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Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense and strategy video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Windows and OS X in May 2009, and ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices, and in remastered versions for personal computers.

In Plants vs. Zombies, the player takes the role of a homeowner in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. To defend their home from zombies, some of which have unique abilities, the player uses plants that can fire projectiles at, or have other detrimental effects on, the horde of advancing zombies. The player collects "sun" with which defending plants can be bought. Zombies approach along several parallel lanes on the lawn, and the player must plan defenses in these lanes. If a zombie makes it to the house on any lane, the level is over.

Director George Fan was inspired to make the game after playing other tower defense titles and desiring to eliminate the typical strategies of sending advancing enemies through mazes of defenses, instead adapting the lane approach to remove this strategy.

The game received critical acclaim and was nominated for multiple Interactive Achievement Awards, alongside receiving praise for its musical score. It was followed by one direct sequel and another made for mobile devices, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, released in 2013 for iOS and Android, and Plants vs. Zombies 3 respectively; two third-person shooters, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and its sequel, and a digital collectible card game, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes. On October 18, 2019, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville was also released. On February 25, 2020, Plants vs. Zombies 3 was soft-launched.


Release Date

  • Windows, macOS
    WW: May 5, 2009
  • iOS
    WW: February 15, 2010 (iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • iOS (iPad)/iPadOS
    WW: April 5, 2010
  • Xbox 360
    WW: September 8, 2010
  • Nintendo DS
    NA: January 18, 2011
    PAL: May 6, 2011
  • PlayStation Network
    WW: February 8, 2011
  • DSiWare
    NA: March 14, 2011
    PAL: May 6, 2011
  • Android
    WW: May 31, 2011 (Amazon Appstore)
    WW: December 14, 2011 (Google Play)
  • Kindle Fire
    WW: November 14, 2011
  • Windows Phone
    WW: June 23, 2011
  • Nook HD
    WW: November 11, 2011
  • PlayStation Vita
    NA: February 21, 2012
    EU: February 22, 2012
  • BlackBerry 10
    WW: January 30, 2013

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