Once upon a time, being a gamer meant that you spent a LOT of time in your local arcade, truck stop or local food joint that had Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Pac-Man and Centipede.
Hmm … I think I just dated myself.
But now gaming can be done at home, on the bus, in a meeting (guilty!) … anywhere you are with any type of device. And the games have gone from eating power pellets to any and everything: first person shooters, real-time strategy, sports, racing simulation (and not so simulated) … whatever you can think of. And I generally play them all … with a few exceptions …
There’s one particular genre that we gaming addicts refer to as a “Tower Defense” game. Basically you have this area that you’re defending against whatever the protagonist is in the game. Tanks, planes, alien hordes … there are several examples out there. And for some reason they never grabbed me. I generally stopped playing after an hour or so, maybe from utter frustration, or maybe from lack of interest in the characters on the screen. I tried quite a few of them, and I deleted them all. That is until I got my hands on a little gem called Plants vs. Zombies 2.
I was invited to an event arranged by tech blogger extraordinaire Kris Cain (known far and wide as LittleTechGirl) to get a chance to play PvZ2, so before the event, I went ahead and downloaded it. It was free, after all. Now, I’ve heard of the first Plants vs. Zombies game, but up until that invitation I’d never played it because it fell into that tower defense category. But now after playing it for a while it’s on my daily rotation, and I blame Kris Cain for my newest addiction. There’s something charming about the game … yes, it’s still a tower defense type of game, except there aren’t any towers. There’s a field, various types of plants at your disposal, that last-ditch row of lawn mowers at the end, and the attacking zombie horde coming for your brain. Before I knew it, I was sucked in. It can get REALLY intense, but never to the point of utter frustration. You have many tools at your disposal including just flicking the zombies away or even electrocuting them (which is always a good time). And you can (of course) always skip the earning points/stars to upgrade route and just buy yourself an army of killer plants to decimate the attacking zombie horde. The game is just fun. It didn’t take very long to get the hang of, either. Even my boys picked it up and just ran with it after a few minutes. Literally, they were running around with the tablets because they didn’t want to give up the game!
The original Plants vs. Zombies is on pretty much everything: iOS, Nintendo DS, Android, Xbox, PlayStation … you name it, it’s more than likely on there. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is free to download, and it’s on both Android and iOS. You have to check it out. I mean seriously, how can you not play a game that has zombies, plants that explode, time travel, and some dude named Crazy Dave?