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The Android version of Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time has been released worldwide following a soft launch in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month. The game builds on 2009’s original Plants vs Zombies with fresh visuals, plants and zombies, various worlds in which to play (beginning with Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas and Wild West), and plant food, which lets players supercharge their turrets.
The iOS version of the free-to-play sequel, which first launched in July, had been downloaded approximately 25 million times within two months of its launch. It has been well received by critics, garnering an 86 Metascore. Edge said in its review: “This is a remarkable sequel, one that takes its predecessor not as a template, but a jumping-off point. And for all the justifiable concern about its chosen business model, its implementation of the free-to-play model prizes players’ hearts above the contents of their wallets.”
Priced at just £0.61 / $0.99, the original Plants vs Zombies sits comfortably in our lists of the best 25 best Android games and 25 best iPhone games to play. The game launched on PC in 2009, made its way to iOS the following year, and has subsequently been released on the majority of gaming platforms.
PopCap franchise business director Tony Leamer told A List Daily last month: “If you look at the way PopCap develops games, we start with one platform and get it right. With this game we started with mobile, and specifically iOS. That’s only the beginning. As you saw with Plants vs. Zombies, the first game came out on PC first. It wasn’t even on mobile until almost a year later. The approach we’re taking with PvZ 2 is similar, where we want to get it right on the first platform, make sure we’re delivering a great experience. But could we see this experience extending to lots of other platforms going forward? Absolutely.”