Plants vs. Zombies: It’s about time

Not all great games are restricted to PC or consoles these days. One of the most anticipated games of the year, “Plants VS Zombies 2: It’s About Time,” comes free to your phone or iPad. “Plants VS Zombies” is back and full of new features and levels. The first “Plants VS Zombies” game was one of the most successful games available for smart phones, and this one already has 25 million downloads in less than two weeks.

In this cutesy tower defense game, you play as a gardener protecting your brains with the help of your trusted flora. Much like the first one, you have to protect your brains by travelling back in time to ancient Egypt, the old West and the time of pirates to recover plants with new abilities to fight off the impending zombie hordes. The most incredible specimen is a Boomerang Plant, which tosses a projectile into enemies, damaging them as it comes back to your plant. Another new feature is the ability to use god-like powers. Now, you can pinch off zombie’s heads, throw them out of the screen or zap them to dust.

Although I was a huge fan of the first “Plants VS Zombies,” this one has some minor flaws. The first game cost you $1.99, which is a small price to pay for a full, fun game. In the first one you had to play mini-games and levels to collect coins to unlock new plants and extra content. In this one, though, you actually have to pay $2.99 each for some of the most essential and useful plants. I am all for games in which you have to pay for DLC (downloadable content), where you gain new stories or levels or weapons, but paying for some plants that were free in the first game is going too far. Without those plants it is a much harder game, so if you are looking for a challenge, then this is it. This game also lacks the addictive mini-games the first one had, like Zombie Bowling and Vase Breaker.

All problems aside, this game is very enjoyable and addicting, and I highly suggest getting this game for your phone. It will pass some free time between classes, going to the bathroom or riding the Streamline home. Although it is missing the core gameplay of the first one and you have to pay for certain plants, it’s still a great game and it keeps me occupied until philosophy. That’s why I am giving this game a 7.5. It’s free so get it and play.

INSIDE THE CASE:

Story: 3/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Graphics: 5/5
Overall: 7.5/10
Do: Download!