While the promised sequel to the world's most popular undead floral combat simulator is still slated for a Q3 release, Popcap is sowing the seeds of something more social with Plants Vs. Zombies Adventures, a Facebook game that explores the original title's tower defence roots.
Where Plants Vs. Zombies was a corridor-based defence variant with defenders on one side and attackers on the other, Adventures is a more traditional example of tower defence. The undead hordes follow a path, which the player lines with defensive plant life.
The game plays out like a road movie, the player tasked with protecting his or her recreational vehicle from advancing undead across a wide variety of maps. Inside Social Games scored an exclusive preview of the game with more details on the game's social aspects, which include crafting resource-generating buildings and sending zombies to destroy your friends' resource-generating buildings.
Meanwhile, I have to settle for the company line.
“Plants vs. Zombies Adventures is a highly accessible, zombie-zapping adaptation of the original game designed specifically for Facebook,” said Curt Bererton, head of PopCap’s San Francisco studio where Plants vs. Zombies Adventures was designed and developed. “The game not only offers up exclusive new plants and zombies along with old favourites, it features all-new forms of zombie combat that will open PvZ to a whole new world. We like to think we’re creating a brand new twist on the classic Plants vs. Zombies that is the most social, shareable and expansive Plants vs. Zombies experience ever.”
That's what I like to think every damn day, Curt.
Adventures is currently undergoing a regional close beta, or regional open beta, or it really doesn't matter because I am not in the region they are speaking of so I can't play. I will let you know when we can.