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App Of The Day: Plants vs Zombies (Updated)

Everyone enjoy their Memorial Day weekend? If you’re looking for a little bit of happiness to get you through the work day, Plants vs Zombies was released today on the Amazon App Store and in true Amazon fashion, made it the free paid app today. Normally it costs $2.99. That’s a whole lot of awesome. We knew this game was coming and was very highly anticipated.

The object of the game is to fend off the hoards of zombies that are approaching your front door. In this situation, I would probably prefer a minigun or a tactical nuclear weapon but seed spitting plants come in third on my list. So as the zombies approach, you capture drops of sunshine to help grow plants of all different kinds. You have shooter plants, sunflowers, cherry bombs, and more. Every plant has a sun value in order to grow the plant. When you capture enough sun drops you can place the plant where you think it will best serve. It’s an addicting process.

I’m hearing that on some tabs later levels are experiencing some lag and I’m not sure of the complete device availability as I am also hearing that the OG isn’t capable of running it stock. Let us know what device you have and your opinions on the game.  

*Update:  Possible work around for original DROID from a reader:

So I have an original Droid, and I decided to DL Plants vs. Zombies (free app of the day). It said my device is incompatible, so I found that if you go to the Amazon app store online & click get app, it will be saved to your app list (with an Incompatibility notice). After it’s on your app list, you WILL be able to download it to your device from the Amazon app store on your Droid. Also it takes up around 75mb & can be moved to SD. Hope this helps!

Amazon App Store Link

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10D_qwQtZ0[/youtube]

*Yesterday we took a look at DropSnap.

If you have a suggestion for a future App of the Day, send it on over.

Cheers to Edgar, Bill, anish and everyone else for the PvZ tip!

  • thcraven

    I have a non rooted Droid Incredible. I downloaded Plants vs Zombies, but it would never load up. I deleted the app from my phone, it is no longer there. However in the Amazon App Market, the app is still displayed with only the option for “Open”. No option for “Install”. The app is definitely off my phone. Any ideas why i cannot reinstall it? Tried contacted Amazon Help. They were no help.

    • Try clearing the data and cache of your amazon app store application within settings –> Manage applications.  Then, go back in to the amazon app (you’ll have to re-authenticate) and try again.  

      Maybe that’ll work?

  • apples

    For OG Droid Download Swapper2 in the market if rooted, set to swap 196 and swapiness of 40 and run the program. It works perfectly

    • You sir, are AWESOME!  This worked for me instantly!  (well, as instantly as the full minute+ it takes to open the app – overclocked at 1.2ghz…)  Thanks!  🙂

  • Christopher

    Does not work on Dell Streak 7, Amazon fail!

  • Robin H

    We should all complain to popcap. 

  • Cole Leda

    The app crashes when I open it 🙁

  • Raman R

    I just downloaded this app onto my droid from the amazon market. It downloaded and installed fine. When I open the app, it goes to Popcap screen, then just crashes and goes to my homescreen. 

  • AnDroid

    When I open the app, it goes to Popcap screen and then crashes.

  • AnDroid

    When I open the app, it goes to Popcap screen and then crashes.

  • Stock  (sadly) OGD as many have said, able to download as DL mentions but after install says there is only 720k installed for the P vs Z app ? and the move to SD is greyed out? hmm. I also spotted somewhere that your device needs to be: Requirements: Android Tegra 2 to play Plan’ts vs Zombies.. My Droid does not do P vs Z

  • QQMore

    Well, even if OG can’t play it, yep you can definitely use your PC’s browser to go to the store and get it.  Went there from the link in the article and clicked “get now with 1-click” on the right and I now “own” it for future use.  Shows up in the apps list in the app on my Droid as well.

  • Chickennoodsoup

    shit is dumb why do i need to input a valid credit card to download a free app stupid 

    • Anonymous

      Amazon might just want to make sure that the people who are participating in their Free App a Day promotion can actually purchase an app in the end. Also, in this day and age, who doesn’t already have an Amazon account?

  • no joy on the Archos 70 tablet. during loading screen it unceremoniously dumps back to tablet homescreen with no force close or other error message. oh well it was free and it if it later gets fixed or I get a new device I can redownload it.

    for all those who are incompatible but might want to play it eventually buy it now while it is free on the website and then when you upgrade or they expand the compatibly list you can download it.

  • i am speachless ….i wanted this game so bad i waited up till 3 am eastern time and when i was hit with a incompatibility notice i wanted to cry lol ….thanks droid life for fixing my android related problem ….yall really are the best 

  • Martinlutherfan

    Great game! I had this on my ipod touch and have been dying for them to release it for Droid. 🙂  Probably one of my favorite mobile games.  Fun to play, great graphics, funny characters….and it has Zombies!!!  For all you Amazon haters out there….you are idiots for complaining….They give a free app away each day and you have to b*tch about how they distribute them via wifi.  Get over yourselves!!!

  • Won’t run on my OG….no force close warning, or anything, just quits to the home screen.

  • Anonymous

    WiFi download is a bit annoying, and it took a while to do so, but the game runs really well on my DroidX running the stock Motorola firmware. Glad Amazon is offering this great game for free.

  • Gil

    Works great with my Droid X running liberty 1.5. It does use a boat load of memory though. Somewhere in the 70-80 MB range.

  • Anonymous

    The last reason I’d consider switching to an iPhone has finally come to Android. *dance*

  • Koz4christ

    Anyone else with an original Incredible?  Mine installs but crashes when I try to run it.

    • Mothinrust

      I have an original Incredible. I’ve play through the first couple of levels and it seems to be running fine.

      • Staticx57

        OG Incredible running CM7 works fine for me.

      • Staticx57

        OG Incredible running CM7 works fine for me.

  • Anonymous

    i went to the amazon store website clicked purchase it asked if i wanted to purchase anyway. then went to myapps and downloaded

  • dblj

    Downloaded from website, installed from phone via wifi, will start to open but then closes back to home screen.
    Running ChevyNo1 Simply Stunning 5.3 Ultra low voltage 1.0 kernel

  • what gives… starts to download on my Droid X (Apex 2.0.0 Beta) but it just says download in progress and bar doesnt move!!!

    anyone else having problems downloading? 

    • Adam

      Yes, I am having the same problem. The bar doesn’t move, then it says there was an error and the download failed. Can’t work around it! Help!

  • C4blimtizle

    the og work around to get the app works, but when when you try to run the app it just crash lands back to home screen. Im also using winner00’s cm7 build fyi

  • Doesn’t work on my fascinate. FML

  • I have a stock DX running 2.2.1 and it’s working perfectly so far. 

  • Tony Cooper

    Confirmed install on OG (non-rooted atm) Droid.  Just buy it from the web store and then install it from the phone.

  • RW-1

    Nice, ordered thru the website, not interested in trying it on the OG, but to secure it for a later device.

  • Running on the Dinc2, and is running very smooth

  • Running on the Dinc2, and is running very smooth

  • Anonymous

    where do you get the tablet optimized version? the graphics are horrible on the xoom with the phone version

  • Anonymous

    where do you get the tablet optimized version? the graphics are horrible on the xoom with the phone version

    • Google Plants vs Zombies HD apk. It looks a thousand times better on the Xoom. The HD version is not good for the phone though as menus are harder to click through so the Amazon one is better there.

    • Google Plants vs Zombies HD apk. It looks a thousand times better on the Xoom. The HD version is not good for the phone though as menus are harder to click through so the Amazon one is better there.

  • Anonymous

    your plants vs zombies look way different than mine. my plants are on the left hand side. yours are on top. plus you can see the whole screen on yours. whats the deal? i downloaded from the amazon app store

  • Anonymous

    your plants vs zombies look way different than mine. my plants are on the left hand side. yours are on top. plus you can see the whole screen on yours. whats the deal? i downloaded from the amazon app store

  • Dylans764

    Crashes on my X. Im on .596 rooted gingerbread.

  • Dylans764

    Crashes on my X. Im on .596 rooted gingerbread.

  • Purchased on my droid2 and all works well there. Then using my same account i got on my droid eris and i am installing it now.

    game starts with hour glass then long wait before kicking me back to home screen.

    it says running low on disk space during install but i can move to sd card later and try again.

    cm 7 droid eris.

  • Purchased on my droid2 and all works well there. Then using my same account i got on my droid eris and i am installing it now.

    game starts with hour glass then long wait before kicking me back to home screen.

    it says running low on disk space during install but i can move to sd card later and try again.

    cm 7 droid eris.

  • just google the apk and you don’t even have to worry about amazon. It works on my droid x just fine .596 rom here. My xoom works just fine though I did find a HD apk out there and thats what I’m using for my xoom

  • just google the apk and you don’t even have to worry about amazon. It works on my droid x just fine .596 rom here. My xoom works just fine though I did find a HD apk out there and thats what I’m using for my xoom

  • Anonymous

    Hell yeah! This is awesome. Have been waiting all bloody week to get my hands on this very addicting game on my Droid X and today is that day!

    But unfortunately, the game requires a WiFi connection(which you didn’t add to your review, Mark…lol), and since I don’t have a WiFi connection(getting that set up very soon, however), it looks like I have an excuse to go to Starbucks(no excuse required…) to leech off their free WiFi so I, too, can download Plants vs. Zombies! Sweet!

  • Craigle

    D1 here, running CM7 nightly and Deprimed kernel at 1.2Ghz. I was able to download the game by “buying it ” on Amazon’s website, then loading it out of the install queue on my phone. Moved the game over to my SD card, and all I can get is a fc. Moved it over to internal memory and I get the same. It uses about 75mb when it’s installed. I’ll play with it some more, but at least I got it for free whenever I finally get around to upgrading.

  • Craigle

    D1 here, running CM7 nightly and Deprimed kernel at 1.2Ghz. I was able to download the game by “buying it ” on Amazon’s website, then loading it out of the install queue on my phone. Moved the game over to my SD card, and all I can get is a fc. Moved it over to internal memory and I get the same. It uses about 75mb when it’s installed. I’ll play with it some more, but at least I got it for free whenever I finally get around to upgrading.

  • I am skipping work today

  • I am skipping work today

  • johnnyrocket

    It does not look like the same icon on my Xoom, and doesnt look tablet optimized… what gives.

  • johnnyrocket

    It does not look like the same icon on my Xoom, and doesnt look tablet optimized… what gives.

  • Sublime8696

    Works great for me on the Nook Color running Cyanogenmod 7.0.3.

    amazon.com/app-email will download the app store, then it will download and install.

    Bill

  • Sublime8696

    Works great for me on the Nook Color running Cyanogenmod 7.0.3.

    amazon.com/app-email will download the app store, then it will download and install.

    Bill

  • DJyoSNOW

    REALLY: I’ve had this one installed for months (if not longer)  wow dam zombies jumping over the rock… well I guess this version is an updated one…even more hard, jumping zombies mine has a linebacker type rushing in for the kill.  I guess this is not new to me BUT A MUST HAVE since it was recommended to me.

  • DJyoSNOW

    REALLY: I’ve had this one installed for months (if not longer)  wow dam zombies jumping over the rock… well I guess this version is an updated one…even more hard, jumping zombies mine has a linebacker type rushing in for the kill.  I guess this is not new to me BUT A MUST HAVE since it was recommended to me.

  • who cares

    give me my free xoom

  • who cares

    give me my free xoom

  • Mctypething

    Has anyone tried on the xoom? Does it work well? The description says it’s not optimized for tablets but the screenshot above was taken from a xoom and it looks pretty good to me.

    • hfoster52

      Looks like it to me as well.  I like the UI better than what I have.

    • hfoster52

      Looks like it to me as well.  I like the UI better than what I have.

    • Jaytrain369

      I got it on the xoom .it definantly not optimized for tablets. Its playable but it does have lag for some reason and does not use the tablet space like the picture. I guess they’ll release a tablet version hopefully soon. Runs good on my Droid x tho except I guess I know what it is like to have a iPhone now cuz when I back out or try to text it closes the game down completely and I have to go through the menus again.

    • Jaytrain369

      I got it on the xoom .it definantly not optimized for tablets. Its playable but it does have lag for some reason and does not use the tablet space like the picture. I guess they’ll release a tablet version hopefully soon. Runs good on my Droid x tho except I guess I know what it is like to have a iPhone now cuz when I back out or try to text it closes the game down completely and I have to go through the menus again.

    • Google the HD version. Its the one that Kellex demoed. The Amazon version is clearly different.

  • Mctypething

    Has anyone tried on the xoom? Does it work well? The description says it’s not optimized for tablets but the screenshot above was taken from a xoom and it looks pretty good to me.

  • Interesting says not tablet optimized yet it clearly is. look at the screen shots and video here. the in game interface is more like the PC version with the plan card across the top, and the achievement page is two rows wide rather than just 1. So clearly the game is optimized for tablets.

  • Anonymous

    I have the OG DX and I can’t even get the game to load. I get a black screen and that’s it.

  • Anonymous

    I have the OG DX and I can’t even get the game to load. I get a black screen and that’s it.

  • Description says works on “SOME” Droid X, I wonder where the incompatibility exists…. I would be curious to know if and why its newer or older X’s that cannot run the game.

  • Bucho2k

    Wow. Look at those high end graphics. Makes me want to give up my iPhone and jump back over to Droid.

  • Bucho2k

    Wow. Look at those high end graphics. Makes me want to give up my iPhone and jump back over to Droid.

    • Anonymous

      Actually after playing a few levels on my DX and Xoom it’s clear Popcap decided to take the low road and provide low-res images for this port…it’s a shame too 🙁

  • I have the LTE’s i dont need no stinkin Wifi!!! Amazon u suck!

    • Jager09

      Agreed!  WTF??  My LTE is way faster than the wifi. 

      • ViggS

        sorry to hear that.

    • Jager09

      Agreed!  WTF??  My LTE is way faster than the wifi. 

    • ninestories

      Yeah! Amazon is terrible for giving us free apps!

      • Steve Schneider

        I completely agree, I hate fee apps. I’m never using my amazon app store again. …Until they next horrible free app of the day tomorrow.

    • ninestories

      Yeah! Amazon is terrible for giving us free apps!

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny how LTE is faster than most wifi hotspots but you need to use WiFi.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny how LTE is faster than most wifi hotspots but you need to use WiFi.

  • I have the LTE’s i dont need no stinkin Wifi!!! Amazon u suck!

  • Gunslinger

    You can download it from the actual Amazon website, even if you have the OG Droid (like me).  It then installs thru the Appstore app, but won’t get past the title screen.  I’m on 2.3.4 (Simply Stunning 5.3).  Seems like it’s crashing due to low memory, because my launcher also redraws when PvZ crashes.

  • Gunslinger

    You can download it from the actual Amazon website, even if you have the OG Droid (like me).  It then installs thru the Appstore app, but won’t get past the title screen.  I’m on 2.3.4 (Simply Stunning 5.3).  Seems like it’s crashing due to low memory, because my launcher also redraws when PvZ crashes.

    • James Kernicky

      Well at least us OG users can get it for free…then when we finally upgrade it will work on that device!

    • James Kernicky

      Well at least us OG users can get it for free…then when we finally upgrade it will work on that device!

  • GotSka81

    FINALLY! Sweet PVZ action on android…now I really need to upgrade from my OG…sorry Moto.

  • GotSka81

    FINALLY! Sweet PVZ action on android…now I really need to upgrade from my OG…sorry Moto.

    • GotSka81

      I didn’t get any error about it being incompatible?  I’m downloading right now?  Rooted OG Droid running Project Elite v6 beta.

    • GotSka81

      I didn’t get any error about it being incompatible?  I’m downloading right now?  Rooted OG Droid running Project Elite v6 beta.

  • James Kernicky

    Anyone know how to get past the not compatible error on the OG?

  • James Kernicky

    Anyone know how to get past the not compatible error on the OG?

  • GJB

    If you have a D1, you can still get the app by going to amazon.com and purchasing it there.  When you go to the Amazon App store on your phone, it will then be available.  I was actually able to download and install it on my D1 running Project Elite 4.2, but it crashed back to the home screen when trying to run.  Still, you can get it for the low, low price of free and finally play whenever you upgrade.

  • GJB

    If you have a D1, you can still get the app by going to amazon.com and purchasing it there.  When you go to the Amazon App store on your phone, it will then be available.  I was actually able to download and install it on my D1 running Project Elite 4.2, but it crashed back to the home screen when trying to run.  Still, you can get it for the low, low price of free and finally play whenever you upgrade.

    • GJB

      A thought – Since PE4.2 is based on the the official Moto release, perhaps it will act differently on an AOSP-based ROM.  Any of you D1 CM7 guys want to chime and and let us know if you can install with this method and whether it can actually run or just crashes in the same way?

      • RISEonFIRE

        OG 2.3.3 Android, CM7: No dice.

        • GJB

          Were you able to get it to install, but it crashed in the same way?

          • DigitalEnforcer

            I’m Running CM7 on my OG Droid and I’ve tried all these work arounds… still not working for me. Dangit! I was really looking forward to this game too 🙁

          • I couldn’t get their other game, Chuzzle, that was few a while ago that said it WAS compatible with OG DROID to run either. W/e getting a new phone this summer, once some good ones come out.

          • DigitalEnforcer

            I’m Running CM7 on my OG Droid and I’ve tried all these work arounds… still not working for me. Dangit! I was really looking forward to this game too 🙁

        • GJB

          Were you able to get it to install, but it crashed in the same way?

      • 3m4nu31c

        I was also able to get it running on my OG droid (GPA15), but it also crashes & returns to the homescreen

        • Rick

          PE 4.2  .. not happenin’.   could this actually be the one thing the mighty OG can’t do !!??!!

          • Robertcheng

            And a puny old model iphone with only 128 mb ram can do? This is ridiculous. 

      • 3m4nu31c

        I was also able to get it running on my OG droid (GPA15), but it also crashes & returns to the homescreen

    • It insta-crashes on CM7 here…  I think the OG doesn’t have enough RAM for this or Chuzzle.  When launched, Android starts killing everything in the background (including launcher) and still doesn’t have enough RAM to load the app…  The one glaring hole in our beautiful Droids; RAM poverty…

      P.S.  Anyone have a ROM/launcher combo that uses the least RAM?  I’m running CM7 + GO Launcher EX…

      • Anonymous

        Yup, same here. I even manually closed everything in Settings (even though that doesn’t really do anything). The furthest I got was through the hourglass, pop cap logo, and then what looks like a splash screen image for plants v zombies. If it wasn’t for having a ridiculously small amount of RAM I wouldn’t mind the D1, but this is one of those annoyances that has me waiting very impatiently for July 7 and my upgrade.

        • tjhrulz

          Mine runs it with 640 RAM (206 plus swapped RAM and 28% compression)

          • ? this was first on the Iphone that had less ram then the OG. What the heck is Pop Caps problem?

          • Cole Leda

            I agree. This works on my iPod 2G, which has only 128 MB ram. The Droid has about 256 MB ram, so it should work!

          • Cole Leda

            I agree. This works on my iPod 2G, which has only 128 MB ram. The Droid has about 256 MB ram, so it should work!

          • Robertcheng

            Yes. It works on iphone (old models) that has only 128 mb ram. It even runs on pc with 256 mb ram…so not running on an android device with 256 mb ram is no excuse.

          • ? this was first on the Iphone that had less ram then the OG. What the heck is Pop Caps problem?

          • ? this was first on the Iphone that had less ram then the OG. What the heck is Pop Caps problem?

          • ? this was first on the Iphone that had less ram then the OG. What the heck is Pop Caps problem?

          • Total brilliance!  I’d played around with compcache and swapping long ago, with little luck; tried again and it WORKS!  Thanks for the pointer.  🙂

      • Zach Beck

        Installed PvZ on the phone itself, not SD card.  Running Simply Stunning 5.4 (build on CM7) with LauncherPro.  Set compcache to 28%, VM to 48mb, kill all running processes you can, then run TaskKiller from Chevy Tools.  Works like a charm.

    • I went to amazon to purchase the app and it says to download the amazon app store. When i do that I still cant download the app. Do you know any way around that?

    • Slikktic

      I have D1 too and I was able to get my phone to finally play the game without crashing.  The secret is to have a rooted droid and run a swap application like “Swapper 2” free from the market.  I had to set my swap file size to 196MB and the “swappiness” to 40.  But I actually played the first few levels of the game and it worked perfectly.  I’m also running Gingerbread on Bugless Beast ROM with it overclocked to 1gz.  Thanks for the Amazon Website tip!

      • Tom

        Slikktic’s method worked great.

      • Fingo

        I just wanted to add that I am using a D1 as well and just finished playing all of the daytime levels of PvZ.  I am rooted and running Pete’s current build  (GPA15) and running his autooverclock.  I followed Slikktic’s advice and installed Swapper 2 with the same settings.  So a huge thanks to Slikktic for getting one of my all time favorite games running on my phone!

      • Eric K

        I tried that, yet it foreclosed on me. I even tried 256 MB and “swappiness” at 60. No luck. Any suggestions?

  • Damn, what’s up with the slowdown on tegra 2, lets develop better please… anyways, horay free game!

  • Damn, what’s up with the slowdown on tegra 2, lets develop better please… anyways, horay free game!

  • Evil-D

    Took forever to download on my corporate wifi. But plays smooth as butter on my rooted CM7 dinc.

  • Evil-D

    Took forever to download on my corporate wifi. But plays smooth as butter on my rooted CM7 dinc.

  • Same with my DX runs smooth and looks great.  Very happy with amazon today haha

  • Ccav913

    whatever i bet the game is stupid i dont want it anyways!

  • Even thought it says it is incompatible with my D1 it still let me purchase it thru the Amazon site.  I guess I’ll have to wait til I get a new phone to play it.

    • Smeckle

      Oooh, thanks for the advice!

    • Smeckle

      Oooh, thanks for the advice!

  • Gilbypoleadamson

    OG Droid running CM7 and getting a not compatable error. So lame, I know my phone could easily run that game…

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Seriously… Same here… can’t play it nor can I even download it.

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Seriously… Same here… can’t play it nor can I even download it.

    • bc

      DroidX with GB, works fine.

    • bc

      DroidX with GB, works fine.

    • bc

      DroidX with GB, works fine.

  • Greg Abbate

    Works fine on DX. Have to download over WIFI. Great game!

  • Smeckle

    Correct…it is incompatible with the D1. I can’t even get to the game page on the App Store; it stops me and tells me it’s incompatible with my device and I cannot purchase it. Oh well, I’ve been looking forward to this game for much, much longer than when it was finally officially announced. I guess I can wait until I upgrade. At least I have it on Steam! 🙂

  • Does anyone know a way to download this over a cell connection since amazon wants me to use wi-fi?  I’m at work and can’t connect my phone to the wi-fi here.

    • Probably not it’s a huge file took me like 3-5 minuts over a good wifi connection

      • What difference does it make if I’m willing to wait?  Seems like a stupid policy from Amazon.

      • What difference does it make if I’m willing to wait?  Seems like a stupid policy from Amazon.

        • It’s do to AT&T’s policy of not allowing downloads of large apps over the service, and amazon market works on AT&T android phones (all 3 of them).  Just ask any AT&T IPhone looser.

    • Anonymous

      i agree, the 4g lte is waay faster than my wifi at work, but i was forced to use the slower connection in order to download this.. maybe its based on agreements with carriers? i have the same issue with gameloft games

    • Anonymous

      i agree, the 4g lte is waay faster than my wifi at work, but i was forced to use the slower connection in order to download this.. maybe its based on agreements with carriers? i have the same issue with gameloft games

    • Anonymous

      Someone else mentioned you can get it online, then download it later… fyi.

    • Anonymous

      Someone else mentioned you can get it online, then download it later… fyi.

    • Anonymous

      The sad thing is, I’m sure it would work if you tethered to someone else’s phone and downloaded it that way. Too bad you can’t tether to your own phone, hah.

    • How would the boss feel about that, Daniel?

  • Kevin

    Won’t even let me download to rooted OG…. ugh!