I have never been a huge fan of gardening. It is too slow and boring for me. My garden is a testament to my lack of interest in it and lack of skill in the horticultural arts. However, had I known that the tending of my garden could possibly save my brain from being eaten by the living dead, maybe I would have tried a bit harder. Thankfully the Popcap game on PC, Plants Vs Zombies, has taught me all I need to know. There is still hope for my brain.
Plants vs Zombies lets the player defend his garden, and brains, from the onslaught of zombies. The game is a humerous take on the tower defence genre. Hordes of zombies want to make their way through your garden and eat your brains. It is up to you to grow an army of different plants and fend them off. The only resource in the game is sunlight and that can be gathered either from falling out of the sky, from the sunflower or, at night, from a sun giving mushroom. There is a huge variety of different zombies that attack, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. These range from the standard shuffling zombie, through the tougher armoured zombie (he wears a traffic cone on his head) to the adrenaline junkie bubgie zombies that just drop from the sky and steal your plants. To combat this, the player has a greenhouse full of bizarre plants from peashooters to exploding chillis.
The game is not difficult by any means, but the humour and extra game modes make it great value for money. As you work through the adventure mode you will unlock mini games, puzzle mode, survival mode and the zen garden, so there is plenty to do and you will keep coming back. The game is finished to a very high standard, both with graphics and sound ( the song at the end of adventure mode is particularly engaging)
Whilst hardcore gamers may pass this game by, everyone else should try it out. I would score this game an arcade score of 8.5 out of 10. Please excuse me while I go and tend my zen garden…