What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plants vs. Zombies Adventures is a Facebook game inspired by the popular strategy title Plants vs. Zombies. There's campy, cartoonish violence -- such as zombies' heads popping off when they're defeated -- but no blood. The game is free to play, but players can spend real-world cash to speed up the game and purchase bonus plants.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- achieving goals
- meeting challenges together
Responsibility & Ethics
- learning from consequences
Engagement, Approach, Support
Plants vs. Zombies Adventures engages students with campy humor, challenging strategic gameplay, and a breadcrumb trail of new levels and unlockables to keep players coming back.
The primary goal is fun, but players will learn to adapt new, and increasingly complex, strategies to deal with progressively harder challenges.
Help and hints are readily available whenever players need them. Students can see their progress on a map, and compare scores with friends on a leaderboard.
What's it about?
Players fight off waves of attacking zombies by strategically placing projectile-shooting plants in the zombies' paths. The Facebook version adds a few new layers of gameplay: players must grow the plants themselves in a town, which they gradually expand by constructing new buildings and reclaiming pieces of land from the zombies. In addition to defending the town from random zombie attacks, players go on \"road trips\" to unlock new plants and rescue townspeople. Friends can send zombies to invade each other's towns for bonus cash; but they can also send friends cash and new plants.
Is it any good?
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES ADVENTURES adapts Plants vs. Zombies to Facebook with thoughtful and fun twists. Zombies can now attack from different directions and go after multiple targets, and players must grow new plants from scratch in between levels to replace the ones they used. There are a handful of new plants and zombies too, like the Bee-Shooter (a bee-shaped Pea-Shooter that shoots swarms of bees), and the Barrel Zombie. Some players might chafe at having to wait 30 minutes or more to re-grow certain plants, but for better or worse that's par for the course for Facebook games. Plants vs. Zombies Adventures has some lofty expectations to live up to, but delivers the same quirky strategy fun as other games in the PvZ series.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how humor is used to make the zombies funny instead of scary. What are some other examples of campy humor?
Discuss the creativity behind the "Plants vs. Zombies" concept. What other fun "X vs. Y" game ideas can you come up with?