Do’s and Don’ts in Playing Plants vs. Zombies 2

Have you ever thought that plants can actually kill zombies?

While this idea sounds very far-fetched in real life, this is exactly the concept of Plants vs. Zombies. Since its first release on May 2009, this game has created avid followers. The concept of this video game is pretty simple – you would need to use a variety of different plants to prevent an army of zombies from entering your house and “eating your brains”. Whilst the concept may sound easy, delivering this is absolutely quite complicated. You would need to create better strategy on how to position your plants and which particular plants to use to combat these brain-eating zombies.

The success of Plants vs. Zombies has paved way to launch its sequel – Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. If you were used to the more-relaxed pace of its predecessor, it’s time to up your game as It’s About time is a faster gameplay and features several new zombies to defeat and new plants to master.

Don’t worry though. Below are some of the simple tactics that you can adopt if you want to conquer the undead.

  1. Wait Before You Attack

Do: Though your first instinct would tell you to strike the moment you see the first few zombies, it is better if you wait longer before doing so. The longer you wait, the more time that you will have to manufacture sun and prepare your defenses. Hold your reins before striking off the first few zombies. While you mass-produce your resources, use defenders like Wall-nut to delay the zombies. Remember, you can only go ahead and attack once you have established a better reservoir.

Don’t: Go crazy and immediately hold your attack. The extra 10 or twenty seconds of waiting can go a long way. You can spend this time in preparing your sun for the entire level. This way, you can prepare multiple varieties of plants to stop those zombies.

  1. Use Melee and Shield Plants Together

Do: Place melee plants behind defenders. Melee plants have high damage at short range however they can’t attack from afar. Since they normally don’t have much time to strike as waves of zombies are coming in, it’s wise that you place a shield in front of them. With defenders like Wall-nut providing shield to melee plants like Bonk Choy, the vulnerability of zombies to melee attacks are increased.

Don’t: Leave melee plants undefended or put them in the back of your row. In addition, don’t use Snapdragon if you’re employing freezing plants— the chill effect of freezing plants is removed by Snapdragon’s close-range fire.

  1. Use Boosted Plants on Hard Levels

Do: Grow plants in your Zen Garden, but save their level-lasting powers for harder encounters. It’s pretty easy to obtain seeds, just replay any level and you’ll gradually collect them. On tough levels though, use boosted plants to demolish your foes. One of the best boosted plants that you will find really helpful is the Sun-producers. You will have infinite resources with the huge amounts of sun that these plant foods provide. Now it’s easier and faster to produce more variety of plants when the times are tougher.

Don’t: Waste the bonuses on easier levels or ignore the Zen Garden. It’s futile to spend the effects where you don’t need them, unless of course you have seeds to spare. Also, don’t use gems in boosting your plants – save them for things you can’t obtain otherwise, like new units.

  1. Use Sun-shroom

Do: As soon as you obtain Sun-shroom, use it for sun production. Sun-shroom costs half the price of Sunflower at 25 and eventually produces more Sun than Sunflower (75 compared to 50). Plus, it has a better Plant Food effect.

You may not be impressed with its initial 25 Sun production, however it will soon grow to produce 50, and again to make 75. Because of its affordability, it can come handy when your resources are already draining. You can use them as a cheap shield, slowing zombies as they devour him to buy you time. You can unlock Sun-shroom in the Dark Ages world.

Don’t: Use Sunflower once you’ve unlocked Sun-shroom. Though more sun is produced with twin sunflower than a maxed-out shroom, the lengthier recharge times and larger price tag make shroom the superior unit.

  1. Slow Zombies by Chilling

Do: Use plants that have chilling effect to delay the advancement of Zombies. Winter Melon serves well if you have extra Sun to burn while Snow Pea works great as a low-cost option.

Don’t: Put two or more Delayer in one row. Though you want to use chill effect to slow down zombies, other plants can wreak damage faster. Also, multiple chill effects don’t work when applied to the same zombie. However, you can compound other slowing effects with chill, like the Sap-fling’s sticky projectiles.

  1. Bring a Diverse Bunch

Do: Choose a varied team to maximize your effectiveness. You only have precious few slots to fill when selecting plants for each battle so having dozens of vegetation options available to pick from might just stall your time or confuse you. The table below shows a good example of plant to choose from each of the category.

Category Example
Sun-Producer Sun-shroom
Shield Wall-nut
Ranged Attacker (Low-Cost) Bloomerang
Ranged Attacker (High-Cost) Coconut Cannon
Melee Attacker Bonk Choy
Delayer Winter Melon
Insta-kill Cherry Bomb

 

Don’t: Bring too many plants with the same basic function. Fire Peashooter and Repeater are both effective ranged units, but considering their similarities one should do just fine in any given level.

With these tips, you are now ready to face massive herd of zombies. You will never run out of new challenges to complete in this game – with its more than 300 levels, fun mini-games, ultra-challenging endless zones and daily Piñata Party events. It’s time start your journey through space and time as Dr. Zomboss is waiting to take you on at the end of every world!

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Tips on How to Start Playing Crusader Kings II

If there’s one game that combines the element of war, intrigue, religion and politics, it’s Crusader Kings II.

This grand strategy game which was developed by Paradox Development Studio is a sequel to Crusader Kings. Since its release last February 2012, the game has received worldwide positive acceptance. It has over more than 1 million copies sold only 2 years after its release.

For those that are not familiar with Crusader Kings II, it’s a game set in the Middle Ages and you play as a medieval ruler trying to gain more influence, power and territory.  To achieve success for your dynasty, you would need to have strategic use of marriages, war and assassinations among many other things.

As a player, your main objective is to gain as many piety and prestige points as possible in order to surpass the various historically relevant European dynasties in a fictional prestige ranking. Crusader Kings II is a game about people: your dynasty, your lovers, vassals, family members and enemies.

What makes this game so compelling is the personal element added to it. You are not in charge of an abstract nation; instead the fate of your family is in your hands. It follows the life cycle of human beings – marriage, having kids, death and then an heir will take over and the whole thing begins again. Developing a real personal connection with your characters is inevitable. You will cheer for every triumph they have and mourn their death.

How do you actually play Crusader Kings II?

Below are some tips on how to get started on this addicting game.

  1. Start as an Irish count

This is probably the first tip every veteran Crusader Kings II player will tell you.

You can start as early as 1066 in this game, so go ahead and pick the Stamford Bridge start date then pick a Count in Ireland to play as. It does not matter which one, as long as you pick one that is not too old. Each county in Ireland is its own ruler in 1066. Choosing this timeline will let you learn the ins and outs of the game without having to worry that bigger nation will bother you and impose their rules on you. It’s easy to work your way up from Count to Duke and finally on to declaring yourself as King or Queen.

Before moving on to the next step, pause the game and spend some time familiarizing with the user interface, especially the top left panels. Majority of your gameplay options are in this section.

  1. Create a Family

Remember that in this game, you are not playing as a single character or as a nation, but as an entire dynasty. Crusader Kings II holds lineage and family as the most important things. You don’t want to face defeat when your character dies without an heir to inherit your dynasty.

With this being said, the very first thing that you must do is to get married and secure yourself an heir. Rule for long enough and you can make some changes to succession laws to affect the type of heir you will have. Most likely though, first born sons are made as heir.

  1. Fabricate Some Claims

Improving your realm is important if you want your dynasty to grow for your future generations. One way to do this is by raging wars, though you have to carefully assess if raging war against other dynasties is necessary.

Before you can raise your own troops, you would need to acquire a valid claim first. Though there are several ways that you can gain a claim, you would need to fabricate one during the early stage. This is where your Chancellor can help you. You can find your council by clicking the first button to the right of your portrait in the UI. You should always have a full council, where each of them has three tasks that you can assign. One of those tasks is to fabricate claims.

Before jumping in though, make sure that you spend ample time in checking out the different map modes that are available in the game. Check out the De Jure Duchies view as well as which duchy your current county is part of. In Ireland, chances are you will be part of a two county duchy, so you want to fabricate the claim on the other county. Issue the order to your diplomat and wait until that claim comes through.

  1. It’s Time for War

Now that you have fabricated some claims, you are now ready to go to war.

A number of regular strategy gamers might find this stage disorientating. First, you need to remember that you don’t specifically train troops. Instead, you are provided with levies by every county in your realm that you need to raise. You will be provided of the maximum troops that your own holdings can and you can build and improve buildings to increase the number of your troops.

You should create and maintain good relationship with your vassals as the troops that they are providing depends on the laws you set and how much they like you. If you want to know the number of troops that your vassal can provide, simply hover your mouse over your vassals troops counts in the military panel.

Once war has been declared, beat down your opponents with your raised troops then sit on his holdings to siege them. Winning the war enables you to expand your realm by claiming your neighbor as part of it. This is why playing in Ireland at the start of the game is a wise choice. You can easily claim yourself as Duke and raise your prestige, so long as you can raise the funds to claim the title.

Repeat stages 3 and 4 around the rest of Ireland until you can bring your supremacy to the entire country.

Strategy games like Crusader Kings II will certainly challenge your mind. If you’re up for more games like this, click here to check out more tips about games under this genre.

Step-by-Step Guides on How to Play Burger Tycoon

Do you want to experience being a business tycoon?

While you may find it quite challenging to rule the business world, it’s not as hard as it is in the virtual world. If you want to have a feel on how to manage a burger establishment and make it even more successful, why not try playing Burger Tycoon.

This single-player online video game will not only fulfill your dream of being a successful businessman, it will also challenge your strategic and business skills. This game is not as easy as it sounds. It requires careful strategic planning as not being able to do so will have many pitfalls waiting. For instance, your cows will face their demise if you run out of soy. Using illegal substances to make your soy grow faster will result to being sued. Every single decision you made should be carefully thought of if you don’t want to face numerous contingencies.

How can you get far in Burger Tycoon? Below is your step-by-step guide on how to play and rule this game.

  1. Setting Up Your Farms and Restaurant

Starting this game in a correct pathway is very important. If you already have a game started and has not played it for long, it may be too late to save it and become profitable. Start with a clean plate instead and start a new game.

As soon as your game starts, pause it. Failing to do so will cause you to go bankrupt. Then build three soy fields on empty pastures. Select “soy” from the agriculture window and click on the empty pastures three times. Click another empty space and select the “Cow” option. Repeat until you have four. Click the Feedlot button found in the lower-left corner and click the scientific machine along the back wall and select the eyedropper option to enable hormones for the food.

Click the icon burger found in the lower-left corner to switch to the restaurant screen. Hire a single cashier and line worker. Once you have your cashier and line worker, switch to the corporate screen by clicking the McDonald’s logo. Corrupt a health officer so that you don’t get penalized for your poor meat quality. This option should remain enabled for the rest of your game.

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  1. Making Money

Now that you have finished setting up everything, it’s time to start making money. Switch to the pasture view and unpause the game. Wait for two complete soy harvests and click the DNA button on the soy fields to remove the genetic modification from the field. Sell your soy to earn your money back.

Wait until your second cow harvest. After your second cow harvest, you are now ready to have your restaurant full staffed. Add two more assembly workers and two more cashiers. Activate the food pyramid and the third-world marketing options by clicking the marketing department in the corporate screen.

Your restaurant and your farm are now on its full production mode.

  1. Maintaining Your Business

Make sure that you regularly check your cow pasture fertility. Your beef production on that square will stop if the pasture fertility degrades. How would you know when the fertility has degraded? The large blanks spots on the ground will be the indication. Sell off a cow pasture that is no longer fertile. Doing so will make the pasture blank and you can buy a new one again.

You would need to destroy the rainforest squares so that you will have more space on your farmland. Before doing so, make sure that you corrupt a climatologist from the corporate screen. Destroy two rainforest squares and allocate this space for your new cow pastures. With the two new squares and the two original squares that weren’t being used, build your cow pastures again.  Switch back and forth between the two sets of four open squares to build your pastures on and swap these pastures when they degrade.

An unhappy worker can greatly affect the productivity of your restaurant. As soon as you see that they become unhappy, give them rewards immediately. Giving them badges usually do the trick however it only works for a little while. Remember that discipline rarely works, so avoid giving unnecessary punishments to your workers.

You should know when to cut your losses though. If rewards can’t seem to put them in a good mood, just fire that crew member and hire a new one. Before doing so, make sure that you corrupt a politician first from the front desk of the corporate screen. This will prevent backlash from angry employees.

Additional Tips

  • Once you have at least $50,000, you can bribe the mayor so that he will give you access to four additional land spaces that you can use in adding more soy fields and pasture. Just remember that you don’t have to build all of them at once.
  • Never sell back a piece of land that you have outfitted. Doing so would only give you 50% of the money that you spent in acquiring it. Plus, you would need to pay the full price should you want to have the land back.
  • If you want to draw customers back, set up advertisements. As soon as you have accumulated $75,000, you can already set up an advertisement. Remember that you can only have one advertisement at a time because multiple ads can drain all of your resources quickly.
  • Always keep an eye on your profits. If you have noticed that they are starting to drop, evaluate what you may be doing wrong. Analyze every aspect of your business to point out where the problem is. There could be several factors that contribute to the decline of your profit – you could be using too many illegal substances in your soy, your employees could be misbehaving, or you may need to invest more in soy fields and cows. Remember that there may be times that you need to corrupt all four officials – climatologist, politician, health office and nutritionist.

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Best Strategy Games for your Kids

Gone are the days where kids spend most of their time playing outside. It may sound depressing, but lots of kids would rather stay indoors and play video games for hours. A lot of them may have not even heard traditional games such as cat’s cradle, marble and skipping rope.

Shall we blame technology for this?

I highly doubt it. Technology has paved ways to a better and more convenient life. Whilst our society is evolving along with the progress of technology, it’s also important that our parenting techniques should also be in line with these changes. Don’t feel too bad if you can’t force your kids to play physical game outside.

Instead of being angry at technology, you can use it to your advantage. Your kids can develop their problem-solving and strategic skills by playing video games. Strategic video games, particularly, can be your aid in harnessing your kid’s mental prowess.

Below are the best strategy video games for kids.

  1. Endless Legend: Shadows

Age: 10+

This 4X turn-based strategy game was developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Iceberg Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in September 2014.

In this game which is set in the land of Auriga, players take control of a fantasy faction to establish an empire through conquest, exploration, research and diplomacy. This game allows you to level up your hero. It also presents vast options of customizing your empire and hundreds of research opportunities. Plus, you will have a very challenging AI which adds another level of element to the game. Not to mention the gloriously rendered combat that is as entertaining to watch as it is to actually participate in.

This game can be played online and offline. It has great customization features and your kid’s strategy planning skill will be tested as they would need to create an effective plan in expanding their civilization. They would need to gauge if a certain situation calls for battle or diplomacy. As a parent, you must ensure that your kid’s playtime is regulated. They could be potentially exposed to inappropriate content since players can text-chat with one another in this online game.

  1. Legends of Eisenwald

Age: 12+

Published by Aterdux Entertainment, Legends of Eisenwald will take you to the fictitious duchy of Eisenwald in medieval Germany in times of Holy Roman Empire. The main focus of the gameplay centers on the life of the youngest child of Baron Lahnstein who on return to his lands finds that the family castle is impossible to enter. Two separate single scenarios – Cursed Castle and The Masquerade – are separate stories happening in other locations of Eisenwald.

There are two main parts in the game. The first one is the global map interactions which includes completing quests, buying and selling weapons, potions, armor and other equipment and items which includes managing castles and other possessions, and equipping the army. The second part is the battles themselves.

Player chooses a hero then builds his army around that character. He can also take on corrupt land barons, brigands, pirates and outlaws while he’s expanding his own army. The game allows players to either manually play out the combat or let the computer determine the outcome quickly. As you level up your armies, you can have key members specialize in different battle skills.

The graphics, as well as the background music, of this game are done skillfully. Becoming invested in the characters and the world is relatively easy. You can put some investment in your characters, training and equipping them for specific purposes.

You can use this game as a bonding and educational opportunity for your family to talk about medieval times. You can also discuss how important tactical combat is.

  1. Offworld Trading Company

Age: 12+

This game is set in a futuristic era where Earth is dying. Our planet is running out of resources to sustain our way of life. To resolve this problem, humanity must make their way beyond our home planet and start a new life elsewhere. Mars seems to be the perfect place to create a new civilization, with its vast supply of untapped resources.

Your role will be Mars’ latest entrepreneur. You would have to supervise the mining and manufacturing of goods and services for the colonists who want to build a new home. Since everyone is on the lookout to make a profit, you would have to constantly develop the Martian marketplace. Creating deals to increase your money and put out competition are important to move forward in this game.

If you’re thinking that a game without having to fire a shot or raise an army is boring, think again. This game offers fast, frantic-paced experiences where making a right business deal can more damage to your enemies than a battalion of tanks.

Just like with the most RTS games, you build your main base and harvest nearby resources. What sets Offworld Trading Company apart is that you start trading off with nearby colonist communities instead of using your hard-earned goods to build up a military force. You are affecting the marketplace on a global scale by buying, selling and trading with these communities.

  1. StarCraft

Age: 13+

In this RTS game that was released in 1998, players get to choose amongst these three species to command – the Terrans (humans), Protoss, and the insect-like Zerg. Each of these species carries their own unique tactics, weapons, units, technology and their own perspective of the overall story. Employing different strategies for each species based on these variables is absolutely essential.

StarCraft has gained a reputation as one of the most honored and coveted RTS games ever created. Despite being released 20 years ago, this game has remained popular up to this day and has never lost its appeal. Blizzard Entertainment created very accessible and compelling gameplay mechanics and produced exceptional pacing partnered with increasingly challenging yet achievable missions.

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5 of the Best Real-Time Strategy Games on PC

If you want a game where you have full control of your army, then real-time strategy (RTS) game is perfect for you. In this game, you get to fill in a Commander’s shoes in finding and managing your resources and building your empire. Teammate is also promoted in this game; you can create alliances with other playmates and think of strategies on how to defeat your opponents.

If you’re looking for the best real-time strategy games on PC, we have made your lives easier. You can find on the list below which RTS is best for you.

  1. Command & Conquer

 

This RTS video game franchise that was first developed by Westwood Studios is perfect for beginners. This PC game series has both a single player and multiplayer mode which are pretty much highly addicting. You get to build new structures, collect resources or train new units to fight one another.

The gameplay is pretty much simple. You are required to construct your base and acquire resources. These acquired resources are used for funding of any ongoing productions of various types of forces. You need to have strong forces if you want to rule in assaulting and conquering the base of your opponents.

The Command & Conquer series have been a commercial success with over 30 million Command & Conquer games sold as of 2009.It’s also one of the highest ratings for a RTS PC game in existence. The series has acquired  six world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008.These records include “Biggest Selling RTS Series”, “Most Number of Platforms for an RTS”, and “Longest Running Actor in Video Game Role” for Joe Kucan, who has played the part of Kane, the villainous mastermind of the series, for 15 years. Click here for the best Command & Conquer game.

  1. Age of Empires III

Since the franchise of Age of Empires series started, it holds the title of being an RTS game that gives players the most choices for factions. A player has 14 different empires to choose from in Age of Empires III.

If you have a thing for geography and history, then you will find Age of Empires III quite interesting and enjoyable. Unlike other RTS games, this one features real life countries with actual historical military units like samurais. The game begins where you have to start off with a civilization that has to go through the dark ages. You need to research for technologies and then eventually opening up trade routes. From there, you’ll build up a massive army to take over parts of Europe and Asia.

If you want a recipe of realism on your game, Age of Empires is the perfect dish. For every advancement to another age, a bonus system called “Politician System” is used. When you choose to advance to the next age, you will be presented with two or more “Politicians” accompanied with different bonus when you select them.

Age of Empires III won PC Gamer US’s “Best Real-Time Strategy Game 2005” award. The game was named fifth-best game of 2005 by GameSpy. An ‘honorable mention’ in the ‘Best Music’ category was also given to the game.

  1. Supreme Commander

 

Supreme Commander is one of the best games in scale and zoom. Not only does it have an immersive gameplay aspect, it also has a full 180-degree aerial view. If you want to have a closer view or zoom out the entire map, you can just conveniently zoom in or zoom out. Others may find the game too unit heavy and intensive though.

Designed by Chris Taylor and developed by his company, Gas Powered Games, Supreme Commander is considered to be a spiritual successor to Taylor’s 1997 game Total Annihilation, alongside the Spring remake. The game focuses on using a giant bipedal mech called an Armored Command Unit (or ACU) to build a base. You would then need to reach higher technology tiers by upgrading your units. The primary goal is to conquer opponents. You can command one of these three factions: the Cybran Nation, the Aeon Illuminate or the United Earth Federation.

The game has received high praise from many reviewers and players worldwide.

  1. Company of Heroes

World War II has always had a soft spot in our hearts. Most of us are big fans of war movies because it reminds us how strong our brotherhood and love for nation is.

Company of Heroes is a 2006 RTS video game that is set during World War II. Your goal in this game is to capture strategic resource sectors located around the map. You use these resources to produce new units, build base structures and defeat your opponents.

This game has received positive acclamation and won multiple awards for the best strategy game of the year. Because Company of Heroes was a great success, a sequel Company of Heroes 2 was released in 2013.As of January 2013, the whole Company of Heroes series has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide film adaptation starring Tom Sizemore was even produced.

  1. Star Craft II

 

StarCraft II is arguably one of the most popular RTS game ever created. It is a sequel to the 1998 hit game StarCraft.

This military science fiction RTS video game was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It has its worldwide release in July 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The game revolves around three species: the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; and he Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers.

The plot of the game is set four years after the events of 1998’s StarCraft: Brood War. It features the adventure of Jim Raynor as he leads an insurgent group against the autocratic Terrain Dominion. The game includes both new and returning characters and locations from the original game.

Starcraft will always keep you on the edge of your seat, as it needs more time-sensitive strategically made decisions with the constant feeling of urgency. This is an excellent choice for you if you’re up for a challenge and adrenaline-pumping game.

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