Long before Zombie Guide Magazine was even an idea in my head, I was playing Plants vs Zombies. Back when it came out in 2009, I was just hooked on it. I’ve always had a weak spot for tower defense games, but this one really stuck around for a long time.
What is Plants vs Zombies?
Plants vs Zombies puts the player in the role of a homeowner during the zombie apocalypse. It’s your task to use the various plants at your disposal to combat the zombie hordes. Like any tower defense game, the intensity of the hordes, the types of zombies and their abilities, evolves as your progress during the game. If the zombies get across the field, or any other place like your rooftop in some levels, you’ve lost the level and need to start again.
The player can only pick a limited amount of plants during each level, and each plant costs “sun” to place. Sun is collected by either clicking on ones that randomly generate over the lawn, or that is generated by certain plants, like Sunflowers and Sunshrooms.
Original release schedule
- April 1, 2009, PopCap released a music video which featured the song, “Zombies on your Lawn”, to promote Plants vs. Zombies.
- April 22, 2009, PopCap released an official game trailer of Plants vs. Zombies on YouTube.
- Plants vs. Zombies was officially released on May 5, 2009 for PC and Mac.
- Free flash version of Plants vs. Zombies was released on September 23, 2009.
- Game of the Year edition of Plants vs. Zombies was released on July 11, 2010.
Coming to console gaming
The game was ported to the Xbox 360 at Xbox Live on September 8, 2010. And to make the game more appealing on consoles, the sun and grid patterns now moved to the cursor, sort of like auto aim or aim assist works. As an added bonusses on Xbox, a versus and co-op mode were added, as well as a mini-game. Not long after the Xbox 360 version, the Playstation received Plants vs Zombies on February 8 2011.
The iPhone and Android port was officially released on February 15, 2010. This version came with an interface of course tailor made for phones, as well as a quick play mode that allowed a player into any level in Adventure Mode. However, this mobile version had all mini games, puzzles and survival mode removed from the game. These modes made a comeback on April 5, 2010 in the iPad version of the game, named Plants vs Zombies HD.
Back in the day, in 2011, the games were also ported to Windows Phone as part of Xbox Live. After Windows Phones, Kindle Fire, Blackberry and Nook HD were added.
Where to play the original?
Benefits and features of getting the GOTY edition from Steam:
- 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