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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
 
Protecting Your Brains In Plants Vs. Zombies
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Crispy Gamer has published a new review of Plants Vs. Zombies, PopCap Games most recent entry in the casual games market. The tower defense title challenges players to make use of a variety of plants to defend their home, and their brain, from a horde of hungry zombies. Crispy Gamer gave the game a "Buy It" recommendation.

From the review:

There's no one perfect strategy or setup that works for every situation, and it's the constant shuffling of different plants and positions that keeps you on your toes. This is especially true when the Adventure mode is over and the game moves on to the much more challenging Survival mode. Here, your arsenal no longer gets plowed away at the end of each level, letting you slowly build up a mighty fortress to protect against some truly fearsome (yet still somehow cute) hordes of zombies. With survival mode, what was a battle of attrition becomes a continuing battle of momentum and positioning, where a small hole in your defenses can quickly spiral into total defeat. After slogging through the game's overly long tutorial, this is where you'll happily spend days just trying to add one more day to your streak.

And then there are the mini-games, which take the game's core concept and turn it on its head in a variety of surprising and interesting ways. A mini-game might turn all the zombies invisible, or give them plant-like attack powers. Maybe you'll be asked to build your units into a specific star pattern on the field, or lay them all out before the zombies even start to march, or work them around a set of Portal-inspired portals. One mini-game even lets you take control of the zombies, using them strategically to take out increasingly difficult groups of plants. Some twists on the formula end up more interesting than others, but they all show a devotion to keeping the game's simple concept from becoming stale too soon.
Click over to the link below to read the full review.

Crispy Gamer: Plants Vs. Zombies Review
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