It’s been more than a week since I last played Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. I was really excited when it first came out. But as it turned out, the excitement wore out really fast.
So, why did I stop playing?
For the record, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a great game. I didn’t stop playing because it’s an awful game.
However, the things that kept me motivated in clearing each level and finishing the game are missing.
I’m a wacko for Whack-a-Zombie
One of my motivations in finishing the first PVZ was unlocking all the mini games. One of my favorite games was Whack-a-Zombie. I know it’s probably the simplest and silliest mini game, but it’s fun!
I also like the puzzle game where you’re the zombie and you have to think of different strategies in order to eat the brain.
Where’s the Zen Garden?
Another reason why I was motivated to finish PVZ1 was because of the Zen Garden. There are so many awesome things about this garden. First off, I love Stinky! I love it when I feed him (her?) chocolate.
The Zen Garden also provides me time to just take it easy and water my collection of plants. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the plants you have cared for grow into its “adult” form.
Geek moment: When I got addicted to PVZ1, I always ask for a VTO (Voluntary Time Out), so I could go home earlier than usual, play the game, and take care of my Zen Garden. At that time, PVZ was only starting to become popular.
What did PVZ do right?
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m not saying that PV2 is terrible. Actually, it’s a good game on its own—better than a lot of games in iOS.
It retains the same sense of humor and silliness. I still spend a lot of time reading the Almanac.
In addition, there are tons of upgrades that you can choose from. This is definitely one of the factors that make the new PVZ exciting and addicting.
Every time I get a new plant, I’m excited to see its “plant food” mode.
The player journey is more flexible this time as you can easily see where you’ve been and which path you want to take next.
But in the end, I’m still a huge fan of the first Plants vs. Zombies. I long for the zombies that I could whack and the garden that I could tend.
What do you think of Plants vs. Zombies 2? Which one do you like better?
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