PvZ2 title screen

Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s about time

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Plants vs Zombies 2 is PopCap’s long awaited sequel now available on iOS. It’s a tower defense game that looks very much like the original, everything is just sleeker, smoother and sumptuous. It is a free to play title with in-game purchases, but at no point did I feel any pressure to spend any money. Spending money will speed up the game slightly and six plants are only available in the store, but neither of these are required to enjoy the game.

The basic style is the same as the original, zombies approach in six lanes and it’s up to me to pick a selection of plants to prevent them from reaching the end of the lane. More plants and levels are unlocked by playing and I really enjoyed the variety of plants available, however for many levels I stuck with my trusted line-up that didn’t actually change that much from the first instalment, despite the plants being slightly different.

A small note that does not really impact on the game, but is useful to know if you plan to play on multiple devices. Save files are device specific, as you would expect, so if you are playing on a tablet and phone, the game will not sync and progress on each is independent.

Design

  • Developer: PopCap
  • Platform: iOS
  • Genre: Tower Defense
  • Players: 1
  • Version: Europe
  • Release Date: July 2013
  • Content Rating: Apple 9+

PvZ2 screen with shining star

Conclusion

I have always been a huge Plants vs Zombies fan and this sequel has delivered many pleasurable hours of taking out zombies with an arrangement of plants, but it just isn’t as good as the original. The music is just as good and very similar to the first, the graphics are similar, but more detailed and improved quality, the game play is exactly as I remembered it and Dave’s still there, but it just isn’t as good as the original.

There are many similarities, the new plants are very similar and sometimes the same, the maps are basically the same and the zombies look a little different and act a little different, but they’re still the iconic PvZ zombies. It is a beautiful game, but it’s also sequel trying to be different without loosing the flavour of the original. It was enjoyable to play, but I came away feeling a bit disappointed. I had hoped it would be one of those sequels that takes the original and improves on it. Now that I have played it, the next time I feel nostalgic, I wouldn’t return to it, but instead pick up the original again.

Product: Plants vs Zombies 2 | Developer: PopCapPlatform: iOS | Genre: Tower Defense | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | Release Date: July 2013 | Content Rating: Apple 9+

The game review is based on the iOS version of the game played on an iPhone 5. This article was first published on 29 August 2013 and is no longer being updated. Information may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate due to the passage of time.

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