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App Wrap: "Plants vs. Zombies 2"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

The expectations are high, extremely high when you start to develop a sequel to one of the most popular video game apps of all time. But the creators of Plants vs. Zombies 2 believe they've changed things up just enough while keeping the core gameplay from the original to keep hardcore fans happy, but still easy enough to jump in for newcomers to join in on the addiction.

"First of all we're taking you on this travel through time adventure so you're working with Crazy Dave and his time machine Penny to go back in time to find his taco. His intention was to go back five minutes ago to eat the taco but something goes awry and you end up in ancient Egypt and then from there we take you though ancient Egypt to the pirate seas to the Wild West and our intention is to have all these other worlds that you'll go to over time," says Allen Murray of PopCap Games.

And while you still pick and place your plants in whatever configuration you feel is best to defeat the zombies, there are two basic new twists to the gameplay.

"One is plant food. Sometimes zombies drop a plant food pellet for you to keep and then you use that to power up your plants for a limited time. The other is power ups. So we allow you to use coins earned in the game to actually interact with the board itself you can pinch the heads off zombies. You can them with your finger and shoot electrical bolts out of your finger, or you can flick them off the map," explains Murray.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 was originally set to launch just about now for iOS and Android devices but a few weeks ago developers pushed the date back to a vague "late summer".

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