Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Complex but engaging card game from popular series.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

While this uses simple touch controls, the game gets increasingly deep and complex.

Violence

Though this does have zombies fighting plants, there's no blood or gore -- or sap for that matter. All the combat is cartoonish.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can use real-world money to buy in-game credits, which are then used to buy new cards. No parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Plants vs. Zombies Heroes is a collectible card game in which the living-impaired take on mutant flora for control of the backyard. It's part of a popular series of apps and games. But while zombies like to eat people, and the plants attack by shooting seeds at their enemies, the violence in this game is strictly cartoonish and neither bloody nor gory. Players can use real-world money to buy gems, which can then be used to buy packs of new and better cards. Also, while the zombie versions of Ben Franklin and other famous people might prompt kids to learn more about these historical figures, this game itself might also prompt kids to ask for some of the many, many Plants vs. Zombies toys or other games that are available at fine stores everywhere. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byronansuperman April 24, 2017
Adult Written byLousie M. May 25, 2018

Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes Parent Guide

The mild cartoon violence in this game may not be suitable for kids under 5.
Teen, 17 years old Written byGamerPizza February 26, 2017

Awesome game, Awesome Style, Awesome everything

This is a great game for kids just starting out in the card game genre. It provides strategy without being too complicated so that young players can catch on ea... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheAlmightyCastform June 2, 2017

It's a good strategic card game. Addictive, though.

This is addicting. The game was fun, but after I got out of the rabbit hole, I was glad. I admit, I am tempted to go back sometimes. EDIT: Oops, I'm back... Continue reading

What's it about?

In PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES HEROES, the undead have risen once again, and it's up to the flowers to stop them. Or, if you prefer, the plants are getting uppity again, and it's up to the living impaired to keep them in check. But while earlier Plants vs. Zombies games were land wars fought by grunts, this has battles taking place between new, more complicated characters, each of whom commands soldiers and has his own individual attacks as well. Players are given cards that represent different characters, and they have to take turns placing them on the battlefield in just the right spot to overpower their enemies. But regardless of which side you're playing as (there are missions for both), this is a deep and complex card battle game that has you using strategy, and hoping for good luck, as you fight this epic battle for control of the yard -- and the world.

Is it any good?

Though not as serious as some, this card battle game does have a complexity and depth that will appeal to fans of the genre -- if they have a sense of humor. While Plants vs. Zombies Heroes doesn't mark the first time the mutant flora have battled the undead, and it won't be the last, this card battle game does put more of a strategic spin on things than we've seen from the ongoing conflict since the original Plants vs. Zombies game. This also adds a fresh take on this war by adding new boss characters, each of whom not only commands the usual minions but also has its own individual attacks. Just don't be fooled by the cartoonish antics of the flowers or flesh eaters; this is a deep and somewhat complicated card battle game that requires strategy. It's possible younger gamers might get frustrated at first, or their parents might get frustrated when their kids get the hang of it sooner than they do. Of course, fans of serious card battle games won't appreciate the goofy humor or silly characters, while fans of action games won't like that you have to politely wait your turn. But if you're looking for a chuckle while fighting for your survival, or if you're as big of a fan of card battle games as you are this series, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes will give smart warriors a strategically good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that the violence in this game is cartoonish? Or that it's between zombies and plants, as opposed to people?

  • Talk about in-app purchases and your rules around them. Given that you can earn cards by playing, why is it important to know when to spend money on new card packs and when not to?

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