Plants vs. Zombies 2

It's about time — in more ways than one

There have been rumors all day of a release tomorrow during Google's Google Play even in New York (fueled by things like this) but about 45 minutes ago Plants vs. Zombies 2 has popped up in Google Play.

Having been released on iOS for a while, and with the speculation that Apple paid EA a large sum to keep it an exclusive for a while, there hasn't been much noise about the game being released on the most popular mobile platform in the world. But now that it's happened, that will change.

As it should — PvZ 2 is a fun game. It follows the footsteps of the original, with a bit of a storyline and an adventure game quest based twist. It's free, with plenty of in-app purchases to get you along, but it's very playable as-is and will be a success for Pop Cap. 

Plants vs. Zombies 2 runs on Gingerbread devices and higher, checks in at about 170MB worth of downloaded files, and you can grab it from the Google Play link above.

 

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 now live in Google Play

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Been playing for about 30 minutes now. Nice sequel to the original. Game play had changed a bit with new plants and features but still fun as always.

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I *LOVED* the first game. I will download and try this, although I am extremely skeptical because I *hate* the in-app purchase model. I just want to buy a full app at a reasonable price and be done with it.

i completely agree. Although, i wonder just HOW much more per game they make with this model. Would you pay 9.99 lets say?

Agree 100%. Sadly I'll be skipping this one as I refuse to play games with in app purchases. Would have preferred to simply purchase the game outright like the first one.

I'm sorry but I can't help noticing the patience you've got if ever you'd just rather wait for the 3rd game which might take another 4 or 5 years.

No offense but refusing to play a great game just because of In-App Purchases is just plain stupidity. The game here, contrary to what you might have read from most reviews, doesn't force you to buy something. I heard someone complaining that ads to buy something popped up every 2 minutes - maybe that person somehow downloaded a hacked version from outside sources with malware programmed in it. The genuine game from Google Play Store doesn't have such ads.
Heck, the only time I noticed that this game had IAPs is during the tutorial, showing what the Shop Button does.

Also, I read a lot of complaints why the Premium Plants (plants from the first game plus a new one) were included in the IAPs. Just what is it with those old plants other than nostalgia that people wanted to have it in the game?

With all those points presented, the "I'd rather buy a complete game than to purchase contents little by little!" complaint doesn't apply to this extremely fun sequel. If you have this kind of attitude toward this game, you're like a person who, after being given an option to get a free phone but has to buy the jelly case separately, would complain why it didn't come with the phone in the first place.

I don't doubt that people would still complain if they removed those Premium Plants and the purchasable optional Upgrades, and say something like the "Bah! The game doesn't have the same amount of content the first one did so I won't play this" - This is totally $%!@*#^!!! Why complain if the game is totally free?

Hope no one modified the apk to include malware, spyware, or a Trojan before you illegally downloaded your software.

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It's also been a couple of weeks since we got it in Mexico. And we also never get things early (or at all) [I'm talking to you Google Keyboard]

They announced a released in China and then Australia as a soft launch. Slowly spread to swiss and mexico now it's in the US. They claimed it was to not overload their servers.

For those in the US with comparability issues I was only able to find it using the link from android central using their android central app.

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It was said by an exec at the company that they were paid a "boat load of money" to keep it off android from Apple! I think thats pretty much the wording from the exec too!

F-EA and F- IAP... (thats a lot of letters)

It is called "FREE TRADE" and "FAIR MARKETS". Having an exclusive agreement is one thing. But a company paying another company to not support a third another is not fair trade.

It's only illegal if it's NOT done by Apple! Look at all the judges that they apparently have bought off, here in the US especially. Let's see if I can get this near correct. Anti-competitive, obstruction of commerce, violation of Fair Trade Act, and others that won't come immediately to mind right away. Apple has friends in high places in the US government. The sell lots of their grossly overpriced products to the US government, likely at inflated prices, even though there's less expensive, better specs, better performing, better built, higher reliability, and less expensive to maintain/repair with longer useful lifespans that don't automatically obsolete annually, and actually ARE state-of-the-art, NOT withheld, currently available technology as Apple famously does, especially in the iPhone, which has some shiny, pretty things added to it's annualy released, latest iteration of the very old, and tired technology in the iPhone. Fingerprint reader? So what? It doesn't make up for the core of lagging far behind technology that iSheep seem so willingly, and easily to part with far too much money over a poor product simply because of said product's name, and only to brag that they proudly own the latest iteration. Money rather foolishly spent while willingly being suckered by a very good marketing company, and nothing more than that.

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My HTC One and 2nd gen Nexus 7 aren't showing up on the device list when I try to install it from the web. And the game won't show up through my phone/tablet. Anyone know a fix?

I have a Samsung transform ultra android device and it says the game isn't compatible with my device and a different app says its not available in the US. I cannot find a list of compatible devices anywhere. can someone point me in the right direction I would hate to have to buy a new phone to play this game but I have been waiting so long to play I just might.

It shows as not compatible with my HTC One and Nexus 7 (2012). Maybe it's being restricted by region? It would be weird that those two devices are incompatible at launch.

I had a similar issue. Try adding it to your wishlist through the browser then viewing your wishlist in the Play Store app on your phone/tablet.

I can see many have put 1 star rating because they delayed the app for Android.

Also, I wonder why they made 2 versions. What's the difference between the N.America version and the international one?

Aaaaaaand it crashes on my 2013 N7. That's really strange since the Chinese version works flawlessly on the same device.

No offense but refusing to play a great game just because of In-App Purchases is just plain stupidity. The game here, contrary to what you might have read from most reviews, doesn't force you to buy something. I heard someone complaining that ads to buy something popped up every 2 minutes - maybe that person somehow downloaded a hacked version from outside sources with malware programmed in it. The genuine game from Google Play Store doesn't have such ads.
Heck, the only time I noticed that this game had IAPs is during the tutorial, showing what the Shop Button does. If ever the game seems to force you to buy an item, it's either you badly want to complete the game in just one sitting or you've skipped the first game, making the later Levels in this game hard for you because of lack of experience that one gets from playing the first game.

Also, I read a lot of complaints why the Premium Plants (plants from the first game plus a new one) were included in the IAPs. Just what is it with those old plants other than nostalgia that people wanted to have it in the game?

With all those points presented, the "I'd rather buy a complete game than to purchase contents little by little!" complaint doesn't apply to this extremely fun sequel. If you have this kind of attitude toward this game, you're like a person who, after being given an option to get a free phone but has to buy the jelly case separately, would complain why it didn't come with the phone in the first place.

I don't doubt that people would still complain if they removed those Premium Plants and the purchasable optional Upgrades, and say something like the "Bah! The game doesn't have the same amount of content the first one did so I won't play this" - This is totally $%!@*#^!!! Why complain if the game is totally free?

I don't get why my Samsung Galaxy Y is not compatible, it's 2.3.9 Gingerbread, any other app works except PVZ 2

I dont either, It states on my Galaxy S that its not compatible but is with my boost zte. all other apps work on here but that...