iPhone Gets Plants vs. Zombies Game
First seeing success on the other Apple flag ship, the Mac, Plants vs. Zombies is a strategy game that was released in 2009 and is now being ported to the iPhone. Since the game has done so well with computer audiences, it has been viewed as a natural fit for the mobile device and PopCap Games rushed its release to answer fan requests for a portable version of the tower defense style gaming experience. The premise of the game is extremely easy to grasp, with players taking on the role of a home owner that is attempting to defend themselves from a zombie attack that would be typical of the horror movie genre. The primary defense, as is evidenced in the title of the game itself, is plants – in specific terms, a garden of plants. These plants act as weapons against the zombies who are prone to eating human flesh but are unable to tolerate vegetable of any kind and therefore find exposure to garden vegetables entirely lethal.
Players are able to use a variety of different plants to find back against the incoming hordes of undead marauders, including squash, pea pods, mushrooms and other plants that would typically be consumed by human beings. The tone is light hearted and fun, what the developers intended was a strategy game that had a strong element of humor to keep players entertained as they progressed through the missions. Over time, players are able to utilize the weapons in their botanical arsenal and deal more damage to increasingly larger crowds of zombies, all while indulging in various puzzle and mini games designed to expand the playing experience.