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Plants Vs. Zombies 3 Launches in the Philippines [REVIEW]

We’re going back to the old days of gaming with a Plants Vs Zombies 3 mobile game. Plants Vs Zombies 3 hit mobile devices here in the Philippines, letting us experience the game ahead of the rest of the SEA region.

Plants Vs. Zombies was a big hit before, landing Popcap great success which eventually led to Electronic Arts buying the studio. Now, the EA-owned Popcap has brought Plants Vs. Zombies 3 on mobile devices. Is it just as good as we remember it, or has the transition to mobile ruined the game?

Turf Wars

Plants Vs Zombies 3 retains the old formula of the series, but with minor adjustments made for its mobile adaptation. It still involves planting different kinds of greenery within five lanes, which would then defend your home from brain-eating zombies. They are still planted using the Sun resource, but this time the Sunflower is no longer required. Instead, Sun is passively acquired throughout the stage. This means the amount of Sun you could get and the rate at which you get them is consistent.

It also now only takes one zombie to reach the end of any lane to lose the game. With that being said, you will have to choose wisely on which plants to take with you for every stage, as you could now only bring six kinds of plants at a time. Before the start of each stage, you could see what kind of zombies you’ll be facing, which you could use to help you plan ahead.

Speaking of stages, the game is now divided into different areas. The whole neighborhood has been taken over by zombies, with you the sole real estate remaining. A giant, multi-story tower of a house is responsible for the zombie outbreak, and it is your responsibility to push it back from whence it came and reclaim the neighborhood from the zombies.

Pea-Sized Waves

Popcap executed this game as you would expect from a mobile game. An energy system keeps you from playing endlessly, and plants are now upgradable based on resources you could get from loot boxes. Being a mobile game, waves are now also bite-sized. Gone are the long, intense, and suspense-building stages that could last for half an hour. Instead, all stages could be finished in a few minutes, and then you move on to the next one.

It’s not really a big disappointment, only that the game isn’t a sufficient replacement for the Plants Vs. Zombies we used to play. Plants Vs. Zombies 3 is not a disappointment in itself, as the game is actually fun to play and is executed well for the type of game Popcap is trying to achieve. However, it’s disappointing to know that Popcap has decided to go to this direction for this series. They know that Plants Vs. Zombies has worked before as a mobile game with the old formula, so why the change?

Rating: 4/5

If you’re from the Philippines, Romania, or Ireland, you could play Plants Vs. Zombies 3 now on iOS and Android devices.