10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Highly Addictive,
This review is from: Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition (CD-ROM)
I don't play casual games often and never tried a casual strategy game before. I tried it out after seeing my brother play it on his computer, and I could not stop playing. I ended up playing it everyday until I beat most of it, and had a fantastic time to the very end. The humor is very well done - the types and personalities of plants and zombies are hilarious (the Tallnut, a defensive unit, sheds a single tear when it's close to dying). The gameplay is fast-paced but not so challenging that it gets frustrating. Some of the plants, which you use as weapons or defense, are not as useful as others, but part of the fun is in deciding which plants to put in your limited slots.
In addition to the main Adventure mode, the game includes four other modes: Mini-Games, Puzzle, Survival, and Zen Garden (where you grow plants that drop coins). These other game modes, other than Zen Garden, are all very "meaty" and just as fun to play as the Adventure mode (although a couple of the mini-games were more challenging than anything else I'd encountered). They are highly imaginative spins on the plants vs zombies formula, and none of them felt repetitive. I especially loved the mini-game "Beghouled", which is a version of Bejeweled where you match up the plants while fighting off the zombies trying to eat them.
I didn't complete every little piece of this game, but I did play most of it and probably took 20 hours, give or take. The important part is that not a single minute was tedious. Casual or not, this is one of the best games I've played.