Digger Zombies will tunnel to the back of the lawn, snaps out from a couple seconds of dizziness and begin eating from the opposite direction. Once again, two Gloom-shrooms are recommended at dealing with them as they take at 2 to 4 bites off the Pumpkins. Alternatively you can use three Gloom-shrooms to handle the Digger Zombies. The bites the Digger Zombies can make is reduced down to 0 to 2 with this Gloom-shrooms position.
This is an odd structure to deal with Digger Zombies as it leaves a single tile of empty space. They can snap out of dizziness and begin waddling towards the plants but they will be dead before they can even touch the plants even if you plant the Pumpkins. However I would not recommend this structure as having a single Gloom-shroom to deal with the nasty Imps is a bad idea. Pumpkin have a bigger hitbox detection for getting squished by Zombonis and Gargantuars. If these zombies are about to squish any plant with Pumpkin on, remove the pumpkin so that the plant will not get flattened at all.
Please be mindful of Football Zombies when doing so though. Another thing is that Jack-in-the-Box Zombie explosions can take out the Pumpkin only, leaving the plant in it behind. The rate of zombie waves arriving is affected by the amount of damage done to the current wave of zombies, not previous ones. Because of that, the tempo can be either slowed down using Ice-shrooms or sped up with massive damaging instants.
Tempo should be maintained steadily or there will be too many zombies to deal with or the seed packets are still recharging. Why would anyone in the right mind allow Ladder Zombies to place ladders on their Pumpkins? The answer is maintenance. By now you would probably notice maintaining Pumpkins for Imps is very tedious despite them being 6 normal pea shots weak. So having laddered Pumpkins is not a terrible idea after all. However attempting to ladder the Pumpkins is a challenging task for newcomers so please be careful while doing this.
The terrible encounters for newcomers to ladder the Pumpkins for the two flags are Jack-in-the-Box Zombies, Giga-gargantuars and Dancing Zombies. Zombonis can be halted with Spikeweed. Ladders are removed when explosives are in range, pumpkin gets repaired, Imitaters, the plant in it is dug out or upgraded. Plants vs zombies tutorial - How to put the ladders for survival endless setups Test v0.
Jack-in-the-Box Zombie has always been a notorious threat for randomly exploding in Survival: Endless especially for endgame builds with 4 or less Cob Cannons which ends the huge flag streak abruptly. So it was thought that such builds cannot last endlessly without backing up the save file. The concept of Jack suppression is to eliminate Jack-in-the-Box Zombies before they can pose anymore threat to the endgame build. Initially, everyone has the idea of suppressing Jack-in-the-Box by rotating Instants in rows 2 and 5 to minimize the possibility to Jack-in-the-Box destruction while providing consistent damage for the other rows.
Here is the first cobless build to integrate the structure of Jack suppression. Gloom-shroom seed packet is not brought along when there is no Gloom-shroom taken down. And the idea of suppressing Jack-in-the-Box further developed that year. Players have decided to move their builds two tiles back to negate the Jack-in-the-Box Zombies explosions. Harmless is a term coined for builds that can be untouchable by zombies including Jack-in-the-Box through proper management.
However, combining cobless builds and Jack-in-the-Box suppression is like mixing water and oil. It is impossible to have a build with such traits making another structure vulnerable. Although you need two Puff Shrooms in a lane to prevent a single zombie for breaching both units, having early warning lets you place units where you need them. Tiled Roof This final stage is a hassle since you have to build soil pots for units to be placed.
Additionally, the battlescape is divided in twain. At the middle, the battlescape slopes down on the left side. This means units using indirect fire are needed. Direct-fire plants will not be able to hit anything on the right side of the battlescape, unless they are built on the right side of the map.
Indirect units will be able to attack the final boss as well. Quite possibly the first basic unit you will upgrade. The basic unit generates 25 sun points. The more you build, the more sun points will be available. Twin Sun Flower An advanced unit that replaces the basic unit. Generates 50 sun points instead of 25 each time interval it's two pick-ups. Build a few in the last few stages so you can cover the increased costs of units then. Pea Shooter This is the most basic attack unit. While its firing rate is lackluster, it is also cheap.
This means you can build them early on when resources are tight. Snow Pea A non-lethal version of the basic shooter unit. The shots will slow down zombies so they can be shot to death by other units. However, the ice shots do no damage, so make sure you have this unit supported by a lethal unit. Repeater An uprated basic shooting unit. While it fires more shots, it costs twice as much.
Have it augment your basic shooter, then use the shovel tool to dig out basic units when you have more money. Gatling Repeater An advanced unit that replaces the Repeater.
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Fires twice the amount of shots, but costs more than double. The space savings is worth it. Threepeater A hydra version of the basic shooter. Fires in its own lane and the two lanes adjacent. Put this unit in the middle three lanes but not the two lanes on the very top or bottom or you waste a shot. Split Pea An attacking plant that shoots one shot to the right and two shots to the left. Basically designed to counter the Digging Zombie. Star Fruit An attacking plant that shoots in five directions.
Note the angle of the arms. That is the direction of the shots none are fired cardinally right, hence they are not handy to counter frontal assaults. Torch Wood A support unit that ignites direct-fire shots that pass through it. Fiery shots will do twice the amount of damage. Ice pellets that pass through this unit will become regular shots. Indirect fire units the various catapults , the mushroom units, and the special projectile units cactus and star fruit cannot ignite their shots.
Cactus An attack unit that can destroy airborne and surface zombies. Costs just a little more than the regular shooter, but not needed unless there're balloon zombies in the stage. Cabbage Pult An indirect fire unit. Used on the roof level due to the slope in the middle of the battlescape. Slower than the repeater, this unit needs to be aggregated or paired up to handle zombie hordes. Kernel Pult An indirect fire unit. The unit's attacks are split between weak and heavy. The heavy shot will stop enemies for a short while, but the randomness of the damage curve is less than reliable in large hordes.
Cob Cannon An advanced version of the Kernal Pult, requires two adjacent kernal pults. This is essentially a re-usable cherry bomb, but will take two of your valuable garden cells and upwards of sun points to construct. Depending on the stage, you may or may not want to build any it takes time to recharge its ballistic missile.
Melon Pult An indirect fire unit. Does heavy damage to all enemies. Winter Melon Pult An indirect fire unit that is the advanced version to the Melon Pult replaces basic version. Each shot will freeze the enemy struck, in addition to doing damage.
Wall Nut A defensive wall that can be destroyed, jumped, tunnelled, scaled, or flown over. However, very useful in some instances and in the extra challenges. Tall Nut A defensive wall that can be destroyed, tunnelled, scaled, or flown over. It is there to primarily to counter the pole-vaulting and dolphin-riding zombies. Pumpkin A defensive wall added to units. You can add this unit to lily pads, flower pots, or existing units to increase their defensive statistic. Garlic A special purpose wall.
Most zombies except the pole-vaulter, ice machine, ballon, digging, and Gargantuar will move from the lane where this unit is placed into another valid lane up or down. Use it to funnel enemies into your killzone. Umbrella Leaf A special purpose wall. This units protects eight other adjacent plants from the bungie zombie. However, while the unit digests the zombie, it is vulnerable to attack. Potato Mine One-use unit. Similar to the cherry bomb, but requires time to set up. However, once set-up, the unit will remain until it detonates. Only the enemies in the cells near or to the unit's right will be destroyed.
Squash One-use unit. Place it in a cell and it will attack enemies in adjacent cells in the same lane in either direction. It will kill multiple enemies and damage some of the tougher enemies. Tangle Kelp One-use unit. Water only. Attacks only one enemy at a time. Cherry Bomb One-use unit. Place it in a cell and it will destroy all all enemies in the eight cells around the unit. Very handy but expensive and slow to build. Jalapeno One-use unit.
Place it in a cell and it will destroy all enemies in a single lane. Use it to destroy ice-type attacks last boss fight only. Spike Weed A long lasting placed weapon. It will be destroyed with gradual usage; put this in front of a wall or other tough plant and you can stack damage. If it destroys the ice machine zombie, the unit will also be destroyed.
Spider Rock An advanced unit that replaces the Spike Weed. It can destroy multiple ice machine zombies before it explodes. Puff-shroom Inactive in day stages. A free short range shooting unit. Stack them in-depth to counter their weak defences and short attack range. While they are free, you will want them to survive or you'll get hosed.
Sea-shroom Inactive in day stages. Aquatic only. While you want to stack it with other sea-shrooms, the build meter for this unit is slower than the regular puff-shroom, so you can't build them as fast. Sun-shroom Inactive in day stages. A budget resource unit. While it generates only 15 sun points at first, it will generate 25 sun points after a minute or two or existence. Fume-shroom Inactive in day stages. A short range, high damage attack unit that can penetrate the screen door the zombie's defence. Essentially, the flamethrower. Gloom-shroom Inactive in day stages.
An advanced version that replaces the basic version of the fume-shroom. Damage is done in the area around the unit instead of along the lane. Hypno-shroom Inactive in day stages. One-use unit. Similar to the Potato Mine, but with no wait time. An enemy who contacts this unit will instantly turn around and attack enemies until it leaves or scrolls off the edge of the screen. Scaredy-shroom Inactive in day stages.
A shooting unit that will stop working once an enemy gets close to it includes adjacent lanes. Use Puff-shrooms to defend it and keep it far from enemies for it to function. Ice-shroom Inactive in day stages. Freezes all enemies on the battlescape. Unlike the Snow Pea, this effect stops all movement instead of just slowing things down. Doom-shroom Inactive in day stages. Destroys all enemies in range similar to the cherry bomb but with a larger radius. However, the ground cell it is on will be cratered and will refill after a short while. Magnet-shroom Inactive in day stages.
A special purpose unit. Gold Magnet-shroom Inactive in day stages. This unit will attract money items, but not enemy items. You can stack this with the marigold unit if you are lazy about clicking. Grave Buster A special purpose one-use unit. Destroys head stones. If placed near a zombie, it can be destroyed before it completes its task. Plantern A special purpose unit. Eradicates the fog effect as long as the unit is in play. If destroyed, the fog reappears. Zombies: Garden Warfare and its sequel , and a digital collectible card game, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. In October 18 , Plants vs.
Zombies: Battle for Neighborville will be released. Zombies , players place different types of plants and fungi, each with their own unique offensive or defensive capabilities, around their house, in order to stop a horde of zombies from reaching it. The playing field is divided into 5 to 6 horizontal lanes, each with lawnmowers, and with rare exceptions, a zombie will move towards the player's house along one lane only the main exception is if it has bitten a garlic, causing it to move to another lane. Planting costs "sun", which can be gathered for free albeit slowly during daytime levels and by planting certain plants or fungi.
Most plants can attack or defend against zombies in the lane they are planted in only. In later levels, players can purchase upgrades with different offensive and defensive abilities. The game uses several different level types and layouts. The game starts out in a front yard and progresses to nighttime levels, where the gameplay is more challenging without any replenishing sun unless specific plants are used.
Other levels feature the backyard, with a pool added. Later levels are nighttime pool levels where fog fills the right half of the screen except when specific plants are used , a lightning storm level in pitch black except when illuminated by occasional flashes of lightning , and rooftop levels.
On the final level, the player must face a huge robot operated by a zombie who takes the form of a mad scientist known as Dr. At set points throughout the game, the player is either warned through a letter by zombies or addressed by their neighbour, Crazy Dave , to prepare for an ambush, where the game takes on a bowling style, using Wall-nuts to bowl down zombies, or a modified version of regular levels, where random plant types come upon a conveyor belt, and the player can use the plants without spending sun.
The player starts with a limited number of seed pack types and seed pack slots that they can use during most levels. The number of slots can be increased through purchases with in-game money. At the start of a level, the player is shown the various types of zombies to expect and given the opportunity to select which seed packs to take into the level. Several plants are nocturnal, such as mushrooms, have a lower sunlight cost, and are ideal for nighttime levels. Certain plants are highly effective against specific types of zombies, such as the Magnet-shroom, which can remove metallic items from a zombie, such as helmets, buckets, ladders, and pogo sticks.
Plants may be placed on any available square of lawn, on lily pads floating in a pool, or in flowerpots on a rooftop; these last two items may be chosen as a seed pack for their respective level types and deployed to increase the usable planting space. The zombies also come in a number of types that have different attributes, in particular, speed, damage tolerance, and abilities.
Zombies include those wearing makeshift armor, those who can jump or fly over plants, and a dancing zombie able to summon other zombies from the ground. At various points, the player will be inundated with a huge wave of zombies. If a zombie reaches the end of a lane, a lawnmower will shoot forward and destroy all the zombies in that lane. However, if a zombie reaches the end of that same lane for a second time, it will reach the player's house.
When this happens, the music changes and the other plants and zombies stop moving while that zombie enters the house. Crunching sounds will be heard, accompanied by a scream and a message saying "The zombies ate your brains! The game will then end and display the Game Over dialog box along with an option to retry the level or return to the main menu at the upper-right side of the screen. The primary game mode is Adventure Mode in which the player can earn money to spend at an in-game store to buy new seed packets and other bonuses.
There are also mini-games and puzzles. The adventure mode consists of 5 different areas and 50 different area levels each area contains 10 levels. They are shown with the area number first, followed by the level number i.
Each level in this mode has a certain amount of flags and one final wave. The adventure mode is the first game mode and is also the main mode. Mini-games are unlocked from here. If the player plays through it a second time [ clarification needed ] , Crazy Dave will pick 3 random seeds that the player must use based on the zombies and area they are in every level. Mini-games are unlocked during the adventure mode and are mostly for fun. Some of the minigames are inspired by earlier PopCap games.
Puzzles consist of 18 levels from 2 different "modes", Vasebreaker, where you break vases that either contains a plant seed or a zombie, and I, Zombie, where you create zombies to destroy cardboard cutouts of plants. On iOS and Android version, there's also a third mode called Last Stand that similar to the level with the same name from the Mini-Game Mode but with different zombies in each wave. Survival is the second largest game mode in Plants vs Zombies. It involves two difficulties as hard and normal and also has different areas.
Each normal round has 5 flags and each hard round has 10 flags. It also has an endless streak level as the final level. Survival is the last game mode in the game itself. There is also a page of canceled mini-games called the Limbo Page which can be accessed using the Cheat Engine. The game also features a Zen Garden , where players can care for plants they previously purchased from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies or occasionally dropped by zombies. Players can also buy other Zen Garden areas for different plants.
Fertilizer, water, and bug spray are necessary for a plant to grow. Plants will grow only when the game has been running for enough time. Zombies director George Fan intended on balancing the game between a "gritty" game and a "sickeningly cute" game. Strong strategic elements were included to appeal to more experienced gamers, while keeping it simple to appeal to casual gamers, without needing too many tutorials.
He was inspired to make it a tower defense game after both thinking of a more defense-oriented version of a previous title of his, Insaniquarium , and playing some Warcraft III tower defense mods. He wanted to bring something new to the genre with Plants vs. Zombies , and he found common tower defense game play elements such as mazing and juggling  to be too awkward, causing him to use the five- and six-lane set-ups that were used in the final version.
George Fan included elements from the trading card game Magic: The Gathering , which he had played with his girlfriend Laura Shigihara. Showing her how to customize their card decks inspired him to design Plants vs Zombies with seed packets rather than his original idea of using a conveyor belt that produced randomly selected plants, due to the greater complexity of the seed packet method.
While the conveyor belt idea was dropped from the more common game mode, it remained as a special element in select levels. Zombies through an internal forum where they gave feedback. Some of the characteristics that defined Insaniquarium influenced the development of Plants vs. Players advance in a similar pace by receiving new plants.
Also, the way plants are chosen at the beginning of each level was derived from the way pets are chosen in Insaniquarium. This was the inspiration for the Potato Mine; Fan stated that it was satisfying to watch a zombie step on the mine, being defeated and covered in mashed potatoes.
The team wanted to bring back the aliens from Insaniquarium , but in the end they were changed to zombies, which players could react to more easily because of how slowly they moved.
George's favorite zombie was the Pole Vaulting Zombie, due to the hilarity involved when a player encounters it for the first time, using a specific example where a player tries to block it with the Wall-Nut, only to have the zombie jump over it. During development, it was discovered that newcomers to the genre of real-time strategy may have a hard time learning the concept behind sun collection. So, the price of the income generating sunflowers was dropped from to 50 to encourage players to buy them over the attacking peashooter.
As a result, the balance between plants and zombies had to be restructured—a move that Fan said was definitely worth the effort. Upon finishing some items ahead of schedule, one of the programmers, Tod Semple, began working on ideas that would later be used for the minigame section.
Some ideas for the puzzle mode section would later be tweaked and moved into adventure mode; "Vasebreaker" and "I, Zombie", for example, came from single-level minigame concepts. During testing, Fan found that minigame and puzzle modes seemed to detract from the focus on Adventure mode, so some of the additional modes and minigames were locked requiring advancement within adventure mode to become unlocked. Fan stated that every game he worked on had only him designing the prototype, adding that he used to draw a lot before he made games, where he made pixel art.
The final designs of the zombies and the first plants are similar to how they were initially.
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After searching for an artist, they discovered Rich Werner, who Fan thought clicked with what he intended for the design. He attributed the intrigue of the design to its animation scheme; Tod Semple suggested that they animate it in Flash and export it into the game. Fan worried that this would look like it was cut out from paper, and would resemble South Park too much, but was satisfied in the end, attributing this to Semple and Werner's talents. Fan was most proud of the Tall-nut, Torchwood, and Cob Cannon plants. He explained that the Tall-nut has character, citing its "determined gaze" and how it sheds a single tear when hurt.
Laura Shigihara could not stand to see this and protected it with a protective plant called a Pumpkin, which can protect plants inside it. He felt that the Torchwood — which gives Peashooters flaming ammunition — required players to think of how plants interacted with each other. However, it was difficult to visualize their positions. Zombies uses many cultural references in its names of stages and others. Similarly, the "I, Zombie" a reference to Isaac Asimov's " I, Robot " puzzles have levels called "Dead Zeppelin" resembling Led Zeppelin and "All your brainz r belong to us" a play on the gaming meme " All your base are belong to us ".
The name of the Torchwood plant is a reference to Doctor Who and its spin-off show Torchwood. Originally, the dancing zombie resembled Michael Jackson from the short film " Thriller ". Zombies advertisements parody controversial Evony ads, showing a drooling zombie instead of a voluptuous woman. A planned name was Lawn of the Dead , a pun on the title of the George A. Romero zombie film Dawn of the Dead. For legal reasons it was changed to Plants vs.
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David Blazing ,  known within the game as " Crazy Dave ", serves as a narrator and an instructor during Adventure Mode, introducing the player to certain levels and explaining some of the mini-games and bonus levels. He is later abducted by a Bungee Zombie on level 5—10 right before he can tell the player Dr. Zomboss' weaknesses, and reappears during Sunflower's rendition of "Zombies on your Lawn" after Dr. Zomboss's defeat at the end of the game. He has a shop known as "Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies" that he runs from the back of his car once he finds his car keys after Level 3—4.
He sells several plant upgrades, extra defenses, and Zen Garden items. Crazy Dave's notable features include a rugged beard and a pot always worn on his head, as well as his signature babbling speech. Edgar George Zomboss is the main antagonist and the leader of the zombies in Plants vs.
Zombies , and reappears in the sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. He is battled on the Night Roof during Level 5—10 as the final boss in Plants vs. Zomboss in the game, is a portmanteau of the words "Zombie" and "Robot", meaning "Zombie Robot". His middle name, George, is after the name of the game's creator, George Fan. The soundtrack for Plants vs. Zombies was composed by Laura Shigihara.
It borrows elements from the pop music genre, as well as console chiptunes. Before the inception of Plants vs. Zombies , Director George Fan asked Laura if she would like to compose the music for his next title after following her for some years. She accepted, owing to his creativity. Shigihara described the music as "macabre, yet goofy".
Using the night stage as an example, she used a combination of "Big Band" and swing beats with "several haunting and serious melodies".