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MacRumors
Feb 21, 2013, 01:20 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/02/pvz.pngPopcap's iconic game Plants vs. Zombies has been a top seller on both the iPad and the iPhone since it was introduced to iOS in 2010.

Though it has been offered at a reduced price multiple times, the app has never before been available for free, until today, because of Apple's App of the Week promotion.

Plants vs. Zombies is a lane defense game where players use a variety of defensive plants to fight off waves of attacking zombies. Thanks to its cartoonish graphics and strategic gameplay, Plants vs. Zombies is a game that is popular with both serious and casual gamers.

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The game features 50 levels of traditional gameplay, along with a never-ending survival mode, a Zen Garden, and an array of challenging mini games.

Plants vs. Zombies (http://appshopper.com/games/plants-vs-zombies) is designed for the iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plants-vs.-zombies/id350642635?mt=8)]

Plants vs. Zombies HD (http://appshopper.com/games/plants-vs-zombies-hd) is the version that has been designed for the iPad, and it is also free. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plants-vs.-zombies-hd/id363282253?mt=8)]

Article Link: Popcap's 'Plants vs. Zombies' for iPhone and iPad Available for Free (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/21/popcaps-plants-vs-zombies-for-iphone-and-ipad-available-for-free/)



applesith
Feb 21, 2013, 01:25 PM
Love this game! I just wish it would tie your accomplishments to your apple ID.

Achiever
Feb 21, 2013, 01:28 PM
Sounds like an intentionally-timed tease for the sequel supposedly dropping this spring.

Just what I need...another addiction.

darkslayer13
Feb 21, 2013, 01:31 PM
I've never really gotten into th.....BRAINSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Jessica Lares
Feb 21, 2013, 01:36 PM
Suspected it was App of the Week since this morning when it was first posted.

If you've never finished the game... Let's just say that you're in for a big "what just happened" moment. :D

Bathplug
Feb 21, 2013, 01:48 PM
Ready for EA to add a load more in app purchases. EA about to ruin another game. RIP plants vs zombies.

R.Stoychev
Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM
Best game ever :D

ArtOfWarfare
Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM
It requires a Wifi connection to download. Nuts. Looking forward to playing it when I have a connection.

iMacFarlane
Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM
I've bought this game for PC, then on Steam for my Mac, on XBox Live, and for my iPhone. It's one of the greatest casual games ever, and still fun.

iOS version is fun, with cool achievements, but nothing beats the PC/Mac version with all the mini-games. "I, Zombie" is mad fun, I actually like it better than the main game!

Downloading the HD version for the iPad I don't own (future-proof).

Westside guy
Feb 21, 2013, 01:55 PM
Ready for EA to add a load more in app purchases. EA about to ruin another game. RIP plants vs zombies.

Those have always been there (for as long as I've had the game anyway). And if you're patient - willing to accumulate in-game coins - you can get those extras for free... it's just that impatient people are given the option to buy in-game coins with real money. :D

JAT
Feb 21, 2013, 02:00 PM
Those have always been there (for as long as I've had the game anyway). And if you're patient - willing to accumulate in-game coins - you can get those extras for free... it's just that impatient people are given the option to buy in-game coins with real money. :D
That's good to hear. I hate the games that force you to buy IAP in order to advance. I'm just in the process of teaching my kids to stay away from them. It is hard to differentiate between those that offer advancement via real money and those that require it.

Downloaded this today, I'll have to get the HD version tonight.

TouchMint.com
Feb 21, 2013, 02:01 PM
Yea pretty sweet deal here even though I already have it. Now I can get some friends to try it out.

3N16MA
Feb 21, 2013, 02:02 PM
What happend to PopCap after the EA takeover? They haven't released a new game.

hexblot
Feb 21, 2013, 02:04 PM
the only annoying part is that I bought it 2 days ago :mad:

other than that, fabulous game :)

50548
Feb 21, 2013, 02:06 PM
Best game ever :D

Excellent game indeed; downloading it now.

Yvan256
Feb 21, 2013, 02:16 PM
If I want to play Plants vs Zombies, I just go to Hillsbrad Foothills.

Portaluk
Feb 21, 2013, 02:58 PM
This game is brilliant and offers many hours of gameplay.

Even after completing the standard game plenty of stuff to unlock, loved the zen garden very hard work getting all the plants.

jclo
Feb 21, 2013, 03:00 PM
What happend to PopCap after the EA takeover? They haven't released a new game.

They're working on Plants vs. Zombies 2.

lightning inc.
Feb 21, 2013, 03:39 PM
NO iPhone 5 support????

WHHYYYYYYYYYY :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Watabou
Feb 21, 2013, 03:41 PM
It seems like the app crashes when you are on a jailbroken device and you have a different theme installed. That is just brilliant.

bushido
Feb 21, 2013, 03:49 PM
literally starting this game for the billionth time from the beginning, it really does need icloud support

iDuel
Feb 21, 2013, 04:14 PM
NO iPhone 5 support????

WHHYYYYYYYYYY :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Exactly. It kinda ruins it for me when a game is not optimized for iPad/iPhone5. I'm not a mobile developer, (but I do use C++ and Visual Basic) but what is really involved in optimizing a game for the iPhone 5 that couldn't be done when they updated for iOS 6 support?

runeapple
Feb 21, 2013, 05:07 PM
I actually paid for this game and I want iP5 display support!

RobNYC
Feb 21, 2013, 06:06 PM
I actually paid for this game and I want iP5 display support!

Yeah I was kind of disappointed they never updated the iPhone version for the expanded screen. That game would have benefited from it a lot too.

Carlanga
Feb 21, 2013, 06:54 PM
I actually paid for this game and I want iP5 display support!

When it came out they didn't promise you that so don't complain.
Anyways, a sequel is in the works I believe so you can pay and get your retina gaming. ;)

bushido
Feb 21, 2013, 07:30 PM
Exactly. It kinda ruins it for me when a game is not optimized for iPad/iPhone5. I'm not a mobile developer, (but I do use C++ and Visual Basic) but what is really involved in optimizing a game for the iPhone 5 that couldn't be done when they updated for iOS 6 support?

I actually paid for this game and I want iP5 display support!

Yeah I was kind of disappointed they never updated the iPhone version for the expanded screen. That game would have benefited from it a lot too.

When it came out they didn't promise you that so don't complain.
Anyways, a sequel is in the works I believe so you can pay and get your retina gaming. ;)

:D

http://i50.tinypic.com/29bfy21.png

boshii
Feb 21, 2013, 07:49 PM
NO iPhone 5 support????

WHHYYYYYYYYYY :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

With Screen Extender in Cydia it looks beautiful on iPhone 5.

can.rules
Feb 21, 2013, 07:51 PM
I've bought this game for PC, then on Steam for my Mac, on XBox Live, and for my iPhone. It's one of the greatest casual games ever, and still fun.

iOS version is fun, with cool achievements, but nothing beats the PC/Mac version with all the mini-games. "I, Zombie" is mad fun, I actually like it better than the main game!

Downloading the HD version for the iPad I don't own (future-proof).

The iOS version does have all the mini-games. It also has retina screen support (for iPhone 4) even in the non-HD version. It doesn't use the full screen on the iPhone 5, but it is still pretty good.

This game has been the best 2.99$ I ever spent. My kids have been playing with this for 2 years now, and are still hooked!

mistafro
Feb 21, 2013, 10:20 PM
Looks like PVZ 2 is nearing!! :)

dampfnudel
Feb 21, 2013, 11:23 PM
Suspected it was App of the Week since this morning when it was first posted.

If you've never finished the game... Let's just say that you're in for a big "what just happened" moment. :D

I did finish the game...three times, twice on my iPhone, once on my PC/Steam, and I'm not sure what "what just happened" moment you're talking about? Maybe it was a minor surprise for me, but something big for you.:confused:

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Looks like PVZ 2 is nearing!! :)

I think they said late spring, but I wouldn't mind an early spring release. I just hope they didn't screw up one my most anticipated sequels in years.

Solomani
Feb 22, 2013, 12:15 AM
This is a simple warning shot that Plants vs Zombies 2 is coming soon.

Of course they want to make PvZ1 "free" so that bonkjillions of people who haven't yet played it will download it and get hooked. And soon after they're hooked, the sequel game PvZ 2 arrives. Duh.

http://toucharcade.com/tag/plants-vs-zombies-2/

Jessica Lares
Feb 22, 2013, 12:23 AM
I did finish the game...three times, twice on my iPhone, once on my PC/Steam, and I'm not sure what "what just happened" moment you're talking about? Maybe it was a minor surprise for me, but something big for you.:confused:

The music video. :D

runeapple
Feb 22, 2013, 01:59 AM
When it came out they didn't promise you that so don't complain.
Anyways, a sequel is in the works I believe so you can pay and get your retina gaming. ;)

No but they make enough money to spend a couple of hours making the game slightly longer!

Habakuk
Feb 22, 2013, 04:21 AM
FREE as well (for the first time and for a limited time): Anti-gravity future combat racer Flashout 3D. Similar to WipEout!

http://a404.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/117/Purple/v4/9f/ae/15/9fae15f6-efd9-d36f-a271-c5e0ef388b94/mzl.wzlgaiyv.480x480-75.jpg

Link to iTunes iOS App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/flashout-3d/id563209339?mt=8

Game trailer video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=crCa4Ch70JI

Don't miss that, folks! :)

Kissaragi
Feb 22, 2013, 06:00 AM
Still the best ios game ive ever played. Cant wait for the sequel!

theluggage
Feb 22, 2013, 07:29 AM
Those have always been there (for as long as I've had the game anyway). And if you're patient - willing to accumulate in-game coins - you can get those extras for free... it's just that impatient people are given the option to buy in-game coins with real money. :D

The coins have always been there as an in-game currency - but I'm pretty sure the option to buy extra coins via in-app purchase, and the use of coins to unlock mini-games, only appeared post-EA-takeover... accompanied by some quite serious inflation to make buying currency more tempting.

I wouldn't say that its ruined the game, but its an annoying trend.

dma550
Feb 22, 2013, 08:26 AM
This is a simple warning shot that Plants vs Zombies 2 is coming soon.

Of course they want to make PvZ1 "free" so that bonkjillions of people who haven't yet played it will download it and get hooked. And soon after they're hooked, the sequel game PvZ 2 arrives. Duh.

http://toucharcade.com/tag/plants-vs-zombies-2/


Yeah, this, and in-app purchases greed!

Parkin Pig
Feb 22, 2013, 11:03 AM
Yeah, this, and in-app purchases greed!

Yeah, it's so greedy when businesses with salaried employees and other overheads ask you for money in exchange for thousands of hours of development work. If only we had the choice to not buy, the world would be such a better place.

JarScott
Feb 22, 2013, 07:31 PM
YES! LOVED Plants vs Zombies on my iPhone but couldn't bring myself to pay for the iPad version. Looks like I don't have to now!

Westside guy
Feb 23, 2013, 03:13 PM
The coins have always been there as an in-game currency - but I'm pretty sure the option to buy extra coins via in-app purchase, and the use of coins to unlock mini-games, only appeared post-EA-takeover... accompanied by some quite serious inflation to make buying currency more tempting.

I wouldn't say that its ruined the game, but its an annoying trend.

Ah, ok. I had previously played on my computer, and have only played the iPad version since I got the Mini. I noticed the difference you mentioned, but assumed it was just the difference between the computer and iOS versions.

theluggage
Feb 23, 2013, 05:41 PM
Yeah, it's so greedy when businesses with salaried employees and other overheads ask you for money in exchange for thousands of hours of development work. If only we had the choice to not buy, the world would be such a better place.

OK when its a free, or $0.99 game.

PvZ has not, until now, been free. People paid for it - about $10 originally. The in-app purchase stuff was put in later, as part of an update.

I have no problem with the principle of paying to unlock extra levels and new mini-games. What annoys me is the way it is implemented - by letting you use real money to buy in-game currency. PvZ has always had 'coins' that you earned by progressing in the game, and used to buy extra plants and other power-ups. I'm sure PopCap play-tested this to get the difficulty of earning coins and the cost of power-ups just right. Once you add the facility to buy coins with real money, it will inevitably lead to designers tuning the game to make it tempting to whip-out your credit card... I don't have an original PvZ to compare, but I'm pretty sure that Crazy Dave hiked up the prices of his twiddlydinks when the in-app purchase was added.

Having said that, PvZ is still a great game. I just hope that PvZ2 doesn't turn in to Farmville.

koban4max
Feb 23, 2013, 06:38 PM
this is the game that got me into buy ipad 2.

dampfnudel
Feb 24, 2013, 07:23 PM
The music video. :D

Yeah, it was a nice way to end the game and to chill out after that final intense boss fight.:D

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this is the game that got me into buy ipad 2.

I'm hoping I'll get to play PvZ 2 on a new iPad 5 or retina iPad mini 2 this year.:D

g0odfr1end102
Feb 25, 2013, 04:22 AM
"they're coming..."