updated 01:30 am EDT, Thu August 15, 2013
App comes free but supports in-app purchases; new worlds, modes, more
Following a "soft launch" of the game in Australia and New Zealand, PopCap has now brought Plants vs. Zombies 2 to the US. The title is now available for free and is completely free-to-play, but does offer in-app purchases (IAPs) not required to play or complete the game. The new game retains the essential twist on the "tower defense" genre, but adds new worlds, new levels, additional plants and zombies as well as new game modes and new power-ups. The game also now allows players to interact with the zombies directly, rather than just the plant defenses.
The game lets players fight zombies across different time periods. New plant options include Bonk Choy, Bloomerang and Lightning Reed, while new zombies include Ra Zombie (in ancient Egypt), Swashbuckler Zombie (at sea) and Chicken Wrangler Zombie (in the Wild West), the latter of whom introduces a new threat: zombie chickens. The game also includes some unlockable "endless" levels.
The original title, Plants vs. Zombies, is still available on iTunes for $1 in separate versions for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.