Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Plants Vs Zombies ...

I love my family. They are hilarious, crazy, kooky (almost like the Addams family with less Lurch and more dark humour). That being said, introducing my mother to the game Plants vs Zombies 2 may have been a bad idea. Especially when she is not doing well in a level. The words that I've heard come out of that mouth. (Mum, if you're reading this, love ya!) In fact, it has become a point of amusement to watch her stare intently at the screen and tap furiously while trying to keep the zombie horde at bay.

I love the game. It's quirky enough to keep me interested when I'm waiting in an airport or even when I can't sleep at night. I can tune out the goings on around me and focus on keeping those zombies at bay. The graphics are fun, the game play is simple (and addictive) plus look at these characters:

You can't deny that they hearken back to the cartoons from the late 80s to early 90s. They've got that roundness to them and each plant has it's own little identity. That first guy is called Bonk Choy. (I'm an English teacher who loves puns...go figure...)

Anyway, PopCap, the game creators, have made it a fun and easy game to get addicted to. The aim is to stop the zombies eating your brains. You start with a limited amount of plants and you need to collect sun in order to plant said plants. Each plant has different strengths and weaknesses so you have to learn which ones will benefit you while playing the game. Simple, right!

There are three main levels - Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas and Ye Olde West. (I like writing it that way...) Each has it's own challenges and new plants are made available as you play along. I originally played this last year and it has since upgraded and changed only slightly but is still fun. As I said, I use it to pass the time while standing in line at places such as an airport or San Diego Comic Con. (Nothing better at two in the morning while your fellow nerds either sleep or are in search of caffeine.)

In each level you have specifically designed zombies that can be frustrating as heck*. Some with steal sun or make graves grow. One of the more annoying ones can be found in the Western level. He has a pot on his head and this makes him harder to kill. Plus, the chicken guy in that level annoys the heck out of me but I still find it an enjoyable game to play.

There are also reoccurring jokes surrounding Crazy Dave and his quest for his taco and his time travelling winnebago (is that even the right word? We don't have those things in NZ - well they aren't common that's for sure. I learned the word from the ever awesome film Spaceballs and now I'm rambling...) There are also mini boss levels or brute levels in this case. All of it adds to the fun.

The pros of this game include the fact that it is free to download on iOS and Android. It is easy to play (as proved by my mother) and has fun sound effects and a line of plush toys and collectibles that compliment the game. The animation is great, there are no lags that I've experienced and you don't need to be connected to wifi to play it, which is great.

Cons include the in app purchases (not that you really need them because I haven't used them.) Also the layout of the screen can be a little frustrating, especially when you are trying to collect sun and you accidentally hit the fast forward button or the almanac or purchase stuff buttons. (Those are the technical terms...well...)

For a mini game review I give this game a 8/10. It's free so I'd definitely recommend people give it a go.

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*For some strange reason I have this word stuck in my head. I think it's because I am going back to school soon and am trying to rid myself of the bad habits I regress to during the summer holidays.

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