Plants vs Zombies is an online game you can play for free on PopCap. Basically you plant a variety of plants that have the ability to shoot peas, have chompy teethy mouths, or stand still and b e eaten, etc to decapitate and kill zombies that are trying to make ti across the lawn to your house. If you don’t kill the zombies before they get to your house, you loose the level and they eat your brains. The original version is fun, and I learned about it several years ago, but never really got into the game. Then the other day I was bored and decided to find out if I could down load it to my phone.
Of course I could. My phone is a tiny computer that sits in my hand and lets me connect to some waves in the air and play games when I don’t have anything else to do. It’s like magic.
I discovered that Plants vs Zombies 2 exists and it was free! So I downloaded it. Aaaand I’m addicted. Now, I play it until my battery is running out and I’m sitting next to a wall plugged in and my phone is hot in my hand. The different levels don’t just have different plants to use against the zombies, there are also different puzzles and strategies. For example, one of the boards has a bunch of pots on it that you break open. Some of the pots have good things in them and some have zombies. Which is a different strategy then from when they are yards away and you know how much sun is filling up to plant more of the seeds you know are in your queue. One level just has the plants roll by at the top of the screen, you grab them off and plant them as strategically as you can before they disappear. One level is won only if you kill the zombies with only 14 plants on the screen at any given time. The coins that you collect can buy you temporary boosts. If you need more coins you can purchase them for real money. Which I have not done, because I don’t really understand why I would pay real money for fake coins. But that is just me.
But one of my favorite parts of Plants vs Zombies 2 is my little zen garden where I grow plants that give a boost to my levels. If you use the diamonds that you collect you can make them grow faster, or you can wait the sometimes 2 days while the plants mature. I’m not sure why planting fake plants in a fake zen garden is so much fun. Maybe it’s because I like to plant and maybe its because the real plants I planted this spring have been killed off by an evil squirrel. But I do love my zen garden.
I never got very high in the levels of Plants vs Zombies, the original, and I even went back and tried to play some levels to do a true comparison to the 2nd version. I also played it on my husbands computer to compare it to using a phone. I only got to about six levels and got bored and frustrated. Bored with the levels because the strategies are so similar for each of the early levels in the original that I just couldn’t force myself to continue. And frustrated because my husbands computer’s swipe mouse caused so much frustration that I lost a couple of levels due to lack of a good mouse. So I hopped back onto my phone and the 2nd version and completed like four more levels. Because. I’m addicted.
All this much excitement from the 21 levels on the Ancient Egyptian world and there are five more worlds to unlock and explore!!! What? Like, wooo! If you have a little of extra time, or a lot (coughcough), Plants vs Zombies 2 is a fun way to spend that time and also make your brain hurt a bit with strategic thinking.