If there's one thing that PopCap is really good at aside from making impossible to put down games that appeal to hardcore gamers, grandmas, and everyone in between it's having those game smash sales records.

The original Plants vs. Zombies [App Store] release for the PC was PopCap's fastest-selling video game, and per a press release this morning, the iPhone release is performing just as well.

Since its release, there have been over 300,000 units sold on the App Store, making Plants vs. Zombies the highest grossing launch in App Store history. PopCap is no stranger to greatness on the App Store, as Bejeweled 2 was the first paid app to reach 3 million downloads, and they're responsible for three games that have been #1 on the paid app charts as well: Bejeweled 2, Peggle, and obviously Plants vs. Zombies

If this is the first you've heard of Plants vs. Zombies, you absolutely must check out our glowing review:

The 88 Metacritic score of the original Plants vs. Zombies (complete with 100's from multiple sources) just goes to show how great this game is. The iPhone port is absolutely phenomenal, and even though it's lacking a few game modes, there's always hope for them to be implemented in the future either via an update or a DLC add-on. There isn't a lite version, but there is a free Flash demo that I highly recommend trying if this is the first you've heard of Plants vs. Zombies.

Now that Plants vs. Zombies has decimated App Store sales records, hopefully PopCap will throw iPhone gamers a bone and somehow implement the missing game modes found in the PC version. I've still got my fingers crossed at least.

App Store Link: Plants vs. Zombies, $2.99

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

    I just want to see an update to Peggle, just one! Add music? More challenges? ANYTHING!

    Either that, or put out Peggle Nights :)

    • LBG

      Yeah, I want some more Peggle. That game is so addicting.

      • Dugnsand

        I think the word is " fastest" not " fasted" Although it is Lent and we should be fasting.

    • Josh

      I would really love to see that as well. What I want to see is

      1. Peggle Nights
      2. Peggle Update with Music
      3. Peggle Nights Bonus Levels

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh

    I just want to see an update to Peggle, just one! Add music? More challenges? ANYTHING!

    Either that, or put out Peggle Nights :)

    • LBG

      Yeah, I want some more Peggle. That game is so addicting.

      • Dugnsand

        I think the word is " fastest" not " fasted" Although it is Lent and we should be fasting.

    • Josh

      I would really love to see that as well. What I want to see is

      1. Peggle Nights
      2. Peggle Update with Music
      3. Peggle Nights Bonus Levels

  • Cranker

    It's a great game BUT..............Please add the missing game modes !!!

    • rich_952000

      I'm suprised you aren't asking for social network/online leaderboards. That's my wish for the Pop Cap games in my library.

  • Cranker

    It's a great game BUT..............Please add the missing game modes !!!

    • rich_952000

      I'm suprised you aren't asking for social network/online leaderboards. That's my wish for the Pop Cap games in my library.

  • LBG

    It would be funny if PopCap bought ngmoco!
    Then we would hopefully see an end to this freemium BS.

  • LBG

    It would be funny if PopCap bought ngmoco!
    Then we would hopefully see an end to this freemium BS.

  • Someone

    the extra game modes will be for the ipad version....that is why i am holding out at least another month to buy it....and biding my time by playing the PC version...

    so addicting..I love PvZ
    i hope they make a sequel

    • st

      holding out on paying 2.99 to enjoy a great game during the next month or two? hehe...um..ok..

  • Someone

    the extra game modes will be for the ipad version....that is why i am holding out at least another month to buy it....and biding my time by playing the PC version...

    so addicting..I love PvZ
    i hope they make a sequel

    • st

      holding out on paying 2.99 to enjoy a great game during the next month or two? hehe...um..ok..

  • araczynski

    88 is a great metacritic score? since when?

    • djflippy

      Since forever? lol

    • HelperMonkey

      Since a score of 88 would make you:
      #2 PSP game of 2009
      #3 DS game of 2009
      #4 album of 2009
      #8 PC game of 2009

  • araczynski

    88 is a great metacritic score? since when?

    • djflippy

      Since forever? lol

    • HelperMonkey

      Since a score of 88 would make you:
      #2 PSP game of 2009
      #3 DS game of 2009
      #4 album of 2009
      #8 PC game of 2009

  • araczynski

    in any case, i hope it goes to show all those greedy corporate piglets out there that games don't need to cost 9.99 to make a lot of money in the appstore, they 'just' need to be fun.

    • game developers should be forc

      You're cheap.

  • araczynski

    in any case, i hope it goes to show all those greedy corporate piglets out there that games don't need to cost 9.99 to make a lot of money in the appstore, they 'just' need to be fun.

    • game developers should be forced to dance on the street for nickels

      You're cheap.

  • Bosconian

    I bought alomost all the Popcap games.

    PvZ, Peggle, Bejeweled 2 & Bookworm.

    WHERE IS THE MUSIC FOR PEGGLE?!

    HOW THE HECK LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ADD THE DANG MUSIC?!

    Seriously, it's just really annoying how long it's taking them.

    And yes, PvZ deserves to be the complete package. Clearly they're making good money on it, so we deserve some updates in the future.

  • Bosconian

    I bought alomost all the Popcap games.

    PvZ, Peggle, Bejeweled 2 & Bookworm.

    WHERE IS THE MUSIC FOR PEGGLE?!

    HOW THE HECK LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ADD THE DANG MUSIC?!

    Seriously, it's just really annoying how long it's taking them.

    And yes, PvZ deserves to be the complete package. Clearly they're making good money on it, so we deserve some updates in the future.

  • Terrence Maily

    I had never played Plants Vs. Zombies on the desktop. And the only other game I had ever played from PopCap was the original Bejeweled in 2001. I bought Plants Vs. Zombies for the iPhone and it is fantastic. Fun, funny, and offers tons of replayability.

    This game totally deserves its front runner status. I would contrast this with GTA: Chinatown Wars which I also bought and enjoyed, but ultimately the control scheme made it unpalatable, despite excellence in other areas. PvZ is just tighter from a control perspective. The games that ultimately prosper in the long term on the iPhone are ones that flawlessly adapt to the iPhone's control scheme rather than trying to shoehorn other control paradigms onto the device.

    I'll probably have to buy PopCap's other iPhone games now.

  • Terrence Maily

    I had never played Plants Vs. Zombies on the desktop. And the only other game I had ever played from PopCap was the original Bejeweled in 2001. I bought Plants Vs. Zombies for the iPhone and it is fantastic. Fun, funny, and offers tons of replayability.

    This game totally deserves its front runner status. I would contrast this with GTA: Chinatown Wars which I also bought and enjoyed, but ultimately the control scheme made it unpalatable, despite excellence in other areas. PvZ is just tighter from a control perspective. The games that ultimately prosper in the long term on the iPhone are ones that flawlessly adapt to the iPhone's control scheme rather than trying to shoehorn other control paradigms onto the device.

    I'll probably have to buy PopCap's other iPhone games now.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    This game really is nothing spectacular.
    Sweet and addicting at the beginning.
    But later on, repetitive and slightly boring.
    It's a good game, but nothing spectacular.
    Seems to be perfectly suited to our casual
    generation...
    But congrats on the success!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    This game really is nothing spectacular.
    Sweet and addicting at the beginning.
    But later on, repetitive and slightly boring.
    It's a good game, but nothing spectacular.
    Seems to be perfectly suited to our casual
    generation...
    But congrats on the success!

  • Druid

    I'm just wondering how 'Plants vs. Zombies' is still rated as 5 full star game after receiving over 4000 ratings? I've never seen such case before.

    • Mew2468

      I guess that's how awesome the game is. :P

  • Druid

    I'm just wondering how 'Plants vs. Zombies' is still rated as 5 full star game after receiving over 4000 ratings? I've never seen such case before.

    • Mew2468

      I guess that's how awesome the game is. :P

  • CoolGuy

    I thought the sims 3 would have easily beaten that as it went to number 1 in several countries at a £6 prics tag... anyways i love PVZ and I'm on my second run through lol

  • CoolGuy

    I thought the sims 3 would have easily beaten that as it went to number 1 in several countries at a £6 prics tag... anyways i love PVZ and I'm on my second run through lol

  • Dee

    I'm not sure how well it sold but Bookworm is an awesome game too!!

  • Dee

    I'm not sure how well it sold but Bookworm is an awesome game too!!

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    the flash version is distracting me from my day-job quite nicely. I think I'll cough up a few bucks out of gratitude.

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    the flash version is distracting me from my day-job quite nicely. I think I'll cough up a few bucks out of gratitude.

  • Cristoff

    Why do people like this simple and boring game. I've played tons of flash tower defense games that were 100x better than this and I thought I really hated them! What is the deal with people buying into these crappy overhyped games like bioshock and portal and halo 3 and especially this. If we don't demand quality we will keep getting dumb @$$ games.

    • Nine

      If games like halo 3, pvz, and portal are so overhyped, why is it that they're still enjoyable games? halo 2 was the FIRST matchmaking xbox live game ever, and was record breaking, it earned every ounce of hype.

      The reason this game does so well is that it is unique, polished, exploding with content, and easy to figure out but it scales up slowly. Plus it has over 6 hours of content assuming you're beating everything in one try.

    • http://battlebornmusic.com Battle Born

      different strokes for different folkes my friend. I'm not a fan of most TD games, but I like this. and Bioshock and portal were both masterpieces in my opinion.

    • Terrence Maily

      For the sake of discussion, let's assume you are not trolling and are sincere in your remarks. Then all I can say is you have some odd tastes in games. Because Halo 3, Bioshock, Portal, and PvZ are indisputably high quality, innovative, visually stunning, and above all... fun. I can appreciate that your tastes may lie elsewhere, but you're really swimming against the current on this one. And frankly you're saying outright that people who like those games are dumbasses, which is just not nice.

      • Nine

        I agree with this guy. Portal is one of a kind. How would you feel if you not only thought up a unique first person puzzler with an actual immersive storyline and spectacular level design and someone said that it was an overhyped crappy game?

        But most likely you're just trolling and if that's what makes you sleep at night, go for it.

        As far as tower defense games, blooms td is more my style, but this does have more content and a much more unique gameplay style. Actually defending your towers? Stellar. A ton more strategy than to the usual " add an icetower and a poison tower at the front, and a machine gun at the end..." formula. Way to go popcap.

        Now i want insaneaquarium. xD

  • Cristoff

    Why do people like this simple and boring game. I've played tons of flash tower defense games that were 100x better than this and I thought I really hated them! What is the deal with people buying into these crappy overhyped games like bioshock and portal and halo 3 and especially this. If we don't demand quality we will keep getting dumb @$$ games.

    • Nine

      If games like halo 3, pvz, and portal are so overhyped, why is it that they're still enjoyable games? halo 2 was the FIRST matchmaking xbox live game ever, and was record breaking, it earned every ounce of hype.

      The reason this game does so well is that it is unique, polished, exploding with content, and easy to figure out but it scales up slowly. Plus it has over 6 hours of content assuming you're beating everything in one try.

    • http://battlebornmusic.com Battle Born

      different strokes for different folkes my friend. I'm not a fan of most TD games, but I like this. and Bioshock and portal were both masterpieces in my opinion.

    • Terrence Maily

      For the sake of discussion, let's assume you are not trolling and are sincere in your remarks. Then all I can say is you have some odd tastes in games. Because Halo 3, Bioshock, Portal, and PvZ are indisputably high quality, innovative, visually stunning, and above all... fun. I can appreciate that your tastes may lie elsewhere, but you're really swimming against the current on this one. And frankly you're saying outright that people who like those games are dumbasses, which is just not nice.

      • Nine

        I agree with this guy. Portal is one of a kind. How would you feel if you not only thought up a unique first person puzzler with an actual immersive storyline and spectacular level design and someone said that it was an overhyped crappy game?

        But most likely you're just trolling and if that's what makes you sleep at night, go for it.

        As far as tower defense games, blooms td is more my style, but this does have more content and a much more unique gameplay style. Actually defending your towers? Stellar. A ton more strategy than to the usual " add an icetower and a poison tower at the front, and a machine gun at the end..." formula. Way to go popcap.

        Now i want insaneaquarium. xD

  • Cristoff

    Honestly my favorite features in about the half of bioshock I got through before I happily returned it to blockbuster were it's story and it's originality of setting. Gameplay wise it was not up to the extreme hype, mind you it wasn't bad it just wasn't blow my mind game of the century good. And in the sequel they take the least interesting feature...the big daddy's and make them the focal point.

    Halo 3 did some things right but all in all I believe it's credit is overdue what it deserves. I mean they treated it like a Star Wars movie or something.

    And don't even get me started on Portal because that is the most over hyped game! It's just a bunch of freaking fps puzzles. What is so mind-bending and genre-busting about that?

    And last but not least plants VS zombies which I installed a while back when it was on PC because I heard how "amazing" it was. What I came to find was a simple tower defense game that wasn't even all that interesting. Add to that that you don't even get to be a medieval kingdom or a Futuristic city or anything else that might lend some credence or sophistication to this IMHO utterly daft title.

    I have nothing against the people who play it, we are all gamers and I respect all of you. My point is that all I ever hear about is how great these games are and I believe it is fair that they receive their due criticism like any other art form.

    • Joe

      Some people like good games, some people don't. You don't. To each his own.

  • Cristoff

    Honestly my favorite features in about the half of bioshock I got through before I happily returned it to blockbuster were it's story and it's originality of setting. Gameplay wise it was not up to the extreme hype, mind you it wasn't bad it just wasn't blow my mind game of the century good. And in the sequel they take the least interesting feature...the big daddy's and make them the focal point.

    Halo 3 did some things right but all in all I believe it's credit is overdue what it deserves. I mean they treated it like a Star Wars movie or something.

    And don't even get me started on Portal because that is the most over hyped game! It's just a bunch of freaking fps puzzles. What is so mind-bending and genre-busting about that?

    And last but not least plants VS zombies which I installed a while back when it was on PC because I heard how "amazing" it was. What I came to find was a simple tower defense game that wasn't even all that interesting. Add to that that you don't even get to be a medieval kingdom or a Futuristic city or anything else that might lend some credence or sophistication to this IMHO utterly daft title.

    I have nothing against the people who play it, we are all gamers and I respect all of you. My point is that all I ever hear about is how great these games are and I believe it is fair that they receive their due criticism like any other art form.

    • Joe

      Some people like good games, some people don't. You don't. To each his own.