Plants vs. Zombies – Mac OS

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Games & Fun

Want to waste a few hours on your Mac? Try Plants vs. Zombies – a strategic defense game filled with hilarious animation and fast, addictive gameplay. This game has been available for the iPhone, PC, XBox and Playstation 3 for some time now, but this new version is available for the Mac today (see system requirements below).

Plants vs. Zombies sees players placing different types of plants and fungi, such as Potato mine, Peashooters, Cattail, Hypno-shroom, Cabbage-pult, Melon-pult, Plantern and many others, each with their own unique offensive or defensive capabilities, across the front garden, back garden, and roof of a house in order to stop a horde of zombies from devouring the brains of the residents. The playing field is divided into a number of horizontal tracks, and in general, although there are exceptions, a zombie will only move towards the player’s house along one track, and most plants can only attack or defend against zombies in the track they are planted in. In the game’s initial levels, if the zombie reaches the player’s house, a one-shot tool (a lawn mower or pool cleaner) can be used to completely wipe out zombies in that track, but the tool will not be restored until the next level. In later levels, players have to purchase upgrades so as to adapt their lawn-mower to new environments like pools or rooftops. Zombies, except in special cases, attempt to devour any plants in their way while heading towards the house.

The player starts with a limited number of seed packs and seed pack slots that they can use during most levels. New seed packs are gained by completing levels, while the number of slots can be increased through purchases with in-game money. At the start of a level, the player is shown the various types of zombies to expect and given the opportunity to select which seed packs to take into the level. In order to plant a seed, the player must have collected a specific amount of sunlight. Sunlight is generated by plants which provide sunlight at regular intervals, or is automatically generated regularly for the player during daytime levels. Seed packs also have a short time delay before the same seed can be planted again. Several plants are nocturnal, like mushrooms, having a lower sunlight cost and are ideal for nighttime levels, but will remain asleep during daytime levels unless awoken by a coffee bean. In the “backyard” levels that include a swimming pool, seeds must be planted a top lily pads on water spaces, while on the roof levels, all seeds must be planted in flower pots. The various plant abilities range from firing projectiles at zombies, turning zombies against each other, quickly exploding and wiping out an area of zombies, and slowing down zombies. Certain plants are highly effective against specific types of zombies, such as a “Magnet-shroom” that can remove metallic items from a zombie, such as helmets and ladders.

The zombies also come in a number of types that have different attributes, in particular, speed, damage tolerance, and abilities. As the player progresses in the game, the zombies will include those wearing makeshift armor, those that are able to jump or fly over plants, and even a dancing zombie that is able to summon other zombies from the ground. In each level, zombies will approach the house randomly except at special points where the player will be inundated with a “huge wave” of zombies; a meter on screen shows an approximate timeline for the level so the player can prepare for these waves.

The longer you play this game, the better you come to understand it. But pay heed – it is nearly impossible to stop the zombies in the higher levels of the game unless you are perfectly prepared and quicker than snot. I would venture to say that solving this game borders on the impossible, but I’ve provided a full-working version of this game through the link below for you to prove me wrong. If you don’t have a Mac (haha), the game has been updated for the XBox and PS3 through their respective software stores – and really isn’t very expensive to try. In fact, I think the Playstation Store has a free demo version to try out. Nonetheless, Plants vs. Zombies is one of the more simple, enjoyable ways to kill some time since Angry Birds, and is definitely worth the trouble. Enjoy.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Install notes: Copy the .app from .dmg to Applications folder & Enjoy!

Wiki: Link | Buy: Link

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