Zombies are trying to get into your house to eat your brains - how will you stop them? By planting an assortment of fighting plants on your front lawn, backyard, and roof of course! And you'll need all kinds because the zombies range from your garden variety (yuk yuk yuk) type who shuffles along, to the kind that are dressed in American football gear, drive zambonis, bungee jump from the sky, or stomp forwards in goliath form with a mini-Salacious-Crumb-type zombie catapulting itself from its back!
"Plants Vs Zombies" is one of the most addictive games I've ever played. The kind of addictiveness that came from real-time strategy games like Command & Conquer and WarCraft but with more basic, colourful graphics. You use the same kind of tactics from those games - plant your sunflowers to gather sunlight (the currency in this game) to "buy" fighting plants that shoot peas, lob sweetcorn and melons, and block paths with walnuts, or whatever type of plant you need to take down the different types of zombie.
Magnificently structured, each level adds some new element that keeps you going through to the next. I bought the game on a Saturday lunchtime and finished it by Sunday teatime, looking up from the screen to discover I'd missed the entire weekend! But I didn't mind because it's been years since I've become so engrossed in a game like this, and it was all rendered in simple 2D rather than the flashy 3D games coming out today.
The mini-games add hours more playing time. There's also survival mode, puzzle mode, you can create your own "zen garden", create your own "zombatar", and replay the "adventure" mode with added difficulties. Put simply, for the price you pay (in my case the online download was little more than a sandwich at M&S) you get hours and hours of entertainment. Utterly addictive and incredibly enjoyable and fun, "Plants Vs Zombies" has to be played to be believed.