Plants vs Zombies 2 snubs Android, PC and Mac, now available on iOS (iPhone)
In an effort to generate more gaming revenue, PopCap that runs under the banner of Electronic Arts opens the gates to Plants vs Zombies 2 today covering more markets including the United States of America. The catch, well, the game is available only on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and yes, Android, PC and Macs were snubbed by the latest Plants vs Zombies iteration. No reason or reasons were given, though it’s a safe bet that PopCap is still testing the capabilities of the new game when it comes to raking in cash by applying the Candy Crush-way of generating profit — and that is by offering the game for free and selling premium virtual items or also called in-app purchasing or iAP.
Arguably, Apple’s iOS can spawn more money — it’s all about the money, but not covering Android may be a suicide more mainly due to the fact that Android is the largest mobile operating system in the world, and it is also the fastest growing especially in the United States and China where smartphone users crave for quality mobile applications. It’s worth noting that the original Plants vs Zombies game is available on Android’s Google Play Store and currently one of the top games in its category.
Plants vs Zombies 2 offers new gameplay but focuses mainly on its strengths — and that is the excitement over killing virtual zombies. To make the game sweeter, PopCap created new zombies with new abilities. There’s a zombie that steals “sun” and a pack with camouflage. For the end-gamer, the game introduces new plants and many are pay-before-play or the customer must purchase the plant on the game’s very own online store. Plant costs $2.99 each including the good ol Jalapeno — and that’s more expensive than the original Plants vs Zombies game.
Can a person finish the game without in-app purchase? Well, absolutely, but no IAP gaming would miss many stages because PopCap is selling a “key” to some portal.
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