Plants vs. Zombies 2 hits iOS today as a free-to-play title

Daniel Bader

August 15, 2013 9:57am

The sequel to one of mobile’s first true hits (even though it debuted as a flash game online) is here.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and costs nothing to enter, though you could leave spending far more than the original game ever cost. Yes, PvZ 2 is free-to-play, but most users will forgive publisher EA and developer PopCap Games for going this route. Unlike many other titles that almost force you to buy currency or lives to progress through the game, most expenditures within PvZ 2 are entirely optional, weapons that expand your arsenal against the relentless hoards of slow, Romero-style zombies.

Though the game looks a bit nicer than the original, fundamentals are the same: you’re in charge of planting various flora and fauna along a grid with the goal of protecting your brain. You’ll get help along the way from strange characters like Crazy Dave.

As sequels go, it does a consummate job expanding the allure of the environments — you’ll do battle in Egypt and on a pirate ship — while maintaining the core competencies that made the original so appealing and addictive.

No word on when PvZ 2 is coming to Android, but this game should set you back a few hours, and perhaps even turn your attention away from Candy Crush. It’s for your own good.

  • alphs22

    Can’t wait til this hits Android. Great game.

  • E. R

    This was free from the moment back in June, with the exception of receiving a promo code and entering it. Some say despite its free there are in app purchases.

  • alphs22

    It’s a well known fact that app developers make a lot more money developing for iOS than Android. Android’s large market share means nothing if it doesn’t translate to money to the devs.

    Android’s fragmentation is also an issue. Developers have to spend the time, money, and effort to test on all the different Android handsets out there. Then you have to do this for any future updates you want to make.

    You release or update an app that doesn’t play well with some Android handsets, you end up with a bunch of 1-star ratings on Google Play.

    I use Android myself but I can’t complain of the slower releases and updates. It’s just the way it is.

  • Mark

    I’m not sure I’m prepared to support this developer with more of my money until PopCap decides to support the original PvZ on my Nexus 10.

    • somedoobsandbeer

      The n10 has already been mothballed. Sell it while you can still get a few hundred bucks for it and move on. The new n7 is a fine device if you must stick with android.

  • ExcessDan

    I liked it a lot better when PvZ was a game I paid 10-15 bucks for and didn’t get nagged to be nickel and dimed at every turn.

  • rick james

    I hope they dont have stupid luck based achievements like Lucky Spin in part one other than that IM STOKED!!!!!!