all. The only way you can protect your house is to plant seeds. These seeds grow into plants able to attack and kill the zombies. The zombies have different abilities. It is important to find the right combination of plants to repel the zombie attack.
Players begin the game with different packs of seeds. The plants needs sunshine in order to grow. Occasionally sunshine will fall from the sky. The player taps on the sunshine to add it to their sunshine supply. When enough sunshine has been obtained, the player can begin planting seeds. Each seed grows into a different plant with different abilities. The sunflower, for example, produces additional sunshine. The pea shooter is able to fire peas at approaching zombies. The wall-nut produces a wall that the zombies can not pass, at least not until they stop and eat the wall-nut. The strategy in this game comes from balancing the different types of plants, and matching their abilities against the approaching zombies.
And then the zombies come. Distant moans of “braaaaains” can be heard as the zombies slowly enter the screen, advancing towards your house. Each zombie has different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, but they all have the same goal: cross the yard, get into the house, and eat the brains of the player.
The zombies attack in rounds. Between each round the player receives an additional seed pack or other tool to aid in the attack against the zombies. There are also mini-games, such as zombie bowling, worked in between the zombie attacks.
The IPhone and IPod version of Plants vs. Zombies is a fantastic copy of the computer game that casual gamers have been playing for the past year. The game looks and feels like a Flash website game, but with the polished feel of a console game. The game does not take itself seriously. The music and graphics are comical. The intermissions between the rounds introduce humorous characters and tools. The game is just fun without being too taxing on the players brain. In some ways, this is the biggest drawback of the game. The increased difficulty of each round is so slight it is unnoticed. The player improves each round to meet the changes in difficulty. This lets most players be successful without much thought. Still, the game is addicting and an excellent addition to anyone’s Iphone or Ipod app collection. And, at $2.99, it is much cheaper than the version that PopCap games offers for computers.