Plants vs. Zombies
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plants vs. Zombies 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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- time management
Engagement, Approach, Support
There's a reason this game has topped the charts for so long. Many of the "weapons" you'll grow are fun puns, and the monsters can be quite funny, too. Plus the strategy aspect is fantastic.
Players must protect their house by using strategic thinking and deduction. The plants you grow and where you place them are critical to success.
Players can buy additional units and upgrades after they've won a sufficient number of battles.
What's it about?
Players become protective homeowners in Plants vs. Zombies 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?
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES is not only one of the most original apps of recent years, but also one of the most 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 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.
Families can talk about...
Try playing a strategic board game, like Stratego, to demonstrate how strategy skills that kids learn in Plants vs. Zombies 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.