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It looks like Peggle 2's coming to PS4 at some point


The South Korean Game Rating Board knows all
Nov 06
// Brett Makedonski
We can all agree that Peggle's pretty much the best thing ever, right? Alright, now that that's settled, it seems that through the magic of timed exclusives, even more people will be able to enjoy Peggle 2 in the fu...

Peggle 2: gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

Nov 06 // Dale North
Peggle 2 (Xbox One)Developer: PopCapPublisher: MicrosoftRelease Date: December, 2013 We've already told you that it's like crack. Nothing has changed in that respect, though I did have fun checking out some of the newly revealed power-ups for Peggle 2. I saw stage Winter Blunderland, where Master Jeffrey let us play with his Bowlder power. Once this shot is enabled, you get a huge boulder of a bowling ball to shoot across the stage, replacing your little metal ball for a turn. It mows down anything it touches, though it's not necessarily a straight shot. I was surprised to see that even a projectile of this size can change direction depending on what it hits. Still, a well-timed shot will clear the game board up nicely.  [embed]265051:51198:0[/embed] Master Berg freezes the gameboard, which has your pegs sliding around like hockey pucks. Your shot should be in an effort to cause a sliding chain reaction, like a car pileup on a frozen highway. Your reward? Well, Berg, a yeti,  twerks with his bare bottom when the going gets tough.  And you wonder why I can't wait for this puzzle game to be released.
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But it's not a launch day title
We learned the sad news this week that PopCap's Peggle 2 won't make launch day. But it's still "launch window" and it's still awesome in the way that only Peggle should be, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the near-final version I played last week. 

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Peggle 2 miss launch

F**K! Peggle 2 will miss Xbox One launch


Coming in December, says PopCap
Nov 04
// Dale North
People think I'm kidding around when I talk about how excited I am over PopCap's Peggle 2. In fact, recent discussions on this topic have had me defending myself. It's not a crack on Xbox One's launch lineup -- I'm a hug...
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Peggle

A few precious moments of Peggle 2


...spread across three separate videos
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
Short clips of Peggle 2 -- so this is what it's come to ... okay! Look, I'm desperate. PopCap has "gameplay preview" videos of the Peggle Masters Bjorn, Luna, and Berg that offer a quick fix to get us through the wait for th...
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New details on the Plants vs. Zombies arcade game


Inspired by Plants vs. Zombies 2...kinda
Oct 09
// Dale North
We recently told you about a new Plants vs. Zombies arcade game coming out of a tag team between PopCap and Sega, but we had no details to share at that time.  Thanks to Arcade Heroes and their copy of trade publication ...
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Plants vs Zombies: The Last Stand is an arcade game


PopCap and Sega team up?
Oct 04
// Dale North
A new image on Sega's arcade Facebook page teases a new Plants vs. Zombies game. It gives no information other than a name: Plants vs. Zombies: The Last Stand. The name sounds cool but we have no idea what kind of game this would be. A full-on arcade cabinet? A redemption machine? It's going to be cool, whatever it is.  We'll bring you more information on this game as soon as we get it.
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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 coming soon to Android


Soft launched in Australia and New Zealand
Oct 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is on the way to Android devices. It's available in Australia and New Zealand as part of a soft launch, and will be available globally soon.The game will be free to download just like the...
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PopCap

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare only has multiplayer


Pricing info detailed
Sep 03
// Jordan Devore
In retrospect, perhaps I should've expected that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare would be multiplayer-only. But that doesn't make its lack of a single-player mode any less disappointing. Even a short one -- something to ge...
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PvZ 2 stats

Plants vs. Zombies 2 downloaded nearly 25 million times


Those are some impressive numbers, free game or not
Sep 01
// Chris Carter
Last we heard, the mega-successful Plants vs. Zombies 2 had clocked in 25 million hours of playtime with gamers around the world. But as per another recent update from Popcap, we now know that the game has been downloaded "ne...
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PvZ Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare confirmed for PC


'Shortly after' the Xbox One and 360 launch
Aug 22
// Chris Carter
Well this a relief. After the curious PC-less launch of Plants vs. Zombies 2, many fans of the series were similarly disappointed that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was only announced for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. But n...

I almost missed an appointment playing Peggle 2

Aug 21 // Dale North
I'm going to be straight with you: it's more of the same. But I don't think that anyone that enjoyed Peggle is going to complain about that. The objective is the same: clear away all the orange pegs scattered about varied game boards with the allotted number of balls. The left stick aims the gun and the A button fires it. Simple. You'll try to bounce these balls off other pegs and surfaces to get the most out of them before gravity takes over.  PopCap says that the Peggle Masters take the spotlight here this time around, but I only saw Bjorn the headbanging unicorn. He dances (and headbangs) around as you play, entertaining you as you try to knock out orange pegs. His grunty struggle to produce balls before each level is a bit peculiar and gross, like he's pooping them out. Gotta love PopCap.  The most improved aspect of Peggle 2 over its predecessor is the sound. I'm happy to report that the feel-good "Ode to Joy" victory music is still intact, and somehow happier than ever. But there are more musical elements that also tie in to make the experience a bit more entertaining. I liked that each peg hit signaled a musical note, with each consecutive hit moving up the scale, with musical modes changing with the music, on the fly. Nice touch, PopCap.  But aside from the shinier sound and the nice HD graphics, I see nothing here that digs down very deep into the Xbox One's power. Maybe the game's multiplayer features will benefit from the new console's innards. We'll see.  But who cares if it doesn't? Peggle 2 was fun enough to have me apologizing at an appointment today. I told them that the floor was too busy. I hope they don't read Destructoid!
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It still has that power over me
It's an unending joke at the Microsoft booth here at gamescom. Nearly every group that walks into the booth seems surprised and amused that the shiny new Xbox One is powering this decidedly simple ball bouncing game. A lot of...

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PopCap

Peggle 2 looks like everything I want it to be


Which is to say, 'It's more Peggle'
Aug 20
// Jordan Devore
There are few things more satisfying in all of gaming than lining up that perfect Peggle shot -- the one that gracefully slides across every last peg you intended to hit. Gosh, I need Peggle 2 in my life more than I realized...
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Play as zombies in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare


New Boss Mode using SmartGlass
Aug 20
// Dale North
You can play as zombies in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. There are four zombie classes, including, adding a scientist and engineer to expected ones, like a ranger and an all-star. I love that the Engineer rocks a plumb...
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Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 fans have clocked 25 million hours


That's a lot of zombies on your lawn
Aug 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: EA has announced a new update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 called the "Far Future" level pack. Details are coming at a later date.] Although the concept of launching Plants vs. Zombies 2 exclusively on iOS and for free d...
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Xbox exclusives: Peggle 2 and PvZ: Garden Warfare


Braaains...
Aug 20
// Dale North
PopCap Games have a couple of their new games locked up with Microsoft. Announced today at a pre-gamescom press conference, both Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare are Xbox exclusives.  Peggle 2 comes to Xbo...

Review: Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Aug 15 // Chris Carter
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time (Android, iPad [tested on an iPad Mini], iPhone [reviewed on an iPhone 5])Developer: PopcapPublisher: Electronic ArtsReleased: August 15, 2013 (iOS) / TBA (Android)MSRP: Free (with microtransactions) Plants vs. Zombies 2 starts off innocently enough. Just like the first game, you'll defend your house in a grid-based fashion from a typical zombie horde, using the same basic plants and structures. Then your neighbor Crazy Dave has to go and eat a taco. But it's not just any taco, as it happens to be the best taco ever made -- and good enough to go back and time for. Of course, Dave's talking time machine doesn't quite work as planned, and you end up traveling across time and space, battling zombies for no apparent reason. Without a doubt the entire narrative is just an excuse to travel through time and explore various historical locales -- but that's completely okay with me, because time traveling happens to be a ton of fun. Actually playing the game is just as easy as the first, simply collecting sun to pay for and place towers (plants). In addition to the same tried-and-true strategies of the original (placing sun-producing Sunflowers in the back, with Peashooters in the middle to fend off zombies), you'll encounter a ton of fresh faces, like the Bonk Choy, a melee fighter that can't shoot projectiles, but packs a huge punch if properly protected, or the Spring Bean, a unit that can launch zombies into the water for an instant kill. You'll traverse across three worlds in the launch edition of the game, including Ancient Egypt, the Pirate Seas, and the Wild West. Each realm has specially themed zombies, like a Pharaoh-suit zombie that uses the staff of Ra to steal sun, and so on. But different shades of zombie aren't the only variants in these new levels, as there are also unique mechanics like limited space and planks in the Pirate world, and maneuverable mine carts in the Wild West. You can buy every level outright with an in-app-purchase, or you can just go through the game in a linear fashion. Thankfully, I didn't encounter paywalls of any kind that were progress related, so it is definitely possible to clear Plants vs. Zombies 2 without buying stages. Unfortunately the mini-game selection is pretty skimpy and you'll only get to occasionally experience a fresh gametype, which is a big step down from the cavalcade of diversions in the original. If you've played Plants vs. Zombies on a touch device, you've arguably played the best version of the game, and the smooth control scheme faithfully translates into the sequel. All you have to do to place plants or collect sun currency is to tap them, or tap wherever you want your plants to go. I had zero issues controlling the game on an iPad given the larger screen real estate, and outside of the occasional mis-tap on the iPhone, I didn't have much trouble in general. The brand new mechanics in It's About Time also work great with a touch screen. These come in the form of plant food that buffs one unit at a time temporarily, and offensive magic powers (inconsequential things like pinching zombie's heads off) that cost gold to cast. Although the powers are a pretty throwaway addition, plant food is easily my favorite welcome change for the sequel, as it adds a whole new layer of strategy that wasn't present in the original. Now, instead of simply planting your towers in a perfect formation and calling it a day, you can use plant food to spring special powers that are unique to every single plant. For instance, the Sunflower will generate more sun power on the spot, the Cabbagepult will launch projectiles randomly across the entire map, and the Wallnut will don a suit of armor for extra defense. Knowing when to use these abilities (and on what plants) is key to your success in Plants vs. Zombies 2, and it kept me a bit more engaged in some of the later levels. Plant food isn't an IAP-only item, either -- throughout each map, defeating glowing zombies will earn you single-use packets of plant food. You can also restock plant food or use powers by spending in-game gold (which I'll get to later). As you may have noticed from the info box above, the game is free -- so it has terrible microtransactions, right? Well, surprisingly, not really! At least, not yet it doesn't. The only content that's walled off is a small selection of plants for $3 each -- mostly legacy plants from the first game (the Squash, Imitator, Snow Pea, Jalapeno, Torchwood, and the Power Lily) that won't make or break your enjoyment in the slightest. Of course, it's always possible that EA will add "freemium" unlocks for other worlds and crucial plants down the line, as the game is already hinting at future updates. As it stands I'm actually quite surprised at how well IAPs have been handled in Plants vs. Zombies 2, especially given the fact that it's free. There are other microtransactions available in the form of boosts (like starting with more sun), and the ability to straight-up purchase gold. Again, these IAPs do not break the game, as you can still very much complete the entire experience without them. Having said that, they're basically cheats you can pay for, and the gold costs are so high that it's very unlikely you'll be able to use them consistently without paying real money, if that matters to you. Launching Plants vs. Zombies 2 exclusively on iOS platforms first is a really odd choice for a game that was originally a big-hitter for the PC, but it may very well pay off -- especially given the fact that the game is actually good. So long as EA and PopCap don't eventually ruin the game through greedy in-app purchases, the base game at launch is a treat, and worth a download from every iOS owner out there. What you're getting is basically more of that classic Plants vs. Zombie experience, with just enough tweaks to keep it interesting -- and that's more than enough for me.
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Just as addicting as the first
Plants vs. Zombies launched in 2009 on the PC and absolutely changed the face of tower defense games. It was a cultural phenomenon, inspiring even the most infrequent of gamers to play for hours on end, popping off one zombie...

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Awesome Plants vs. Zombies 18" Munny auction for charity


Child's Play to benefit from these cool pieces
Jul 18
// Dale North
PopCap and EA had many of these really funky 18-inch Mega Munny custom pieces on display at their booth here at San Diego Comic-Con today. Many folks from the game development community took one of Kidrobot's big-headed blank...
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Play Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 delayed, but you can play it sooner


Just make an Australian or New Zealand iTunes account
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
Those blasted Australians and New Zealanders are at it again, getting all sorts of special attention and treatment. We reported that Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time would be delayed beyond its July 18 release date targe...
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Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been delayed


No longer launching on July 18th
Jun 26
// Chris Carter
If you were waiting for Plants vs. Zombies 2 next month, prepare to be disappointed: the official PvZ Twitter account notes that the sequel will not hit its target date of July 18th, instead launching "later in the summer." I...
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Peggle 2

Peggle 2 announcement video turns into a fever dream


Yes, this is official
Jun 21
// Brett Makedonski
This video is Reason #1,349 why I love PopCap. Unwilling to rest on its laurels following its representative's notable Peggle 2 E3 enthusiasm, this short clip has surfaced. Cue the "Ode to Joy" as the explosions, rainbows, and creepy human unicorn faces fly. Extreme Fever, indeed.

I am so happy Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare exists

Jun 13 // Brett Makedonski
We were only shown a 5-10 minute live hands-off demo, but it was packed with compelling content. The most noticeable being that while this is a third-person action shooter, it still plays very much like the Plants vs. Zombies that everyone knows. Different paths are carved out in the battleground with chokepoints where traps and deterrents can be strategically positioned. This frees the player up to run around and personally dispose of the undead masses. All of the variety from the original game looks like it'll carry over too. In the arsenal are the likes of chili pepper grenades, chompers that dig under the dirt to attack from below, and (my personal favorite) an onion drone. If the smattering on display was any indication, there will be more than enough options available to satiate all play styles. Of course, the gel that will most likely hold all of this together is the quirky, charming style that permeates the entire game. From the adorable animations to the bizarrely amazing zombies, everything about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare oozes substance that's genuinely awesome. Few studios are capable of routinely doing that, and PopCap is one of them. We didn't see much of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, but what was shown looked really promising. I can't wait to get out into the garden, and that is a sentence that I never thought I'd say.
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Get your botanical battle on
One of the biggest surprises of E3 has been PopCap's announcement of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare as a real game. Following a spoof pun-filled campaign with the likes of "Petal of Honor", it turns out that PopCap ...

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PvZ: Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare caught me off guard


Unexpected, but awesome
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
My biggest E3 surprise so far has been Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, a game I didn't think would even exist much less look as compelling as it does. I mean, a third-person action game based on Plants vs. Zombies should...
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Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is about eating the best taco ever


It's About Time is literally about time
Jun 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
So remember in the first Plants vs. Zombies when you randomly found a taco? Crazy Dave immediately bought it off of you for 1,000 coins, and then he pocketed the taco to eat later. Well in Plants vs. Zombies 2, Crazy Dave fin...
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Peggle 2

PopCap announces Peggle 2 for this year


And then promptly runs off stage
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
During Electronic Arts' E3 2013 press conference, PopCap kicked things off proper with an announcement of the ridiculous, shockingly great-looking Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Right after a live demonstration, the pres...
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PvZ shooter? Seriously?

PvZ: Garden Warfare leak in Google cache [updated]


URL on PopCap.com suggests spoof is no joke
Jun 08
// Niero Gonzalez
Update: Supererogatory found a Google cache snapshot of that URL, which quasi-confirms its existence (or incredibly elaborate joke).  The description of the game appears as follow: PLANTS VS ZOMBIES™ GAR...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Free-to-play Plants vs. Zombies 2 launches July 18


Hitting mobile devices first
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
In addition to dating Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time for July 18, 2013 on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, PopCap has shared a few details about the long-awaited sequel. These are the platforms "at launch," with presumab...

Plants vs. Zombies 2 gets July release and new subtitle

May 06 // Allistair Pinsof
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Don't most decent videogames have a sequel out by now?
PopCap beat us to the punch by relabeling its game Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time within a new teaser trailer that also reveals the game's July release. This trailer was announced on the official Plants vs. Zombies Fa...

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Peggle is free

Peggle is free on PC and Mac for a limited time


I like yarn!
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
Peggle is a pretty old game, so coming up with an interesting way of saying "Peggle is free, guys," can be hard. Well, it would be hard, if there wasn't tons of Peggle noir fan-fiction to go around. There's also a lot of othe...
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Plants vs. Zombies

PopCap announces Plants vs. Zombies Adventures


Now in beta! Oops, I mean, brainnnns!
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
[Update: Plants vs. Zombies 2 is still coming. Crisis averted!] PopCap Games has just announced Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, a new game on the Facebook platform. If you "like" the landing page, you'll have a chance to play ...
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Plants vs. Zombies

PSA: Plants vs. Zombies free on iPhone and iPad right now


How do you not have this game yet?!
Feb 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Plants vs. Zombies is free right now for the iPhone and iPad. You can get the game for free until February 28, so you better act quick if you somehow don't own this addictive as hell tower defense game yet. Seriously, what is wrong with you?! That's it for the news, so here's Laura Shigihara performing her Plants vs. Zombies theme because it's just the best.

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