Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (4,054 reviews)
Release Date: May 5, 2009

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"Very fun, streamlined tower defense game with a lot of charm. Probably the favorite game of Robert's family (especially my wife & my 5-year old)."

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"Funny, endless, ridiculously good value." - PCGAMER

About This Game



Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks. Obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge, and with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!

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!
  • Open the Almanac to see all the plants and zombies, plus amusing “facts” and quotes
  • Browse Crazy Dave’s shop for special plants and tools to stem any zombie assault
  • Amazing graphics and soundtrack, plus a bonus music video
  • Infinite replayability: the game is never the same experience twice!
  • Unlock all the Steam Achievements

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.2GHz+ processor
    • Memory: 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of video memory, 16-bit or 32-bit color quality
    • DirectX: DirectX 8 or later
    • Hard Drive: 65+MB of free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8-10.6.x
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
    • Memory: 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB of video memory, 16-bit or 32-bit color quality
    • Hard Drive: 50+MB of free hard drive space
    • Sound: Standard audio
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition is a strategy tower defense game from PopCap, which is now part of Electronic Arts.

Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition is a very good and fun game, with great gameplay. Defend your home from invading zombies who wants to eat your brains, with many plants such as peashooter, chomper, cherry bomb or wall-nut. There are many plant types to choose from, each with their unique abilities and purposes. Of course the zombies are also vary, like the trash can zombie, buckethead zombie, conehead zombie, pole vaulting zombie or even dancing zombie that can summon backup dancer zombies. There are also many mini games that can entertain for hours with their even more unique and vary gameplay. There is also even a survival game to which you defend until you can't defend no more.

Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition has cute and great design on plants and zombies. You can also create your own Zombatar with this game. You will also meet a crazy guy who will sold you even more plants or tools for you to use, or sometimes have you do something crazy.

One of the downside and the only downside of this game is that it doesn't support greater resolution size beyond 800x600. So even on fullscreen, you stuck on 800x600 and there will be a black screen on left and right side of the screen.

Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition is a great tower defense game, with many mini game and great gameplay, this game can make sit down in front of you computer for hours. I recommend this.

Rating 9/10
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The first game which introduced me to the world of tower defense games.

Story
You are a homeowner protecting your brains. Because the zombies are after you, you must take advantage of the various plants which you can plant on your property. But not only are there different plants with their own strengths and weaknesses, there are also different zombies. A right plant for the right zombie is the key in protecting those precious brains of yours.

The Good

Animations: I absolutely love the animation style which is both funny and cute. I kind of wish there had been some voice acting to go along with it like in Kingdom Rush. Such as Sunflower having a cheerful voice, Gloomshroom mumbling something sad, Cherrybomb shouting before exploding and so on.

Levels: They consist of parts in your property and different hours with their own difficulties. The front yard, back yard, roof, day, night and fog. On day time you get sun falling from sky, on night you don't and on fog level the fog prevents you to see that well. On your backyard the pool forces you to plant Lily Pads and on roof Flower Pots to be able to plant, and because the roof is slanted it requires catapult plants.
The best part of the whole game is easily the special levels between normal levels AKA Conveyor-Belt levels. You don't choose the seeds, they come on a conveyor belt without costing sun.

Variety: There's lots of different plants and lots of different zombies. The strategy is that you have to choose the right plant for the right zombie. Buckethead zombies might seem tough, but once you get Magnet-shroom they lose their toughness and become regular zombies. And vice versa. Wall-nuts protect your other more vulnerable plants but zombies such as Polevaulting, Pogo and Ladder can get over them.

Minigames/puzzles: You get these when progressing through adventure mode and they greatly vary. My favourites being Wall-nut Bowling, where you use wallnuts as bowling balls and defeat the coming zombies, and I Zombie, where you get to play as the zombies and eat fake plants.

Family friendly: This is a game which both older and younger people can play and enjoy. It instantly became my little sister's favourite and she would have played it in one session if I had let her.

Soundtrack: I don't usually care about games' soundtracks that much but in here I had to go and buy it. You can't help but jam and sing along while planting and taking out the zombies, it's that catchy. People would laugh if they saw me playing this game, dancing on my chair and whistling like a crazy person.

The Bad

Slow in places: The first playthrough of the game starts off very slow and getting to the good part can take quite a while. There are also sometimes parts in the game where you wish you could make the time go faster. This is what could ultimately put off both new players and veterans of the genre.
I kind of wish there had been some kind of a fast forward button, like Turbo button in Plants vs. Zombies 2, to help prevent getting bored but it would have also made the current, rather short gameplay even shorter.

Easy: It is a solid tower defense game with the exception that it's one of the easiest in the first playthrough, which takes about 4-6 hours. There are no difficulty options (other than for survival) so instead the game gets harder once you have finished it for the first time. My 10-year-old little sister was able to play it just fine, just me helping in translating from English to Finnish what each plant and zombie does.
Even though I'm bad at strategy games (and in hard games generally), I would have wished for more challenge. Or that difficulty option so casual players (I'm usually one of them) can have their fun and people who like more challenge have their own.

Money grinding: Usually when I had finished the game I did some of the minigames and puzzles and started all over again. The grinding for money is such a bore for those last plants and it takes so much time that I usually never bothered with it.

Last words
I have mentioned in my other review that I'm not really a fan of the tower defense games. Mostly because I just don't have the brains for strategy games. Plants vs. Zombies was, however, my introduction to the genre and I'm really glad for that. Years ago I discovered the game on my sister's computer and I kept playing it through over and over again without getting bored. And I still don't.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
If you like zombies, get this game because you can find different types of zombies there.
If you do not like zombies, get this game because you get to kill so many of em and name yourself zombie killer after you beat this game.
If you are a zombie, you must get this game because you get to kill your comrades and be the zombie master.
If you arent a zombie, then what are you waiting for? Get this game or wait for zombies to destroy your lawn.

This game is crazily fun; has a funny-talking npc and a awesome ending song.
This game is not one of the "killing zombies" and thats it game. It has more contents than you think it has.
You get to grow your plants, collect coins from em and buy the items that are useful to go against the zombies.
Moreover, it has puzzle levels which require high intelligence in order to get all of em completed.

10/10 will play through it again in the future

Note: This game is great to be played on iPads.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
108.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Pre-Release Review
really good tower defence game with a long tutorial

damn this game is good. I'm actually not that big of a fan of tower defence games but this games sucked me in an spat me out some hundred hours later and i still love it.

Most people should know the game bye now but if you don't here is a short explanation what's it all about

The zombieapokalypse went down but you have some mutated plants that will protect you. So you plant your yawn full of mutated plants which shoot the zombies and by that defend your home form them.

The first levels function as a tutorial, where you protect your front yawn but later the zombies try to eat you bye getting in your back yawn or on your roof.
And with every level the zombies become more and more and you have to choose which plants to take into the level and where to plant them for max damage and stuff.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Good tower defense. It can be a challenge but with some cute humor. Worth the price you can get alot of hours in. It comes with minigames and zombie creator aswell. This was my first copy of the game ever, Never tried the demo or phone version.. So i dont really know the difference between goty edition and the original, But I highly recommend buying.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
I love this game, had so much fun with it.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
dont think just buy
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
there's a zombies on your lawn

[Football Zombie]: I used to play football
[Conehead Zombie]: Road cones protect my head
[Screen Door Zombie]: I have a screen-door shield
[All]: We are the undead!

[Digger Zombie]: I like your tricycle
[Zombie]: There's buttter on my head
[Dolphin]: ************************************* (you must buy and play then beat the game to know what the "stars" means
[All]: We are the undead!

Nice soundtrack,
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
A-dict-ive! Everyone should know this one by now. Great color and graphics. This is a timeless classic everyone should own.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Alternative edition of gardener simulator

Amazingly fun playing. The story starts out as a zombies come on your property, all you have to defend yourself is a gatling pea. Zombies come in all sizes. Some even ride vehicles. They all have one destination, your house.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I always wanted to know what it felt like to be an illegal immigrant gardener. This game not only allows me to experience the harsh sun beating on my neck as I plant flowers for gringos, but it adds in some challenges as angry gringos disguised as zombies try to deport me.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
still one of the most addictive games I have played.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
An enjoyable game that you can play for days. 7/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The quintessential casual game. The perfect blend of strategy and puzzle gaming, with cute graphics and easy to learn gameplay. Even your wife who doesn't like computer games will love this.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense game in which a home owner uses different plants to battle zombies on his lawn. Its origins as a casual game are still visible, but the different game modes provide a lot of fun and keep the game from getting repetitive too early.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Amazing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
PopCap Price: 19.95 Dollars.
App Store Price: 9.99 Dollars.
Steam Price: 4.99 Dollars.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Ha! The good ol' times! I always played this back in my childhood. It was a fun experience for me. I loved the unique and creativity with the plants and zombies. This may not be one of those gruesome, bloody type of zombie games but I can admit this game is pretty cute. All you have to do is defend the survivor that lives in the house just by using plants.

This game has really good graphics, its really fun and addictive. You move onto different levels and it gets harder and harder each time since new types of zombies appear with its own fabulous abilities to escape the defenses of the plants.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
great game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
There are plants. They fight zombies. It's awesome. 10/10 would recommend.
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