In this puzzle, the player has to break open all the vases and collect plants to defeat the zombies hidden inside. Different Vasebreaker levels have different plants and zombies, but there are some features common to most of them. Most contain left-facing Repeaters, and after To the Left, all levels have two green plant-containing vases with a leaf symbol on them. These vases always yield plants. Also, Planterns in Ace of Vase and Vasebreaker Endless show the contents of the vases adjacent to them. In Ace of Vase and Vasebreaker Endless, there will always be a Gargantuar in one of the Vases, and after every streak of ten, one more will appear (the maximum amount being nine Gargantuars). A level of Vasebreaker is also in Level 4-5 and Quick Play.
I, Zombie, (its name being a reference to the book and movie I, Robot), is a group of levels where the player must deploy zombies to overcome cardboard plants and to get to the end of each row, where there is a brain. The level is over when all of the brains have been eaten (the player wins), or there is not enough sun to place any zombies onto the lawn when not all the brains are eaten and there are no any zombies on the lawn (the player loses). At the beginning of the first level, Crazy Dave tells the player that the zombies want to practice invading houses, and as he did not want any plants harmed, he put cardboard plants on the player's lawn. It is believed that Crazy Dave made the plants come to life with his Magic Taco.
In this Puzzle, which is exclusive to the iOS and Android versions, players are given an initial amount of 3000 (Day and Night levels), 4000 (Pool and Fog levels), or 5000 (Roof and Endless levels) sun. Crazy Dave has chosen several plants suited for that level for the player. The difference between the Mini-game and Puzzle Last Stand is that between zombie waves, removing plants give a refund of sun equivalent to its cost, although damaged plants are removed without refund (applies to Pumpkin, Garlic, Wall-nut, Tall-nut and Spikerock) and upgrade plants will only get the cost of the upgrade itself (for example: if the player removes a Gold Magnet, he/she will only get 50 sun from the Gold Magnet, not the other 100 sun from the Magnet-shroom).
I, Zombie and Vasebreaker both take place at Night, because there are mushrooms in both I, Zombie and Vasebreaker.
If the player completes a Vasebreaker level that has been already done, the money bag gives two Gold Coins, but in the I, Zombie levels it brings five Gold Coins, making I, Zombie a more efficient replay-type way to get Gold Coins.
I, Zombie and Vasebreaker appear as separate game modes in the Windows Phone 7 version.
The cardboard plant sprites in the Nintendo DS version of I, Zombie use the same sprites as the normal plants.
The cardboard plants on the iPhone version look a little more realistic and lean slightly.