Game of the Month, July 2013: Plants Vs. Zombies 2

Putting all of July’s Must Have games together in a list made me realize that July 2013 was one of the biggest months in the history of iOS gaming. An unbelievable number of great titles hit the App Store, including ports (Limbo, Sine Mora), remakes (Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame), new installments in established series (Layton Brothers Mystery Room, Magic 2014), and new titles entirely (Bloodmasque, Kamikaze Pigs). But there can be only one Game of the Month, and this month it’s Plants Vs. Zombies 2.


Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is currently only available in New Zealand and Australia, but it will creep over to the rest of the world in due course. When we first heard the game was going free-to-play, we were nervous the freemium aspects of the game would ruin the fun. We didn’t need to worry. The new pricing model has made it accessible to all gamers, and it hasn’t curbed the fun of the gameplay one bit.

This gorgeous sequel brings players through a smattering of environments based in different time periods. You’ll ward off the undead in ancient Egypt, the Old West, and on pirate-infested seas. The game is packed with new plants, new enemies, and new power-ups. It even has gesture-based super moves that deal ridiculous amounts of damage to the zombie walkers. The game has tons of content already, and more is presumably in the works. All that, and you don’t have to spend a dime.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Deus Ex: The Fall. This is a full-fledged prequel to last year’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, so expect stealthy action, a meaty story, deep character customization, and multiple ways to get through levels. Square Enix has also done a terrific job of paring down the complex controls so they work on the touchscreen. Any way you slice it, this game’s a winner.

Congratulation to PopCap and Square Enix for making our two favorite games in a month packed with great games. Also be sure to check out our other Must Have titles for July, including Delta-V Racing, Bloodmasque, Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Sine Mora, Sky Gamblers: Cold War, Kamikaze Pigs, Tiny Thief, Hero of Many, Siegecraft TD, Magic 2014, Limbo, and Layton Brothers Mystery Room.

10 thoughts on “Game of the Month, July 2013: Plants Vs. Zombies 2

      • Atleast that game should be reachable to everyone. Otherwise it would be like releasing a game for a group of people and then they brag about it among themselves which makes no sense.

  1. In my opinion deus ex is the real winner here. I’m sure plants vs zombies is great, but deus ex is huge an well done.

  2. Игра месяца? PvZ2?!?!?!? Ребят, сколько денег вам EA games отвалила за эту статью??? Игра не то что бы ужасна, она ОТВРАТИТЕЛЬНА! Система f2p – хороший способ зарабатывать, если ты – говно-разработчик и если НЕ можешь сделать хорошую игру и вывалить 8$ – цену. Первая часть PvZ была интересной, необычной, красочной. Вторая же часть оказалась тусклым, однотипным Г-О-В-Н-О-М! Растения за реальные деньги, солнца за реальные деньги, усилители за реальные деньги, ключи за реальные деньги… Вопрос, зачем тогда стратегия? Ум? Можно просто купить или, если ты(умный человек) взломать игровую валюту (да-да-да мы все это хорошо умеем делать) и тупо – машинально проходить уровни…
    EA games в очередной раз разочаровали меня.
    PvZ 2 может полдучить МАКСИМУМ 14 баллов. Увы, вы изгадили очередную игру.

    • Lemme translate this.

      Game of the Month? PvZ2?!?!?!? Guys, how much money you will fall off EA games for this article?? The game is not something that would be terrible, it’s disgusting! The system f2p – a good way to earn money, if you – shit, developer and if you can not make a good game and throw out $ 8 – the price. The first part of PvZ was interesting, unusual, colorful. The second part was dim, the same type of D-O-B-N-O-M! Plants for real money, real money for the sun, the amplifiers for real money, keys for real money … Question, why the strategy? The mind? You can simply buy or if you (smart people) hack game currency (yes, yes, yes, we all know how to do it well), and stupidly – automatically pass the levels …

      EA games has once again disappointed me.

      PvZ 2 can polduchit MAXIMUM 1 4 points. Alas, you befoul the next game.

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