The 32-bit scythe has claimed 3 more games today, PopCap's Solitaire Blitz, Peggle Classic, and the paid version of Plants vs Zombies. PopCap just announced that it will remove those three games from the App Store and Google Play today, but the games are already gone (at least from the App Store). So, if you were hoping to grab them before they disappear, you're out of luck. The announcement reminds players that they can still play the free version of Plants vs Zombies [Free], Plants vs Zombies 2, and Bejeweled Blitz. If you've downloaded the games in the past, you can still download them from your purchase history, but we're not sure if that will still be the case once you update to iOS 11.

I suppose it make sense of a company not to put the effort and resources into updating apps that already have replacements for, but it's still a bit sad to see games leave the App Store for good. And if you're the kind of player who doesn't enjoy free versions of games, you're definitely not going to be happy about the premium version of PvZ leaving the store. We'll keep you updated when and if more games depart to the land of 32-bit apps.

  • Jake7905

    Letting the original PvZ die a 32 bit death is a true App Store tragedy. The freemium leftovers don't exactly do the trick for me.

    • Far_Out

      I feel exactly the same way! orig pvZ was perfect, the replacement just didn't click at all.

      • Kahdmus

        Agree 1000%

    • http://erikveland.com ErikVeland

      The worst thing is that PvZ is 64 bit. This is a poor excuse to push people to their freemium replacement.

  • DotComCTO

    Yep. Kill the paid games and replace them with a continual revenue stream. Shocking.

  • baconcow

    Bye, PopCap

  • DanCJ

    Something fishy is going on here.

    I have PvZ on my iPhone and PvZ HD on my iPad. In both cases, it's not listed as one of my 32 bit apps in settings and in both cases, it doesn't give a warning when I launch it.

    I'm petty sure it is a 64 bit app, so I don't know why they've killed it.

    • Jeroen_O

      Plants vs. Zombies (HD) is 64-bit. It should be playable on iOS 11.

      • toofinedog

        I'm not sure if the iPhone PvZ is also HD, but it's on my phone and not on my settings list of 32-bit apps.

  • brianj22

    So what happens when they go to 128 bit we lose more games? I'm done purchasing apps for now.

    • Chalkers123

      We should just have a subscription like Apple Music.

      Then you can play any game while your subscription is active.

      Sick of buying games and then losing them. So not really buying, just renting!

    • Nightxx

      More of what will happen if we reach 1024-bit era and the cycle continues to haunt mankind to extinction...

  • Jinxtah

    Ah PvZ dying is a real shame. That game was one of the biggest reasons I bought the first gen iPad. It was one of the most memorable games I've played on the the platform.

    *Edit*
    I see it's not gone if you've bought it already. I was able to download it from my "purchased" page. I guess they just removed the free to play version monstrosity it turned into. Not so bad a thing then.

    *Edit 2:*
    Ok once again my comment is in the waiting to be approved moderation queue. Why is that. I'm not spamming, or being rude to anyone on this site. This is the second time within 3-4 comments. What's up with that, TA staff?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Spam filter is aggressive to keep comments clean of penis enlargement scams, sometimes has false positives. We go through it a couple times a day.

      • Jinxtah

        I understand. And I don't want to sell you any penis enlargements or the like, but I was just wondering if it's something I have written those times I should avoid to keep getting caught in the spam filter, or if it's just random.

        Heck, even this post went right through, and I mentioned the word "penis enlargement", so I submit that your filter is worthless =)

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        You should see the things that get caught. We have very few false positives compared to actual spam comments that get filtered.

      • Jinxtah

        Fair enough. I guess I'll just have to live with being the unlucky one who is hated by the spam filter bot. It's all good, I appreciate it's a better solution than endless spam in the comments.

  • sinanayurt

    Is it too hard updating games? Dont get it why developers just made the thing.

    • Nightxx

      They will need to start from scratch pretty much... even though the development cost is probably less since they already have the game assets... I don't think that alone will be enough to encourage them to remake the game, especially with sales slowing down it would take forever to cover new dev cost... and lets face it, you cannot convince your past buyers to re-purchase something they already bought... that would be of poor taste... though I can see some indies doing that but they often get backlashed and earn bad reputation... big companies like SE will honor the purchases and update their apps... sometimes reputation is more valuable than money figures...

      • Nightxx

        The easy way out is to kill the app to prevent any further sales and angry customers asking for refunds...

        I'm okay with this so long Apple honors the purchase and keeps it in my account history for as long as I'm alive. Period.

  • shining jade

    Odd I own Plants VS Zombies HD & it's not a 32Bit app

    • Nightxx

      They are either playing dumb or fully aware and just using the 32-bit excuse to kill the app from receiving any future treatments.

      • Nightxx

        Either case they still reserve the right to do so as long as you get to keep what you previously purchased.

  • FuZion

    Oh man! I've been actually foolish enough to think that these would have been updated πŸ™ Well, they're on the list. I've mentioned this in the 64-bit culling thread, but if you have a computer with your iTunes signed in to your Apple ID, I highly recommend downloading these to your computer before they go, not just to your device.

    • shining jade

      Doing that now ^-^

  • http://erikveland.com ErikVeland

    This is making me irrationally angry.

  • Luzsec

    Already bought this game from 3 years ago πŸ™‚

  • Phoenix24

    The AppStore is a sad place these days. I will not update to iOS 11 since I will lose loads of great games, but Apple's attitude has convinced my to try Android.....I'm keeping my iPad Air, but my 6s has been switched to an S8. PvZ was one of the apps I bought at the start of my iPhone days, sad to see it go this way.

  • Zephram

    Let's not forget that EA owns Popcap, the same company that bought and disbanded the excellent Pandemic ( 'Destroy all Humans', 'Mercenaries' ).