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Plants vs. Zombies
The first entry to the series
First released on May 5, 2009

Plants vs. Zombies
Pvz logo stacked rgb


PopCap Games


Tower defense


Microsoft Windows
Xbox Live Arcade
Nintendo DS
Play Station Network
Nintendo DSiWare
Windows Phone
Play Station Vita
BlackBerry Tablet OS
BlackBerry 10

Release date:

Old PC: May 5, 2009
iOS: February 15, 2010
Game of the Year Version (new PC): August 10, 2010
Xbox Live Arcade: September 8, 2010
Nintendo DS: January 18, 2011
PlayStation Network: February 8, 2011
DSiWare: March 14, 2011
Android: May 31, 2011
Window Phone: June 22, 2011
PlayStation Vita: February 22, 2012
BlackBerry 10: January 30, 2013

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Plants vs. Zombies is the first Plants vs. Zombies series game, which is a tower defense video game developed and published by PopCap Games for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Vita Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiWare, Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook, Windows Phone 7, Android, and Nook. A sequel was released on July 9th 2013 in New Zealand and Australia, then August 15th 2013 worldwide.

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Get ready to soil your plants as a mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Use your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants — peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more — to mulchify 26 types of zombies before they break down your door.


Plants vs. Zombies™ was spawned from the fertile minds that created Bejeweled®, Peggle®, Zuma® and Bookworm®.

Game Features:

Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool, on the rooftop and more! Replay levels in the all-new Quick Play arena.

Battle zombie pole-vaulters, snorkelers, bucketheads and more. Each has its own special skills, so you'll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all.

Try to survive all 9 unique levels as you battle zombies hiding in vases. It's smashing fun!

Be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds. Zombies love brains so much they'll jump, run, dance, swim and even eat plants to get into your house.

Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy a pet snail, power-ups and more.

Earn 44 awesome achievements and show off your zombie-zapping prowess.

Need coins for great new stuff? Buy up to 600,000 coins right from the Main Menu.

- Full Retina display support—zombies have never looked prettier. - Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking. - Loads of performance enhancements and bug fixes.


Get ready to soil your plants in this high-definition, multi-touch adaptation of the PopCap hit! Winner of over 30 Game of the Year awards.* Plants vs. Zombies™ was spawned from the fertile minds that created Bejeweled®, Peggle®, Zuma® and Bookworm®.


A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Defend it with an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants that will slow down, confuse and mulchify all 26 types of zombies before they reach your door.

Game Features:

Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode. Take on Mini-Games and the ultra-challenging Survival mode. Replay your favorite levels with Quick Play. Relax and start a plant collection in Zen Garden. And take on Vasebreaker Endless and I, Zombie Endless.

Try new ways to zap zombies in Slot Machine, Zombiquarium, Portal Combat, Beghouled Twist, and the iPad-exclusive Buttered Popcorn.

Battle 26 kinds of zombies: pole-vaulters, snorkelers, bucketheads and more. Each has its own special skills, so you'll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all.

Be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds. As you battle the fun-dead, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge.

Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy a pet snail, power-ups and more!

Unlock the Almanac for the full story on your plants and your zombie foes.

Earn 45 special achievements and show off your zombie-zapping prowess.

See where you rank in five unique Game Center leaderboards.

Need coins for great new stuff? Buy up to 600,000 coins right from the Main Menu.

Game Information


A mob of fun-loving zombies are trying to invade the player's house and eat their brains, and all the player has to do is defend themselves with plants using their skills.

List of sub-versions

Main article: Game versions of Plants vs. Zombies

Due to its big popularity, this game has been ported to various consoles and some chinese variants had been created. The following is a list of all sub-versions created:


Game modes

Main article: Game modes (PvZ)

This game is full of different game modes that changes some rules of the game formula to keep it fresh and to rise the games length without becoming repetetive. Some game modes are exclusive to a certain version due to its exclusive type of controller or due to consoles limitations.


Main article: Plants vs. Zombies/Glitches

Check this list to find glitches that this game has and maybe how to fix them.

Beta content

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies/Concepts

Check this article to see the various concepts that were going to appear on the final version and how the game was supposed to be before the game was released.


Main article: Achievements (PvZ)

In this game there is an achievement system. Those are extra optional tasks that doesn't rewards the player with anything specific, and can be counted as extra challenges for the player complete. Those can be acessed via a button on the Main Menu screen.

See also

Order of events

The first available game mode is Adventure Mode. First, the zombies start invading the player's house from the front lawn (mainly with Zombies and Conehead Zombies). The player needs to use their plants to defend against them such as Peashooters, Sunflowers, and Wall-nuts. After each level, a new plant is obtained. After fending off four Zombie invasion attempts, Crazy Dave is introduced and challenges the player to a game of Wall-nut Bowling. After bowling over zombie heads, a new zombie is introduced, and on every second level, (excluding bonus levels) another is introduced. After another new zombie and eight plants, the zombies perform an "all-out-attack" in an attempt to overwhelm the player's plants. After the zombies lost, they retreat and plot to attack again.

The next stage, Night, is different. There are graves on the player's lawn and nocturnal mushrooms are introduced. In exchange for sleeping in the day, these plants are cheaper than most plants. After level 2-4, player is awarded with Suburban Almanac, which contains technical information and humorous notes on every plant and zombie in the game. After this level it can be reached from the main menu. Both plant and zombie databases increase as the player continues the adventure mode and encounters new ones. In the bonus level, Crazy Dave lets the player play a game of Whack a Zombie using (mainly) a mallet to kill zombies rather than plants. After another all-out attack, the zombies regroup and plot other intentions.

After the night, the zombies try to attack the player's backyard. Here, the lanes are expanded from the normal five to six, two of these being full of water where aquatic plants can be placed, but most other regular plants require assistance from Lily Pads to be used. During 3-2, a present is dropped containing mini-games. At the end of level 3-4, the last zombie drops Crazy Dave's Car Key, which opens Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies and the purchase of upgrades is allowed. In the bonus level, Crazy Dave tells the player smaller zombies are invading the lawn.

After the Pool is Fog. The zombies are still entering through the backyard, but it's at night, so again no sun is falling from the sky. Also, fog covers most of the screen, making it unable to see where the zombies are coming. As the player progresses through the levels, the fog moves closer and closer to their house. The player is given Planterns and Blovers to make the fog go away. The player unlocks Puzzle Mode in level 4-6. The player then learns how to play Vasebreaker, breaking vases with plants or zombies inside them. On the final fog level, the whole screen is dark with only a few short intervals of light. The zombies encountered carry exploding jack-in-the-boxes, fly over the player's defenses on balloons, dig to overwhelm defenses in the back and can hop over all of the player's plants with a pogo stick.

The final part of Adventure Mode is the Roof. Here, all of the player's plants will have to be planted on Flower Pots. The roof's slanted angle means that the player will most likely only use lobbed shot plants to hit zombies. On the roof, the player encounters zombies that have bungee cords, ladders, and basketball catapults. The player even encounters the super-strong Gargantuar and his friend. In the bonus level, Crazy Dave tells the player that the "annoying" Bungee Zombies plan to send zombies to get to the house quicker. Finally, the player encounters zombie mastermind Dr. Edgar George Zomboss in Adventure Mode's finale, where he places zombies on the Night Roof in his Zombot. When the player beats him, the player obtains the Silver Sunflower Trophy, the credits roll, and Zombies on Your Lawn plays.

After beating Adventure Mode the first time, the player can play over and over again, where Crazy Dave gives the player three seed packets along with the rest that he or she chooses. When playing Level 4-10 again, the player gets to encounter the mysterious Zombie Yeti which gives diamonds when killed. Once the player beats Dr. Zomboss again, he or she are rewarded with three diamonds.

After Adventure Mode

The player can also play other modes. Once the player beats Adventure Mode, they can play all mini-games, which are just like Adventure Mode but with some very special variation. For example, the player can bowl different types of Wall-nuts at zombies in Wall-nut Bowling, fight zombie-plant hybrids in ZomBotany, beat Invisible Zombies in Invisi-ghoul, meet little Zombies again in Big Trouble Little Zombie, try to complete some hard mini-games such as Column Like You See 'Em and Bobsled Bonanza, or face Dr. Zomboss again in his new-and-improved Zombot. Once the player completes all the mini-games, he or she can play them again and again.

Another game mode is Puzzle Mode. This is an extremely strategic and logic mode. In I, Zombie, the player gets to control zombies and chew cardboard plants to eat brains. The player can also play Vasebreaker like they could in level 4-5 of Adventure Mode. On the iOS versions of Plants vs. Zombies, the player can play Last Stand, a remix of the mini-game where they get a certain amount of sun to go five straight flags without collecting any. The player can also test their real skill in the Endless modes of these.

In Survival Mode, the player gets to face extremely large hordes of zombies that last up to ten flags. Taking place in each area, the player can see how good at Plants vs. Zombies they really are and use their top strategies to go for a long time on each area. The player can also change their plants as they complete a flag or two. Once the player completes all ten Survival levels, the player can play Survival: Endless and not only break their old records, but earn a lot of money and kill a lot of zombies.

The player can also grow plants in the Zen Garden. The player can water, fertilize, and play music for their plants, make them happy, and earn a lot of money. The player can also grow a Tree of Wisdom, where they can learn some strategy hints and tips the more the tree is fed. The player can also learn about some codes that change the game.

There are many other things the player can do in the game as well. When the player enters Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies, they can go on a shopping spree and buy extra seed slots, upgrade plants, and accessories for their Zen Garden. The player can earn money by getting trophies and killing zombies. In the multiplayer modes on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS versions of Plants vs. Zombies, the player can play with a friend. Versus Mode allows the player to face a friend, plants versus zombies, and see who prevails in the final end. In Co-op Mode, the player can beat waves of zombies with a friend on their side. The player can also replay their favorite Adventure Mode levels in Quick Play, or try to complete all the achievements. The player can view the Suburban Almanac, which shows descriptions of plants and zombies, along with a comedic comment about the plant or zombie in question. The player can even create their own Flag Zombie in Zombatar.


Main article: Plants (PvZ)


Main article: Zombies (PvZ)


Plants vs. Zombies received positive reviews from game-reviewing websites. The median score for all reviewing websites was 9/10, or 4 1/2 stars, and Plants vs. Zombies was nominated for assorted rewards as well, such as "Best Downloadable game," "Best in Innovation," and "Casual Game of the Year." However, it won none of these.


View Plants vs. Zombies/Gallery or Adventure Mode/Gallery for more.


Sound Description
Plants vs Zombies Main Menu Soundtrack
The game's main menu soundtrack

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