Plants vs. Zombies (PC)

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Title Screen

Plants vs. Zombies

Developer: PopCap Games
Publisher: PopCap Games
Platforms: PC, Macintosh
Released in US: 2009


MinigameIcon.png This game has unused modes / minigames.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Hmmm...
To do:
Unused graphics (there's more), unused text (some are done, but more), Limbo Page and all of the unused minigames you can access with it, Squirrel (the only unused minigame that is not accessible through the Limbo Page), and are there any other revisional differences?


Zombies have risen from the dead, and for some reason keep invading your home, not even bothering with your neighbors. To defend yourself, you must plant a variety of zombie-fighting vegetation. As crazy as it sounds, it's actually a pretty solid game.

Contents

Changes in GOTY Edition

On August 10, 2010, a "Game of the Year" edition of the game was released (according to the readme, this edition is version 1.2.0.1073). Aside from adding new content, a few changes were made.

Michael Jackson Zombie

When the game was originally released, the Dancing Zombie and Backup Dancer Zombie looked different. The Dancing Zombie originally resembled Michael Jackson dressed in his classic "Thriller" outfit, and the Backup Dancer Zombie resembled the backup dancers from the music video of the aforementioned song. The description of the Dancing Zombie even mentioned "any similarity to celebrities, dead or alive, is pure coincidence."

More than a year after his death, Michael Jackson's estate objected to its inclusion. PopCap subsequently changed the designs of the Dancing Zombie and Backup Dancer Zombie out of respect to Jackson. The new Dancing Zombie resembles a stereotypical disco dancer, and the Backup Dancers have pink shirts with mustaches. The redesign has been included in the Game of the Year version, released August 10, 2010, and all other versions since. Despite being removed, the textures of the original Dancing Zombie and Backup Dancer Zombie can be found in the game's files.

Pre-GOTY GOTY
This is THRILLER! Thriller night! Disco is really dead now.
Pre-GOTY GOTY
Nice Calvin hair. I mustache you a question, but I'll dance first.

Zomboni Description

In the original version of the game, the Zomboni enemy had a different description in the Suburban Almanac than it does in the GOTY edition. Judging from the current description, it was most likely changed for copyright reasons.

Original description GOTY description
Often mistaken for a zombie driving an ice machine, the Zomboni is a totally different life-form more closely related to a space ogre than a zombie. Not to be mistaken for a Zamboni® brand ice resurfacing machine. Zamboni® and the image of the ice-resurfacing machine are registered trademarks of Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc., and "Zomboni" is used with permission. For all your non-zombie related ice resurfacing needs, visit www.zamboni.com!

Other Additions

Achieve to believe... or something like that.
  • The Game of the Year version adds an achievement system, in which various awards are given for completing certain requirements. However, because of this, one of the games messages is unable to be seen (see below).
  • The Zombatar, an avatar creator, was introduced in the GOTY edition. This allows you to create your own zombie. Additionally, the accessories chosen for your Zombatar will appear on the Flag Zombie.
  • The GOTY edition adds some extra music.

Unused Text

Most of the text is stored in main.pak/properites/LawnStrings.txt.

[DOG_WALKING_ZOMBIE]
Dog Walking Zombie

[DOG_ZOMBIE]
Dog Zombie

[PROPELLER_ZOMBIE]
Propeller Zombie

Names of cut zombies.

[DOG_WALKING_ZOMBIE_DESCRIPTION]
Dog Walking Zombie description

[DOG_ZOMBIE_DESCRIPTION]
Dog Zombie description

[PROPELLER_ZOMBIE_DESCRIPTION]
Propeller Zombie description

Placeholder description text for cut zombies.

[ADVICE_SCARY_POTTER_TUTORIAL]
TEMP - Dave put more vases on your lawn!
[ADVICE_SHOVEL_REFRESH]
The shovel needs time to refresh before digging again

In the final game, the shovel can always be used instantly.

[ADVICE_3_IN_A_ROW]
More vases incoming!
{STREAK} of 3 waves cleared

These lines were probably used in Level 4-5 (Vasebreaker) before Crazy Dave's proper dialog was implemented.

[ADVICE_I_ZOMBIE_PLANTS_NOT_REAL]
Do not be alarmed
Plants are not real

This text was probably used in I, Zombie puzzles before Crazy Dave's proper introductions were implemented.

[UNLOCKED_SURVIVAL_MODE]
Survival mode unlocked!
Play it from the main menu!

Survival mode is not unlocked from a present item, so this text is not used.

[WIN_MESSAGE1]
You have defeated the Boss Zombie!

[WIN_MESSAGE2]
Congratulations!  You have most triumphantly fended off the zombie attack!  Your lawn is safe... for now!

This message was used in the original version, but became unused in the GOTY version. When you beat the final boss, the "achievements unlocked" screen will appear, but this message is not displayed.

[DIALOG_WARNING]
Warning

May be a placeholder.

[VASE]
Mysterious Vase
[FOUND_VASE]
You found a Mysterious Vase!
[VASE_DESCRIPTION]
Now you can play
Vasebreaker Mode!

In the final game, unlocking puzzle mode also unlocks I, Zombie and vasebreaker mode.

[MORE_SEEDS_HEADER]
More seeds?
[MORE_SEEDS_BODY]
Would you like to be able to plant more kinds of seeds?

Unknown, most likely unused.

[ZOMBATAR_FINISHED_WARNING_HEADER]
WARNING!

Another warning, but this time a Zombatar warning.

[REPLAY_LEVEL_BODY]
Do you wish to replay level 3-4?

Shown when the demo is completed, as it ends on 3-4.

[SCARY_POTTER_10]
Vasebreaker Facebreaker

An unused Vasebreaker level.

Limbo Page

The graveyard of cut minigames

A hidden menu called "Limbo Page" exists in the game's code. This menu allows the players to access most of the unused minigames and hidden features. To enable "Limbo Page", change the following bytes in PvZ's process ("popcapgames1.exe" or "PlantsVsZombies.exe") by using a cheating program such as Cheat Engine.

Original version
Address Original Value Edited Value
0x42DF5D 136 144
0x42DF5E 89 144
0x42DF5F 84 144
GOTY version
Address Original Value Edited Value
0x430C80 136 144
0x430C81 88 144
0x430C82 100 144

After changing these values, a link to Limbo Page will appear at the bottom of the Mini-games/Puzzle/Survival page. Note that this also adds three other links: PAGE0, PAGE1, and PAGE3. PAGE0 is Survival, PAGE1 is the regular Minigames menu, and PAGE3 is Puzzle. The Zen Garden and Tree of Wisdom can also be accessed from this menu.

The minigames are:

  • Art Challenge Wall-Nut: Place Wall-Nuts in the proper spaces to create one giant Wall-Nut.
  • Sunny Day: Same as a normal level, but all Sun from the sky is 50 Sun instead of the normal 25.
  • Unsodded: Rows 1 and 5 cannot be planted on, but Zombies still appear in those rows.
  • Big Time: Same as a normal level, except Sunflowers, Marigolds and Wall-Nuts are all twice their normal size.
  • Art Challenge Sunflower: Place plants in the proper position to create a large Sunflower.
  • Air Raid: A Fog Level where a lot of Balloon Zombies appear.
  • Ice Level: This level is unplayable. It has six seed slots with Peashooter, Cherry Bomb, Wall-Nut, Repeater, Snow Pea, and Chomper. No zombies appear, and there is no way to reset the level. Name suggests it would have been a snowy level.
  • High Gravity: A roof level where all projectiles hit the ground due to high gravity.
  • Grave Danger: The Zombies all surface from graves, and more graves appear frequently.
  • Can You Dig It? The lawn is full of Wall-Nuts and you can only plant Peashooters.
  • Dark Stormy Night: The same as level 4-10 in Adventure Mode, but with different plants and zombies.
  • Bungee Blitz: The same as level 5-5 in Adventure Mode.
  • Intro: The beginning segment of the game.
  • Survival: Day through Roof Endless: The same as Survival: Endless, but inside the day, night, fog, and roof areas, respectively.
  • Upsell: An advertisement for the full version of the game from the trial version.
  • Squirrel: This hidden minigame is about finding 7 Squirrels by digging up Wall-Nuts. Does not appear in the Limbo Page.

Squirrel

Squirrel is an unused minigame that cannot be accessed through the Limbo Page. To access it, you will need Cheat Engine. First, go to ZomBotany and key in 16 in the Value bar. Click First Scan. Then go to Seeing Stars and key in 22 in the Value Bar. Click Next Scan. When the address appears, change it to 49. If you have more than 1 address in the result, repeat the steps until you get 1 result. Make sure to change the value before the "Choose your Seeds" dialogue appears.

The minigame involves digging up Wall-Nuts to find squirrels. The game ends when you find seven squirrels.

Unused Graphics

PlantsvsZombies PC Scary Pot.png

An unused zombie vase for Vasebreaker, which would produce zombies. They only come out of mystery vases in the final game.

PvsZPC Quickplay.png

This "Quick Play" option goes unused in the GOTY version.

PvsZPC Pumpkin2nddegrade.png

An unused second stage of degradation for the pumpkin, which resembles the first stage.

PlantsvsZombies PC Caltrop body2.png

Second stage of degradation of the Spikeweed.