Beware Planet Earth! is a beguiling mix of classic tower defense and time management coming to PC via Steam for the first time. Save your cows from the Martian invasion by building an effective defense using towers, traps and objects, and also by firing your Zapper directly at the invading force of little green men!
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Release Date: Apr 11, 2014

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Beware Planet Earth! is a beguiling mix of classic tower defense and time management coming to PC via Steam for the first time. Save your cows from the Martian invasion by building an effective defense using towers, traps and objects, and also by firing your Zapper directly at the invading force of little green men!

Key Features

  • Exclusive content on Steam: a multitude of new levels and enemies inspired by Valve’s universe!
  • Endless Fun: full story mode with 46 levels over 4 seasons, plus 28 bonus challenges!
  • Simple gameplay: different difficulty modes to choose from; “Veteran Mode” for experienced players and “Normal Mode” for the beginners
  • Intense action: grab your Zapper to attack the Martians and overpower your machines!
  • Wacky machines: choose among 20 wacky machines; from the classic defence tower to the Helicowpter!
  • Deadly enemies: over 20 quirky Martians; from the Metalhead and the Mad Scientist to the Ninja!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1,8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound Compatible
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Mostly Positive (183 reviews)
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Silvernbeast
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
to random and sometimes just seems to snowball enemys
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Destro
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Not so well-made clone of Plants vs. Zombies combined with tower defence.
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ScreamingCat
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
It's cute, it's fun, and if you have a toddler he/she can sit and watch you play while providing colorful commentary about saving the cow instead of dragging you away from your PC
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NotNotAlex
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
i got this game in a humble bundle and so did not pay full price. I enjoyed my time playing beware planet Earth. It's a fairly standard tower defence game but it does justice to its genre. The main twist (in lack of a better word) of this game is that as well as letting your towers kill the aliens you also have a laser that the player controls which must be use tactically to avoid overheating, It adds a degree of control to the player that you don't see in most tower defence games. There are a lot of levels across different environments and many different enemy types to keep you busy. Beware planet Earth isn't anything special but it's quite a fun game to pass the time.
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Divide by 0 Please
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Flash games compressed into a Exe/Flash player wow.
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darnth
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Slow and simplicistic, a weak tower defense game does not get better by introducing some "sunflower"like click mechanic.
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Monokuma
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Plants vs Zombies but with farm animals and aliens and in the format of a tower defence game. Its really meh.
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Ivan Moreira
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
Its just another generic TD game with the same enemies you will have in any Even the whacky companion is there.
Its not bad implemented or anything. its just dull and uninspired.
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HappyAccidents
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
It's a TD game that doesn't save my bloody settings. Bloons is on the internet for free, and it has much better quality. The same goes for plants vs. zombies. This game has no reason to exist.
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-=9315+35/<r4/VX=-
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Sorry, kinda boring to me.
I love TD-Games but this I somehow could not enjoy.
Would not say its bad, beside the cloudsave doesnt work at all for me. So thumb down for cloud-not-save.
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PEET
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
This starts out as a solid yet typical tower defense game. The game really begins to shine when the gun becomes a primary element that performs many different gameplay functions. Having this 3rd major element to compliment the standard towers and resource management makes this one of the most hectic and action based TD games in the genre. Fantastic presentation, solid level design, unique enemy units, fun themes and great bonus levels make this a great package for fans of the genre. GG!
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thegregoman
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
I love tower defence games, but generally find time management games boring. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I have absolutely no fun playing this game. It's not bad or poorly designed, I just feel like I am wasting my time waiting for timers to cool down so that towers can build.
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Flotsamm
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
It baffles me that they actually expect people to pay for this garbage. i'm glad steam offers refunds now. I didn't even pay money for this, but still, like I feel like I deserve a refund.
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The doctor is in
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
Plants vs Zombies in disguise with a twist...
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linkgenesis
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 18, 2015
Pros:

I laughed. More than once.
As Tower D goes, there are worse games.
The cartoony style is actually amusing for longer than one level.

Cons:
Couldn't play it more than once.
As Tower D goes, there are many better games.
The gameplay philosophy seems to be they enjoyed that, let's give them more of it. Also, we have nothing else.

No distinguishing features, no real story-telling, but if you need to kill an hour or so... you could do better with ten bucks.
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Keef
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2015
I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this game. Cute little cartoony Tower Defense games that does everything right. If you think you MAY like this game by looking at videos and screenshots, give it a try.
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Murgen
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 9, 2015
It's a fun tower defense game, similar to Plants vs. Zombies.

Basically you have to set up various kinds of towers and traps to defend against various kinds of Martian invaders.

Early in the game you get a "zapper" which lets you attack the Martians directly, or overcharge your towers, or respond to various obstacles that will pop up. For example on the winter levels your towers will slowly start to freeze which will cause them to shut down. So you have to take your zapper and periodically knock the ice off them to keep them functional.

So the zapper actually makes this game superior to tower defense games in which you only have towers -- like iBomber defense. In iBomber Defense there are times when you're just sitting around with nothing to do after you've set up all your towers. In this game there are constant threats that need to be handled with your zapper, so there are no "boring" lets-wait-for-this-wave-to-finish sections.
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robsonlineid
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 4, 2015
There isn't a great deal going on with this one, it's your standard tower defense with an alien/cow kidnapping conspiracy thrown in for a plot. The mechanics are solid and it's a good looking game with at least a attempt at humor thrown in. I don't think I'd recommend it at full price, it's no Orcs Must Die, but if you find it on sale it's ok.
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PaulP
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2015
Nice art style, competent overall polish. An ok Tower Defense game.
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Sparkbomber
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
Pretty nifty Tower Defence game with a few very unusual tie-in extra's. Just be wary of poor localization text.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
i got this game in a humble bundle and so did not pay full price. I enjoyed my time playing beware planet Earth. It's a fairly standard tower defence game but it does justice to its genre. The main twist (in lack of a better word) of this game is that as well as letting your towers kill the aliens you also have a laser that the player controls which must be use tactically to avoid overheating, It adds a degree of control to the player that you don't see in most tower defence games. There are a lot of levels across different environments and many different enemy types to keep you busy. Beware planet Earth isn't anything special but it's quite a fun game to pass the time.
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72 of 91 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
To me, it's hard to make a 2D Cartoony style like this entertaining, and honestly I laughed a lot as I discovered the cows along the seasons, the aliens' animations, and of course, Barney ! This toilets cabin makes him so alive, and yet we never see the guy ! Now, imagine that all the 'towers' you put in the fields are alive too... Man, this ambiance is soooo fun ! It's actually a part of the machine, but it's also its eyes. It's a vent, but it's also its mouth. Just love the design of these characters/machines ! Mobs have suits, costumes, cohesive animations, and their abilities are related to their appearance. You could guess what it can or cannot do by just looking at them. It's very pleasant and made me feel like I was watching a good old cartoon from Tex Avery/Hanna Barbera. So alive !

Then came the game... I really don't like Tower Defense game type. BPE is the first one I DO want to complete ! God, I felt entertained all time long ! The first levels were clearly designed as tutorials. That's why all the people who got used to play TDs may be bored, but I think their experience will allow them to complete these levels very fast, to finally get to...

... THE ZAPPER !

Here is how you can turn a simple TD into a frenetic game experience : developpers managed to give you this intense feeling of being overwhelmed, without simply adding mobs, and mobs, and a new wave of mobs... The ZAPPER ! They also played on mobs' resistance, and finally managed to balance mobs' speed, defense, zapper's power, machines' utility and player's actions so that you have a lot of things to setup, manage and use... but in a very effective way ! Everything is damn simple to understand and use, and provides a lot of fun ! Don't... forget... to use... the ZAPPER ! It's your best ally all game long !

And finally, a new dimension came to my attention: mobs' transformations ! You think you killed it, it turns into something else ! Hard Rockers turn into "Berserk Hard Rockers", Zombies turn into graves, where new smaller zombies emerge, ... but I won't spoil everything ^_^ I found these game mechanics very inventive !

A lot of TDs should take example on this game. It's simple, yet effective and terribly addictive, fun and easy to play, and includes a very well balanced challenge.

I should have given feedback on the 'charismatic' fields, or on the growing number of aliens' spawn points as you progress in the game, or maybe on the evolutive environment (mushrooms and their spores, ice forming on your machines during winter and the zapper's utility at this moment of the game,...), and maybe I should have told you about the bosses, the drill, the gears or the cow bell... but I really have nothing to say about it, because everything was part of the fun, and very well thought !

Play this game, it really worths its price !
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43 of 53 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
Cute little gem of a game! It's Plants vs Zombies in space ! Well on earth, tehcnically xD

Don't be fooled by all those colours: there is actually quite a bit of depth poured into the gameplay, and the zapper makes sure you basically never sit idle (on the contrary, you must constantly decide if/what to boost or explode), and that's where it differs from many other TD's (and from PvZ, specifically): apart from building towers and picking up ressources, you are always active with what is basically a multi-tool, there's not much waiting involved.

Veteran mode is also quite handy, and I'd recommand tower denfense... veterans ^^ to actually enable it. I'd even say it's worth to turn it on from start. You won't get to make many mistakes and get away with it, but the difficulty isn't offputting either, and as long as your strategy is sound, you shouldn't get stuck wondering what went wrong. "Normal" difficulty I didn't try so I can't really comment, but it sounds nice to be able to play with less focus, or to enable less-hardcore players to fully enjoy the game I guess. Plus, you can always switch between Normal/Vet with the flick of a button apparently.

There's a whole bunch of animations, graphics, easter eggs, you name it. You get everything from ninjas, to secret agents reading news papers unsuspectingly, to Martian ladies filing their nails and cleaning up the alleys :D

Gameplay wise, there's something I found rather odd at first for a TD: compared to mostly every other TD I ever played, the maps are rather small, and towers have very limited range (basically just 3 squares). I was afraid of that at first, but it turns out that it just makes you think about placement and synergy even more, instead of just spamming long ranged OP towers everywhere like in some other TDs. Speaking of which : the game starts slow, but it's kind of a tutorial even though it doesn't officially says so. You gotta hang in there for the first 4 or 5 levels, but after that you get the zapper and get to occupy yourself with it, and start seeing more diversity towers-wise.

All in all, much more fun that some random movie, at the price of a movie theater ticket ;p
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
At first the game starts pretty slow, but the pace really cranks up a notch after the "tutorial" levels. Everything's explained in great detail (maybe too much for some people?), but after those explanations, the fun really begins and boy does it get hectic at times!
The main originality is the "zapper" (a raygun you get at level 6 I think), and it's used pretty much everywhere: you can shoot down creeps with it (although it's quite weak compared to your actual towers and traps, and it breaks down if it overheats, so you have to manage that too), and you have lots of interactions. For example, quite early in the game, you have G-men like martians that your towers can't detect until you blow his cover with the raygun. You can also zap away the forcefields the mad scientists cast around other martians.

It really adds a great deal of action to the game, it's unlike any other tower defense game I've played so far (in which you basically deploy your towers and wait for them to do the job until you get enough money to put some more).

The graphics are cute and really fun and the music is cool too. It look like PopCap's "Plants versus Zombies" and is every bit as good (although quite different when you get far enough in the game).

The demo is good but don't be fooled: the learning/difficulty curve is actually smoother in the game (although the beginning is still quite slow). Oh also, you have two difficulty modes: normal and veteran. Normal is pretty easy, Veteran is the opposite and will have you yell at your computer, only to come back for more right away :p
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
While I liked the cartoony gfx of the game, I was reluctant to play a TD where the tower are designed not to get the job done (yes, on purpose). And in the end this game was not for me.
I get the fact that people are trying to reinvent the TD genre, but honestly, isn't designing a solid TD hard enough? Usually, when features are added the towers are left behind. Beware planet earth is a good example of this. Towers are lackluster and their range is minute. If you like frantically clicking in a TD then this game is definately for you. If you are an oldschool TD player, who likes to sit back at the end of a level and see waves pulverized by a well designed tower setup, you might want to pass on this game.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 13, 2014
This game is both cute and has depth. It will appeal to casual players who want to see cute / funny things on the screen (think plants vs zombies crowd) and also to the players who want depth of strategy (think defence grid players). I have finally found a game that will appeal to both me and the girlfriend. Easy buy after playing the demo. Try it. I bet you'll like it.

And don't let the laser gun turn you off, like it did me at first. I thought it was just a tedious laser to shoot stuff with while trying to build defences etc. But it actually adds a layer of strategy, as it doesn't just damage the bad guys, it does things like lower shields and other status changes, and supercharges particular towers.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
Fun tower defense tower defense time waster, with cool graphics and cartoony 1950s aliens theme.

However, get punishingly difficult once you hit Fall, to the point where its just not fun anymore. Even plants vs. zombies was fairer!!

Buy if you want some decent fun for a few hours and then home work assignment thereafter.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
This game exceeds expectations. Tons of fun and a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. The cutesy cartoony design totally fooled me. Haha. Very addictive too.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
This is a VERY GENERIC tower defense game, which is almost identicle to "Go Home Dinosaurs"

You place down "income generators" and then use your money wisely to buy varios types of towers to defend your base.

+ Great art style
+ Challenging (on Veteran)
+ Humous levels / enemies
+ Easy to learn

- Can not upgrade towers
- No Abilities
- No health bars on enemies
- Very repetitive and slow paced
- Story is lacking (basically martians are trying to get your cows...that's about it)
- Level Design is pretty basic, and lacks variety between stages.
- Not much user input or user interaction besides picking up "money" and placing towers.

Reccomended Price: $3
I paid: ~$1 (Greenlight Bundle)

Overall Opinion: This game has nothing new or unique going for it, but if you are a fan of Tower Defense games, and don't have anything to compare this to, then this may be pretty fun for a while. It's good...but has been done so many times before. (Suggestions: Kingdom Rush, Defense Grid, Go Home Dinosaurs)
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
No recommendation for this game. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's another tower defense game that does nothing to distinguish it from any others.

None of the towers feel like they have any weight behind them, everything is just really generic and boring. Fast+weak enemies, check. Slow+tough enemies, check. Regular peashooter towers, check. No damage slowing/freeze towers, check.

It's a reskin of every tower defense game you've ever played. The current sale price of 2.74$ is barely justifiable let alone the regular price tag of (LOL) 11$ CAN. I got this in a humble bundle so I don't feel so bad but, don't waste your money here.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
it has everything I like!
cows, aliens, lasers and a lot of fun!
it starts to get really challenging the more you play,
I just love it so much, best purchase of the month!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
If you're a PvZ fan then you'll definitely like this game. This game requires much more planning and strategy, and it has a Veteran mode which is quite unforgiving.

I will point out I experienced some glitches in the game. For instance there's a problem where intermittently the game won't allow you to pick up the zapper, cowbell, and the detonator. And sometimes it freezes when you exit full screen.

Overall, give it a go. The pros definitely outweigh the cons.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Painfully addicitive tower defense in a playful enough package to keep me coming back. Hints of Plants vs Zombies, but stands on it's own quite well. Kept me coming back and well worth the time. Challenging enough to make the effort to get 100 percent completion and I strongly suggest you do.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
If you like plants vs zombies then you will like this 2-D game
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
It's a very good tower defense game. The cows made me laugh as soon as I got into the game. It is quirky and unique.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
A very well done PvZ variant/clone. Fun characters and descriptions, fantastic art, and can get quite challenging!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
Cutest game ever! <3 20/10
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31 of 55 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
This game is challenging, fun, creative, colorful, funny, its really depressing to see it buried under the pile of trash of indie games, this game deserves better.

Anyone whos interested in a proper TD game that involves proper planning, strategy, and resource management, thats not just about spamming the same tower all over the place, do your self a favor and buy this game.

Edit: Played it on Desura.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Can't. Stop. Saving. Cows!

This is totally not my type of game, but the demo was so entertaining that I just had to put it on my wishlist, and then get it when I saw it on sale for 1.99 euro. It's well worth more than that (and I'm stingy). The graphics and humour hits the right spot for me.

It was great fun until I tried to get those stupid achievements, then it turned into frustrating no fun on the Veteran play through of Winter level 5. After far too many attempts on the previous levels each time until I got lucky, too. (Achievements only ever get in the way of enjoying a game for me, and this game was where I finally decided to say 'screw them all'. I'd really like a button in Steam to turn them all off.)

Back to just playing for the fun (screw veteran), it's entertaining me still, replaying the levels in order and the challenge and bonus ones I like.

There are plenty of levels, hours upon hours of play time! The progression is good, starts easy and gets slowly more difficult.

There are some different types of challenge levels throughout the Story mode, where I would like to just skip the one that I find no fun at all (Maid Raid), and get more of the one I like best (Back to Basics). They each unlock a few more levels of the same type once you've beaten the one in the Story mode, which is nice. There are also bonus levels where the aliens and playing area look different, and some have somewhat different special abilities (with no way that I know to read up details about them, unfortunately).

I'd have liked a way to re-check the aliens while playing in a normal level, too. My memory isn't the best anymore.

And I'd have liked a way to go to the next level in a second play through, rather than having to go back to the main menu and pick a previously played level just to get to the one after the one I just played.

And I'd much prefer the game to remember that I unticked Fullscreen, rather than having to do it again every time I launch it.

But overall, great fun. Try the free demo, it has 7 or so levels from different spots in the story mode, so you get to see easy and somewhat tougher levels in shorter time, giving you a good idea of what to expect in the full version.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
If you like PvZ do yourself a favor and try the demo at least. This game is fun
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