Monday, 10 March 2014

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies: Lawn of the Dead

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(ARC given by Netgalley)

Author: Various
Publishing House:
Dark Horse
96 pages
Publication: 27th May 2014
Review written by Lady Entropy

Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies from the zombies' point of view! The Art of Plants vs. Zombies is part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, as well as a treasure trove of rare concept art, sketches, and more covering Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. It's a must-have for any fan and an insider's view of zombies with some Wall-nutty surprises and never-before-seen awesome art. Even Crazy Dave wants a copy - if only to learn more about his fun-dead foes.

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies is a sweet, small (and cheap) artbook homaging the very simple and still very addictive game Plants vs. Zombies. It's written from the zombie point of view (because, obviously, they are the pretties and most awesome and pleasedon'teatmybrains!!!) and it's full with art, bits of information, gags, and focuses mostly on rare and unpublished art for the game, which is definitely welcome.

The book has a very definite tongue-in-cheek feel to it, and it's just more than just a collage of images. Of course, the theme in itself is limited so they wouldn't be able to put out a "proper" big artbook -- so, they didn't. Instead, there is this little funny gem, shock full with discarded ideas (including a list of refused titles for the game, with "Lawn of the Dead" as my favourite, and the "Pea-Predator" plant that never got used. Sad!)

It has also a whole section on the art of Plants vs. Zombies 2, and taking in consideration the price (9.99), I can see this is not a cash grab, but rather a memento made with a lot of love for a little gem of a game (which is so goddamn cheap you should be ashamed of yourself if you haven't bought it yet! Go play it)!

Obviously, it has a limited value for people who never played the game or who don't enjoy it -- it doesn't try to be more than it is: a loving homage to a funny, silly game, and is, just like its parent product, funny and silly and definitely worth your (not a lot of) money.

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