Plants vs Zombies PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.5
Sound 7.0
Value 8.0
Developer: Mindscape
Review Date:
March 2010
Reviewer:
Simon O'Donnell
Classification: G

8.0


Plants vs. Zombies

Although this game has been out for awhile, Impulse Gamer was finally given the opportunity to review this entertaining puzzle game that pits Zombies against Plants. Reminiscent of those tower defence type games, players must use a variety of plants to stop the never ending hoard of undead from reaching one side of the screen to another.

Thankfully like other games of this genre, there are a variety of different plants that can be "cultivated", each with their pros and cons towards the zombie threat. Best of all, this game can be played by anyone and although the learning curve is relatively low, as you do progress, the levels and your enemies strategies to get more complicated which generally has the player changing their defences to match the attacks.

The main goal of the game is prevent the zombies from getting inside your house and the map that you play on is broken up into grids which allows you to plant your "towers". Unfortunately each time you put a plant down, it zaps the sunlight and the amount of plants that you can put down.

However to even up the odds against this darkness, the player has the ability to plant sunflowers which generate more light because they are "sunflowers". Okay to suspend disbelief for a little bit, even though the theme may be a little over the top, the gameplay of Plants vs. Zombies is brilliant as you plant your plants to create your offences and attacks. As you shoot, burn and blast the zombies, the further you progress, the more difficulty it gets but working out the strategy of how to complete the level is the entertaining aspect of the game.

As you continue to progress, the gaming environment also changes and Zombies also like to attack at night which means you need rethink your strategies because you have new plants at your disposal. Even though the levels at the start are quite easy to complete, as you move on, things get more hectic but thankfully the new levels, mini-games and new plants awarded to the gamer at the end of the levels are another incentive.

The humour of the game plays a big part of the enjoyment factor of the title from the animated plants with their attacks to the various zombie units that attack you from snorkel zombies to pole vaulting zombies. After playing the title for awhile, it's hard not to smile when you see these whacky zombies and plants for the first time and unlike other puzzle type games, the developers ensure that everything changes quite often so nothing becomes monotonous. To compliment the gameplay, we have some great cartoony graphics and some funky sound effects to help immerse you in this totally bizarre experience.

Once you have completed the adventure mode, you can then try the survival mode which increases the difficulty of the challenges and really needs you to think your feet. With around 50 levels and some fun mini-games, Plants vs. Zombies is a different type of puzzle/tower defence game that works on just about all levels. Addictively fun!

Features

  • Play five game modes: Adventure, Mini-Games, Puzzle, Survival, plus the stress-free Zen Garden
  • Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode -- through day, night and fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop
  • Battle 26 types of zombies including pole-vaulters, snorkelers and “Zomboni” drivers
  • Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy a pet snail, power-ups and more!





 
 



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