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Since its official debut, over 25 million people have downloaded Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. And it's easy to see why: the game is addicting, rewards commitment, and yet can be interrupted at any time when the real-world comes calling. Yet few PvZ fans realize that the game itself serves as a wonderful guide to life (like Candy Crush), through these 8 lessons.





[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-8.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same[/text_image]
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If you’ve played the first Plants vs. Zombies, don’t bother with the tutorial when playing the second game. You’ll save at least 15 minutes of your time and get to the new parts of the sequel faster.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-7.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. Progress Means Doing the Same Things Over and Over Again[/text_image]
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Finishing each world of Plants vs. Zombies 2 requires acquiring a certain amount of stars. The only way to do this is to replay levels you’ve finished, meeting the new challenges that come with each new run-through. On a related note, at the end of each world is a never-ending level that becomes increasingly hard with each set of waves.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-6.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]6. Think Long-Term[/text_image]
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As you progress through the game, it will randomly award you with keys that you can use to unlock parts of each world. You can spend the keys you acquire right away, but not saving them for situations when you can unlock very useful plants (such as the upgraded sunflower and spikeweed) will make things harder in the long run.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-5.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]5. There’s Always the Right Tool for the Job[/text_image]
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The Snapdragon is a new plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that bathes an area in front of it with fire. Pretty great for dispatching hordes of zombies, but it also melts ice. This means you can’t use it with Iceberg Lettuce, which temporarily freezes a single zombie, or the Winter Melon, which slows down entire groups of enemies. On the other hand, the Snapdragon is great if you can’t spend too much sun, and against chickens!

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-4.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]4. Money is a Shortcut, But It Will Leave You Shallow[/text_image]
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A widespread fear leading up to Plants vs. Zombies 2 debut was that you would have to spend money just to progress through the game at a reasonable pace. So far that hasn’t proven true in my experience, but you can still pay up to make the game faster (and easier). However, what’s the point of spending money just to finish a video game earlier? You will miss out on the feeling of accomplishment made possible by working through the game’s challenges, instead of buying your way through.

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Your (in-game) neighbour Crazy Dave and his time-traveling RV will share useful information that will help you win the earlier levels. Yet as you master the mechanics of Plants vs. Zombies 2, feel free to ignore the duos insane ramblings and at times awful puns, and hit “Tap to Continue” as fast as possible.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/plants-vs-zombies-texts-2.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]2. Awkward Dancing is Irritating[/text_image]
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Anyone who’s played through the Wild West world knows about the Pianist Zombie, a really powerful enemy that can soak up tons of damage. What’s worse is that they make other zombies dance and switch lanes in an awkward shuffle. Not only do zombies move faster towards your defenses, the constant shifting makes it harder to concentrate your firepower. Very irritating, just like awkward dancing in real life.

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Financial experts tell you to save at least six months’ worth of your salary. In Plants vs. Zombies 2, you should save up lots of in-game gold. That way, when you encounter really hard levels that you can’t seem to win, you can spend your gold for temporary boosts that will make life much easier. It’s just like saving enough in real-life, so that you can get past those challenging moments.

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Rico Mossesgeld

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