Published On: Tue, Nov 10th, 2015

Plants Vs Zombies Review – A winner for kids and parents by Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

plants vs zombies garden warfarePlants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare on the X-Box is a simple online shooter game rated M, recommended 15+. While I believe that this is a game that parents should carefully look at before they allow their child to play, many including myself are finding that it is suitable for their primary school aged child 8+.

As a parent I was worried about the multiplayer side, but was soon rest assured by the sales clerk at EB Games that you couldn’t type to each other. While I found this to be true, I discovered that the kids who had a headset could be heard by anyone else playing. There is however a solution here to silence these players. If you go to the team chart where all the players are listed, by pressing “y” on your controller it silences everyone, but allows your child to still hear all the game sounds.

Kids get to choose the side they wish to play on. My son will move between being a plant or zombie while my daughter wouldn’t THINK of being anything else other than a plant. Sometimes however teams fill up so you must either change teams or wait for the next game.

The violence such as shooting at each other is fantasy violence or cartoonish violence, with characters in the game shooting out pea pods, pulses, cactus spikes, slime or goop cleverly avoiding images of blood and guts that we would be concerned about our kids seeing.

While the goal is to terminate your opponent, this multiplayer game has an endearing feel about it that it is a popular choice for both kids and their parents. I know from simply talking to my son that many of his friends are playing, meaning lots of parents are happy to have Plants Vs Zombies on their screens.

This game has become so popular there are now YouTube videos with hits pushing the million mark made by people who are making episodes using Plants Vs Zombies plushies.

Once you purchase the game it’s free to play online. My kids are having a great time playing this game aged 9 and 10 years and have now been playing for around 12 months making it great value for money. We are so looking forward to the release of number two in 2016!

 

By Danielle Mantakoul
Plants Vs Zombies Review
Copyright 2015
www.mummyweekly.com.au

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