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no "quick play" mode
on December 29, 2012
In general, Plants vs. Zombies is a great game. Read all the other reviews to see how engaging, challenging, fun/cute, addictive, etc. it is.
I want to bring your attention to a particular difference between this PC/Mac version and the Android phone version, which took me by surprise. The PC/Mac version has nothing analogous to Android's "Quick Play" mode. Let me explain:
Both PC/Mac and Android have the standard game, called Adventure Mode. This is a series of battles between your plants vs. the zombies, that takes place in progressively more difficult levels (day time, night time, pool, fog, roof) with progressively more dangerous zombies. Before each battle you choose a small number of offensive and defensive plants from a larger list of "seed packets", then during game play you try to grow enough plants and place them in the right locations to defeat the zombies. After each level there is a special game such as bowling, whack-a-zombie, or a variation of the preceding level but instead of growing your own plants they give you random plants via a conveyor belt.
Unfortunately the PC/Mac version does NOT have any way of practicing an individual level. On Android they call this "Quick Play" mode. For example, you can choose to do just the last battle of the day time level, and play that one battle over and over without having to re-play the *entire* Adventure mode. You can't do that on the PC/Mac version.
The PC/Mac version does have plenty of other things: Mini Games, Puzzles, and Survival mode. These are fun variations on the standard rules. For example in some of them you are on the side of the zombies. It is surprising, given that there are several dozen of these alternative versions of play, that none of them lets you practice an individual Adventure Mode level.
This deficiency means I wasted my money, since that was the main thing I wanted out of this version. If you don't think the lack of Quick Play mode will matter to you, which might be the case, you can give this version five stars.