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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Fighting a Zombie Horde - Plants vs. Zombies 2 Gets Valenbrainz.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
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The newest update to Popcap's super popular Plants vs. Zombies 2 is here, and it has brought with it a special holiday surprise. From now until February 14 you can join in on a special “Valenbrainz Hug-a-thon” event. The zombies will be donning their valentine's best to impress the... plants? Everything will be all lovey dovey; rose petals will be strewn about and your lawn mowers will be painted red.

Download Plants vs. Zombies 2 for free and get bitten by the love bug before time runs out.

The Latest Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Introduces Big Wave Beach Part 2

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 12th, 2014
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It's high tide and Plants vs Zombies 2 is updating again. Big Wave Beach Part 2 is here with 16 new levels and 3 fresh plants, including the Homing Thistle, Guacodile, and the Banana Launcher.

Arm yourself against the new horde of zombies, but beware - they now have a zombie octopus on their side! To make matters even worse, Dr. Zomboss will try to wreck your beach party with his new Zombot Shartronic Sub.

If that's not enough, later this month there will be a Food Fight event for the holidays, running from November 26 through December 2, which will have you flinging food for fun.

The second Big Wave Beach update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available now on the App Store.

Plants vs Zombies 2 Throws a Party at Big Wave Beach in its Latest Update

Posted by Rob Rich on October 15th, 2014
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The zombies are headed to the beach! And you just know it's going to be messy.

Big Wave Beach Part 1 has come to Plants vs. Zombies 2, bringing 16 new levels along with it. The update also adds new zombies (naturally), more plants, a new bowling mini-game, and tides that go in and out as you play. But it's not just about the beach. Halloween is also drawing near, so (starting on October 24) you can expect Lawn of the Doom Piñata Parties - complete with thematic costumes. You'll also be able to get your mitts on the premium Ghost Pepper for a limited time. And if that's not enough, now you can dress up your plants with the Costume Changer.

You can get Plants vs Zombies 2 for free, and the Big Wave Beach update is available now.

Become Pottery Barn's Worst Nightmare! Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Brings Back the Vasebreaker Mini-Game.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 3rd, 2014
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The fans demanded pottery to break and PopCap listened. Plants vs. Zombies 2's popular mini-game, Vasebreaker, has returned in the latest update. You can once again be surprised by the assortment of zombies hidden away in vases at the end of your lawn. The update also includes new game modes, power-ups, and custom levels.

You will now have access to the Butterizer power-up that lets you fling butter to stun zombies, the X-ray Vase just in case you hate surprises, and Vase Move that can move vases to any empty tile. If you can't get enough, Plants vs. Zombies 2 now also brings Endless Mode for a never ending wave of zombies.

Pick up the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Vasebreaker update for free now on the App Store.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Enters the Second Half of the Dark Ages

Posted by Ellis Spice on July 31st, 2014
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The second half of the Dark Ages has arrived in an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2, bringing even more medieval defeating of the undead into the game.

Alongside ten new levels, this update also brings a couple of new plants - the Magnet-shroom and the Pea-nut - and two new zombies - the Wizard Zombie, who turns plants into sheep, and the King Zombie, who transforms Peasant Zombies into helmed knights. If players manage to survive the night, a fired-up Zomboss awaits them, with the endless Arthur's Challenge available to give players a place to test their plant-placing powers.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available to shamble onto your iOS device of choice now and is free to download.

Plants vs Zombies 2 Update Brings First Part of the Dark Ages Expansion

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 26th, 2014
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An update has arrived for Plants vs Zombies 2, adding the first part of the Dark Ages campaign previously announced at E3. This latest update brings new levels into the game alongside the return of fan-favorite 'Shroom' plants - and a new plant, the Sun Beam. The Knight Zombie and Jester Zombie also make their début alongside Medieval Zombies and more, with these new zombies aiming for your brains as always.

Plants vs Zombies 2 is available now and is free-to-play.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Celebrates Fifth Birthday with Special In-Game "Birthdayz" Event

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 25th, 2014
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Plants vs. Zombies 2 is turning 5 years old, and is celebrating with prizes and a limited time in-game event.

The event, known as the "Birthdayz" Party Event, allows players to win prizes by battling Birthdayz Zombies. The event also includes:

· Seven Days of Birthdayz Parties with your favorite Plants and Zombies
· Six celebratory Birthdayz costumes for the Zombies
· Piñatas turning into presents
· Two epic Gargantuar battles

The event is scheduled to end May 31.

We had an opportunity to review the game last year. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available for free on the App Store.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Gets Huge Content Update Packing 24 New Levels, 8 New Plants, and 10 New Zombies

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014
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The well-reviewed sequel to one of the most well-reviewed mobile games of all time has received a huge content update, packing 24 new levels, 8 new plants, and 10 new zombies for even more lawn-fighting fun. This update to Plants vs. Zombies 2 transports players to the "Far-Future World," where your lawn isn't actually a lawn; apparently grass doesn't exist in the future. And apparently our lawn mowers will look like classic cars.

The new levels in this update are themed to look like a futuristic world, while the update's new plants have science-fiction names (like Laser Bean, Infi-Nut, and Star-Fruit) and feature science-fiction zombie-fighting capabilities. The new zombies are equally as futuristic, and that makes them just that much more terrifying. Also included in this update is the Zen Garden from the first game, which allows you to power up your plants.

You can get Plants vs. Zombies 2 on the App Store for free.

Apple Reveals the App Store Picks of 2013 - Includes Aliens, Wild Animals, Zombies, Animated Mice, and More

Posted by Rob Rich on December 17th, 2013

2013 is rapidly drawing to a close, and you know what that means: tons of "Best Of" lists! In fact, the App Store has just released its picks for the year. We even have our own list (we like to call it the Best App Ever Awards) that you can vote on. Everybody loves lists!

For the iPhone, language learning app Duolingo takes the top top spot, with the rather pretty and useful VSCO CAM and super-cute monster alphabet app Endless Alphabet as runners up. On the games side of things, Ridiculous Fishing gets some very well-deserved recognition, while surreal and clever puzzler Device 6 and the much maligned/celebrated Plants vs. Zombies 2 are close behind. That, my friends, is a pretty solid group.

The iPad has its own list of awesome, of course. The remarkably slick and gorgeous Disney Animated has managed edge-out Traktor DJ's remixes and WWF Together's cuddly animals. Meanwhile, super-atmospheric pseudo-platformer Badland has been selected as 2013' iPad game of the year, with the shockingly well-made port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and the infuriating but addictive Impossible Road right on its heels. All fine choices, although my own personal love/bias would probably have put XCOM at the top of the list.

So what do you think of Apple's selections? Weigh in below and tell us what you agree or don't agree with, what apps or games you'd prefer, etc. And while you're at it, remember to cast your vote in the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Adds Zombies From the Previous Title, Includes Turbo Setting to Increase Gameplay Speed

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 12th, 2013
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Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been updated with a new layout and navigation setup that makes the three worlds more linear. They've eliminated the key gates and star gates which should allow players to make their way through the game more quickly. The update also includes new "Gargantuar" levels to each world where players face zombies from the original Plants vs. Zombies, and there is now a new turbo setting that doubles the gameplay speed while playing.

FIFA 14 Review

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By Blake Grundman on September 25th, 2013
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The Ultimate Team is the perfect way to experience free-to-play.
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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Pro-Tips: Free-to-Play or Free Forever?

Posted by Blake Grundman on August 23rd, 2013

There is a dirty little secret that some are too busy worrying about Plants vs. Zombies 2’s microtransactions to acknowledge: It can be played for free, FOREVER. In the final installment of our pro-tips series we will discuss exactly how to do so. Penny pinching has never been so simple.

Free-to-Play or Free Forever?

Yes, there are certainly more than a few opportunities to shell out real cash monies to the talented folks at PopCap Games. It could even be argued that a few of the purchase exclusive items might be of benefit to the player; but they are far from critical. In fact, later on in the base campaign these seeds could prove to be weaker than the core suite of spores unlocked through the game’s natural progression.

Another major complaint is the fact that players must spend earned in-game currency in order to utilize one-time-use power-ups, much like the ones we discussed yesterday. The fact of the matter is that while the currency can be refilled using actual dollars, it's just as easy to replay/grind early stages again in order to earn cash. Could this be considered tedious? Probably. But if it were easy, why would anyone ever trade real cash for “funny money?”

Unlocking worlds utilizes a similar concept of iterating on a stage several times, only with a different gameplay wrinkle for each session. These stars are then used to turn around and unlock new worlds. The base set of worlds were easy to reveal, as long as the player has enough patience to play through stages a couple of times. Honestly, what fan of the series wouldn’t be doing this already? Each world had a low enough bar of entry that the minimal star counts were trivial at worst. Hopefully PopCap will continue with that trend in whatever additional content that awaits players in the pipeline.

At the end of the day PopCap may have made their game almost too devoid of the necessity to spend money. Plants vs. Zombies 2 may not be a free will offering, but with the way it's designed it might as well be. For this reason it is worth imploring players to actually consider buying an item or two, all in the name of supporting a developer that consistently gives fans more game for next to nothing in return. Remember, just because you can always play for free doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. With great replayability comes a great responsibility.

So for the last time, never forget that there is no shame in having a green thumb if keeps the blood off of your hands! Thanks for a fantastic week and please continue to return to 148Apps for all of mobile gaming needs.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Pro-Tips: Power to the Plants

Posted by Blake Grundman on August 22nd, 2013

Pull up a chair and listen to the tale of a Plants vs. Zombies 2 round gone horribly awry. Not only can this happen to anybody, but there is little that can be done once the cogs of fate have started rolling against the player. Unless, of course, there are a few power-ups left in the satchel. Then all bets are off.

Power to the Plants

There comes a time in every player’s game when they decide whether to pack it in and take a loss or dig deep and try for a miracle win. For the non-wussies in the population there are power-ups, which help to level the playing field - for a cost. These specific perks take four different forms and can vary in levels of usefulness.

As far as generic pay-per-use perks go, there are three different ways to dispatch undead using gestural controls: pinching, flicking, or sliding. The one thousand coin lightning bolt is used by sliding a finger between zombie adversaries, which links them in a chain of electric obliteration. A throw costs a bit more, clocking in at twelve hundred, and consists of a flick of the finger that will send the troops reeling. Arguably the most viscerally appealing is the pinch, which simply pops the head off of every reanimated abomination and oddly happens to be the cheapest at only eight hundred coppers.

The last, and easily most useful of the quintet of amplifications, would be the overcharge leaf. This game-changer allows any one plant to cause an absurdly augmented amount of destruction. Every plant is effected by this item differently, but the result is always the same: tons of re-dead corpses. While these normally cost a thousand apiece to unlock, frequently they can be collected off of dispatched plants.

But when are these items right to use? Most times they should be saved for the last or middle wave of zombies, unless the fate of a mower is in question. If a match can be won using less than three perks, then it's normally worth it. The reason for this is that between two to three uneventful stages, these losses can be recouped without necessitating the spending of a penny of actual cash.

Most critical of the decisions is which power-up will be most effective for a given scenario. As far as bang for the buck goes, the pinch is the most effective in clearing a map while not draining the bank. If undead are bunched together, a couple of double flicks can go a long way towards cleaning house. Heavily armored brutes are best to be left for the electric bolt. They may not end up completely drained by the end of the attack, but all of the weaker enemies in the area will be singed beyond repair, leaving all the defenses with a single target.

It may seem like a no-brainer to purchase as many overcharge leafs as possible, but they're abundant enough through death drops that it should almost never need to be done. This power will be the one that is used the most abundantly, but should also be reserved for worst case scenarios. Juicing up a Bloomerang may be the very best use in early worlds, simply due to its combined horizontal and vertical attack, but be sure to experiment with each plant when the stakes are lower.

Be sure to keep it locked here for tomorrow’s final lesson: How to play Plants vs. Zombies 2 forever, without spending a dime. Rest assured, it is not to be missed. So until next time, remember that there is no shame in having a green thumb if keeps the blood off of your hands!

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Pro-Tips: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted by Blake Grundman on August 21st, 2013

Another day, another sweet dose of high fructose Plants vs. Zombies 2 tippage. In today’s lesson, the goal is to make stage replays as painless as possible. So sit back and relax while we let the knowledge flow.

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Once a stage has been cleared as part of the main campaign, players have only seen the proverbial tip of the iceberg when it comes to what it has to offer. In order to clear whole worlds, they'll need to re-visit any given area as many as three more times, all in the name of grinding out stars.

One type of mission that's used heavily early on is the limitation of how many plants can be in used at one time. Thankfully there are seeds that are destructible! Be sure to make heavy use of the potato bombs, and this will help keep the plant count down while still maintaining a high level of protection. Additionally, it is also extremely useful to combine cocoanuts, placed as far to the right of the map as possible, with an evolved Peashooter or Bloomerang behind it. The nut will eventually be gnawed through, but not before heavy damage has been unloaded on the troops barricaded behind it.

Another pesky permutation are the “non-trample” assignments, where a line of moss will exist somewhere on the map and the player’s job is to prevent the hallowed ground from being decimated by undead feet. Once again, the cocoanut is the player’s best friend when laid two rows in front of the “no-step zone.” Behind the roadblock, plant some Bonk Chow. This will help deliver a strong one-two punch, as the strikes can hammer away on any zombie feasting on a nut. Thankfully this method will also allow for quick plant replacement should the brain munchers manage to breach the perimeter.

Probably the most irritating of all the challenges involves use of a sun power cap and plant limit, simultaneously. Right out of the gate the key should be using as few sunflowers as possible to race to the power cap, while making use of the low cost bombs as a cheap form of early defense. Once the sun cap has been reached destroy all of the sunflowers, because they are no longer useful and take away from the plants available for productive use. Next is to focus on collections of Bonk Choy, backed by Bloomerangs. This combination will help to pick away at the defense long before the troops ever reach the front lines. Bonks are more than up to the task of cleaning up the riff-raff.

Also, don’t be afraid to make use of a power-up in a pinch. The trick is to pick the correct time to deploy these special abilities. Tune in tomorrow to see just what scenarios best necessitate paying for a little help from the deities of the greenhouse. Until then, remember that there is no shame in having a green thumb if keeps blood off of your hands!

The Portable Podcast, Episode 198

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 20th, 2013
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Dude, you're gonna be on a podcast!

On This Episode:

  • It's all about Plants vs. Zombies 2 as Carter Dotson lets Blake Grundman and Brett Nolan gab away about PopCap's hotly-anticipated sequel, and if it's something that can truly be enjoyed for free. Mercifully not recorded and included on the program: talk about babies.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Co-Host: Blake Grundman, 148Apps & The Power Button Podcast

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