Parents' Guide to

Plants vs. Zombies (DS)

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Keep the undead at bay the organic way in this fun title.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Plants Vs. Zombies Nintendo DS game Parent Guide

The mild cartoon violence in this game may not be suitable for kids under 5.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 7+

BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Totally worth the money. after playing it on the DS I was begging to get it for the iPhone

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

There's a reason Plants vs. Zombies is such a popular tower-defense game. It's goofy, genuinely funny, and the gameplay is rock solid. Whether you play for minutes or hours, you'll walk away happy. What the Nintendo DS version adds is a collection of new achievements (such as blow up 10 zombies with a single cherry bomb and beat a night level without picking up any sun) and four exclusive mini-games. They're all enjoyable diversions, but ultimately, it's the main game that's the most fun. The DS does, however, add a terrifically entertaining two-player versus mode for players in the same room.

The DS version suffers on two levels, though. Because there's so much going on onscreen with Plants vs. Zombies, the DS screen size is often overcrowded, which can make it hard to see everything happening at once. Also, with the iPhone version costing just $3.99, the $20 price tag on the DS version seems excessive. That said, the game is just as addictive now as it was when it was first released for the PC in 2009.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: PopCap Games
  • Release date: January 18, 2011
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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