Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense and strategy video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Windows and OS X in May 2009, and ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices, and in remastered versions for personal computers.
In Plants vs. Zombies, the player takes the role of a homeowner in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. To defend their home from zombies, some of which have unique abilities, the player uses plants that can fire projectiles at, or have other detrimental effects on, the horde of advancing zombies. The player collects “sun” with which defending plants can be bought. Zombies approach along several parallel lanes on the lawn, and the player must plan defenses in these lanes. If a zombie makes it to the house on any lane, the level is over.
Director George Fan was inspired to make the game after playing other tower defense titles and desiring to eliminate the typical strategies of sending advancing enemies through mazes of defenses, instead adapting the lane approach to remove this strategy.
Take a look below for 10 of the best and strongest Plants vs. Zombies plants.
Her tail and name are based on the Typha latifolia, the Cattail or reed, a perennial herbaceous plant in the genus Typha. Her face and head, however, are based on the domestic cat, Felis catus. Her name is a pun on the name “Cattail” as she resembles a cat whose tail is a reed.
In a Q/A stream hosted by Laura Shigihara, she revealed that the pink beanie that Cattail wears is a reference to a beanie that she wears, and that George Fan included the beanie as a tribute to her.
Her codename in the Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2, “nekotail” is a pun between her English name and “neko” which is Japanese for cat, referencing the stereotype of anime shows (a mainly Japanese medium) using cats a lot.
The Sunflower is the backbone of the plant army and keeps her teammates in the fight with her superior healing and sunny personality. She prefers to stay near the back of the fight, lending assistance with her long-range attacks.
3. Winter Melon
Like Melon-pult, he lobs watermelons that deal massive damage to zombies, along with splash damage that can avoid zombie shields. Unlike Melon-pult however, his watermelons also chill zombies, making them slower.
Winter Melon is one of the best plants in the series, due to his massive damage, large splash and slowing effect, making them great for both being a pure offensive plant or a playing a supportive role towards another offense plant.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Winter Melon has appeared in four games.
Like most other pea-shooting plants, Peashooter is based on the pea plant (Pisum sativum).
The term peashooter is normally used to refer to a toy version of a blowgun, or as a slang for small or low-caliber firearms, referring to how weak he is in the Plants vs. Zombies games (except for the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare series).
The name also refers to the fact that Peashooter literally shoots peas.
5. Cob Cannon
Cob Cannon is an upgrade plant, which can be purchased from Crazy Dave at his shop. He is a manual multi-use instant kill plant. He must be planted on two side-by-side Kernel-pults, which must be placed one in front of the other in the same lane (horizontally). Cob Cannons cost $20,000 to buy in Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies.
He takes exactly 36.41 seconds to give out a new corn cob. Once the corn cob is produced, the player can click on the Cob Cannon and can manually launch the corn cob onto an area that the player targets. The corn cob will explode and deal 1800 damage to all zombies in a 3×3 area, like the Cherry Bomb.
6. Doom Shroom
Appearance-wise in both shape and color, Doom-shroom resembles the black velvet bolete (Tylopilus alboater), a bolete fungus in the Boletaceae family.
The doom in its name refers to its evil look, and how it ‘dooms’ the zombies, by exploding and defeating a lot in a large radius. The word “DOOM!” also appears when it explodes. The shroom in its name refers to how it is a mushroom. It may also reference a mushroom cloud. This type of cloud also is formed from any large enough explosion, but it is commonly associated with atomic bomb detonations, another reference to its power and very large range.
7. Snow Pea
He acts like Peashooters, except he is able to slow down zombies with his peas as well, as long as a fire plant doesn’t hit the zombie as well.
As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Snow Pea has appeared in every game in the Plants vs. Zombies franchise with the exception of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.
Like most other pea-shooting plants, Snow Pea is based on the pea plant (Pisum sativum). His name refers to the real-life snow pea, a variety of edible-pod pea with flat pods and thin pod walls that are eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. It also refers to snow which is cold, referring to how Snow Pea shoots out frozen peas, a cold projectile and how the plant is cold himself. It also references that he is a pea-shooting plant.
8. Hypno Shroom
Hypno-shrooms mess with zombies’ minds, usually mind controlling them to work for the plants, but are also capable of messing with their vision and overall movement. As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Hypno-shroom has appeared in five games.
Hypno-shroom is based on the psilocybin mushroom, a mushroom that contains the psychoactive compounds: psilocybin (which the body breaks down to psilocin), baeocystin and the alkaloid, specifically the azure psilocybin mushroom (Psilocybe azurescens) due to the cap’s shape as well as possibly its shininess. He may also be based on other psilocybin mushrooms used for recreational drugs as well as entomopahogenic fungi that can control animals (typically insects). His colors and eyes are likely based on the visual effects of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychoactive drugs.
His name refers to how it hypnotizes zombies into fighting for the player, and how he is a mushroom.
Repeater is effectively two Peashooters in one, costing the same amount as two Peashooters and firing two peas at a time rather than just one. As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Repeater has appeared in seven games.
Like most other pea-shooting plants, the Repeater is based on the the pea plant (Pisum sativum).
Repeater’s name is related to the term repeating rifle, a rifle that incorporates the reloading and re-cocking actions into a single lever. His name also refers to the fact that he shoots two peas at once, repeating himself. Plus, his name has the word “pea” in it, referring to how he’s a peashooting plant.
Repeater repeating his own speech in Plants vs. Zombies 2’s Almanac entry is a play on his name and ability of “repeating” his attack.
Chomper is a Venus flytrap-like plant that is able to eat zombies, which in most cases is able to instantly defeat them. Chomper is also frequently given a dog-like behavior and slobbish nature, with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville even referring to Chomper as “the plant equivalent of a family dog”. As of Plants vs. Zombies 3, Chomper has appeared in seven games, with a scrapped planned appearance in a Chinese spin-off.
Chomper is based on the Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States.
Chomper also has a design similar to Audrey II’s from the film Little Shop of Horrors. This is referenced in Chomper’s almanac entry in the original Plants vs. Zombies which reveals that Chomper had a job as Audrey II’s stunt double.
Chomper’s name is related to the verb chomp, meaning the act of chewing and munching something loudly or heavily, referring to Chomper’s ability to eat zombies.