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Plants vs. Zombies 2
Developer(s)PopCap Games, TalkWeb Games (China)
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Composer(s)Laura Shigihara
Peter McConnell
SeriesPlants vs. Zombies
Platform(s)iOS, Android
  • AU: July 9, 2013
  • WW: August 15, 2013
  • CHN: September 12, 2013
  • AU: October 2, 2013
  • WW: October 23, 2013
Genre(s)Tower defense
Mode(s)Single-player, Multi-player

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (originally subtitled: It's About Time) is a 2013 free tower defense video game developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, and was released worldwide on Apple App Store on August 15, 2013, and Google Play on October 23, 2013. The player defends the lawn from zombies by placing a variety of plants. The player must battle the zombies in different time periods, including Ancient Egypt, the Golden Age of Piracy, the Wild West, the Last Ice Age, Mesoamerica, the future, the Early Middle Ages, the 1980s, the Jurassic Period, the 1960s and the present.


The protagonist of the game uses a time machine named Penny to travel to different pseudo-historical settings with their neighbor, Crazy Dave, to find Dave's taco. The protagonist is engaged in a race through time with Dr. Zomboss, the main antagonist of the previous game, wherein the player is introduced to new plants and zombies, a midpoint in each world being a miniboss "Gargantuar" level, before each world ends with at least one battle against Dr. Zomboss, who is trying to prevent a paradox.[1]


Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a free game, unlike its predecessor, supporting in-app free coins to use certain power-up abilities. Plant Food, a new item, is dropped by certain zombies or bought with coins, and allows plants to power up for varying amounts of time. Each plant has its own ability when given Plant Food. Plants are unlocked by either completing levels, spending in-game gems or real money, or collecting enough seed packets through special events. Additionally, users can level up their plants using Seed Packets (found in-game or with real money[2]) to allow them to permanently enhance their abilities. Players start in a tutorial in front of the player's house. Afterward, the player travels to Ancient Egypt and can win in-game World Keys by beating Dr. Zomboss at the end of each world, used to unlock new worlds (this required a certain number of stars in earlier updates). Worlds include Pirate Seas, Lost City, Jurassic Marsh, etc. The Chinese version has five additional worlds, which are Kongfu World, Sky City, Steam Age, Heian Age, Renaissance Age, and Secret Realms, similar to worlds, such as the Fairytale Forest.[3] As players go through levels, they unlock new plants each with advantages and unique boosts, likewise zombies and modifiers, such as dinosaurs, get more advanced as the player progresses.


In August 2012, PopCap announced that they were working on a sequel to their previous game, Plants vs. Zombies, and that it would include "new features, settings, and situations".[4] In a later announcement, the company confirmed that the new game would be released on July 18, 2013.[5] On June 26, 2013, PopCap announced on their Twitter page that the game would release later than previously announced. On July 9, the game was released in Australia and New Zealand on the iOS App Store[6] and came out worldwide on August 15, 2013.[7] The Android version was released worldwide on October 23, 2013.[8]


The game was first expected to launch on iOS on July 18, 2013. On June 26, it was announced that the game was delayed until later in the summer on the game's official Twitter account.[9] The game soft-launched in Australian and New Zealand App Stores on July 9 to test server capacity. It launched worldwide on iOS on August 15 and, in five days, topped the free app charts in 137 countries. On September 12, PopCap Games soft-launched the game for Android in China in Baidu AppSearch and announced that it would be coming to Google Play worldwide later in the year. On October 2, the game soft-launched on the Australian and New Zealand Google Play stores.[10]


The game received mostly positive feedback from users and critics, despite using in-app purchases. Critics mostly praised the gameplay and graphics. It has a Metacritic score of 86/100 based on 36 reviews.[11] PopCap Games announced at Gamescom on August 20, 2013, that the game had been downloaded 15 million times, making it the most successful EA mobile game launch. Ten days later, it was announced that the game had been downloaded 25 million times, exceeding the lifetime downloads of the first game.[13] Apple chose Plants vs. Zombies 2 as a runner-up for the 2013 iPhone game of the year.[14] During the 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences awarded Plants vs. Zombies 2 with both "Casual Game of the Year" and "Mobile Game of the Year".[15]


  1. ^ In-game dialogue, Modern Day, Day 32 level. "Your reckless pursuit of an already-eaten taco has shattered all of time!"
  2. ^ "'Plants Vs. Zombies 2' Power Plants Update: Seed Packets Will Strengthen Your Arsenal In New Ways". Player.One. January 10, 2017.
  3. ^ 马荣 (January 24, 2014). "《植物大战僵尸2》功夫世界地图上线". zol.com.cn. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Alice (August 20, 2012). "Plants vs. Zombies 2 announced for 2013". Shacknews. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Truta, Filip (May 7, 2013). "Plants vs. Zombies 2 Launch Date Confirmed". Softpedia. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Timmy Feng (July 9, 2013). "Plants vs. Zombies 2 Launches". AppsGoer. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Clover, Juli (August 14, 2013). "Plants vs. Zombies 2 Launching Worldwide on August 15". macrumors. Retrieved August 14, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ AndrewH (October 24, 2013). "PopCap finally plants plants vs zombies 2 andrew releases Plants vs Zombies 2, no really it is out now for everyone". DroidGamers. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  9. ^ Twitter / PlantsvsZombies: Plants vs. Zombies 2, originally. Twitter.com. Retrieved on October 9, 2013.
  10. ^ Plants vs Zombies 2 Android version gets soft launch. GamesRadar (October 3, 2013). Retrieved on October 9, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  12. ^ Hodapp, Eli (August 14, 2013). "'Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time' Review – A Fantastic Sequel to the Classic Original, This Time for Free". TouchArcade. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Philip (August 30, 2013). "Plants vs. Zombies 2: Big Numbers". PopCap Games. Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  14. ^ Corriea, Alexa Ray (December 17, 2013). "Apple names Ridiculous Fishing, Badland its 2013 games of the year". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "D.I.C.E. Awards By Video Game Details Plants vs. Zombies 2". interactive.org. Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 27, 2023.

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