By Priya Adivarekar
When Plants Vs Zombies was released in 2009, the game proved to be a thunderous success for publishers PopCap, it left the gaming enthusiasts asking for more. Finally, the sequel to this game was launched on the App Store last week, for both iPhone and iPad users. The developers came up with an apt subtitle for Plants Vs Zombies 2 - It’s About Time, which resonates with the thoughts of most gamers familiar with earlier installment of the game.
The core concept of the original game play remains almost similar. A group of zombies advance from the right side of the screen, and you place plants with different abilities to ward them off. If any zombie makes it all the way across and zooms ahead of your lawnmower on the last line of defence, then the game ends for the player. The main story of the sequel is that Crazy Dave, who was seen as the pan-wearing vendor in the first game, wants to go back in time to savour a delicious taco again. But his time-travelling RV ends up sending everyone back to ancient Egypt. In this situation, the player has to make his way through a series of challenges to come back to the present and help Dave taste the Mexican treat. There are three different themed time zones. In the Egyptian zone, zombies advance by hiding behind stone slabs, or by whirling in a sandstorm. In the Pirate zone, zombies swing across the screen, who are either carried by seagulls or shot out of huge cannons. In the Wild West zone, the gamer places plants on rail cars that can be moved up and down the screen, allowing one plant to cover multiple rows. After reaching the end of all the three time zones, the gamer reaches the Star Gate, which requires a certain number of stars to move ahead. To reach the required number, all the previously played levels are refreshed with three new star challenges that enable you to play in a more faster and efficient manner.
The core gaming is addictive and