Plants vs. Zombies (PC) (2009)

Overview: Tower defense game. Protect the house from zombies with plants!!!

20190129 Snapshot:
It's a surprise I never got around to creating a blog post for this game since I put so many hours on it.

A Nighttime Level

Steam Achievement History:
Part 1:
20111130 1616 Blow up a zombie using a potato mine
20111130 1907 Pick up 30 coins in a row on a single level without letting any disappear.
20111130 1911 Bowl over 5 zombies with a single Wall-Nut.
20111205 2021 Complete adventure mode
20111205 2134 Blow up 10 zombies with a single cherry bomb
Part 2:
20120219 1912 Complete a daytime pool level without using pea shooters of any kind.
20120219 2111 Collect all 49 plants
20120219 2126 Get 8000 sun during a single level.
20120219 2222 Beat all 20 mini games.
Part 3:
20120304 2006 Get the golden sunflower trophy
20120305 2332 Enable Mustache Mode
20120306 0018 Defeat 2 Gargantuars with Corn Cob missiles in a single level.
20120306 0047 Get to 20 flags in Survival Endless
20120309 0506 Grow the Tree of Wisdom to 100 feet


Steam Game Time: 120.0 hours on record*

*Some of these hours were spent idle in order to collect coins.

Today I revisited Plants vs. Zombies for the first time in a long time. It was, however, difficult to jump right back into the middle of the game.

Setup: Prior to being able to play the game, I had to debug an installation issue. I was able to solve the issue after looking through this Steam thread. Though issues may vary from user to user (see the thread), I was able to solve my issue as follows:
Problem: The game is uninstalled and attempting to install it gives a write error.
1) Close Steam
2) Navigate to the Steam installation directory.

Choose up to ten plants for the level. Build a strategy based on the zombies that will appear (right of screen).

Steam Game Time: 0.5 hours (session game time)

20190131 AM Hours: Steam Game Time: 0.3 hours (session game time) / 0.8 hours (last two weeks)

I brushed up on some strategy (via an online guide) and today I completed level 4-7 through 4-10 from the first Adventure Mode Replay (Crazy Dave selects three seeds that must be used). I began to play level 5-1, but I stopped because I was too sleepy.

Steam Game Time: 2.2 hours (session game time) / 3.0 hours (last two weeks)

Completed up to level 5-4.

Steam Game Time: 1.1 hours (session game time) / 4.1 hours (last two weeks) / 124.1 hours (total game time)

A Rooftop Level

Watered some plants. Thought about playing 5-4 and decided to leave.

Steam Game Time: 0.2 hours (session game time) / 4.3 hours (last two weeks) / 124.3 hours (total game time)

+ Simple mechanics, especially compared to many other tower defense games.
+ Fun animation

~ Who does love plants and zombies!?!
~ Levels are reasonably short

- No level select
- Resolution is low and 4:3

Buy Upgrades and Items from Crazy Dave
(Look closely to find Wiggins the Bookworm!)

Plants vs. Zombies is a casual tower defense which makes it accessible to a wider audience. There's also plenty of mini-games to play, a zen garden to build up and maintain, and several achievements to achieve. As such, the game stays fresh and is will likely be worth it's price.

After considering idle time (with the zen garden) and giving a conservative estimate, I've spent at least 75 hours on the game.

Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition (PC) (2009)

Relevant Links:
Plants vs. Zombies (
Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition (Steam Store Page)

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