Plants V.s Zombies has finally made its way to Xbox Live Arcade from its previous platforms, but this is no straight port. It has a few changes and all new CO-op Mini Games. There has been a few Tower-Defence Games on XBLA in the past, but i would say this the best by far. This is the latest game by PopCap Games and they are known for making simple and addictive games. If you have played Peggle or Bejeweled then you will know what i mean. Plants Vs. Zombies is as addictive as them, if not more
In Plants Vs. Zombies, you are a home owner that has to protect your house from incoming waves of zombies. You use different plants which you can place on 5 layers of lawn. This is a little different to other tower-defence games as the enemies don't have a zig-zag path to take. You are limited to the amount of plants to begin with, but you unlock more as you progress through the game. There are a varient of different plants you will come across. for example, Some are used as turrets that shoot out green peas which slowley destroy the zombies lims. Others are used to block, crush and even eat them. The amount of plant you can eventualy choose from is astonishing. Collecting falling suns will let you build more plants, and sunflowers, You collect them by moving the cursor near them. You can also collect them easier by holding the RT button. Every sunflower you build gives you another sun. The more suns, the more plants you can build. This is when i found it extremely addictive.
You have a neighbour called Crazy Dave. He will sometimes help you out like giving you tips and selling you usefull items to defend your house. You can also upgrade items, like your seed packet. This gives you another slot so you can choose more plants. Also upgradable is the sunflower. This gives you more sunlight to build your plants. You can buy these upgrades with coins that you can collect whilst defeating the zombies.
As you play through Adventure Mode you will go through a day and night cycle and visit three different areas. The front yard, backyard with a pool and roof. This makes it alot more challenging, as you need to build lily pads on the pool and plant pots on the roof before you can build your plants their. You will unlock CO-op and mini games as you play through the levels. These are new to the console version. These vary from Puzzle, Survival, CO-op, VS and Mini Games like Wall-Nut Bowling, Slot Machine and many more. These are all great fun, but is a little disappointing that you cannot play them online, and Local only. If you have played Plants V.s Zombies on a previous platform then i don't think its worth getting just for the extra content.
PopCap Games have made another charming and addictive game for you to spend endless hours on. If you love Tower-Defence games or just want a simple game to pass the time away, you should definitely add this to your collection.
Review by Gareth Smith