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Plants vs Zombies on iPhone goes on sale for the first time

Now is as good a time as ever to buy the cutesiest zombie game ever made for the iPhone. Plants vs Zombies, one of the best-selling casual games of the past year, is now on sale for the first time on the App Store for just 99 cents.

The more fully-featured iPad game, with HD graphics and new play modes, is also being slashed in half from $9.99 to $4.99, effective immediately.

Plants vs Zombies, developed by PopCap Games, started out as little more than a viral music video trailer on YouTube last year. It was originally released as a downloadable PC game in May 2009.

While we've used the term "casual" to describe PopCap's games, the quality and depth of their titles completely defies the word. Plants vs. Zombies was a phenomenon - when it first expanded to the iPhone, it sold 300,000 copies in a week and a half, becoming the only iPhone game to gross $1 million in less than 10 days.

The new sale price probably has something to do with Halloween. It's the perfect kind of game for everyone's favorite holiday of fear. However, it's also probably a reaction to the rise of games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, which have dethroned Plants vs Zombies as the talk of the mobile world. As such, we'd expect the new price points to be permanent instead of just an end-of-October sale.

If you haven't felt the satisfaction of shooting pea cannons at butter-headed zombies, now's the perfect time to give it a shot for just 99 cents. It's totally worth it.

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