There are a large amount of different game versions of Plants vs. Zombies; the original, the Steam version, the iOS version, the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 versions, the Game of the Year Version, the Nintendo DS version, the DSiWare version, the Windows Phone 7 and the online demo version. They vary in gameplay, quality, and even the playable modes. Plants vs. Zombies is also available in many languages.
The Steam release of Plants vs. Zombies was on May 5th, 2009 as the original available through Steam. It became different from the other versions when PopCap Games added twelve achievements to the game on May 8th, 2009.
The game was updated to the Game of the Year edition, free of charge, on August 8, 2010.
- The Steam version was the same as the original but with achievements. However, the achievements that could be unlocked were different than those in other versions with them. This included two exclusive achievements, Sultan of Spin and No-Cob-No-Explode. However, neither of these new achievements were kept when the game was updated to the Game of the Year edition.
- The Steam version contains Disco is Undead, which some versions of the GOTY version mysteriously lack.
- Icons for some of the achievement (e.g. Home Lawn Security) are different from the non-Steam version.
- The prices for the full version on Steam is $9.99, half the price of the initial version of Plants vs. Zombies.
- The Steam version has no multilingual support. Only the English version is available.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Web Version
PopCap has an online version of Plants vs. Zombies on their official website. It is essentially an online demo to encourage players to buy the full version. It is also available on Google Chrome, Facebook, and the Japanese and Korean websites for PopCap.
As this is only a demo of the full game, it does not include much of the content in the full release. The main differences between the online version and the full release include:
- A black and white Football Zombie called "Giga-Football Zombie" appears instead of the Gargantuar.
- There are fewer plants available for use.
- There are no Jack-in-the-Box Zombies. Instead, in Vasebreaker, it is replaced with Dynamite which explodes much like the Jack-in-the-Box Zombie.
- On Level 1-5, when a Wall-nut hits a zombie, it turns at a sharper angle than other versions.
- There are in-game advertisements between levels.
- Zombies will not try to eat the instant kills.
- Sun-shrooms will produce sun faster than Sunflowers.
- Inability to save the game which is a disadvantage.
- Adventure Mode can be played up to Level 2-4.
- There are fewer modes, with only Adventure Mode, Survival: Night (Endless) and Vasebreaker Endless.
- The Potato Mine is replaced with Squash.
- Codes are not included.
PlayStation 3, Vita, & Xbox 360
These versions of the game already came out with the XBLA and PSN exclusive mini-game known as Heavy Weapon, with Versus Mode and Co-op added in as bonuses.
The PlayStation Vita version came out without Versus Mode or Co-op, and it has several features of its own. The first is the ability to tilt the Vita system to collect sun and coins. Another feature is the usage of both the touchscreen and PlayStation 3 controls depending on the user's preference. The last feature is a copy of Zombatar that has all the features of its GOTY predecessor.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies iOS
The iOS version of Plants vs. Zombies runs smoother than the PC version. It also includes retina graphics, making it the version with the best graphics. The iOS version includes Quick Play, which lets the player replay their favorite levels from Adventure Mode. The iOS version was the first Plants vs. Zombies version to be updated with the new Dancing Zombie. Another difference is that Mini-games and Puzzles must be purchased in highly priced packs from Crazy Dave, encouraging players to use the in-app coin purchase feature. All Mini-game packs can be purchased for 50,000 coins each, the I, Zombie game pack for 150,000 coins, the Vasebreaker game pack for 150,000 coins, and the Last Stand game pack for 100,000 coins.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies (Nintendo DS)
The Nintendo DS version of Plants vs. Zombies was released on January 18, 2011 in the USA and May 2011 in the UK. In addition to the usual content it includes Versus Mode, new mini-games, and new achievements. The DS Card will automatically read the system username. The DS version has lower graphic quality than other versions, due to the smaller screen. It is also playable on the Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 2DS systems, due to DS games being playable on those systems. However, they are not able to utilize the 3D feature.
- Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Android
The Android version of Plants vs. Zombies was free on the day of release, cost $0.99 for a few years, and as of 2014 is free again. The paid version can still be purchased, and it is ridden of advertisements. It uses the unique Quick Play feature from the iOS versions, and also includes mini-games, Puzzle Mode, Survival Mode, and the Zen Garden. It is playable on some small-screen Android devices, while on older ones the screen will be completely black.
Plants vs. Zombies in other languages
The PC version of Plants vs. Zombies is available in different languages, such as Japanese, Spanish, English, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, and others. They can be downloaded separately on different PopCap websites.
- PopCap Korea is on the NCSoft website.
- The initial Japanese release of Plants vs. Zombies was the GOTY version.
- Plants vs. Zombies in other languages is also available on XBLA.