Plants Vs. Zombies 2 update turns the world upside down with new map mechanics

December 12, 2013
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In a case of "what were they thinking?", the developers of Plants Vs. Zombies 2 have decided to change the rules a bit when it came to the overworld maps. While these changes mean more free playing time for everyone, it might cause others to go back and play through some rather difficult stages again.

While the changelog says that the upgraded map makes game progression quicker and easier, the improvement is a two-edged sword. Progression has indeed been simplified since there is only one single linear way through the map now. There are also no more gates and, therefore, no more keys. As a result, every map is open to everyone. There is, however, a sad side effect. To implement this new map system, some of the stages within those gated parts had to be added to other maps. This has the consequence that, in some cases, players would have to try to go through the maps again to unlock what they have previously unlocked.

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The update isn't all that bad, however. There is a new feature called the Turbo button. As the name suggests, this will speed up planting time. Of course, it also speeds up the normally slow zombies as well. A new monster has also made its way into the game called Gargantuars, which, as you might have guessed, are giant zombies. There is also a hint of a new world coming soon, with a silhouette that suggests a rather futuristic environment.

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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is, of course, still available for free, with the ever present in-app purchase options. Those who have purchased keys before to get through some gates will receive certain rewards due to the changes to the map system.

VIA: Android Police


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  • sam

    Has anyone else noticed that sun is now worth 50 instead of 25?

    • Courtney

      That was the first thing I noticed. I think this update is awesome. Looks much better and plays much better

      • plague

        Except the game being the game and the star levels are gone. But now every level has the NEED to do things that are anoyying… Like don’t lose any lawn mowers …. You know a major part of the game… Wtf did they do? And no the sun was 25 now its 50 but wtf they ruined it. Yay no gates. But now instead of getting stars. The levels all have the stupid chsllenges …

    • Jesse Boord

      Sun was always 50 dear

    • Jesse Boord

      Sun was alw

    • Indigosamuri

      I noticed. Sun used to be 25, now it is 50. I personally like that change. It made some of the more difficult maps doable without spending any money on the three little buffs at the bottom right.

  • jpo

    Anyone know what the levels with swirls on them signify?

  • MyOpinionWhat

    What do you do with the world key they give you? Is that supposed to open up that 4th map?

  • Dub_doubt

    I have two of the new world keys but had already beat the game. What’s the point of giving us these new keys with no new world. This game has been a fail from the beginning.

  • BillyToker

    Hi, the latest update sux balls. I am deleting the game. Thank you and go to hell PopCap.

    • Jim Magee

      I agree

      • I piss on PvZ2

        Yeh seems as though they realized they weren’t making any money from the in-app purchases so they changed the layout making some levels impossible to complete without using coins. They should have simply charged a couple of $’s for the game to begin with. Now with the latest update, PopCap have ruined a once pretty decent game. I am deleting it now as well.

      • SBM_from_LA

        Not entirely true… Veterans of the original PvZ game shouldn’t have any problems completing it. I downloaded this PvZ 2 .. about 2 weeks ago and it took me about a week to complete and unlock all the worlds and I didn’t need to buy anything. I do have a spare key that I’m guessing is suppose to open up the next world that’s currently unknown and unavailable as of yet.

  • seraw

    such a bad update..what the fuck were u thinking.. the keys was a great part of the game app/game deleted

  • disgusted

    Ive had the new version of this game beats for two months already. When can I get to the New World? I was only given one world key and can’t get anymore. This is ridiculous they have ruined the game.