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PLANTS VS ZOMBIES 2: ITS ABOUT TIME FOR IPAD

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Plants vs Zombies 2

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Its about time! The sequel to the hit game from PopCap has arrived to the iPad! Promptly titled “Plants vs Zombies: Its about time“, its free on to download on the iTunes store with in-app purchases (freemium).

Here’s the description from iTunes:

The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards is here. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, super charge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain.

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Plants vs Zombies 2 free on iTunes

I downloaded this yesterday and had chance to play with it today. This is not a full-fledged review. Just my impressions after less than a day’s worth of gaming. I MAY do a full review someday or maybe a guide in the future.

Raves

Better Graphics – I played the original version in a pre-retina device so it looks so good on my iPad (3).

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Plants vs Zombies 2

New Plants – Cool new plants, like the “Bonk Choy” who punches two cells front and back at a very fast pace (punches a cell around it as a special skill) and the 0 sun cost Iceberg Lettuce that freezes one cell and is triggered like the Potato Mine (freezes all visible zombies on screen as a special skill).

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The Iceberg Lettuce costs 0 sunlight

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The fist fighting “Bonk Choy” plant

New zombies – There’s a this new zombie that steals sunlight using his staff and a group of zombies hiding behind egyptian panels to name a few. The most annoying one so far is the one that carries a torch in his hand because he can easily set fire to plants (but can be easily countered by using the Iceberg Lettuce).

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Look at that zombie stealing my sunlight!

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Those zombies are using Camel-flage – Crazy Dave

 New Mechanics – I like the new mechanics like “Plant Food”, it brings out the special abilities of plants when you feed it to them. There’s also Dave’s powers and some mini games (as usual).

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Plant food: brings out the plants’ special moves

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Dave’s Powers: Power pinch – pinch to cut zombies ala fruit ninja

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Dave’s Powers: Power Zap – electrifies them zombies

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Dave’s Powers: Power Toss – Toss them up, then toss them to the edge of the screen

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Mini games: Zombie card memory game

Rant

Premium content - I feel like the game took the direction that I don’t like. If I like a game, I purchase the game but I don’t like the idea that I have to purchase items that make direct changes to the gameplay. Don’t get me wrong, its not that I don’t like paying for my games (or in-app purchases). I buy stuff on Steam, I play DoTA2 and purchase items from the store but these have nothing to do with the game play: I can enjoy the game with or without these purchases. Going back to PVZ2, why do I have to pay $3.99 for the Snow Pea that I loved to use in the 1st version? Yeah, I know there are new plants, mechanics and stuff but I would rather pay for the whole game and have in-app purchases that do not affect the gameplay directly (like say, purchasing of gold coins?). Take a look at the screenshots below:

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Old plants for sale

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Old plants for sale

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Bundles

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Bundles

Conclusion

Other than my only rant I believe that PopCap has done a good job with this one. The feel and gaming experience is solid, offering new stuff while not deviating from the award winning formula of the original. I highly recommend this game to anyone! Even if its freemium, its still free! If you don’t want to pay for in-game purchases then finish the game without them, maybe that more hardcore. Lol.

I will leave you with another game from the franchise that I’m also looking forward to: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare!