In a surprising move PopCap Games decided to release Plants vs. Zombies 2 literally overnight, with only a vague half-announcement on their Facebook page. Yes, PopCap's somewhat controversial sequel to one of the best games of 2009 is now available on iOS devices, and the best/scariest part is that it's 100% free. That is, you can download it for free and play it in its entirety without paying a single cent.
The other side of the story is that you can also pay money to essentially skip large portions of the game or otherwise cheat to get ahead. Err, is it cheating if it's part of intended functionality? Assumedly, PopCap's goal is to in, on average, more than a simple $15-per-game price tag off of in-games transactions. Or maybe just $5 off of four times as many people.
What I'm trying to say is that Plants vs. Zombies 2 isn't, at least financially, targeted at the core audience that supported the development of the first game. Does that mean the gameplay experience is noticeably different? Well, you'll have to play the game yourself to find out. Still, it's an interesting point that so many gamers are out there screaming, "Let me pay you up front for something I won't pay for in microtransactions," isn't it?
Plants vs. Zombies 2, the grid-based tactical warfare game where plants hold off waves of hungry, hungry zombies, is now available for download on iOS devices for free. If you've got an iOS device, you should probably check that out.