An exciting tower defense game for Macintosh - fight off hordes of zombies with your army of plants
- 49 plants and 26 types of zombie, each with their own abilities
- Five game modes to choose from
- Addictive, fast-paced gameplay
- High level of strategy for tougher levels
- Collect and replenish your solar energy to plant and grow more plants
- High-quality, colorful graphics and animations
- Does not have full-screen support
Plants vs Zombies is a highly entertaining action-strategy game for Macintosh, developed by Popcap games. Wage an epic war with your army of plants and keep those pesky zombies from getting to your front door. The game is available to download in its full version, completely free.
A Simple Idea, Writ Large
Contemporary game design has flourished because it has decided to embrace tropes of classic games: simple mechanics, minimal interface, intuitive controls and fun, addictive gameplay. Whether it's action, strategy, shooters, or puzzles, smaller game companies are trying more and more to simplify the gaming experience for its players. Plants vs Zombies is an excellent example of this, providing fast-paced, colorful, thought-provoking gameplay while also capturing in its name everything the title stands for. You take some plants, you take some zombies. Pit them against each other, and you have all-out war on your hands. The game's complexity speaks to how only the simplest seed of an idea (pun very much intended) can be developed into a rich, enjoyable, multi-faceted experience for players.
Ready For Battle
Your lawn is in trouble, zombies are on the way. The solution? Turn your plants into trained, highly militarized fighting machines! Getting started in the game is as simple as choosing your plants and hopping into a fight. Gameplay is presented with plants on the left, zombies on the right, in isometric view. Plants are placed in rows and are laid out however you choose. Zombies will come from the right and try to break through to your front door. Controls in the game are a simple point-and-click affair, allowing you to manipulate your plants and manage your resources. At first, you will only have a handful of plants, however a set of sunflowers or mushrooms (day and night) will allow you to periodically replenish your solar energy, the in-game currency you'll use to obtain new plants.
One of the game's best features is its variety and level of choice, indicative of the level of strategic play you can adopt. In total, there are 49 different types of plant, each with their own special skills, abilities and limitations. This makes struggling through tough levels more and more dependent on individual skill. This is complicated even further by the 26 types of zombie - everything from tractor drivers to footballers. An almanac feature lets you check out their individual abilities so that you can be ready for them in the midst of battle.
Plants vs Zombies offers five game modes to try, though by far the most popular is Survival Mode, in which you must last as long as possible against endless hordes of zombies. The game has a great deal of replay value because of its many levels, difficulty settings and day-and-night mechanics. This makes every battle feel fresh and new
Plants vs Zombies offers five game modes to try, though by far the most popular is Survival Mode, in which you must last as long as possible against endless hordes of zombies. The game has a great deal of replay value because of its many levels, difficulty settings and day-and-night mechanics. This makes every battle feel fresh and new. For the completionists out there, there are also a great deal of trophies to collect for completing levels more efficiently. Unfortunately, despite the immense enjoyment you get from this on your first playthrough, it doesn't last that long.
Visuals, Graphics and Sound
The game has a playful feel to it, with plant animations and visual style reflecting the comical nature of the gameplay. Happy-faced, machine gun-toting plants versus dull-eyed cartoon zombies. The graphics in the game are highly impressive here, with great use of color for plants, zombies, backgrounds, etc. The game also maintains a solid frame rate throughout gameplay, keeping up with the insane amount of projectiles being launched across the screen. One minor annoyance I encountered was the game's lack of full-screen support, meaning you are forced to play it in a small desktop window. Considering how great the gameplay is, though, it's definitely worth it.
In summary, if you're looking for a game with simple but enjoyable gameplay, fast-paced mechanics and a ton of replay value, Plants vs Zombies is an excellent choice. Its levels, difficulty modes, wide range of strategic elements and myriad of achievements means you'll be fending off zombie hordes for hours and hours. It was a little strange that the program did not provide full-screen support, however it can be overlooked in the context of the game's outstanding design. It's possible it will be fixed in a later update. All in all, Plants vs Zombies is a fantastic tower-defense strategy game which is easy to pick up for new and experienced players alike. Download it if you think you can handle those zombies!