Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 90
    It has that elusive "special something" that gets its hooks in you and convinces you to forego food, sleep, and other essentials just to see what the next level has in store. Even if you've already played through the game on PC or iPhone, the versus multiplayer mode is definitely worth checking out.
  2. Plants vs. Zombies is a sheer addiction that you won't take off anytime soon, whether you're a veteran player or a first-timer joining the ranks.
  3. With all the modes and the differences caused by changes in the environments and zombies, this game will keep you coming back for quite some time.
  4. If the new control layout on the 360 is of concern, don't sweat it. PopCap has continually done a fantastic job translating the control scheme across platforms (from computers to touch screens) and the 360 controller is no exception.
  5. At 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), Plants vs. Zombies is a bit more expensive on the Xbox 360 than on the PC, where you can snag it from Steam for a mere $10. If you've never played the game, it is well worth the cost.
  6. It's clever, addictive, funny and can be played with a friend. At $15 on Xbox Live Arcade, it's probably the best deal of the dying summer.
  7. 91
    While I'd still point to the touch-enabled iPad edition as the definitive version of the game (thus far), Plants vs. Zombies makes a very impressive transition to Xbox Live Arcade.
  8. Dec 25, 2010
    90
    Utterly essential if you've yet to bite. [Issue#231, p.91]
  9. This Xbox 360 has the best of the original game, solves the potential control problem, and adds as its main innovation the multiplayer mode.
  10. 90
    Unlike the iPad/iPhone version, the game offers everything the PC version does, and then some. So along with all the mini games, the Zen garden and the survival modes you also get local co-op and Vs modes, which give it added value.
  11. With a main game mode that spans 50 levels, numerous unlockable modes that extend the lifespan significantly, stupidly addictive gameplay and fun-infused presentation, you'd be a fool to pass up Plants Vs Zombies.
  12. For all its humor, endless replay value and subtle, accessible strategy, it's no wonder that Plants vs. Zombies remains one of the best games to come out of the casual gaming market.
  13. Co-op is the highlight, adding mechanics like floating sun energy that's reaped by both players hovering their cursor over it, and dividing the job of dropping plants by giving each player four seed packets. It's well-balanced strategy that isn't hardcore, but is fertilised by adorable comedy.
  14. Buy, kiss your life goodbye. [Issue#64, p.103]
  15. All I can say is that PopCap will be hard pressed to top Plants vs Zombies with any of their future releases.
  16. The simple truth is that Plants vs. Zombies on Xbox Live Arcade is one of the best values on the entire service.
  17. Zombies are once again invading our garden in the Xbox Live Arcade version of Plants vs Zombies. And really, it is just as fun as ever and highly recommended to everyone.
  18. If you are one of the few individuals that have not experienced this title within one of its many incarnations then you are truly in for a treat.
  19. While Plants vs. Zombies lacks the superior control scheme of iDevices (and even a good old fashioned PC mouse), the extra modes are worth a purchase: even if you already own another iteration!
  20. If you've played through the game previously on another platform then it's dependent on how much you love the game as to whether the console upgrade is worth it. However, if you're someone who has never experienced the humble joys of a Popcap gem such as this then it's a more-than-worthy purchase.
  21. If you've never played Plants vs. Zombies before, then this is - wait for it - a no-brainer. The game is an amazing gigglefest of unbridled fun, overflowing with game modes and replayability.
  22. If you've never played PVZ before on any platform, then purchasing it is a no-brainer because it's hands down one of the best video games ever made for any platform.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    I really liked this game!!!! It is a very unique game & very funny. When I first saw the game advertised I fought it looked pretty boring, butI really liked this game!!!! It is a very unique game & very funny. When I first saw the game advertised I fought it looked pretty boring, but when I saw the good reviews I gave it a go & LOVED IT!
    Best Game I've played in the last 6 months
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  2. Oct 12, 2010
    5
    the games adventure mode is extremely bad. it feels like work. but in the multi player you can play as the zombies so you can see how thethe games adventure mode is extremely bad. it feels like work. but in the multi player you can play as the zombies so you can see how the zombie get in the house without losing but over all the game isn't that good Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2010
    10
    Plants vs. Zombies is one of those rare games that takes a concept- in this case, tower defense- combines it with a well used topic- zombies-Plants vs. Zombies is one of those rare games that takes a concept- in this case, tower defense- combines it with a well used topic- zombies- and then crafts a gem unlike any other. In this addicting game, you place plants, which serve as towers, on your lawn using Sun that you pick up or generate with certain towers. Then, zombies come across your lawn and get killed by your towers. That is basically the game at its core, but it soon gets a bit more complicated. You'll be introduced to new and more powerful zombies, and you'll be forced to adapt to different lawns. For example, you must put Strangleweed so that the Scuba Zombies in the pool in your backyard don't swim all the way to your Peashooters, pop up, and kill them instantly. If you understood what I just said, kudos to you. Few defense games give off the same quirky charm that PvZ emanates, something that separates this game from the crowd. Also, there are puzzle and minigame modes outside of the adventure mode, to guarantee you'll be playing this game for many hours. Full Review »