A unique approach to Tower Defense
I was skeptical at first, approaching Plants Vs. Zombies. It didn't look like much watching the youtube videos. In fact, it looked like nothing because I couldn't understand what the hell was going on. The thing that immediately sucked me in was downloading the demo.
So, in the world of Plants Vs. Zombies the world has been overrun with zombies and you (some random schmo) have to protect your home from the invading hoards. How do you do this you may ask? By planting plants in your front and back yards, even on your roof.
The games uses a number of different plants to both shoot and debuff the incoming zombies making them easier to kill. They range from simple pea shooters to corn kernel bombs that wipe out a whole crowd of zombies. The tower defense gameplay promotes a great deal of strategy in order to balance ones defense and offence using the hilariously animated walnuts as shields.
The game aside from its main story also features a great many mini games, puzzles, and even challenge rooms. Pop Cap really do a great job adding variety to this game. My personal favorite inclusion in the game is the Zen Garden where you can purchase/win plants and watch them grow over time, adding water and fertilizer to keep them growing and giving you money for your trouble.
Overall this game is easily a 50+ hour experience if you want to collect everything in the game. I'm really happy with the game and the overall environment that this game produces. I think this is possibly the quintessential example of Pop Cap's expertise in the casual gaming genera. 4.5/5