Plants vs. Zombies™ 2

-3.57
Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 10 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 4 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-2.96

2 votes
Playing by Appointment -
2 / 0 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

2 votes
Daily Rewards -
2 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

2 votes
Grinding -
2 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

2 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 0 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

1 votes
1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
1 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
1 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 2 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 19 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 3 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-4.03

2 votes
Premium Currency -
2 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

2 votes
Pay to Win -
2 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

2 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
2 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

2 votes
Pay to Skip -
2 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

2 votes
Accidental Purchases -
2 / 0 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

2 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
2 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

2 votes
Power Creep -
2 / 0 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

2 votes
Pay Wall -
2 / 0 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

2 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
2 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

1 votes
1 votes
Waste Aversion -
1 / 1 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

2 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 2 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 8 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 6 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.94

2 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
2 / 0 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

2 votes
Competition -
2 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
1 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
1 / 1 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
1 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
1 / 1 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
1 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 1 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
1 votes
Reciprocity -
1 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

2 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 2 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 13 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 1 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-4.49

2 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
2 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

2 votes
Complete the Collection -
2 / 0 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

2 votes
Illusion of Control -
2 / 0 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

2 votes
Variable Rewards -
2 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

2 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
2 / 0 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
2 / 0 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

1 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
1 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 463,181 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on Apr 24, 2021
The game threatens to take away your streak unless you pay 20 gems to maintain it should you miss a day
Illusion of Control reported on Apr 24, 2021
Enjoy being overwhelmed with zombie spam at the beginning of the level.
Pay Wall reported on Apr 24, 2021
Certain plants require real-world money to unlock. One plant, the electric peashooter, costs $7.99.
Pay to Skip reported on Apr 24, 2021
You can pay coins to retry a failed event.
Premium Currency reported on Apr 24, 2021
Gems
Advertisements reported on Apr 24, 2021
Full screen ads bombard you anytime you exit a level.


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Screenshot "As beautifully presented as it is absorbing to play: 8.7 out of 10." – ign.com

Play the award-winning hit action-strategy adventure where you meet, greet, and defeat legions of hilarious zombies from the dawn of time, to the end of days. Amass an army of amazing plants, supercharge them with Plant Food, and devise the ultimate plan to protect your brain.

200 Million Downloads – This app has received more than 200 million downloads across all platforms.

Winner: Best Mobile Game at E3 – Game Informer
Winner: Best Mobile Game 2013 – Mashable
Winner: Game of the Year 2013 – Slide to Play

DISCOVER HUNDREDS OF PLANTS AND ZOMBIES
Collect your favorite lawn legends, like Sunflower and Peashooter, along with hundreds of other horticultural hotshots, including creative bloomers like Lava Guava and Laser Bean. Go toe-to-missing-toe with a massive array of zombies at every turn, like Jetpack Zombie and Mermaid Imp – you’ll even have to protect your brain from rampant Zombie Chickens!

GROW POWERFUL PLANTS
Earn Seed Packets as you play and use them to fuel your potent plants. Power up attacks, double-down defenses, speed up planting time, and even gain entirely new abilities. Boost your plants to ensure those zombies are lawn-gone!

COMPETE AGAINST OTHERS IN BATTLEZ
Think your zombie-bashing strategy is the best? Put your planting skills to the test when you face other players in Battlez. Enter the Battlez arena and compete against other players to get the highest score on unique levels. Earn coins, piñatas, and more to top the leaderboards, level up through Leagues, and become the ultimate garden guardian.

JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE AND TIME
Battle across 11 crazy worlds, from Ancient Egypt to the Far Future, and beyond. With more than 300 levels, ultra-challenging endless zones, fun mini-games, and daily Piñata Party events, there’s always a new challenge to complete. Plus, ready your best defenses – Dr. Zomboss is waiting to take you on at the end of every world!


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