Monday, September 20, 2010

Braaaaains... I'm coming!

In the TBC days we got a Simon game set into the game. You may remember the apexis crystals near Ogri'la, where you had to reproduce the sequence of colours played by the crystals. If you liked the idea of placing mini-games into WoW then you'll love the addition of Peaceblooms vs. Ghouls that will be added in Cataclysm.

Uh... what versus who?
Well, if you haven't heard of the game called Plants vs. Zombies then you probably have been locked in some dark cellroom for the last year. The idea is quite simple: there's a zombie invasion in your neighbourhood and you're locked in your home. You must fend off the zombies that think you're their next lunch. But this time you don't have any conventional weapons to get them down. No shotguns, no chainsaws... you just have some plant seeds.
While it sounds weird (yes, it is!) the game is just a tower defense type where your weapons are a wide array of plants: plants that shoot peas, bushes that act as shields, plants that generate extra solar power (you need solar power to sow more plants and get power-ups), so they never reach your home. Zombies in turn have also different abilities: from the standard brain-eater to the armoured zombie (using a bucket as helmet), a pole jumper that avoids shields... The action turns frantic and the cute graphics and great sounds make it an excellent game. And you can play a big bunch of levels for free. Just give it a try, it will hook you.

Need more peacebloms!
So yes, we're having the game ported to Azeroth as a mini game, renamed to Peaceblooms vs. Ghouls. If you're tired of grinding or the wait time in LFD is too big you can always plant some seeds to get some fun. Totalbiscuit from Blue Plz! has released a video of the game so you can see how it looks like:

I want moar!
Yes, there're some plugins that let you play games while still playing WoW, but this and the previous Simon games are different because they're part of WoW. I wonder why other simple games haven't been added yet, like a Dynablaster/Bomberman game (easy to make since we already have the needed items), a Tetris (this may require extra coding like P vs. G, a PacMan or even another classic like Space Invaders (evil draenei?). Which game would you love to see included in the game?

Post soundtrack:
Endgame - Megadeth (Endgame, 2009)


  1. Lol, when I started reading this I thought you were pulling some kind of prank first... mini-games built into WoW itself?! I'm glad you made the point about the crystal game though, I had forgot all about that, and TB seems to like the new game as well, which is strange and unusual enough - I guess we can only wait and see? It still seems bizarre. :)

  2. I think it's a nifty addition so you can have some fun while waiting in the LFD queue. The simon minigame was really boring, but this one promises tons of fun.
    The bomberman game would be nice for a battleground too, where you try to blast the opposing players with different kind of bombs while avoiding friendly fire.

  3. I don't know if I will like this particular game, but I loved the senso-quest in TBC (or simon says, as you called it) and i'd love to see more of that in wow. for one thing, the darkmoon fair needs a complete overhaul - there should be things like darts, high striker, drinking contests and betting on mini-races there imo!