• Publisher: PopCap
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 2013
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    Who knew that zombies existed in every historic era? Don't miss out on this journey of epic proportions!
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    84
    Another great example of Tower Defense gameplay designed for iOS devices. Lacks innovation, that´s for sure, but nonetheless it´s a must-have game.
  3. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 offers an entertainment experience unlike any other that can be a mainstay on your iOS device, and in your free time. It enhances every aspect of the outstanding original, and while it’s not perfect you will definitely enjoy the time you spend with it. This review is long and meticulous, just like the game.
  4. Jul 24, 2013
    90
    That rare title that gets better as you progress, crediting dedicated players who know that the best things are yet to come.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    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.
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    The core Plants vs Zombies gameplay is still as strong as ever, so there is still tons of fun to be found in the sequel. But after the first game's carefully crafted difficulty curve, Plants vs Zombies 2's grinding can make it feel like a more inconsistent experience.
  7. Jul 19, 2013
    90
    This is a remarkable sequel, one that takes its predecessor not as a template, but a jumping-off point. And for all the justifiable concern about its chosen business model, its implementation of the free-to-play model prizes players’ hearts above the contents of their wallets.
  8. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    PopCap maintains the addictive tower-defense gameplay and cheesy humor that made the first Plants vs. Zombies such a phenomenon, while adding a plethora of new features that ensure this game will consume every free second you have—if you let it.
  9. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    In keeping with its horticultural theme, Plants vs. Zombies 2 has deep roots and many branches, and it bears fruit in a game that feels at once familiar and refreshing.
  10. Aug 20, 2013
    90
    Plant vs. Zombies 2 is the perfect sequel for a perfect game. The new plants are awesome, the new mechanics are intriguing and the free-to-play policy never tries to put a hand in your pocket. A must have.
  11. Aug 27, 2013
    85
    Plants Vs Zombies 2 has it all: special levels, new gameplay elements and units to compete with endless waves of increasingly aggressive and powerful enemies.
  12. Aug 15, 2013
    93
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 gives serious strategy players and casual mobile gamers a lot to love.
  13. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    The comedic army of undead make placing your aggressive plants in every level a party. The tried and tested gameplay of defending your base continues to be interesting thanks to the right amount of variation at the right time. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time was definitely worth the wait.
  14. 80
    A fantastic sequel to a delightfully simple strategy game. Rest assured that you can easily play it without running your head into any paywalls. And that fact alone makes PvZ2 one of the best freemium games in recent times.
  15. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    With such an attractive pricetag (free!) and such interesting gameplay, this is a title not to be missed despite not being as good as the first game.
  16. Sep 18, 2013
    93
    A fantastic sequel, unhindered by its free to play model. Plant this on your device now! [Nov 2013, p.78]
  17. Aug 21, 2013
    60
    There's a creeping sense that [the game] cares less about the player, and more the clinking in their coffers. [Issue#138, p.111]
  18. Aug 28, 2013
    90
    PopCap affirms the Plants vs. Zombies position as one of the best mobile games for casual, even hardcore gamers. Zombies are coming!
  19. Aug 13, 2013
    90
    It is a rare title that all generations or genders of players can enjoy. I heartily recommend it, as there are no rotten vegetables in this game.
  20. Aug 15, 2013
    100
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 is everything you could have wanted, or expected, from the sequel to one of the greatest casual games of all time. It’s safe to say this one was well worth the wait, and then so much more.
  21. Aug 21, 2013
    70
    When it works, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is a delight, and the in-app purchases nearly work, and are at least an interesting attempt at trying to do them in a slightly different way. Unfortunately, through a combination of grinding and an obvious clawing for your money, the wonderful character and soul from the previous game has been tarnished ever so slightly.
  22. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    A big improvement on the first game, albeit one hampered by the free to play model. [Oct 2013, p.77]
  23. Jul 17, 2013
    87
    Like the beloved original, Plants vs Zombies 2's gameplay never stands still – it’s always evolving, layering in fresh plants and new twists. No matter how you play, the gameplay is founded on the tension between your game plan and the fact that you’ll almost never have enough sun or space to fully execute said game plan.
  24. Jul 22, 2013
    90
    Don't worry about the free to play model business or the lack of night levels: Plants Versus Zombies 2 is exactly the game you were looking for. New plants and Plant Food add a new level of strategy, as well as the peculiar gameplay of the different worlds. Every single fan of the original game should give a chance to this sequel.
  25. Sep 10, 2013
    93
    Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time just works well in every way. The game makes good use of the Free to Play-model, with which you'll only pay for something to make it a bit easier for yourself. The game is just as enjoyable without spending a dime though.
  26. Jul 18, 2013
    88
    Plants vs. Zombies fans should stop worrying about the new F2P model. Every level in It's About Time can be solved with the plants and tools included for free in the game and it never feels unfinished or reduced. Gameplay changes are organic and improve the game experience. Even though things like the night levels will be missed, this sequel will not disappoint the fans.
  27. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    More isn't necessarily better, though Plants vs. Zombies 2 still shines as a slick and fun free offering.
  28. Aug 19, 2013
    85
    Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time keeps the fresh gameplay and the sense of humor from the first game and offers new funny situations to its tower defense formula; and all that just for free.
  29. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    A great sequel to what is still probably the best Tower Defense game around, and a shining example of how to do free-to-play properly.
  30. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a sequel that not only outshines the original, but also does the free-to-play game system justice - a rare feat for apps these days.
  31. Aug 19, 2013
    89
    Besides a little bit of grind and a smaller number of plants compared to the previous game, Plants vs Zombies 2 is a perfectly balanced tower defense and a great free-to-play game.
  32. Aug 16, 2013
    70
    A worthy sequel to a much-loved original, but one that suffers from structural changes introduced to accommodate IAP.
  33. On the one hand, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is all kinds of fun. The action is as compelling as ever, and the new plants, zombies, rail mechanics, and various mini-games only make things better...On the other, its aggressive strategy to make players spend money within the game is a bummer.
  34. Jul 26, 2013
    100
    A great sequel that certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but provides plenty of great and humorous zombie-smashing action.
  35. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    All in all, PvZ2 is an incredible sequel. Unless you're exceptionally impatient or just not very good at these kind of games, it'll be totally free for you to play. If you've found yourself burnt by freemium games in the past, I highly recommend giving this one a spin as it might change your opinion on the pay model.
  36. Aug 18, 2013
    88
    Compared to the original one, there's more content and fun, even though being free to play is something not everyone will like. However, it lives up to the expectation, and does deserve a try.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 57
  2. Negative: 31 out of 57
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    3
    The game plays like it has no soul. It teaches you to learn how to use power-ups several boards in then a little after that slaps you with theThe game plays like it has no soul. It teaches you to learn how to use power-ups several boards in then a little after that slaps you with the Store where it shows you all the items you can buy. Why even present the game as f2p if you're going to shove the store at users so early? Loved the first game and felt compelled to finish it several times. It remains a no-brainer pick-up-and-play game even now. This sequel feels stiff, flat and completely unlike the first one... which in this case isn't a good thing. After waiting for the release for so long in North America I can't help but be disappointed. It's already uninstalled from my iPad. Not sure what I was hoping or expecting, if anything, but it sure wasn't this. Full Review »
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    10
    The only reason the user reviews are so low is because PvZ 2 was delayed in the USA so that they would not have any server issues like SimThe only reason the user reviews are so low is because PvZ 2 was delayed in the USA so that they would not have any server issues like Sim City had. I am sure that when it comes out in just a few days it will be fantastic. If you are in Australia or New Zealand, you are enjoying it right now. Love the original game! Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2013
    0
    After destroying Westwood studio (C&C) and crapping all over Maxis (SimCity) our beloved EA is finally laying its hand on PopCap and turningAfter destroying Westwood studio (C&C) and crapping all over Maxis (SimCity) our beloved EA is finally laying its hand on PopCap and turning their 100% awesome game into a 100% money sucking game with a tiny tiny change to the game itself. Thank you EA, thank you very much! Full Review »