Zombie Farm Review: Plants Vs Zombies, FarmVille Hybrid With Potential

It’s very rare for this site to offer FREE games in-depth reviews since you really can “buy” and find out for yourself. With this game I just HAD TO do it.

Zombie Farm (FREE*)

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We initially told you regarding this game about a week ago and basing on the views the article got, we thought we’d give it an in-depth look. It’s finally time to dispel some misconceptions regarding this beyond awesome game, give you tips and make this post function as a bug report list as well.

This review will break off from the normal review process we have where we divide topics into 5 divisions. We’ll look at the main gameplay first, then defend the in-app purchase system and lastly, create a running list of some bugs that you may encounter.

Gameplay

Just like FarmVille, the first component of the game is to plant seeds. Seeds vary in harvest time speed and cost. A tomato can be harvested in 4 hours while a radish takes 12 hours and so on. Beyond the plants that give you money, you NEED to plant zombies as well.

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An army of AT LEAST 8 zombies is needed to fight of Old McDonell which GIVES YOU BRAIN if you win some fights. This is the BIGGEST misconception about the game. People think you ONLY have to use real $$$ to get brain when in fact, the game itself is generous for brain. Some zombies take longer than others to grow and some have special defense and offense.

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The second component of the game is the Old McDonell Plants Vs Zombies style of gameplay where you fight off McDonell’s farmers to win some gold and maybe even some brain. The key here is to send TWO zombies at a time. You cannot DEFEND against the items McDonell throw to damage you. Be alert.

In Defense of the IAP System

Some items are purchasable through coins and some through brain. The game WILL NOT continue to level up PAST level 10 UNTIL you buy AT LEAST 1 brain. If you continue to play, you obviously like the game so why not pay for one brain/$0.99? This is a good system. The initial problem was that this was  NOT stated on the description and now it is.

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With regards to the cool items costing brain instead of coins, WHO SAYS you need to purchase these items? Create a FaceBook account and play FarmVille and tell me if EVERYTHING can be bought by coins. I thought so! This is just the game is structured. Live with it OR don’t play at all!

Bugs

  • The game mostly crashes when you fight Old McDonell. This is either good or bad. Good because you regain ALL the zombies that died. It’s bad because when you’re winning, you have to start again and WAIT 2 hours to fight (regular fight interval).
  • Facebook crashes. I’ve NEVER crashed because of Facebook but if you are, it doesn’t seem your alone as some iTunes reviewers have reported it.
  • IF YOUR ARMY REACHES the number 16, do NOT harvest the 17th and 18th zombie UNTIL you fight McDonell. I guarantee you at least ONE zombie will die so you can harvest the 17th. The reason? ALL zombies that are harvested PAST the 16th will JUST DIE.

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Conclusion

The game does have some bugs in it as seen above HOWEVER, the overall design and the near flawless FarmVille-like implementation of the game make me see past these bugs. If you seriously like FarmVille, you’ll be addicted to this game fast. On some days, I actually think this is better than that game since you get a second component to the game outside of just farming.

Until an official FarmVille or ngmoco’s We Rule come along, this is going to have to do. I completely like the game and I think you should try at least a couple of levels to get a feel of it. Should you not like it, no. harm. done.

Suggestion

How about let us visit our friends’ farms and how about some achievements and rewards for completing such tasks: planting 100 tomatoes, harvesting 1000 plants etc etc? Just a thought ;)

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  • Jimigrim

    How do u reset the game to the beginning

  • Xombie hunter

    This is a review? Sounds more like a plug that promotes the games (few) good points and rationalizes its shortcomings. The one part of the review I agree with? “…don’t play at all!”

  • Natpigen

    To beat old mc Donald: mix army og different zombies
    To beat lawyers look at the zombi skills you earn sometimes when beating the lawyers. The skills gives a hint of which zombies to buy for instance the skill for the Girl zombie that gives more strength to the other zombies, Them buy a Girl zombie so you have that skill next time you fight the lawyers.
    To beat pirates: buy mutations and if you want you Can buy the head Stone thing that make All mutations succesful Then you have to buy the slow zombies headless and brute. Maybe 4 headless and 4 brute. Start with the headless and Then brute and headless and brute. Then you need a flower zombie or three because you Will get the skill to Heal one zombie if dead pr flowerzombie. Then you Will not loose.

    Mutations: plant the zombie next to the plant you would loke a mutation of and remember that the plant must not be withered when you harvest the zombie – hint: i plant the plant just before harvesting the zombie, it stil works. You Can have multiple mutations ón one zombie.

    Mausoleum: the key is lost but you get the rusty fragments by defeating enemies – i Got mine from fighting the pirates and others Got it from fighting lawyers.

    Blue and red zombies: it is not the devot tombstones you Can buy to get the zombies , its only the stones that specifically says that it Will allow you to buy red/blue zombies.

    Money hint: i have ekstra flower zombies in my mausoleum that i only take out for use – in Exchange for the other zombies – when i am planting plants, because the flowerzombies fertilizes the plant and every fertilizes plant gives twice the amount of money when harvested.

    There is a little piece of advice

  • I XcorvetteX I

    Just to throw it out there you can still get brains by downloading free apps for brain fragments in the market open them then go back to zf and get the brain and delete the apps if you don’t really want them :)
    So it is very generous about brains (I didn’t say convenient!)
    Have fun.

  • Justin_v_900

    How do you get different color zombies?

  • Baby_girl_andreea

    my farm stucks on level 25 it tells me to buy a blue grave and a red one but i have tham already and i tried to buy a blue one and now i have too buy a other blue one what can i do

  • Aquetis

    Hey peeps. I am trying to find out what the combonations are to grow all the grey zombies any advice or help is appreciated

  • guest

    Im level 25 how do you create a zombee?? which 2 zombie’s do you use?

  • guest

    Im Level 25, How do you make a zombee in the zombee pot?? what 2 zombie’s do you use??

    • awesome zombie

      I am at level 28 and am professinal. All of my zombies are fully mutated and to make a zombee you combine a flower zombie and a flower zombie or the fertilizing zombies.

  • Tubbytadpole

    I can’t hatch blue zombies even though I got the blue grave does anyone know how I can?

  • Tubbytadpole

    I really cant harvest blue zombies, it may sound babyish but can someone please help me!!!!

  • XTheSASSIETX

    I tried to mutate my zombies with the dragon fruit and lima beens but my zombies withered before the plants were ready. How do I mutate my zombies with plants that take longer?

    • XTheSASSIESTX

       Ok well I hit max level some time ago and I still can’t mutate certain zombies and now I have all this money building up I wish they would make it to where you could use in game money to buy brains or just take the brains off buying things now.

  • Olivia

    forward the time and date on your iDevice to instantly grow zombies and plants XD I got to level 10 in a single evening

  • Sarah Smackdown Savage

    My zombie farm app won’t open and I dOnt know why. I tried to restart the iPod numerous times and it still won’t open… What do I do??

  • The meister

    I absolutely love this game and i dont even have it !!!!!  I play it on my cousins ipod and i am lvl 11 i cannot wait to get ZOMBIES VS LAYWERS      the game is free and really good because of all the different invasions,MUTATIONS and zombies ….    yesterday i got 4 brains by invading in 30 mins           i fast forwarded the time until my zombies were hungry  invaded again and again   but when you cange the time back it will say something like 152 hrs to invade then you buy an invasion voucher and use it

  • The meister

    I absolutely love this game and i dont even have it !!!!!  I play it on my cousins ipod and i am lvl 11 i cannot wait to get ZOMBIES VS LAYWERS      the game is free and really good because of all the different invasions,MUTATIONS and zombies ….    yesterday i got 4 brains by invading in 30 mins           i fast forwarded the time until my zombies were hungry  invaded again and again   but when you cange the time back it will say something like 152 hrs to invade then you buy an invasion voucher and use it

  • FABBBBBY

    VERY GOOD GAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FABBBBBY

    VERY GOOD GAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BEN

    i LOVE LOUIS WALSH

  • BEN

    i LOVE LOUIS WALSH

  • Willyoumarryme9times

    I have an ERROR sign where my pirate rope used to be (limited time item). It says- missing item, close and restart or contact support. How do you do those things?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001971358400 Lindsey Irie

    i need help i got the blue gravestone but im not getting blue zombies what should i do

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