Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review: Free-to-play that's good

By Mike Fahey on August 22, 2013, 1:05 AM

You can spend five dollars in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time to advance from Ancient Egypt to the Pirate Seas. You can unlock enhancements with cash, or use your real money to purchase in-game currency, stocking up on power-ups and using them to blow through every level. Or just keep your money and enjoy an experience that's every bit as challenging and rewarding as the original.

Fans of the original flower defense game were understandably miffed when they discovered the official follow-up would be launching exclusively on iOS, but what really worried folks (myself included) was the "free-to-play" business. With so many free-to-play mobile games failing to achieve a comfortable ratio of playable content to payable content, it was only natural to imagine a game with limited play time and pay-per-planting.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 isn't like that at all. Rather than alienating fans of the original game by locking content behind pay walls or dumbing-down gameplay for more casual players, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is only going after players who lack the patience or skill to make it through the game on their own.

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fdart17 said:

This game is great. I'm incredibly impressed with EA right now.

1 person liked this | dennis777 dennis777 said:

Game is good... its just sad I dont have an Ipad since its a pain in the ass playing it on an iphone.

wish they could release it in PC again... or android.

JC713 JC713 said:

Good game. It is way too similar to the first one though.

tehbanz tehbanz said:

Looking at the app store reviews it's practically pay to win, why am I seeing such a drastic change from the kotaku review and player reviews ?

MrBungle said:

Why is this iOS only? :/

lipe123 said:

Where is the PC version?! who in this day and age releases a incredibly popular franchise like this on iOS only. *dissapointed*

I really enjoyed playing the first one on PC but this pretty much blows.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

iOS only? Lame.

BlueDrake said:

They stated before that it's coming to other platforms, did they suddenly decide to backpedal on their statement? Or just stalling as they find ways of making their iOS system, work on other platforms to get even more cash?

It was stated that it's launch will be iOS exclusive, but they planned on bringing it to everyone else. I'm starting to wonder really, if they decided to scrap those plans. Especially with those who can't handle the game, and pay out cash for upgrades instead of working for it.

Guest said:

The plant always reminds me of Apple's ear buds

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It's very good and the challenges to unlock levels sound great, I haven't got 11 stars yet and I did wonder how I was going to get more keys. Happy to play it to completion. It is pay to win if you want but that just spoils it surely.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It gets a lot of complaints in the Apple Store over purchasable upgrades. But I've honestly haven't found a level yet that really needs these upgrades for me to complete them. I've been having a good ole' with with this game playing for free.

treetops treetops said:

I bet there is a ios simulator you can get for pc so you can play this baby.

amandatr04 said:

Enjoying it on my iPad mini. Simple but yet fun to play

treetops treetops said:

Plants vs z fps coming soon!


1 person liked this | McNasty said:

You're the only one impressed with EA at any point in recent history....

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