Plant vs Zombie 2: Awesomely addictive. [Review]

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PopCap has finally gotten around to releasing the new zombie game that everyone and their grandmother has been waiting for — Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time.

Plants vs Zombies 2 by PopCap
Category: iOS Games
Price: Free

It’s been three long years since we were swept away with the original Plants vs Zombies, but we’re happy to say that Plants vs Zombies 2  is just as fun and addictive as ever, if not more so. Yes, you still plant sunflowers, harvest sun, and then use that to get more plants to destroy armies of zombies. But even though the gameplay is still the same, the adventure is more fun than ever.

What’s New

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Once again players are joined by Crazy Dave from the first game, except now he has a time-traveling RV that can transport you to three different time periods on his Time-Space Taco Map: Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and Wild West. To advance to new time periods, though, players have to collect stars by beating levels and accomplishing objectives.

Each time period comes with over 20 levels full of new zombies to destroy, which would be fun enough as is, but this go around, players will have to repeat levels later with new puzzles to gain more stars and unlock new areas of the map. Some of the levels have to be replayed three times, with each new attempt bringing new objectives to earn stars.

You can also go back and replay levels to find keys that unlock new branches of your map as well, leaving players with even more gameplay than the original. With so many levels to beat, you’d think that dropping plants on a board for hours on end would get boring, but PopCap has done a great job of mixing gameplay up by including new mini-games.

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To help you defend your home in the crazy new worlds, Crazy Dave gives you a new power-up, called Plant Food, that the zombies drop and can be dragged over to one of your plants to activate its temporary super-powers. You can also save up to 3 bottles of plant food to use whenever you’re facing a big wave.

Coins play a different role in the worlds of Plants vs Zombies 2 than they did in the original. Rather than being used to unlock plants, the new game comes with three power-ups that can be purchased in the heat of battle using coins, granting the player phenomenal cosmic powers long enough wipe the board clean.

The new power-ups include Power Pinch, Power Toss, and Power Zap, which can be activated at the price of 800, 1000, and 1200 coins, depending on which power you want. All three are incredibly powerful and incredibly pricey, but you can usually beat levels without them.

Along with the big  new gameplay features, PopCap tossed in a few smaller features that make conquering PvZ2 a delight. Now the game syncs your progress through GameCenter so you can beat a few levels on your iPhone, and then pick up right where you left off on your iPad. They’ve also included slots for five different player profiles, so your spouse or kids can play on your device too and progress at their own pace without messing up your game.

Free-to-play

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When PopCap made the announcement that Plants vs Zombies 2 would be ‘free-to-play’, a lot of PvZ fans were worried the game would try to squeeze every dollar it could from you to open up content, but that’s not at all the case here.

Yes, you can buy coins, plants, upgrades and other bundles that will make the game easier for you, but none of them are worth it. You can beat the entire game without spending a penny, and you unlock different plants and upgrades along the way.

Ads do pop up every so often after beating a level, but nothing obtrusive that ruins gameplay. The only reason to spend money in PvZ2 is if you’re nostalgic for some of the plants from the original, or you just need a mountain of coins to dominate a level with your super powers because you’re too lazy to beat it the regular way.

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Product Name: Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time
The Good: Gameplay is just as fun and easy to pick up as the original, but new power-ups and plant food add a new dimension. New plants are even more entertaining and badass. Lots of depth and challenging puzzles that will keep players engaged for hours.
The Bad: In-app purchases are always a bummer, but PvZ2 pulls it off as well as can be expected.
The Verdict:  Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time is a solid sequel to the original hit. Rather than departing from the original, PopCap kept with what works best and upped the ante, with bigger worlds, better plants, and some phenomenal cosmic powers that make for one of the best games of the year.

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Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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As the App Store’s fifth anniversary approaches, a whole host of developers have begun makes some of their most popular apps and games for iOS completely free. Some of the titles included in the sale are Infinity Blade II, Disney’s Where’s My Water?, and Traktor DJ, which is usually priced at $20.Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

It’s unclear whether the giveaways are to celebrate the App Store’s birthday, or whether the timing is just a coincidence. The Verge was first to spot the changes, and they note that none of the titles on sale have ever gone free before.

So this isn’t just your average App Store sale where the likes of EA and Gameloft make all of their older titles super cheap in an effort to boost sales. Some of the most popular iOS titles are included, such as gems like Tiny Wings and Day One, a wonderful app that makes keeping a journal super simple.

Here’s a full list of the titles that have gone free so far:

Apple hasn’t mentioned the freebies yet, and none of the apps acknowledge the reductions in their descriptions, so we can’t confirm why they’re been made free yet. But this week marks the App Store’s fifth birthday, and it certainly appears that this is part of the celebration.

If that is the case, we’d expect to see many more titles reduced in the coming days.

If you spot any other apps and games that have been made free this week, let us know in the comments section below.

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VSCO Cam now better and FREE! Great for photo editing lovers

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VSCO Cam has already become one of our favorite camera apps on the iPhone thanks to its film emulation effects and clean interface, but a big update for the app is making us fall in love all over again.

Visual Supply Company just released VSCO Cam 2.0 on the App Store and it comes with a huge batch of new features, including new presets, more efficient editing, and separate Focus and Exposure rings that give you more control when shooting pictures.

Best of all, Visual Supply Co. dropped the price on VSCO from $0.99 to free so there’s no reason for you not to give it a whirl. You can pick it up from the App Store now, or dig into the full list of new features after the jump:

 

  •  Utilizing our innovative processing technology, VSCO Cam™ yields elegant results, previously unattainable on the iPhone.
  • Adjust the strength of Presets and Tools using the Precision Slider.
  • VSCO Tools allow for fine tuning, with the goal to complement, not define, your photographs. Exposure, Temperature, Contrast, Crop, Rotate, Fade, Vignette and more allow you to define your look.
  • Compare your original image with the edited version by simply holding down on the image in Edit view.
  • Browse a stunning array of Preset Packs available for purchase in the In-App store. From vivid colors to faded black and whites, the store offers the best mobile presets on the market.
  • Separate Focus and Exposure Rings plus White Balance Lock allow for increased creative control.
  • Organize, favorite and filter your images using the quick filter navigation.
  • Multiple thumbnail sizes allow for a customizable image browsing experience.
  • Easily view your image data including location, date, preset used and more.
  • Import and export your images in high resolution without sacrificing any quality.

Since it is free, just download and play around with it. You will soon be a pro. =)

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Buy iPhone 5 without contract from Apple Malaysia online store, SenHeng or SenQ

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For those who wanted to buy the iPhone 5 and dont want to get it tied up with contract from Maxis, Digi or Celcom but instead prefers to get it outright, well Apple Malaysia online store is now selling iPhone 5. Same goes to SenHeng and SenQ nationwide. But stocks appears to be limited in SenHeng and SenQ now.

But if you buy from Apple Malaysia online store now, it will ship in 2-4 business days. Which is great. If you buy today, you will get it in under a week.

The retail price for iPhone 5 goes like this:

iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799

I personally own the black model but the white model does look great also. And the white is less prone to scratches apparently. But my black model is fine so far. The choice is yours!

To get the iPhone 5 from Apple Malaysia online store, click here!

If you prefer getting the phone cheaper with a contract, click here to see the comparison between all iPhone 5 plans from Malaysian telco.

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Free The Star ePaper Subscription for Samsung Galaxy Tab owners

If you are a legit Galaxy Tab owner, here is something awesome for you. Samsung is now giving out 6 months of free subscription to The Star ePaper edition to all Galaxy Tab owners. Ranging from all the Tabs covering Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, Tab 7.7, Tab 7.0 and the original Galaxy Tab.

Just redeem your free Star ePaper in the Samsung Mobile Malaysia Facebook Page by just hitting “Like”.
Free stuffs are always the best! Thanks, Samsung!

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Free iPhone 4S 32GB with 24 months contract on iValue 4 from Maxis

Maxis is offering the iPhone 4S 32GB(RRP: RM2590) for free if you sign up for the iValue 4 plans for 2 years (previously priced RM350). They are extending the promotion until 29th February 2012 for folks to enjoy this offer throughout the Chinese New Year celebration.

If you are planning to get the 32GB version of iPhone 4S, now you can save additional RM350 but you will be tied to a 2 year contract of RM375 monthly bundled with 2500 minutes of talktime, 7GB of data, 800 SMSs and 80 MMSs. If you are a heavy user, I think this is worth it. But if you are a regular user, RM375 a month is a huge amount to pay!

Still not sure which iPhone 4S plans suits you best? Click here for the plans comparison from Maxis, Digi and Celcom.

Check out Maxis iPhone 4S page for more information!

Win iPhone 4 by just answering few questions on Maxis Facebook Page

Maxis Facebook page is giving away the chance to win an iPhone 4 by just doing a short survey on MMS.


It is really a simple survey, just answer a few questions and you stand a chance to win the iPhone 4 or some other grea prizes such as top ups and some cheap nokia phones. LOL. But who cares, anything is good if it is free. So go ahead and join the survey by clicking here!