Monday, 17 August 2009

Games: Plants vs Zombies

Imagine the're relaxing in your garden, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you hear squelching footsteps and a slurred cry of "BRAAAAIIIIINNNS!". THERE ARE ZOMBIES ON YOUR LAWN!! So obviously you take the only logical course of action - you grow an array of strange plants and use them to defend your house (and your brains)! At least, you do if you're playing PopCap's cute and simple yet utterly addictive game 'Plants vs Zombies'.

"Think fast and plant faster to stop the zombies dead in their tracks. And with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!"

In a zombie apocalypse, you'd think the thing to to use would be something like, I don't know...chainsaws? Shotguns? But no. A well-placed army of plants is just what you need to pop off a zombie's head! Each plant has its own way of doing so, with varying degrees of efficiency, but my favourites are the ice-upgraded melons, since they're powerful, slow down the enemies and you can use them on all areas of each level (as long as you provide them with a lily pad in the pool).

However, you do have room to experiment with which botanical defenders you take with you on each mission, as continues are unlimited and there's also a handy row of lawnmowers at the back, which means that should a few of the undead slip through your defences, they'll still be mowed down the first time. That said, I would recommend that you try not to let them through, as you get money for each lawnmower you have left and, realistically, you may find you need them if you make a mistake.

Even though the game may seem as though it would become repetitive, its quirky humour, including dancing zombies and the rare Yeti zombie, as well as the cute (what? Zombies are cute!)  feel to the animations, ensure that it doesn't at all. If anything, it gets better the more you play it, because you unlock more, interesting deadly flora and run into pogo-stick jumping. ice truck driving, football playing and gigantic ghouls! There really is a lot to do if you want to completely finish the game - unlockables and all - which means you have an excuse to play both the main game and other modes (Puzzle, Mini Games, Zen and Survival) multiple times.

Plants vs Zombies is well worth buying, but if you're not sure whether you want it or not you can download a demo from the official site.


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