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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Ranged Attacker (Low-Cost)||Bloomerang|
|Ranged Attacker (High-Cost)||Coconut Cannon|
|Melee Attacker||Bonk Choy|
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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