Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 7.33.27 PMOriginally released for the Mac and PC in early 2009, Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] managed to similarly capture the lightning in a bottle that has made all PopCap releases impossible to put down no matter your gaming pedigree. Whether you're the most casual gamer on the planet, or as hardcore as they get, everyone seems to have a soft spot for Plants vs. Zombies, and most, if not all, other PopCap games for that matter. An iOS port of PvZ hit a little less than a year following the original Mac/PC release, effortlessly earning five stars in our review, and over the years the game has been ported to basically every other platform under the sun.

The years passed, and zombie-slaying gardeners everywhere were left wondering what was next in the Plants vs. Zombies universe before PopCap blew us away with the announcement of the cleverly subtitled sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. After some previews at E3, and both a New Zealand and Australian soft launch that seemed to go on forever, the game is finally available to the whole world.

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This puts us in an awkward position, as this is a game you sort of have to review, right? But, it's a free sequel to an amazing game you've likely already played and I can't think of a single reason for you to not download it immediately. But, hey, if you like reading game reviews just for the sake of reading game reviews, I'm happy to oblige... Just, at least start downloading the game so you can play it once you've finished. Trust me on this.

Alright, so, PvZ 2 at its core is played just like its predecessor. If you didn't play that, imagine a really stripped down game of tower defense. It all takes place on a grid, you're trying to defend the left side of the screen while zombies lumber in from the right, typically going straight down a single row from right to left. Most games start by planting some sunflowers which generate sun points which are in turn then used to buy plants that automatically fire at the zombies.

The beauty of the PvZ series is that this gameplay formula is drop-dead simple, yet the way the game progresses with new types of plant defenses as well as new types of zombie invaders allows for an impressive amount of strategic depth- Particularly as you unlock new plants for your arsenal that do all sorts of crazy things between delaying zombies, blowing them up, and tons, tons more.

screen1136x1136-6The best way to describe Plants vs. Zombies 2 is by saying it's simply Plants vs. Zombies with more, and much more content coming if the amount of "coming soon" stuff all over the place is any indication. There's new plants, new zombies, new themes, new mini-game levels, and a totally new surprisingly generous free to play pay model which legitimately allows you to play the game from start to finish without spending a dime.

Content in PvZ2 is gated in a way that requires the two in-game currencies: Keys and stars. Keys drop randomly while just playing the game, and you get stars by completing specific objectives such as beating a level without losing a plant to a zombie and seemingly endless other goals. With the sort of abusive free to play games we see on the App Store, admittedly, this sort of system is going to send up some serious red flags.

Trust me, it's really not that bad. In fact, instead of feeling grind-y or time-sink-y like far too many free to play games, it feels more like re-playing games like Sonic to collect Chaos Emeralds. Hunting for these new objectives often has you taking a different approach, or the level itself could even change requiring a different strategy entirely.

Of course, you can just drop a few bucks and buy your way past the game's roadblocks, but I have no idea why you would when just playing it is so much fun. What is actually tempting at times from the in-game store are some of the power ups which come in ridiculously handy if you find yourself stuck on a particular level... But, again, this is totally optional, and a number of people on our forums have similarly completed the game without spending any money.

All in all, PvZ2 is an incredible sequel. Unless you're exceptionally impatient or just not very good at these kind of games, it'll be totally free for you to play. If you've found yourself burnt by freemium games in the past, I highly recommend giving this one a spin as it might change your opinion on the pay model. I have no doubts EA is going to make a killing on this game, as there are a lot of impatient people out there who aren't very good at video games if the iTunes charts are any indication, but, I feel confident in saying that for anyone reading TouchArcade- This is likely going to be a completely free (and completely awesome) game for you.

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  • jdmvette

    Downloading now....

  • tulsy

    I was going to pass on this game due to the whole 'free to play'. Your review has changed my mind.

    • Smartbomb

      Funny how the whole iAP thing has tarnished some of our preconceptions. I kinda still feel marginally on the fence still anyway, I'm just one of those awkward, hard to please people that like paying for a product up front...

      I'll probably download in a few days once I read all the glowing praise (it'll be glowing right?)

      • nini

        I've been saying IAPs aren't an absolute evil for a while, use them right and you have a balanced game. But people don't think, they only want to hear what they know or feel is true even if it isn't.

      • HatfulOfHollow

        People will genuinely turn their noses up and refuse to download it because of IAPs. That's not trying something that is free to try, and to them this is a sensible and logical thing to do. Basically, they're on a high horse, and both they and the horse are stupid.

      • B30

        People refuse to download these freemium games 'cause they don't want to support the developer to even make more of these freemium (double currency, timer, etc.) games.

      • Giovanni Ferranti

        Imagine that you are married and you have a very sexy neighbour. The sexy neighbour calls you in the middle of the night while your wife is away for work and tells you that she has problems unzipping her bra. Now, some people will just *not* go because they won't like the idea of feeling the frustration or the temptation - even if they are pretty sure they would never cheat their wife.

      • Lyra

        You don't zip bras >_> <_< -flees-

      • rewyan

        Well in this case, your neighbor, Crazy Dave, calls you to time travel with him and fight zombies with plants. That's almost as odd as your situation.

      • Smartbomb

        My horse is particularly low, basically it has hoofs on its knees.

    • McCREE

      Me too.

    • B30

      This is not for me, this is EA, I'll definitely pass.

      • RoundPiplup

        Totally, the "EA" thing might had been the cause of the "quite pricy IAP like in other games."

  • greatnoob

    It's free, I'll wait for a price drop before I get this. Seems like a good game judging from the review, hopefully there aren't any IAPs for such a premium price.

    • Smartbomb

      I give it a week, Triniti have mastered the week long over sale technique...

      I'm assuming at that point they start paying us to play? That'd be novel

      • B30

        Ten years from now: EA is paiyng the customer, for playing their crappy games, LOL!

    • Grettir0

      It's a free game idiot

  • JRaynor

    let the flame war begin.... maybe?

    • loophole

      Nice username:) love starcraft

  • iOSPeace

    An HD version ? I can't even find it on the App Store

    • Edosh

      Its universal, menas 1 app for all mobile apple devices (iPads, iPhones, iPods).

    • rewyan

      Hey, popcap finally got smart and released a universal app.

      ......nevermind, it's still not released on any other platform. Popcap is still beating to their 2008 drummer.

  • Smartbomb

    Sounds like iAP done right... Not so worried

  • XboxOne

    awesome game

  • Edosh

    You dont have to spend a single penny to enjoy the game. Its a really nice upgrade but i still miss night and foggy levels, zen garden, achievments and few other minor addons. Also cloud save would be nice. Yet still 5/5 is the only one and right grade.

    • Retero

      I'm pretty sure there is cloud save, because I can play the same game on both iPad and IPhone.

    • garet jax

      I believe those levels will come with the future content. The future world looks to be night time possibly.

  • Nutrilica

    Now, this is a game that has gotten a respectable rating. Mikey Hooks doesn't deserve to be on the same level, in my opinion.

    • Nutrilica

      Also, they give you a good amount of levels for free, and a few features make it unnecessary to pay-to-play.

    • Nick

      Are you high? Seriously, you can't see why the incredibly addictive and rock solid gameplay of Mikey is worth a great review?

      I have tried many platformers on iOS, even the best never really connected with me, beyond the awesome Madgarden games.

      I finally bought Mikey after reading so many glowing reviews, and I was not disappointed. The gameplay is more solid than anything I've had the pleasure of playing. I expected to struggle with it and need to pull out the icade, but I had absolutely no issues at all with the game. It's as though it knew exactly what I wanted to do, unlike the slew of similar games that may have tried like crazy, but failed.

      Maybe it seems less complex and doesn't seem to have as much content, but for the actual game itself, it's one of the most well deserved 5 star games on TA.

      While I love PvZ, Mikey Hooks is

      • Nutrilica

        I agree, to some extent. But in my eyes, it's the graphics that really ruin the experience of the game. I can't complete a level without feeling that I could have made made the artwork for the game in 'Paint'.

    • Zeldaniac

      I agree fully. Miley Hooks should be a 6/5 at least.

  • rewyan

    Cool, it's out. And even cooler, it got 5 stars, which I totally agree with.

    Anyway, I don't see myself spending more than a couple bucks on this game. I have 74,000 coins right now, no need to buy more. The only thing people can spend them on is power ups and plant food, which I'm so good that I don't need to.

    Seriously though, I rock at this game. I'm excited that its out, and now everyone can rock at it too.

  • themostunclean

    Got this when it hit NZ. The review is spot in about the IAP. If you're on this site, odds are you won't have to spend a dime.

    That doesn't mean you shouldn't. This is an excellent game with a non exploitative free to play mode that deserves our support. The squash and shovel bundle is $4.99, easily what I would have paid if this were a premium game (and the squash is my favorite from the PvZ1).

    • ptdshiznit818

      But... I don't wanna give EA my money...

      • themostunclean

        EA didn't really make the game, Popcap did. They had control over developing the game and sure EA probably made the call to make it freemium but Popcap decided how it would be implemented. In the end, I'm supporting the developer, not the publisher, and future work on the franchise.

    • fleshman

      Thank for feeding the big freemium monster...

      • nini

        I'm not feeding the $20 per app monster like some would.

      • themostunclean

        Some games are worth it. You wouldn't be complaining about a game costing that much on Steam, PSN, or Xbox live. Why the problem with that on the App Store.

        The more awesome console ports or great original AAA titles on the platform the better, in my opinion.

      • themostunclean

        You're welcome.

        If it helps make PVZ3 happen, or moves other games towards this fairer, less exploitative pay model, then I have no problem with that.

  • rewyan

    This game seems almost too generous, not that that's a bad thing. I hope it stays like that.

    Also, you can't buy keys or stars. Well, you can buy into gates and worlds, I guess that's what Eli meant.

  • Bool Zero

    As agreeable as the freemium nature and in app purchase seems now, it only has me wondering how long it will continue before EA decides to alter it in order to "bleed the rock" so to speak, steadily turning the dial on the balance to manipulate more reliance on the IAP model. Afterall, these games are modeled to make money, even if the core gamer who normally can manage to do without resorting to using the model is pushed toward it with adjustments to the games balance.

    Let it be said, I'm not knocking the game and I am downloading and will give it its fair go, but with such a glowing review with nary a complaint it almost sounds too good to be true... Or worse, too good to last before being drastically altered for the worse!

    • Smartbomb

      Summed up my concerns beautifully. Hopefully EA will keep classy in this instance.

  • Shadowking2214

    The only thing I am the least bit disappointed about is seeing my precious ice pea shooter be an add on,but it is only one plant so I still say 5 star

    • themostunclean

      There are new plants that perform somewhat the same function. Icy was one of my favorites though.

  • TarePlays

    I can't.. I can't believe I.. I just... 50$ down the drain with this game... How could I possibly... I don't even know what just happened... Help me

    • ttocs

      What are you even talking about?

      • nini

        They fed the freemium monster.

  • ttocs

    So glad this isn't a cash grab. Pvz is my favorite mobile series.

    • Leeabe51

      Play it, it is a crash grab. Sure you can get through it without spending money, but it's lifeless and limited compared to the original.

      • andrew9oh7

        Then you are playing it wrong

      • themostunclean

        Seriously?

        Got it when it hit NZ. Was honestly SHOCKED when I saw how loose the pay model was. I was sure EA would catch in and change that before the worldwide release but here we are and it's still awesome. Even MORE generous that the initial release.

        You either spent no more than 5 minutes with it, post reactionary comments based solely on a game being free, or really suck at playing.

      • rewyan

        It's not a cash grab at all. Have you even played it?

  • mutts

    Downloading but seeing free and EA does not bode well!

  • mjlepeska

    FYI, I tried to search for this on the App Store, and could not find it, but if you click the link in this review, it opens up the App Store window with PvZ 2. Can't wait to try it!

  • Leeabe51

    Not a bad game, IAP is still annoying. 4 stars at best IMHO. TA lost a bit if credibility for me giving it such a glowing review.

    • Dr. Woodenstein

      Seriously if I had a nickel for every time someone complained about games with IAP getting good reviews I would be LOADED. I don't like IAPs either but it's not that bad and there's no reason for TA to lose credibility over it. Don't be silly friend.

    • Decoy_Octopus

      They lost credibility with the Limbo game rating.

      • nini

        Still here though, aren't you? This site isn't credible so I'm just here to troll and be that asshole who constantly reminds everyone a review didn't agree with your opinion as if it throws everything into disrepute.

      • pxlpshr

        He's not necessarily trolling. Being critical of a website and sticking through it tells me he's a fan like the rest of us. I've felt frustrated at times throughout the years with TA - even earning personal emails at the time with "calm down buddy".

      • Protoman

        You realize blindly following without questioning makes you a lapdog right? If the colonists did that we'd all be speaking Brit English right now.

      • themostunclean

        I don't see him blindly following anything. He's defending a site that he likes.

        And TA isn't exactly telling anyone what to do, exploiting us, or implementing unfair taxes. You really shoehorned that analogy in there :)

      • Protoman

        Not getting into another row with you unclean. No offense. I respect you but we don't mix well. I've kept my comments at you positive ones since our last free for all. Please feel free to do the same.

  • cowtruck123

    Bought all the plants... Couldn't help myself :)

    • Leeabe51

      Plant selection is so limited, you wasted your money. You lose any creativity in the levels. Thanks for buying into EA's crap though.

  • TeddyNYC

    Just finished first round in Ancient Egypt, trying now to get enough stars to advance to the pirate world (8 so far, need 15). So far, so good. I only had to restart one level to change my strategy.

  • Jake7905

    It's freemium (and EA) which usually tells me to avoid it at all costs, but it's Plants vs Zombies, which tells me to download it immediately.

    So, being a free download I'll give it an honest shot, but from my experience nothing in life is free. Especially when EA is involved. Here's hoping I'm completely wrong.

    • garet jax

      You will be pleasantly surprised I think.

    • LOLCAT

      You're completely wrong :)

  • FraggleJP

    The IAP isn't bad at all. It's a great game, but for me it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi that the original had. I'd give it 4.5 stars.

  • Bones00

    So then this game has no ads that you have to pay to wipe clean from the game?

    • garet jax

      No ads

  • pxlpshr

    To all you poor pussies out there, I'll gladly dump $50-60 on this game in IAPs or outright buying it. I recall spending at least $20 a day at the local arcade, as a teen, making Capcom, Midway and Rare rich.

    • Jake7905

      Or as I call them, "the bad 'ol days"

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        The bad 'ol days? Seriously are you drunk?

    • fleshman

      To all you fagot retards out there who let themself rob by stupid fake games.
      You should use your small brain before spend mor then 50 buxs to gamemoney and sh!t lik that, you could spend that to REAL games, with real content.
      Freemium is just a trap make for dump people to pay.... wait a minute..

      • Zeldaniac

        Or, y'know, feed a homeless family for a few days.

      • Smartbomb

        I love dump people. They so dumpy...

    • nini

      That's troubling, not something to be proud of.

    • iValerio90

      welcome to the 21th century when, hypothetically, you pay a game only once time..and i prefer buy a game like GTA5 for 50-60 instead of a pathetic EA F2P game on a mobile phone..but life is your...........Moron.

    • ptdshiznit818

      So... You're the culprit huh?

  • wigzisonfire

    Can't help but wish this game had a premium price point! But ah well, thanks for the good review. Downloading now.

  • lux fox

    Good review. Game seems packed with content too. So many levels.

  • Jake7905

    Seriously, the old arcade was such a money pit that I don't miss it at all. Biggest waste of money. Ever.

    • pxlpshr

      I miss it. Walking away with herpes or HPV from those dirty machines. Slapping the opponent or getting slapped - in real life. Smashing down the obligatory quarter that says "NEXT!".

      • themostunclean

        Don't forget that amazing smell. Ah, the aroma.

  • Asterix

    I've had the pleasure of playing this game since it came out in Australia. I've got to admit, the IAP looks intimidating and gives you that "oh no" feeling. This is something Popcap and EA need to work in terms of their messaging because there is no need to panic at all. There is no need to buy anything right away, or at all if you so desire. In fact, buying anything will ruin the game balance, at least on the first time through. Don't jump into buying the old faithful frozen pea shooter either until you know what the entire game offers. There are new strategies to develop, especially against the damned chickens!

    Anyway, the game is brilliant in design and detail. The mechanics are familiar, but there is fresh variety in the scenarios, challenges and new plants. The difficulty is spot on for my liking - not too easy but frustrating enough that when you complete a particularly challenging level, there is a significant sense of achievement (and then you find out there are another 2 stars to get, heh).

    If you loved PvZ1, you will love this after the initial "oh, that's different". Don't pass it up just because it's free, nor because the IAP's seem somewhat overwhelming. On that note I am a bit disappointed in the variety of bundles they offer. I'd much rather buy a bundle of several plants than coins, but maybe that will come. The game is certainly worth throwing 5 or 10 bucks against just to show your appreciation towards the developers.

    Oh, and has anyone mentioned you can sync your game across devices!

    • rewyan

      What you can unlock and the stuff you have to pay for is very unclear in the beginning. Maybe that's part of the strategy, to rip players off before they realize that they could've unlocked the powerup.

      • Asterix

        While there are software houses out there that are just interested in maximising the profit of the IAP's, I think it's a stretch of reality to suggest that the sole intent of PvZ2 is to rip you off (though gen-y does have this air of entitlement that the world owes them everything for nothing). I think it sets out to be a leader in the genre, but every software developer (I am one) has to fund the work somehow. I actually think Popcap have taken a huge risk by providing a really fun game that is most definitely free-to-win. I hope it pays off for them and that they can make the whole IAP thing feel a little less imposing.

  • fleshman

    So, a freemium game, build to rip pff people with plants cost 3 buxs is a 5 star game, but a masterpiece like Limbo is not.

    And mow tell us companies dont have to pay for a 5 star review...

    • dancj

      Companies don't have to pay for a five star review.

      • Protoman

        Yeah, remember the star don't actually mean anything here.

  • miumius

    DL'ing now before EA cranks up the prices

  • HatfulOfHollow
  • ellis lamai

    This game is so good, I might feed the freemium monster

  • iValerio90

    how many money ea gave you for this review ? its a F2P...so 0 star is too much... pvz1 forever the best

    • andrew9oh7

      Sigh,so many people are just brainwashed into thinking any IAP is THE DEVIL

      • iValerio90

        so..you think that spending 100$ for " OMG MOST CONVENIENT only 150 000 gold coins for 99$ " a mobile game is a good thing.....ooooook.....i understand now why there are more and more f2p...i suggest you a good doctor if you want

      • toph101

        I suggest you a good English teacher!

      • iValerio90

        i dont give a s**t...your problem.

      • andrew9oh7

        The 99.99 IAP choice is fine,some people have more money then time and would still like to enjoy this game and see everything but don't have the time to unlock everything normally.everything in this game is fair,just cause there is IAP doesn't make games bad

      • iValerio90

        i prefer spend money and my time on game like battlefield 4 ,forza motorsport, halo, gta,ecc ecc ecc...
        or maybe an xbox one...but an iapp game...............

      • andrew9oh7

        Yes but that's YOU.why is it wrong if someone spends the same amount of money as you do but just in a different game,people need to get over themselves

      • iValerio90

        only a fool use money on a iapp game instead of game like GTA for example

  • Lyra

    I disagree that this is freemium done right if for no other reason than the plant prices. I don't mind so much that you have to buy plants but they are $4.00 (or 3?) either way it's ridiculous pricing. It should be a buck if anything. But $4.00 is the price of Pirate TD and other worthwhile games. As opposed to one stupid plant. Whenever I have to pay for a ability slot in any game I get ticked off, this game is no exception, that being said I'm still going to enjoy it, but not for a single penny.

    • LOLCAT

      What was the point of your post, then? The great thing about this game is you CAN enjoy it for free, with minimal effort. If paying is entirely optional, you shouldn't rant about the prices.

      • Lyra

        Because as a consumer I have the right to voice my opinion about a product? I was speaking mostly about a larger theme in IAP. Take kingdom rush frontier you got 3 heroes and then there were other heroes available for ridiculous amounts of money. One was $7.00 which is way more than the game itself. Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean their opinion is not worth voicing. Hurr durr.

  • Galenmereth

    The paywall is inevitable, it just hasn't been switched on yet.

    Which reminds me; can I play this without being connected to their servers?

  • LOLCAT

    Lol I'm one of those people who likes reading game reviews for the sake of reading game reviews.

    • iValerio90

      grow up tard.

      • LOLCAT

        Well, reading comments is fun too. It's always nice to see crazy people ranting about perfectly reasonable things that, if well implemented, can do a game justice. All kinds of IAP aren't bad, you know. Even if you hate EA.

      • iValerio90

        every kind of paywall are bad

      • LOLCAT

        But not all games with IAP have paywalls. Great example: this game. And if you think enjoying reading makes you a tard, I fail to understand how you manage to exist on this website. :P

      • iValerio90

        this game ??? AHAHAHAHAHHAHAAH !!! are u kidding me :P ?

      • themostunclean

        You're one to talk with a comment like that. You must be a miserable POS.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        I fail to see how enjoying reading game reviews means someone is a tard. Perhaps you could explain how an interest in gaming is bad. I mean if you're on this site you're probably a heavy gamer and you're gonna wanna read about new games.

      • iValerio90

        i dont wanna read about games with iapp like this...they make me angry

      • andrew9oh7

        So why are you here? Haha

      • iValerio90

        why YOU are here ?

      • andrew9oh7

        I give up,have fun in your moms basement trololololol on

      • iValerio90

        good for you ;)

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Look do you really think I wanted Plants vs Zombies 2 to be a freemium game? Do you think anyone did? No, I highly doubt it. Now before someone else jumps on my case, yes I know a lot of people really like this style of freemium. That's fine, I still prefer flat out buying a game, but I respect others views on this.
        Nevertheless, there's nothing you can do about it. There's no reason to get so worked up about it man. There's still plenty of other pay-to-play games out there that are great. Also there's no reason to call someone a tard because they like to read reviews. I do the same thing and hardly ever buy the games I read about. Maybe 1 in 10 games I read about I will play.

      • iValerio90

        we can do everything. just dont download these abominations

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        If EVERYONE stopped downloading them, then yes they would stop making them. That will NEVER happen though. This is a curse that will never go away.

      • iValerio90

        because people are stupid.

      • andrew9oh7

        Prime example.you

      • iValerio90

        ..or you ?

      • andrew9oh7

        Once you can have a Adult conversation come back and talk to me

      • iValerio90

        you2 ;)

      • LOLCAT

        Your argument is failing to make sense. Have you even played the game? Maybe you should come back with a little more experience. And don't give me crap about "not downloading terrible games like this so they don't make them anymore. People have downloaded. You won't make a difference.

      • iValerio90

        people are stupids....and i dont download "FREEEE " games.

      • LOLCAT

        "People are stupids...?"
        I think you just proved your point a little too well. :P

      • LOLCAT

        Thank you. Thank you so very, very much.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        No problem. I mean I read the reviews all the time to just for the heck of it so in a way he was insulting me as well. Honestly I wish some of these trolls would just go away.

  • RelientKSoCal

    I must say I am pleasantly surprised. IAP does feel totally optional. I agree with the review, replaying levels to get more stars does not feel grindy. To get the stars, you get new level objectives every time, which still keeps it fun. That being said, dunno if I would have given it 5 stars. Someone else said it lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi" that the first game had, I agree with that. Nonetheless, I'd probably give it a solid 4 stars.

    • TheNorthernSkeptic

      It's the writing. It lacks the brilliant humour of the 1st game.

      • themostunclean

        Writing is the last thing I cared about in the first game. It was more corny than humorous.

  • Reignmaker

    Zero retina support? Really, PopCap? Your previous installment looks 10x better than this...

    • themostunclean

      You need to let retina assets download in-app then close out and restart. What device are you using?

      • Reignmaker

        Ah yes. It kicked in later. iPad 4.

  • Patrick Trueblood

    It says a 90/100 on metacritic but clearly it should be 100/100 for toucharcade's score cuz it's 5 stars!!!

  • Remote_

    I dislike and avoid IAP like the plague.

    On this occasion I downloaded as I like the original (who doesn't?) and found it to be, mostly, an early unlock scenario which hasn't proved to massively obtrusive yet.

    I'll keep playing and enjoying until I hit a wall - an IAP wall, not a gameplay wall I hasten to add - at which point I'll probably move on.

    Fundamentally a great game though with lots of nice features.

    • rewyan

      There is no IAP Wall. That's the excellent part.

  • chank

    I downloaded this last month via the Australian App Store. I played through all of the levels. Then I played a ton more. It is a really fun game. Lots to unlock. I highly recommend it even though I know that many would complain about it regardless of IAP or not. Many will hate it simply because its an EA game.

  • libertyloudspeak

    Stunned Touch Arcade would highly rate this game! Makes me wonder if EA can ever remove honest reviews. Yes, you can win it without IAP but here is why EA ruined PvZ:

    1. Fun has disappeared - flow of game is different and constantly being interrupted by a) Crazy Dave and his Talking Automobile b) CONSTANT reminders to buy IAP premium plants or upgrades. They ramp up the IAP reminders once you have completed several stages. Constantly nagging someone to buy something is a turn off.

    2. Placement of plants and strategy seems lost and more important is boarding the zombies with plant food enhanced power ups, which of course you are always reminded should you not have enough plant food you can buy coins for more.

    3. Plants which you would gradually earn And keep for later stages as in PvZ1 is somewhat gone...some plants flat out require $3+ to buy and keep. Other plants you may see in a challenge stage for additional "stars" yet you don't retain said plants when challenge stage is completed. Fundamentals are gone.

    Since I have started this game whether when starting up game or in between stages I have been reminded now 22 times that I can buy something via IAP. Sorry but this is ridiculous. Yeah you can win without IAP but the fun, flow and strategy is largely missing in the sequel which EA ruined.

    Be a sucker and buy those IAPs...no thanks. RUN from this game just read reviews in App Store and don't just look at the rating of this game.

    • Duhbyo47

      I highly disagree. The flow changes for every level and star. Additionally, all IAP plants can be earned in game without spending money with the exception of one. Give it a download folks!

    • andrew9oh7

      I've beaten this game already and highly disagree with everything you have said,and have bought 0 IAP as of yet but plan on buying a couple of the IAP plants

    • themostunclean

      You sound like someone who just set out to hate the game no matter what because its free.

      There are no reminders constantly popping up like on other games, they tell you once and that's it. Dave was constantly in the first game as well and they only come in at the beginning of or in-between levels, just like the first.

      Not only are there no constant reminders but there are no ads either. That's virtually unheard of in a freemium game!

  • chhiew

    im genuinely surprised by how many people simply comment without playing the game AT ALL. i mean, come on..PVZ 2 is a great game, i've spent about 3 hours on it so far and seriously, PopCap did a good job at the IAP balance, i've spent NOTHING on IAP and the model is fully playable without it. the IAP is only if you're impatient or simply want to rush through the game. there's no paywall, no blocks or anything. all the plants (well, most) can be unlocked by completing certain stages, if you play it for just an hour you'll see how it works. and there's no reason to rush through the game. the challenges, which are part of the game, will provide you enough coins, stars, artifacts to unlock, well, EVERYTHING. powerups are completely optional, they only serve to make the game easier, almost like a 'lil cheat code, and not using any powerups is in itself an awesome challenge. heck, i'm enjoying the game so much that i may just drop 5 bucks on something to support PopCap in hopes of PVZ3. just bloody download it, it's better than sex..well..almost better!

  • araczynski

    Gameplay makes me want to sleep, like the original. Just seems like more of the same but with some tweaks. Was never too impressed with the original, but good to know that becoming EA's bitch didnt help them any.

    • LOLCAT

      Yeah, the gameplay is pretty slow at first. But wait, a couple levels in, it starts getting super-hectic. You just have to kind of wait it out. The strategy, however, is awesome.

  • CaptLudd

    I got the 1st game free from IGN and i notice it too had IAP in it. Didn't quite get the game so deleted it for xcom and warhammer quest. Put PvZ2 on my mini and after going thru the tutorial redownloaded the 1st so have both on. If i hit a paywall or maybe a skillwall on one will go to the other. Probablly the only IAP i will get will be the upgrades, but in any case my rule is no more than 20 bucks to a game. Will split that between the two. Video games like any hobby is expensive,look at what boardgamers pay for say Summoner Wars with its upgrades compared to what it costs on the ipad. And on the ipad i have an opponent whenever i want instead of a weekly or monthly game night with the gang. If i hate anything about FtP games it is TIMERS in games which quickly makes for a deleted game. That is my two cents YMMV and as always is IMHO. ENJOY killing the zombies good game POP CAP!

  • Surya Prasath

    It's very gud time pass game . ,!

  • Flare_TM

    This game is too easy, want the winning strategy?

    Place double
    sunflower, place mine for 1st zombie, place 2nd double sunflower, place
    2nd mine for 2nd zombie, use the freeze plant to delay zombies while
    your 2 double sunflowers rack up loads of sun, use the corn/butter
    throwing plant to slow zombies...unbeatable, but boring.

    Admittedly
    the only way to keep the game fresh for me is to intentionally not use
    this tactic and try other plants out even though there's more chance of
    losing it makes it more fun and engaging.

    Albeit the additional
    challenge from some of the extra star levels do add some depth like
    limiting sun and not planting on specific areas but for all the stock
    levels the above tactic wins out all the time.

  • Teacher2120

    I hated PvsZ2 so much that I deleted the app. Although the animation and art are better, it lost the charm and simplicity of the first game and has far too much stuff being hurled at the player who just wants to prevent zombies from getting into the home. Also, the original green grass field was easier on the eyes than the beige colored and textured slabs in the Egypt level. Bottom line for me, as a casual gamer, is that nothing about this sequel is fun. It's a chore just to get through and, unfortunately, EA and Popcap couldn't leave well enough alone.

Plants vs. Zombies™ 2 Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 5