Plants vs. Zombies HD: The Quintessential Zombie Fighting Game

The zombie apocalypse has arrived, and yes, they want your brains. The only thing that separates you from the wrath of the hungry zombies is the span of your lawn. You need protection, and you need it quick. The solution? Plants.

In Plants vs. Zombies HD, you will have to ward off swarms upon swarms of zombies as they flood in mercilessly. However, you may survive by utilizing plants that are seemingly bred for the sole purpose of warding off zombies. Find out more about this addicting strategy game after the break.

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Navigation

Being a strategy game, Plants vs. Zombies HD does come with a bunch of on-screen panels and controls that are a bit confusing at first. In the bottom right corner, you will be able to find which level you are on as well as a progress bar. The progress bar shows you how much of the level you have played through. It also shows when the next huge wave of zombies is coming in, which is denoted by a red flag.

Pay attention to the progress bar. Knowing when a huge wave of zombies are going to come in can help you prepare in time to keep them away.

Keep close attention in order to keep the zombies away.

Keep close attention in order to keep the zombies away.

However, the console at the top left of the screen is where most of the magic happens. The number under the sun symbol shows how much Sun you have available. Sun is used to purchase new seeds to use in the game. To the right of the Sun meter are the seed slots, which hold all the seeds you are able to use in the game. You start off with six seed slots, which allows you to plant six different plants, but you can upgrade to have more seed slots later in the game.

How To Play

Plants vs. Zombies operates with tap-based controls across all game modes. All you have to do is select the seed you want to plant, then drag it to where you’d want it to be planted. While those are the basic controls, but each game mode tends to vary in the way it is played.

Defending yourself in the zombie apocalypse is a 24/7 task.

Defending yourself in the zombie apocalypse is a 24/7 task.

The goal of the game is to keep the zombies from eating your brains. You will have to slowly build up your defenses to keep the zombies from infiltrating your home. Your only backup is the lawnmowers at the end of each row of your lawn, however, they are one time use only and are only there for emergency situations.

What a Beautiful Garden!

Each and every plant brings its own special powers to the table. After successfully completing each level, you are awarded with one new plant. Remember — you are unable to keep all of your plants handy at all times due to limited seed slots.

Read up on the special abilities of your plants in the Suburban Almanac.

Read up on the special abilities of your plants in the Suburban Almanac.

Plants can serve a variety of different purposes. Some plants, like sunflowers and lily pads, are more like utilities — they provide you with means to quicken the building of your defense as well as to strengthen it. There are defensive plants, like “Wall Nuts,” which keep the zombies from getting too close. Most plants serve as weaponry. Often times, the more powerful plants cost more sun and do not replenish as quickly as less powerful plants, however, their use can determine whether or not you beat a level.

You are able to see all the plants (and zombies) you have unlocked while playing via the Suburban Almanac in the menu.

A Never Ending Battle

If you think that Plants vs. Zombies HD is a game you’d be able to beat in a night, then think again. This game has one of the longest campaigns that I have ever seen in an iOS application. It features dozens of levels, some of which can take upwards of five minutes to complete.

In this mini game, you get the chance to be the zombies.

In this mini game, you get the chance to be the zombies.

Perhaps one of the best things about the game is the plethora of game modes it comes packed with. Granted, it should come with tons of content as it costs a hefty $6.99. Nevertheless, there are more than 20 mini games packed in this game in addition to the sizable campaign, which is a ridiculous amount of content. Additionally, the developers of the game threw in some of these mini games into the campaign itself. This keeps gameplay fresh as the stock levels can get a bit boring after awhile.

Upgrades

Every once in a while, you will notice that the zombies you have killed spawned coins or jewels. After collecting these coins, you are able to use them to buy new in-game content out of the trunk of Crazy Dave’s car.

Each lawnmower that is left unused at the end of each level is cashed in for the value of one gold coin.

Crazy Dave has everything in the back of his truck — for a price.

Crazy Dave has everything in the back of his truck — for a price.

Everything from mallets to protect yourself from zombies, extra seed slots, new plants and even mini games are available for purchase. If you ever find yourself short of coins, you are able to purchase packs of coins for anywhere between $0.99-$6.99 via in-app purchase.

The Verdict

It is safe to say that Plants vs. Zombies HD is a great all-around game. The game features one of the longest campaigns I have seen in an iOS game; its levels get quite challenging as well. Plus, it comes packed with tons of different mini games, each bringing their own nuance of gameplay to the table. Needless to say, this game will provide you with countless hours of zombie-filled gameplay.

Plants vs. Zombies HD can be had for $6.99, a price usually regarded as steep for an iOS application. Yet Plants vs. Zombies HD proves its worth by featuring some of the best gameplay that can be had in today’s market.


Summary

Defend yourself from the zombie apocalypse in this extensive strategy game.

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  • http://www.plugpixel.com Francisco Pires

    Great review! I love this game!!

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