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.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (196 reviews) - 95% of the 196 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (6,049 reviews) - 96% of the 6,049 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 5, 2009

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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!


  • 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

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
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Overwhelmingly Positive (196 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (6,049 reviews)
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( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game is worth every penny. Good "casual" tower defense. The caveat here is that once you're done you're going to crave more. Do not give in and try Plants vs. Zombies 2. It will disappoint you.
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( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Product received for free
game of the year indeed
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Sapient Surprise
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Easily my favorite Pop-Cap game. This game has just the right mix of in-depth strategy and casual atmosphere. This game also has gameplay options for sinking just a few minutes of your time to outright afternoon-ruining game modes. It's got great art direction and sound/music design. You could play this game for years and not get bored. Great for podcasts or Skype calls. One minor complaint is that the Steam version is slightly inferior to the Xbox 360 arcade release. The 360 release has local multiplayer as well as more mini-games. But, the Steam version is definitely a solid way to experience the game. 8/10
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( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Childhood i remmebner when in play this game man ♥♥♥♥ i ggot virus on my computer from
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( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is an really good strategy experience, but kinda restricted as you can develop an strategy and just use the same one through the entire game.
That said, it's definitely worth the money! It's really cute, well made and has an good story.
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( 180.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Easily one of the best tower defense game out there.

It might seem easy at first but don't let that fools you..

Getting all the achievments takes time and skills, you will get your money worth for sure. Even after unlocking everything (which takes ALOTs of time), its always fun to come back and kill a few zombies ;)

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( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
One of PopCap's best games. Tons of stuff to keep you coming back.
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Giulia Luz
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Um jogo divertido, engraçado e quase impossível parar de jogar, isso pra quem gosta de jogos desse estilo.
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( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Product received for free
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( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game, one of the best Zombie Tower Defense game to-date came out in 2009
it is now 2016, and it's still very fun to play in between watching streams or even when you waiting for a next game..

The basic concept of this game is trully the most fun you will have, compared to it's successor which is a Mobile game only, with a lot of Micro-Transaction added into it, not to mention certain other limitation that reduces the fun you can have.

anyway, onto the details

The Fun part of this game
Some gameplay and game aesthetic that I think is really fun to interact with and play.
- 5 Level in Adventure mode is absolutely fun, with variation not only of the enemies, but also the stage itself.
- You plant Sunflowers, that spew Sun rays, that is used to plant more Sunflowers and other plants Praise the Sun
- Finished the Adventure mode ? Indulge into the fun Mini-Games + Puzzles + The Challenging endless mode.
- Variety of plants in this game, also includes variety of strategy you can use against the Zombies
- Tired from playing against the Zombies ? why not try out the Zen Garden, to Zen your stress....
- When you finished the Adventure mode, you can try again in Adventure Mode+ (so I called it), and after that, you can go ahead and play it until +++++++ somethin'
- Crazy Dave, he's crazy, but he's your only companion in this god-awful-forsaken world filled with zombies

The Not-so Fun part of this game
Basically, the opposite of the fun part, ofc. I Personally think there is not much of a Not-so Fun part in this game. But there are some that I do not like about it.
- only 5 Levels in Adventure Mode, in which I assume they can at least slip in 1 More level variety
- The Endless-mode level is non-Interchangeable, which kinda suck since there is 5 level in the game
- Zen Garden has some missing or I would say, lack of controls for either helping the plants or moving them

But nonetheless, there is a reason this game is Called a GOTY for 2009, and it is because this game is truly ahead of the time back then for a small game like this, that no one knew, would generate millions of dollars and a franchise deal to boot.
I Highly recommend this game for everyone, there is no reason to hate this one, but you can hate the mobile sequel.
an Absolute bargain when on Sale, a no brainer grab. Fun Guarantee.
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118 of 128 people (92%) found this review helpful
130 people found this review funny
3,504.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I think I've finally completed it now...
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Never you mind my Steam hours...I've got a good twenty or thirty hours up on the mobile phone version of this; a phrase which, in all honesty, you won't hear me utter too often (mostly 'cause it's the ONLY game I've played on a mobile for longer than, say, a handful of minutes).

So having perused the Menu and seen all the mini-games and modes available, and played nearly half-way through the "Adventure" mode, what differences have I noticed between this and the mobile version? Well, I gotta say...not many. I don't recall the option to "customise" the look of your zombies on the mobile version, but that kinda petty, purely cosmetic ♥♥♥♥ is all by the by; the simple fact remains that, no matter what the format, this is far and wide one of the simplest, yet cleverest, and moreover most MADDENINGLY ADDICTIVE real-time strategy/tower defense games you will ever play.

Is it worth another purchase, if you already have it on mobile? Hmmm, probably not, unless it's on sale, or if you generally prefer (as do I) to use a mouse rather than rubbing your grotty little fingers all over your telephone screen. Oh, and I guess there's the Achievements, if you're inclined towards such things (me, only up to a point).

If you don't already have it, buy it. If you already have it, buy it when it's a buck or so. It's a bit of a no-BRAINer, really (hahaha, I made a funny, look Mummy, I made a post-post-modernist zombie funny, ooh I'm so clever, look Mummy, me so clever, me so clever)...

Verdict: 9.5/10 (docking half a point ONLY because the pint-sized graphics look just the tiniest bit "wrong" on a larger computer monitor. But ONLY for that reason).
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47 of 74 people (64%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I recently installed this game on my Windows 8 Tablet, since I used to play it on my cousin's Xbox. At first i thought, "Well, this game is probably not gonna work very well on my tablet." But so far, i haven't had a single issue or seen a sinngle bug! It even works pretty fast!

I got this game in the Summer Sale for a ridiculously low price of $1.24. The normal price is $4.99, but even that price is cheap for this games worth! The game works quite fast, and it has hardly any bugs. I highly reccomend this game if you like Strategy/Zombies/Tower Defense games! And no worries parents, the zombies in this game are entirely cartoony, with no innapropriate scenes at all! Possibly the only part that could be considered innapropriate is if you lose, a zombie walks into your house, and eats your brains. It doesn't actually SHOW the zombie eating your brains, just a message pops up saying, "A Zombie Ate Your Brains!" It's up to you if you think thats innapropriate, but honestly, I don't think it's something to get worked up over.

Now to talk about what this game is really about! You start out in a normal house, when suddenly zombies try to invade your home! You have to grow special plants to defend your house, such as thhe Peashooter and the Potato Mine.
This game comes with 5 chapters that each contain 9 levels. A normal PvsZ level takes aproximately 10 Minutes, I'm not sure exactly. To add on th that, they even have awesome minigames to put your PvsZ skills to the test!

This is one of the best time-consuming games i have ever played. I highly reccomend you get this spectacular game.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Cheap. Fun. Addicting. Get this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I didn't intend to cover this game originally, but then I figured it was certainly a big enough name to justify, and also a good enough game to talk about. Before Plants VS Zombies was following in the footsteps of Team Fortress 2 and interrupting an indie developer with mood-destroying music at every E3, it started here, as a simple tower defense. This is a kind that's a bit less common on Steam, where you're defending rows rather than winding path. As the title implies, you do this using militaristic plants to combat a bunch of eccentric zombies.

Compared to a lot of the games I've talked about, Plants VS Zombies is a pretty casual one. Experience in many of the above titles would make the campaign fairly easy to get through, and even when I played it years ago without any TD experience I don't remember having much trouble. Of course, not every game needs to be hard, far from it, and there's something relaxing about watching your garden take on all comers. Both your plants and the zombies are also both appealing enough to look at without trying too hard, and there's a good amount of enemy variety.

You start with a simple Peashooter for damage and a Sunflower for harvesting resources (you do need to manually click on them like Beware Earth, but that's the only thing like it in the game and it's not generally very hectic), and across the course of the campaign get access to forty-seven others that all have some different use, depending on what zombies you're up against or the level. The game mixes things up often enough to keep things from getting too repetitive, and aside from the normal sunny day you'll also have to defend at night, where you get less resources, or at the backyard pool, where you have to build terrain for most of your plants to stand on. You'll also get levels within those that operate on different rules, such as using the Wallnut to bowl down zombies or having to pick your defenses from a sort of conveyor belt.

Aside from the campaign there are a bunch of minigames and alternate modes you can unlock, including survival and a role reversal where you pick zombies to go after the plants' defenses. Quite a lot considering the game's only five dollars, the cheapest of any game mentioned so far. If you're looking for a more low-key entry into tower defenses, it would be a good one to pick up, as long as you remember most other ones aren't exactly like this. Even if you're not new to them though, if you somehow haven't played this I can't think of any reason to dissuade you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
182.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
One of the great games of all time and a testimony to Popcap at their best, before their acquisition by EA. This game is many things to many people: casual time-waster, fount of slightly twisted humor, excellent strategy game. If you have never played it, it is worth much more than it costs here on Steam. I've been playing it since it first launched, and I am sure I'll be playing it ten years from now.

A joy and a pleasure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
As a non casual gamer I wouldn't have stuck with pvz if it was anything but the simplist and most joy us game on the planet. A vortex that Sucks you in with simple and rewarding gameplay feeding you new mechanics and challenges at just the right pace until your a master.

Fun graphics. A great and unique concept. Addictive gameplay and reward cycle. Perfect difficulty curve. And a great host of minigames for when it's all over. Or in between games.

Pvz is a game changer somthing so fresh is rare seing as hours can tumble to making your perfect defence.
I'm a turtle you see. In every rts I ever played I love building up my base defences more than anything else. That's why I'm no good at them. But you see this why this is the game for me. It's no regular tower defence game which I find boring and slow.

It has infinite complexity in learning what all your units do and how best to use them. The zombies are cute but ruthless and come in waves and that's when you regret that missplaced sunflower at the start of your game where you now desperately need a walnut.

All this will make sense when you play it... Which you must
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
A very fun tower defense game with a unique feel. Would highly recommend to anybody who enjoys basic strategy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful