Video Game Hall of Fame: Plants vs. Zombies
We don't want zombies on the lawn.."
Plants vs. Zombies is not your typical video game. If the gameplay and graphics don't do it for you then maybe their official music video will. Yes, that's right: the game has it's own music video! The lyrics above are some of the first lines to the song featured in the Plants vs. Zombies music video that the zombies treat you with after you've successfully pillaged through all of the levels in the game. That might be jumping the gun a little, so let's go back and review the basics of the game, shall we?
Plants vs. Zombies was first released for the PC in May of 2009 and the game gained such a huge following that its developer, PopCap Games, eventually released versions of the game for the iOS, Xbox, Playstation, iPod, and iPad. I was first introduced to the game by a friend of mine after we had a meeting to discuss our college thesis. I breezed through the first few levels on her laptop and had so much fun that I didn't notice that half an hour had already gone by. I knew that I just had to get the game for myself when I got home that night. So I did.
Begin your adventure.
In the Adventure mode of the Plants vs. Zombies video game, the zombies are hungry for your brains and they're attempting a brazen invasion in broad daylight. Not to worry though, because the plants are on your side and they're ready to help you launch your counter-attack against the zombies.
The first few levels serve as integretated tutorials to introduce you to the basic premise of the game. You start out with only one patch of grass and 150 suns in your arsenal. You need a specific number of suns to plant your seeds, so make sure you click on the bits of sun that drop down regularly from the sky. You can only plant Peashooters in the first level, but the kind of plants and the number of lanes of grass on your lawn will eventually increase. If you haven't already figured it out yourself, Peashooters are plants that shoot peas to attack the approaching zombies.
You pick up a new seed at the end of each level when you successfully defend your lawn (and brains) from the zombies. The seed slot is the brown rectangular bar at the top of the screen which shows you which seeds you can plant in a particular level. Eventually, the number of seeds that you will be able to accumulate will exceed the seed slots you have, which is only a meager 6 at the beginning of the game. Luckily, Crazy Dave will come along and save the day by selling you an extra seed slot in exchange for some money. He's actually peddling some pretty good stuff stored in the trunk of his car when he's not going around acting all–well, crazy.
It doesn't take long before the zombies realize that they can't get past the arsenal of foliage in your lawn. So what do they do next?
It's a sneak attack!
They attack in the dead of night, that's what! Your next challenge would then be figuring out how to get some sun for your plants because there's no sun at night! Luckily you have some "freebie plants" like the Puff-shroom which don't require any sun in order for you to plant them. These shrooms also recharge so you can plant as many of them as you want as soon as they're all charged up again. You will also have your trusty Sun-shrooms that cough up bits of sun as they grow.
The most adorable plant in the entire game for me is the Fume-shroom. It's actually a mushroom of gigantic proportions that puffs out periodic bursts of poisonous fumes that especially targets the zombies that are using unhinged screen doors as shields.