This weekend Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About time finally became available for Android devices. I had to go out and get a copy, since I have been a huge PVZ fan for a long time. I was incredibly disappointed that the console versions of PVZ2 were action games and not the tower-defense type game that the original was. I was happy to see that It’s About Time stuck to it’s roots.
The game is a lot of fun. The graphics and animation are better than the original, and there is a nice variety of new plants to play with. You don’t get the mini games that the original offered, but there are a lot of challenges. Playing through the different periods in time and having a bit of a storyline add something new and interesting to the game.
If you loved Plats Vs. Zombies, you should love PVZ2: IAT as well. It’s the tower defense fun you’re used to, with added bonuses. I will say that it does get incredibly hard after a while. Trying to earn stars, which enable your movement through time, can be fun, or a nightmare depending on the level. Some levels feel impossible, then you move on, get some new plants, come back and you’re able to complete them.
One thing a lot of people complained about was that Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time was supposedly an IAP (In App Payment) game, and you had to pay to play. This simply isn’t true. You can pay to unlock things faster, but you’re fully capable of earning everything through normal gameplay. The app is free and I played all weekend without spending a dime. Keys are hard to come by and I was almost tempted to buy some, but I know that I can earn them through playing, so I’ll just have some patience. This game doesn’t require you to pay, and has only shown me three ads suggesting that I buy upgrades.*
I’m glad I downloaded it, and I’d recommend it to others. I wish they’d made the console versions for xBox and Playstation match the app version. I wonder what the PC version will be like. I’m happy with the app though, and very glad that I can once again indulge my PVZ addiction.
*Update 12/26/2013 – PopCap has completely changed the gameplay in a recent update. There are now fewer levels and challenges and there are several plants that cannot be obtained through normal gameplay. Snow Pea, Jalapeno, Torchwood, Power Lily, Squash and Imitater are only available if you pay real money.*