Just over 10 years ago, PopCap games introduced a rather bizarre idea for a video game — protect a homeowner against human zombies by seeding feisty combat plants in Plants vs Zombies.
The tower-defense gameplay was so well executed, visualized, and addictive that the game achieved global success almost immediately. In fact, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences nominated it for an Outstanding Achievement in Game Design award — alongside Best Game Design, Innovation, Best Download Game, and Best Games of 2009.
The genius of the original game is that it is ageless. Both the visuals and the gameplay mechanics are just as engaging today as they were 10 years ago.
Still, companies have to make money.
Plants vs Zombies 3 Is Going Back to Its Roots
This is why, four years later, Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time continued the legendary visual style, became free, and introduced in-app purchases. New plants were added and the gameplay became more dynamic with Plant Food power-ups. Additionally, to seamlessly continue the steady flow of updates, developer PopCap added a time-travel storyline as justification for all the new levels and plants.
Alongside the original series, PopCap Games developed 3D brawler/shooter versions — Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
Now, the series is going back to its roots.
— Joystickr (@JoystickrHQ) July 19, 2019
The pre-alpha version is currently available for download on the Google play store, as of the time of this writing.
If you are already too late, due to the limited number of downloads, you can rest assured that the gameplay remains true to its legendary original.
PopCap Games will update the game in phases. This current phase focuses on combat feedback.
Expect to experience a lot of bugs — as the bug fixing and polishing phase is usually the last one in a game’s development.
Needless to say, the third iteration of PopCap’s famous series will also be completely free — though, microtransactions will make sure that it remains highly profitable for PopCap Games.
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Images courtesy of IGDB press kits, Twitter/@JoystickrHQ.