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The Frying Pan: Plants vs. Zombies

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The horrible Alone in the Dark review, the disappointing games list, and after reading Metro 2033, I need something cartoony, something good, something...like...

Oh hell yeah!

Plants vs. Zombies was made by PopCap games, the same people who made such mindless games like Bejeweled, Peggle, and Insaniquarium.

The game has a profile system instead of a standard save system.  Although Plants vs. Zombies has several minigames, there locked until you play the main game.

 The game starts with your house being attacked by zombies.  And that's the plot of the game.  defend your house.  With plants.

The gameplay is a simple tower defense game, expect that the path the enemies take is the same one you build defenses.  To build defenses, you need sun, which falls from the top of the screen, or produced by sunflowers.  What?  It makes sense.

While on the subject of plants, lets talk about some of the plants at your disposable.  After every campaign level you beat, you get a plant or a new ability.  Some of the plants you get are: wall-nut, puff-shroom, snow pea(which freezes zombies), split pea(shoots three peas), and plantern.

Although they do go heavy on the plant based puns, it's limited to names only.  There's a huge variety of plants to use against the different zombies.  Unfortunately, you won't use most of them, but it does give you the option to experiment with different defenses.

The zombies you face come in a variety of increasingly difficult forms, like traffic cone zombie, bucket zombie, football zombie, and the most dangrous, evil creature ever.

A Zomboni!

That's not even the most ridiculous enemy in the game.  Here's a hint: it follows the zomboni on the ice.  No, not zombie penguins, although there is a zombie dolphin.

There are several environmental hazards in the game, including nightfall, fog, and the pool.  these force you to tweak your defense to allow you to win.

On that subject, the game isn't that difficult.  I doubt you'll ever come close to losing during the campaign, but that doesn't stop the game being fun.

About a third of the way through the campaign, you'll unlock crazy Crazy Dave's store.  Oh yeah, Crazy Dave.  I could tell you about him, but this is simpler:

Oh, sorry, about that Dave.  I'll let you finish that hedgehog.

In the store you can buy more seed slots, and better plants.  Later on, you unlock Zen Gardening supplies, but I'll tell you about that later.

After you beat the awesome final boss, you can play the campaign again, expect Crazy Dave gets to choose three plants, or you can play the puzzles.  These include: Beghouled, Wall-nut bowling, Invisi-ghoul, and Whack-A-Zombie.

There's also two minigames, known as I, Zombie, and Vasebreaker.  In vasebreaker, you break open vases, which either contain plants or zombies.  Not that fun, because it's just luck, but I, Zombie is where you control the zombies attacking a house.

If for some reason you don't like the minigames, you get to play around in your Zen Garden, where you collect potted plants that drop from zombies.  Taking care of the plants give you money, or you can sell them.  This takes alot of time with little reward, and yet I keep on taking care of it.  I'm starting to think PopCap infused weed into their game.

Overall, this game, although meant as a time-waster, will suck you in until you've wasted 20 hours.  Check this game out.

Anyone who played this notice how Dave seems so friendly to the zombies?  He's the one who created the I, Zombie minigame, he only helps you if you give him a couple thousand, and whenever he appears, a HUGE wave of zombies appear.  Well that's IT.  I'm not putting up with it anymore.  Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you do that.

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