Here's a real treat. One of the most popular and beloved tower defense games, and really just one of the most popular games in general, Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99] and its iPad counterpart Plants vs. Zombies HD [$0.99 (HD)] are both currently free for the first time ever.

Plants vs. Zombies is an institution in the world of video games, but in case you're unfamiliar it sees you strategically placing various types of defensive plants in order to keep waves of undead from breaking through and munching on your brain.

It can be a highly strategic and challenging game, but Plants vs. Zombies is also great at explaining itself and gradually ramping things up, and is the kind of game that even non-gamers can easily pick up and get totally engrossed in. That's probably why it's so darn popular.

Anyway, if you somehow haven't picked up Plants vs. Zombies at some point over the last few years, or if you're a fan on a different platform but haven't yet grabbed a copy for your phone or tablet, then now is your chance. My only gripe is the lack of widescreen support for the iPhone 5, though that's a minor thing. Hopefully PopCap will add support in the future, or maybe we'll just have to wait for Plants vs. Zombies 2.

You can check out our original review of Plants vs. Zombies or see what's shaking in the forum thread, but no matter what don't miss this chance to snag an absolute classic for free while you can.

  • MrSpud

    Best game ever! I finished it three times and I hardly ever finish any games, it's also nice that they added many features and side games.

  • wildestnickel

    Thanks guys from TA, my sister wanted to buy it a while ago but now its free. Thanks for post.

  • andris12345

    Thank youuuu touch arcade!! Have this game on my pc but always wanted it on my iPad but the price was a bit high. Would have never knew that it went Free if not for touch arcade!!!

    • decabao

      "High" price *cough cough cough*

      • dancj

        The iPad version was £5 as standard, which is high for a casual game in iOS - especially for people who've already paid to have the game on another platform.

  • dancj

    Everyone on the world who has ever played this game loves it.

    Fact!

    If you don't install it straight away then your iOS devise will wither away from neglect.

    • dancj

      *device*

  • decabao

    seems like there are at least 10 new IAPs since its free (?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

      They updated the app shortly after being bought out by EA to have all those IAPs. Unfortunately I haven't gotten around to clearing the whole campaign a second time (played it on PC back when it first came out), so I don't know if the unlocking of content is stalled now or if the IAP coins are just something impatient people can buy to open all the mini-games up front.

  • mrTofu

    Awesome. PVZ2 is coming out soon then!

    • brando

      Your probably right. Game Companies gave a tendency to

      • brando

        I meant game companies have a tendency to drop there prices completely prior to announcing or releasing a follow up game. Please let PVZ come soon!

  • airwa1k

    Another title I already own. Don't regret the purchase one bit. Great game.

    • Darius

      Amen to that.

    • blakedaking

      Just bought it about a month ago, do not regret it either, great game. I hope there is a PvZ2

  • Doctorossi

    I hope they can get an iPhone 5 screen update out soon.

    • themostunclean

      Took them almost 2 years to update to retina for iPhone. Not sure if they even have for iPad yet.

      Wouldn't hold your breath for a 16:9 update. Especially if a sequel is coming...

  • pavarotti2007

    Guessing the sequel will be freemium

    • mrTofu

      jinx!

    • alex2ex

      Hahahaha, it would be really funny if it is.

  • Fangbone

    Even though I beat this game on iPhone I was almost going to buy HD version yesterday for mini. Good thing I didn't. Thanks for saving me some $.

  • garret44

    Amazing game! Please optimize 4 iPhone 5 screen popcap!!!

    • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

      I'm amazed that there are still so many popular games that haven't done this yet. (see Fairway Solitaire).

      Guess i'm going to be deleting this until we get an update

  • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

    Maybe they are going to be announcing PvZ 2

  • Chaos Shrine

    I like this game ^_^

  • WhiteHadal

    Awesome!!

  • kressara

    First time playing it. This game is addictive!! Can't wait for PvZ2.

  • http://www.fri-v.com/ Friv

    This good game.