Posts Tagged ‘Plants vs Zombies’


Cell phone games seem to be the only thing I’m interested in lately (after Animal Crossing and MONSTER HUNTER.) They are great because in the summer I’m often stuck on a city bus for an hour or longer to get home. One of the best ways to find a new cell phone game, look around you on a bus. I have a bit of an advantage because Big Fish Games is on my way home. A large number of their employees get on the bus only a few stops after mine. If you take time to look up, sometimes you’ll see someone playing a game. It doesn’t hurt to watch them for a bit. If they are next to you, just ask them what the game is. Since they are developers, they often play other games to either research different genre of games, because they like those games or because they hear what other developers are making.


Friend I made on the bus


I’m on a bus!

Even if you don’t have a game company conveniently on your bus route, take a look around during your commute. That’s how I found 2048. There were a few people sitting near me playing the game. Every day for a week, I saw someone playing it. When the lady next to me started playing it, I had to ask her what the game was because I was fascinated. If you’re uncomfortable asking a stranger what game they are playing, ask your friends. My friends, even though they are hard-core gamers, always have one of two games on their phones.

Another great way to find cell phone games is to look at the indie games that were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or your local video game convention. You can browse through the games and pick the ones that sounds fantastic. It takes a little more work because you might have to research them. Most conventions though have these games in the INDIE area. That’s where I’ve discovered some really fun games.

There are a few companies like Big Fish Games that have apps to help you find their games. The app lists the new games, top games and allows you to search for genre games. They also use the app to notify you when a new game is being released.


Big Fish Games game App

If you’re lwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-38-31.pngooking for game on the play store, you can search by categories. After you’ve played through one or two games, it will suggest other games based on your downloads.  The play store also has a section for free games. Half the time the free games are limited versions of a full game. These allow you to play a few levels before you have to purchase a full version. The plus side is you get to try out the game and often, it explains the mechanics that are unlockable in the full version. Dinner Dash mobile edition is like this. You can play through three restaurants before you have to purchase the full version of the game. I can’t stress this more though, if you can buy a game out right, it’s better than games that need continuous “optional” in game purchases. When I like a game with a free version, I give those people my money. Take it! Take my money! You deserve it. Stop asking me to view adds though. If I buy your game, I want the freaking game. I’ll even rate it or review it. (Although Word Crack keeps asking you to rate it, even after you rate it. Super annoying.)


When purchasingwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-39-03.pngg or browsing free games, I like to sort by category. I tend to stick with puzzle games, strategy games and word games. There is a multitude of different styles including action, rpg, visual novels, hidden object, adventure, card and sports games. You really can find a game of any style. Some PC games are even available on mobile as well like Plants vs Zombies and World of Goo. Finally, a not so new phenomenon is the porting of old games to mobile versions. You can download several different emulators in order to play FFVII or any of the Final Fantasy franchise.


I still think the best way to find a good cell phone game is though is looking around your on the bus.


Ways to find games:
1. People Watching
2. List of games at conventions
3. Talk to Friends
4. Company Apps
5. Play Store recommendations and searches
6. Emulators

PAX 2013 I was sitting in the DS Play area. I had my DS plugged into a socket someone had managed to pry open. I was blissfully playing Animal Crossing trying to get people to visit my town. After a while two gentlemen sat down next to me and started talking. I was surprised because they just started talking to me right off the bat. One was clearly drunk and the other was trying to get DS Passes for his kid. The conversation went from DS games to first person shooters and then casual games. It was a strange turn but I can’t tell you how it got to that point. We began to talk about Pop Cap games. I mentioned I loved Bejeweled but I refused to play Candy Crush. The slightly drunk gentleman asked me why. I told him flat out, I won’t play a game where I have to buy additional content.

Plants Vs. Zombies 2 falls into this trap. I was eagerly anticipating this game because I played the HELL out of the first game. I played it on my phone, on my computer and on my tablet. I played it all the time. I replayed it. I played the levels over and over. I would sometimes play with the Zen Garden for hours and not realize it. I was looking forward to a second game for more of the same exciting casual gaming action. While talking with this guy, I found out one, he worked for Pop Cap. Secondly, he was one of the programmers and was trying to figure out why people weren’t liking the new game. Once he let this fly I told him how disappointed I was that the new game had PAY TO PLAY content. I am not sure he took it to heart.

The new game involves time travel. You get to play an Egyptian Level, a pirate level and a western level. They have boards that you unlock and plants you can unlock. If you don’t feel like taking the time to grind and unlock content you can BUY your way through the game. I like buying a game and owning the a game. I don’t like having to spend a ton of money on internal content. If you buy your way through the game it costs: $25.90.  I think IGN was pretty close on that amount. I would rather buy the game for $10.00 or $15.00 and have to unlock things.

They also took out the Zen Garden. This upsets me. I enjoyed that SO MUCH.

They have new plants that are interesting. In the Egyptian world you unlock the Bloomerang, Iceberg Lettuce and Bonk Choy. The Bloomerange allows you to hit a line of zombies all at once. Iceberg Lettuce freezed one zombie in place. The Bonk Choy hits with it’s fists. It’s a strong, fast plant. In the Pirate area you get the Coconut Cannon, Spring Bean and the Snap Dragon. The spring bean is cool, it bounces the zombie back. Coconut Cannon’s will hit all enemies in a line. The Snap Dragon breaths fire for three spaces in front of it.

The game also uses fertilizer. It’s collected from green glowing zombies. You select the fertilizer and then use it on a plant. They all have a different reaction and some have more than one reaction to fertilizer depending on who is on the field coming towards you.

Another weird thing they have introduced are three touch based attacks. You can select them using your coins and either pinch the heads of zombies, flick them backwards or electrocute them. I don’t like this and only use it when I am desperate.

They have introduced a number of new zombie types. Too many to talk about here. I like the Camel Zombies. There are three zombies hidden behind a sand picture of a camel. They are kind of like the screen door zombies in a way. I hate the Pirate Captain. He has a parrot that STEALS a plant and flies away. Hate. That is the only word I can use.

I haven’t finished playing through the game yet. I made it to the Pirate world, but I am going back through and playing through all the levels on their challenge stage to unlock more stars. That way I can open up more plants and have better tools. The game is long if you don’t buy your way through it. I am a grinder, but this feels a little excessive. In the pirate world, I’ve run into a part where the difficulty is suddenly ramped up. I haven’t been able to get past it.

I don’t recommend BUYING anything for the game. Just play it when you have time and you are satisfied. I feel good with playing one or two fields at a time.