PopCap’s Plants vs Zombies Coming May 5

by Mitchell Dyer


Prepare to have your perception of PopCap completely shattered. The company behind kickass casual games like Peggle, Bookworm and Bejeweled is hoppin’ on the bandwagon and putting you in the thick of the zombie apocalypse. The approach of their latest title, however, is a bit different. Plants vs Zombies replaces your M-16 and molotov cocktails for pansies and dandelions.

Don’t think that this zombocalypse isn’t serious business, though. With a tagline like “Get Ready to Soil Your Plants” it’s hard not to get super enthused about the game, but details on what it actually is are pretty scant. A zombie game sans mega-violence seems silly to anyone who’s been training on Left 4 Dead seems preposterous, doesn’t it?

“Let’s be serious… how often do shotguns even really work against the undead?” asks PopCap’s Garth Chouteau. “Sure, you’ll blow a few heads off and slow down the onslaught, but eventually you run outta bullets/shells… Now plants on the other hand, especially perennials, will always be there for you when the undead come knockin’.”

From what little information is available through an adorable music video, it’s easy to assume that the game is similar to Desktop Tower Defense, something else that’s been cropping up a lot recently. The video primarily shows zombies rockin’ out to a singing flower, but it eventually keys you in that lawn defense is important. The plants are very protective of the folks who planted ’em, and my speculation leads me to believe that you’ll be protecting your brain from the hungry horde with well-placed plants. Sadly, “[Popcap isn’t] disclosing much more additional details about the game at this time” but it’s a mere month away if you’re stoked to see more of it.

If that’s the case, you can get the jump on its release by registering for early access at the official site. Signing up for the beta also grants you a ten percent discount when the game releases for both PC and Mac on May 5. There’s no set price-point for the game, but with PopCap’s clout, Plants vs Zombies, whatever it is, will almost certainly be worth it.

Until then, keep on speculating.