Plants vs. Zombies (video game)

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Plants vs. Zombies
Developer(s)PopCap Games
Publisher(s)PopCap Games[a]
Designer(s)George Fan
Programmer(s)Tod Semple
Artist(s)Rich Werner
Writer(s)Stephen Notley[b]
Composer(s)Laura Shigihara
SeriesPlants vs. Zombies
EnginePopCap Framework
Platform(s)
Release
May 5, 2009
  • Windows, macOS
    • JP: March 18, 2009
    • WW: May 5, 2009
    iOS
    • JP: January 18, 2010
    • WW: February 15, 2010 (iPhone/iPod Touch)
    iOS (iPad)/iPadOS
    • WW: April 5, 2010
    Xbox 360
    • WW: September 8, 2010
    • JP: February 2, 2011
    Nintendo DS
    • NA: January 18, 2011
    • PAL: May 6, 2011
    • JP: March 14, 2012
    PlayStation Network
    • WW: February 8, 2011
    • JP: November 11, 2011
    DSiWare
    • NA: March 14, 2011
    • PAL: May 6, 2011
    • JP: May 28, 2012
    Android
    • WW: May 31, 2011 (Amazon Appstore)
    • WW: December 14, 2011 (Google Play)
    Kindle Fire
    • WW: November 14, 2011
    Windows Phone
    • WW: June 23, 2011
    Nook HD
    • WW: November 11, 2011
    PlayStation Vita
    • NA: February 21, 2012
    • EU: February 22, 2012
    BlackBerry 10
    • WW: January 30, 2013
    • JP: April 16, 2014
Genre(s)Tower defense, strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense video game developed and published by PopCap Games. It was created in 2009. Plants vs. Zombies was first released for Windows and Mac OS X, and it has been ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. In this game, the player is a homeowner who must defend against a zombie apocalypse. Zombies appear on multiple lanes that can reach the player's house. The player defends by placing plants that attack zombies. Plants can be bought with a currency called sun. If a zombie makes it to the house on any lane, the player loses and must restart the level.

Plants vs. Zombies was designed by George Fan. He initially was going to make a game that would be a more defense-oriented game sequel to his fish simulator game Insaniquarium. During development, he converted it into a tower defense game featuring plants fighting against zombies. The game takes inspiration from multiple games and movies. It took three and a half years to make Plants vs. Zombies. Rich Werner was the main artist, Tod Semple programmed the game, and Laura Shigihara composed the game's music. In order to make the game interesting for casual and hardcore gamers, the tutorial was designed to be simple and spread throughout Plants vs. Zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies was given positive reviews by critics. The game was also nominated for multiple awards, including "Download Game of the Year" and "Strategy Game of the Year" as part of Golden Joystick Awards 2010. Reviewers praised the game's humorous art style, simplistic but engaging gameplay, and soundtrack. When it was released in May 2009, it was the fastest-selling video game developed by PopCap Games and quickly became their best-selling game, much faster than Bejeweled and Peggle. By 2010, Plants vs. Zombies had sold over a million copies worldwide.

In 2011, PopCap was bought by Electronic Arts (EA). Electronic Arts had fired George Fan and 49 other employees. Since then, it has marked the transition to mobile and social gaming. After EA bought PopCap Games, Plants vs. Zombies has grown into an entire franchise. This includes two direct sequels, three third-person shooters, and two spin-offs.

Gameplay[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita ports were published by Sony Online Entertainment.[1][2]
  2. Notley wrote the plants and zombies descriptions in the in-game Suburban Almanac.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Alexander, Leigh (January 28, 2011). "Sony Online Unveils PSN Slate Including Plants Vs. Zombies, Recoil, NinjaBee Titles". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  2. Koller, John (December 22, 2011). "PlayStation Vita Launch Lineup and Details". PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on June 1, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  3. "Happy 10th Anniversary Plants vs. Zombies". EA. May 6, 2019. Archived from the original on May 13, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  4. Fan, George (February 9, 2018). "IamA George Fan, game designer & creator of Plants vs. Zombies & Octogeddon. AMA!". Archived from the original on May 15, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2021 – via Reddit.