A zany, fun study of what happens when an irresistible force meets an an army of unmovable flesh-eating objects, Plants vs Zombies is a free to play game for Mac and PC that takes an original idea and runs with it, producing addictive, and oftentimes hilarious results.

Plants vs Zombies: Flesh and flora

I won't say that Plants vs Zombies is a cakewalk but it isn't particularly challenging either; I never had to restart a level once and I'm pretty terrible at these sorts of games.

Still, the game offers enough mental stimulation that I never once grew bored and I happily defended my virtual home against the zombies up until the very end; Plants vs Zombies does a great job of mixing up the gameplay as well-one level you're fending off zombies in your backyard and the next level you're up on your roof using an instantly generated mixed-bag of plants to keep the undead at bay.

There are other modes available, including a suite of mini-games and a greenhouse where you can keep a virtual garden that adds a nice sense of value; the game clocks in at a budget price point of £14, which also helps.

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Plants vs Zombies: Specs

  • Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 65MB free hard drive space
  • DirectX 8 or later
  • DirectX-compatible sound/video
  • 128MB of video memory
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 65MB free hard drive space
  • DirectX 8 or later
  • DirectX-compatible sound/video
  • 128MB of video memory

OUR VERDICT

Plants vs Zombies is a terrific title and I recommend it highly, especially for casual and younger gamers. But even hardcore types who might be put off by the cutesy graphics and the kid-friendly vibe will find something to like about this awesome little title; if anything, the fact that it contains a zombie bobsledding team should be enough to sway you.