The first game which introduced me to the world of tower defense games.
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.
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 BadSlow 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.
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.