Finally it’s here. Plants vs. Zombies 2, aptly subtitled “It’s about time,” by Popcap, is the sequel to one of the most successful iOS games of all time. It has taken Popcap years to bring us another sequel, but the clever subtitle doesn’t just refer to the fact it took so long. In the sequel, you will be traveling back in time to help Crazy Dave, your neighbor, relive the moment of eating his delicious taco! Plants vs. Zombies 2 is completely free to play with some in-app purchases, though you should never have to spend any money to complete the game.
Let’s explain what is new in this sequel . First of all, the game is free to play. This of course means you don’t have to dish out to buy the game, but also means that the developer needs to make money somehow. In this game, the developer leaves the choice up to you. You can always buy more coins for power-ups, or to unlock the next era in your travel through time, but you never have to pay. Simply replay some levels to earn stars and you can unlock everything you need. Some of the better “classic” plants are available by purchase only, but you don’t need to buy them to win the game.
Secondly, each plant now has a special power that you can unlock by giving them plant food. This power is different for every plant and certainly adds an extra layer of strategy to the game.
There is More! There Must be More!
In addition to all the new stuff mentioned above, you now get a clear overview per era in the form of a board game-style map. You make your way through and will notice some paths are locked. You will need keys to unlock these paths which lead to extra mini games and plants. These keys drop randomly, just as the coins do, so don’t worry. You will find enough keys to unlock everything, just keep on playing. These extra levels are different than the lawn-defense you’re used to, but soon enough you’ll see what challenges this game has in store for you. I will leave the discovery of the different eras and plants to you as I’m sure you don’t want me to spoil it for you.
You might be able to read between the lines and tell I’m a huge Plants versus Zombies fan. I am, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I was scared when I first heard this game was going free-to-play, but after a few hours of killing zombies, I’m happy to say that this game is as good, or even better, than its predecessor.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.