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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Plants vs. Zombies FREE is a cartoony strategy game with farcical violence. The undead invaders are destroyed in creatively wacky ways, similar to the violence you'd see in an "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon on The Simpsons -- but without any of the blood. It's certainly not meant for very young kids, but despite its horror-film atmosphere, it's a far less disturbing game than any of the real-time strategy games out there that are based on "realistic" warfare.
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What's it about?
Players become protective homeowners in PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES FREE as they guard themselves against an onslaught of freaky but humorous zombies. Fighting off zombies requires players to make strategic moves with flora. They place plants in key locations in their backyard and determine which species are most appropriately used to fight off various zombies.
Is it any good?
This classic continues to be addictively fun. The concept of defending your home against an army of the undead by gardening is in itself gloriously unique. Many of the "weapons" you'll grow are fun puns, like "cherry bombs," "pea shooters," and "squash" -- which squashes the zombies. The monsters can be quite funny, too -- a dolphin-riding zombie can attack via the pool; a Michael Jackson-ish zombie can call up an army of back-up dancers. It's not just the humor, though, that makes Plants vs. Zombies FREE so good -- it's the fantastic strategy aspect. The action happens in suspense-laden real time, and exactly when and where you decide to plant specific seeds will determine whether you beat the zombies or lose your delicious brains.
Talk to your kids about ...
Try playing a strategic board game to demonstrate how strategy skills that kids learn in Plants vs. Zombies FREE can translate to other situations.
Discuss how learning to plan and conserve resources will be useful to kids in real life -- even though they're unlikely to face a zombie invasion.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Self-Direction: time management
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (ad-free and additional content available via in-app purchases from $.99-$3.99)
- Release date: February 15, 2010
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 34.70 MB
- Publisher: PopCap
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love puzzles and strategy
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