Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time hits iOS devices in the U.S.

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Aug 15, 2013 11:55 PM EDT
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After folks down under had a brief window of exclusivity, PopCap's tower defense styled sequel featuring perhaps the only appearance of vegetarian zombies is now available stateside. Yes, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is finally available on iOS devices in the U.S. of A.

It's been available to our neighbors down under since mid-June, but now Americans can grab the title off of the iTunes store here, and at a generous price, just like the original - free. 

Gameplay remains largely unchanged - use the proper amounts of strategy and plant selection to stave off various zombie types from shambling across the lawn and into your household, in which case the game's various plants serve as nothing more than a salad appetizer to the main course of your brains, minus the fatty dressing. Even dead, they still have a figure to keep.

As would be expected, new stages, plants, zombies, and a sprinkle of time travel keep things different enough from the original. Now, if you want to take your time and actually earn (such a foreign concept) the new types of plants, that's an option. For you impatient types, you can skip right ahead and buy more plants via micro transactions. 

"We're confident that players will see the love and attention we've put into this game. We've created wild new ways to experience the plants and zombies you know and love as well as packing the game with tons of completely new content, and we're still hard at work coming up with even more cool stuff that will keep Plants vs. Zombies 2 fresh and evolving in the months and years following launch," said Alan Murray, the game's Senior Producer.

In addition to the new flora, PopCap reports that the sequel will come with added touchscreen power ups, plant food, and the ability to interact directly with the undead. Like Angry Birds, the original PvZ was ported to damn near every device under the sun, but no formal plans have been announced if the sequel will follow suit. A version for Windows seems to be the only thing the company has in the works.

Check back here for a review in the next few days. 

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