Plants vs. Zombies 2: Tips for Match-3 Game Mode

02/29/2016 07:03 am by Marcel Wuttig in Tips & TricksMobile GamesPvE

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2

The latest world in Plants vs. Zombies 2 added a brand new game mode to the tower defense game. In the past, we have enjoyed the conveyor belt type levels, the levels in which we had to collect sunlight, or the levels in which we were only allowed to lose a certain amount of plants. The Modern Day added match-3 type levels to the mix, which we are obsessed with. Despite loving them so much, we have to admit that we got a little confused about them first, since they are so different from anything else in the mobile game. We decided to share a few tips on how to easily make it through the stages.

Swipe and Match

When you start the match-3 levels for the first time, you might be a little confused at the map – we certainly were. The entire map is randomly filled with a few different plants – ranging from defensive to offensive ones. First of all, you should know that you can’t just randomly move them on the map. Your goal is to match at least three of the same type. You can only swap adjacent plants horizontally or vertically to match them. They will then disappear leaving behind sunlight. New plants will slide down from the top of the screen. If you match more than four plants of the same type, you will not only receive more sunlight, but also trigger a green leaf attack for one of the matched specimen. You end the level by matching the predefined number of plants.

A typical set-up for the match-3 type levels in Plants vs. Zombies 2.

Tactical Advice

While this may seem very straightforward, there are a few tactics to keep in mind. Naturally, you will constantly be attacked by various zombies. Once they eat one of your greens, that specific tile will remain empty. Therefore, you should keep an eye on the set-up of your level as you mix and match your greenery. Try to have Wall-Nuts and other defensive plants at the front of your map. In return, mix and match any greens that don’t attack your enemies when they are in the back, as they won’t do anything to support you there. Try to keep an eye on how balanced your lanes are as well, as the walking dead can quickly overrun them once they are breached.

Once you collect a specific amount of sunlight, you can upgrade some of your plants. Choose wisely, as it will make a big difference in the end. Don’t combine a fire plant with one that freezes your enemy, as they will nullify each other. We usually make sure to upgrade our Wall-Nuts first, if possible with a defensive plant that also harms your opponents.

We hope our tips were able to help. If you have any other advice, feel free to post it in the comments below.

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