App Apes Verdict
- Graphics - 10/1010/10
- Gameplay - 9.5/109.5/10
- Replay Value - 7/107/10
The original Tower defense game, Plants vs. Zombies, was released in 2009, and it wasn’t until 2013 that the sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, was released, which explains the subtitle, but it was well worth the wait.
Plants vs. Zombies 2, unlike its predecessor is a free-to-play game with premium benefits. The game supports in-app purchases of coins that allow players to utilize specific power-up abilities, such as Plant Food to boost the power of selected plants for a period of time. Despite this, the typical pitfall of feeling like a freemium game is avoided, and the majority of players can resist the temptation to purchase in-game currency, especially since the only unique items to unlock are a few non-essential plants, including the Jalapeno form the first Plants vs. Zombies game, and the new additions of the Imitator or Power Lily. Even the players who do pay for the extra plants will not feel guilty in doing so, as Plants vs. Zombies 2 offers a fully immersive experience just like it’s predecessor and that’s without the base price of $15+. In addition, while plant food can be purchased in game, packets of it can be picked up during regular game play by defeating special glowing zombies, and the frequency in which these appear mean no real money necessarily needs to be spent.
On top of being free to play, Plants vs. Zombies 2 provides an arsenal of new plants for the player to use and a variety of new worlds to plant them in, and probably some of the best in the history of the franchise. Some of these great, unique plants are the Bloomerang, Laser Bean, and the Coconut Cannon. And while it’s certainly not an accurate history lesson, the game does provide a fun look at some interesting periods in time, past and present, including Ancient Eygpt, Pirate Seas, Wild West, the Far Future, and the additions of Dark Ages, and Big Wave Beach. Plus there’s curious new zombies you’ll just have to see yourself. In addition to all these fun components, there is a daily challenge, in which a Treasure Yeti will randomly pop up on a completed level, and playing it again rewards players with the lunchbox, filled with prizes, which certainly adds to the replay value of the game.
Overall, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is fun and certain to grow on players of all types from the casual to the serious. In-app purchases are not necessary, but they do help immensely, and are worth it in the respect that the game shows real growth from the original and is free to play versus having to by the game straight out.
The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure brings the fun to tablets and touchscreens. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain. And that’s just the beginning! The future holds many mysteries… also zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.
- Meet new plants that will defend your lawn through time
- Go toe-to-missing-toe with dozens of new zombies
- Supercharge your floral friends with Plant Food
- Fire up amazing Finger Powers to freeze, flick and zap zombies
- Defeat challenges that will test your zombie-zapping skills
- Take on zombies from all worlds in Piñata Party and win prizes
- Collect coins to purchase potent power-ups
- Connect to Game Services to unlock achievements and compete against friends on the leaderboards
- Grow your Zen Garden and reap sweet rewards
- Look out! Zombie chickens!