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How to Play Plants vs. Zombies 2 Now
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. If you live outside New Zealand or Australia however, a little trickery is required to get the game running on your iOS device. Just follow this step-by-step:
Make Sure You've Signed Out of Your Current Apple ID
Go to the App Store on your device, and tap on "Featured" on the lower-left. Once everything loads scroll all the way down. If you see a button with "Apple ID:" and an email address right beside it, tap on that button then tap on "Sign Out". Want more detailed instructions? Check this out.
Create a Secondary Email Address if You Don't Have One
Use any free service, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail. Remember the email address you've created.
Search for Plants vs. Zombies 2
Now tap on "Search" near the lower right, and type out "Plants vs. Zombies 2" on the text box near the top. If you're reading this on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, just tap here to locate the game on the App Store.
Download the Game
Once you've found Plants vs. Zombies 2, tap on the Free button. Tap on "Create New Apple ID". Select Australia or New Zealand as the Country or Region, and agree to the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions. Next you'll be asked to fill out your email address, name, address, etc. Use the secondary email address you created in step 2 as the Apple ID, and feel free to fill up the rest with fictional information.
Once your done, select None as a Payment option. You'll be asked to verify your email account, so just follow the instructions on the screen. After the verification process, the game should download automatically. If not, just return to the App Store, and just sign in with your new secondary Apple ID. A more detailed walkthrough is available here.
Using the process detailed above, I was able to play Plants vs. Zombies 2 for a few hours. Here's what stood out the most:
The Basic Mechanics are the Same
You still have to put down plants to fight off waves of zombies. I suggest you skip the "fundamentals" tutorial if you've already played the first Plants vs. Zombies, since it will just show you how to put down plants and collect sun just like the in the first game. And yes, you can play the game even without an internet connection.
Not Your Daddy's Lawn
After a few levels that will seem very very familiar to players of Plants vs. Zombies 1, the setting changes. I found myself fighting off mummies instead of zombies in Ancient Egypt, and am now collecting enough stars to unlock a series of pirate-themed levels. I've also encountered at least 3 plants that put a new spin on things. The Bloomerang for instance throws a (what else?) boomerang that hits enemies twice as it flies out and returns to the plant.
Progress Doesn't Require Money (So Far)
A lot of people were worried that Electronic Arts would make Plants vs. Zombies 2 a "pay-to-win" game, where spending some money would be required to progress at a reasonable rate. So far I haven't felt the need to get out my credit card though, but there are parts of the game that can be unlocked if you collect enough items that drop at random while you play—or just outright buy them.
I've also discovered that to finish a stage of the game, you'll need to play some of the levels more than once. Again, you can just pay to speed everything up, but at least every time you repeat a level there are new challenges to overcome.
Still an Addicting Experience
At times, Plants vs. Zombies 2 seems overproduced compared to its predecessor. The music for example seems oriented towards reminding you about the first game, rather than exude its own personality. Still, I'm pretty sure Plants vs. Zombies 2 will appeal to fans of the original game and an entirely new set of casual gamers. A lot of the gameplay is still the same, but there are enough new things to keep the sequel interesting.
It's worth wasting time on Plants vs. Zombies 2, so get downloading now!