Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a tower defence game created for mobile devices and is available as a free download. It sends the player on a journey through time as they continue the war against the waves of zombies.
The gameplay is almost identical to the first game where the player must set up their defence using plants and fend off the zombies. Plants are placed using seeds, and the player must have the necessary amount of Sun points also which are collected from a particular plant called Sunflowers. Fan-favourites and the classic plants seen in the first game have returned in the sequel; new plants have also been added to the series with brand new abilities such as the fire-breathing snapdragon plant. The player is also able to buy some special powers to help destroy large amounts of zombies which is perfect for dealing with the higher levels in the game.
The game board is also the same; the board is made up of tiles where the player can place their plants. The zombies wander in from the right side of the map, and each map uses it’s own layout which adds another level of strategy to the game.
The world map for Plants vs. Zombies 2 is pretty different to the original, in this game the map is open world based, and the player can play any level they choose. The maps for each period are large and filled with levels to unlock, keys to collect and challenges that need to be completed for each level. New time periods are unlocked by completing the challenges for each level; there are over ten different time periods, and each one has a content filled map.
Being a free-to-play game, there is a cash store and the game is more monetized that the first game was. The keys which are used to unlock more levels in the game can also be bought in the store; while keys can be found in the world for free, purchasing them opens up the game must faster for players, however. Like with the first game, the player can also purchase new plants from the store which can feel a little bit overpriced especially for single plants.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a good follow-up to the first game, and it feels just like the original which is exactly what fans were hoping for. The game mechanics are good, and the less linear map seems to work well for more levels, and the level challenges add a good amount of replay value the game. Overall, it’s a good follow-up for the series, and the cash store isn’t too demanding which is great for free-to-play players.