Plants vs Zombies: Heroes -A New Phone Addiction
Plants vs. Zombies by Popcap began as a beautiful tower defense game that children could enjoy that was deep and also humorous. I can still get the “Zombies on your Lawn” song stuck in my head for no reason. While I didn’t love the micro-transactioned sequel that was made available as a mobile game, it did show progressive growth with some RPG elements starting to show through. Then we got Garden Warfare, which seemed like a stupid combination of a shooter with a growing family franchise, until it wasn’t. It was surprisingly good, and then polished up further with the sequel which my nephew still loves to play. Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes uses many of the characters from the Garden Warfare series and puts them in a collectible card game like Hearthstone but makes it much more approachable and unlike Hearthstone it doesn’t hide as much behind a pay wall (Pretty much all Story or PVE play in Hearthstone requires significant costs). This makes it easier to get sucked into, and it has a wider appeal with younger people being able to pick it up and work their way through it learning the dynamics and strategies as they go. The “lanes” dynamic present in the original game also brings an interesting twist to the format which I think will make this game appealing to even hardcore fans of the genre while it also works to make the strategy easier to tackle for younger gamers. My addiction to Marvel Puzzle Quest is already documented on this site, but this is a strong contender to steal some of my bored screen time away to get knee deep in some Zombie and Plant combat.