Plants vs Zombies 2 Mobile Game Review for Android and iOS

Plants vs Zombies 2

Play the sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards. Meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing ways to protect your brain.

Amazing Ways to Protect Your Brain!

Choose your plants wisely for each level and plot out your winning strategy. Use Plant Food to supercharge your plants when you need it most. Freeze, flick and zap zombies off your lawn, using your fingers with simple touch controls.

Release Date: 15/08/2013

Available on: baseSystems

App Store Rating: 4.4/5

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In Depth Review of the First 11 Stages of Plants Vs Zombies 2: It's About Time

There are zombies across all of time and space, and this is one of the main truths behind the world of Plants Vs Zombies. Sure, it sounds like something out of a Doctor Who episode, but really, it makes for a pretty decent game. The original PvZ placed players in control of the front yard of a typical suburban house. This meant having to deal with the zombified locals –next door neighbors, football players, road workers, and all other sorts of recently deceased that you would expect to find. In PvZ2, you get stages set in various other periods of time, allowing you to deal botanical madness upon the undead in those eras.

Plants Vs Zombies 2: It's About Time knows its own strengths and weaknesses, and main story logic is not it –which is why we don’t bother asking any questions when Crazy Dave decides that he wants to travel back into the past in order to re-eat a superb tasting taco; nor do we raise an eyebrow when Penny, the significantly advanced AI of a time machine/car provides us the means. Nope, we throw all the questions out of the window and instead focus on the core of this game: the use of absurdly cute weaponized plants against the undead. We focus on only that, and it is a whole load of fun.

Past the Tutorials

If you have played PvZ before, skip the tutorials –there is nothing here that you have not seen before. Even the inclusion of the plant power up is hardly an important note. It pops up, you can use it: simple as that. Of course, new players should pay attention –as simple as the mechanics may seem, understanding them fully is the surest way to victory.

It does not take long for the game to send you into the sweltering desert sands and pits you (and your plants) against wave after wave of Egyptian-themed zombies. So yes: mummies! And there is a whole lot of them. From ones that cast magic (they try to steal sunlight orbs), and those that create new tombstones (these ones are cute, they look like little Anubis-types), expect to get a whole different experience in dealing with specialized groups of the undead. Fortunately, you will also have a cadre of plants to choose from, from the regular Pea Shooter to the more advanced Repeater, they will provide you with enough firepower to mow down hordes of these undead guys.

Sequential Stages

This time era plays host to 11 basic stages, in order to get past a stage, all you have to do is to simply survive the zombie hordes. The good thing is that surviving is not that hard at all; just balance you defense units with the sunlight producing sunflowers and you can finish most of the stages without having to use a single lawn mower (if a zombie is able to breach your defenses, the consumable lawn mower will serve as your last line of defense allowing you to re-establish plants in that lane –each lane will have one lawnmower per match).

Going further than the first 11 stages will require you to replay the stages –in doing so, you will earn stars. And having enough stars will allow you to access the next set of stages after the first 11. You could just pay a quick fee (with real money) in order to unlock the next stages. Alternatively, you can choose not to pay any additional amount in order to progress. The game gives plenty of chances for earning stars (which is good, since the switch from paid to free-to-play certainly worried us for a bit), in order to do so. Of course, a bit of effort is needed, but in the end, it is still worth it.

The challenges to earn stars provide significantly tougher objectives as opposed to just surviving all the waves. They range from simple (do not use a single lawnmower), to slightly interested (do not allow zombies to cross a certain point of the stage), to quite challenging (limited to having only a certain number of plants at any given time). They vary a lot and come in different combinations, playing through these stages provides the game with quite a bit of replay value.

Finishing challenges and acquiring stars is not the only way to get more gameplay out of this game. Along the way, you also acquire “keys” from zombies. These keys can be used to unlock new paths in a stage –in the ancient Egypt world, you can unlock at least half a dozen new stages after you find a certain amount of keys (you also get a few new plants along the way too).

Free to Play for Fun

So far, we have yet to run into any issues that can be considered as “cheap ways to get players to spend their money”. Everything you can spend on for this game can either be acquired through hard work, or are simply minor bonuses. There are a few premium items that would grant you passive bonuses (and make certain stages easier), but finishing the game through sheer effort is well within reach of all players given an adequate (but not a ridiculous) amount of time.

The Verdict

Just a quick afternoon with this game had us pegged as renewed fans of the PvZ series, and we are still finding it hard to let go of. The gameplay is both rewarding and addictive, which is a pretty grand mix for any casual title. While we have yet to find any premium content truly worth splurging on, those of you who did enjoy the game might want to shell out a little extra as a show of support for the developers. Plants Vs Zombies 2: It's About Time took a long time to reach retail shelves (figuratively speaking), but we can certainly say that the developers made it well worth the wait. Of course, those of you looking for something radically different might want to look at the other PvZ game (which is an FPS inspired action shooter with tactical defense elements, though that will not be available for quite some times). Those of you who have been fans of the first and have been hankering for more will certainly love this sequel and all of its’ new offerings. We give this game a long sought after 92/100.

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