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There are zombies on your lawn...,
This review is from: Plants vs. Zombies (PC/MAC) (CD-ROM)
Hey kidults! Remember playing with your ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 or Amiga? Do you remember that while the hardware was primitive and graphics and sound were even more so, you didn't care because the games had 'gameplay'?
Then you'll love Plants Vs Zombies. It's old school computer gaming in a modern guise.
The game concept is very simple. You are barricaded in your house. Outside is an army of dumb, persistent and rather eccentric zombies, asking politely but firmly if they can feast on your brains. To defend your house you need to collect sunshine and grow plants. Now, these plants aren't your usual petunias and daffodils that sit there blowing prettily in the breeze. Oh no. These plants willingly and unfalteringly attack the undead in a multitude of bizarre and inventive ways, including firing peas, shooting spores, blowing bubbles, squashing them, spiking their feet and blasting them into slightly singed, spongy pieces. You have different plants for protecting your lawn during the day, at night time, for your swimming pool, for coping with thick fog and for your roof.
The zombies themselves are a charming if insatiable lot. Along with your common or garden shuffling zombies, there are other types that can, amongst other things, pole vault, swim (complete with rubber ducky ring), float in the air using helium balloons and protect themselves using traffic cones, metal buckets and screen doors. Some of the zombies come mob-handed. For example some are dancers for a zombie who we are advised is most certainly not the late Michael Jackson. And there is a zombie bobsled team because, as we all know, zombies LOVE taking part in winter sports when not feasting on the living.
As each wave of zombies is defeated, additional plants are unlocked and you gain money for your endeavours. This money can be used to buy additional plants and items from your confused and incoherent neighbour Crazy Dave who *is* proper full-on crazy and never tires of telling you about his tenuous grip on reality. He is selling undead-dispatching plants from the back of his car after all. Then again you are buying them, so who is the sane one here?
Anyway, this is not a game for die hard gamers who need a bit of the ultra-violence and splatter with their zombie bothering. This is more an addictive and funny game that happens to be about the undead and their inability to cope with the more aggressive flora you might find lurking at the bottom of your garden. Once started, you will find that time ceases to have meaning and you will willingly forego sleep in order to complete the next level.
Finally, a warning about The Song. When you complete the game you get treated to a cute and funny song sung by a sunflower about zombies being on your lawn. This song is an earworm in its purest form. If your two year old hears this song you *will* spend a lot of your time on Youtube playing it to them. If zombies actually do try to invade our property I guarantee that my youngest will be singing it as she goes.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2010 15:59:32 BDT
M. Franklin says:
Excellent review. This is a truly addictive and ingenious game with some clever details like the angry eyebrows on the plants. The song was great!
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