Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Campy zombie game adds new twists, more waiting.
  • Facebook
  • Free with microtransactions
  • 2013

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to think strategically and apply information to solve problems. To defeat the zombies, players have to think about different plants, terrains, and zombie types to make decisions about which plants to deploy in different defensive scenarios. Each plant and zombie has specific strengths and weaknesses that kids will learn to exploit. Kids can retry levels using different combinations of plants and placements. Plants vs. Zombies Adventures is an engaging way to practice thinking strategically in a pressured-filled (but hilariously fun) setting where the survival of your brains is on the line.

Positive Messages

Players think strategically to repel zombie attacks with plants.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players rescue people from zombies, protect the town from zombie attacks, and expand the town by constructing new buildings. However, players aren't always the good guys. They can also send zombies to invade neighbors' towns!

Ease of Play

Controls are easy to understand, and there's plenty of hand-holding in the form of tutorials, in-game hints, and quests to guide players along.


Cartoonish violence. Zombies' heads pop off when they're defeated, and they fall down and disappear. Zombies can be run down by lawnmowers or exploded with cherry bombs, but the effect is  cartoony and is meant to be humorous rather than gory. Plants can be eaten by the zombies, and if the zombies reach a house there's a scream and a message saying that the zombies ate your brains.


Some male zombies are shown in their underwear or naked with their hands covering private parts.


Players can buy a premium currency called GEMS to speed up the game, bypass quests that involve neighbors, and buy premium plants. Pop-up ads prompt players to buy GEMS and other perks. Friends make it easier to advance in the game, unless the player is willing to pay. This is part of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, which now includes action figures and other merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPewtraFnafTm April 13, 2016
Adult Written byCesar Magnoli February 26, 2015

plants vs zombies

yes! to play plants vs zombies
Teen, 13 years old Written bypvzgamer March 15, 2021

I love this so freaking much!!!

pfft... wow, 13+, a 9 year old could do this
Teen, 17 years old Written byaidangamer120 August 12, 2017

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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