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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: October 26, 2016
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature
- Size: 136.00 MB
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 1.8.23
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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