Plants vs. Zombies: Succeeding in Nighttime Levels

05/29/2014 07:00 am by Marcel Wuttig in Tips & TricksTower DefenseiPhone

Plants vs. Zombies is a true tower defense game in which you have to protect your house against a horde of approaching zombies by positioning plants in your garden. In our test, we explained that it was quite simple to make it through the entire game without disturbances once you came up with a foolproof strategy. We already established how to successfully make it through daytime levels and how to defeat the endboss. In this tip, we want to make it easier for you to succeed in nighttime levels.

Here, your strategy is basically only a slight variation of your daytime tactic, as your main goal will still be to produce as much sunlight as possible. The only difference is that in nighttime levels you cannot rely on random sunlight drops from the sky (it IS dark after all). This makes it all the more important to sow as many sunlight producing plants as possible. It will also make the beginning of Plants vs. Zombies a tad bit more difficult when it is especially crucial to use your rare sunlight as smartly as possible. The good thing about nighttime levels is that you get extra support from fungi which are only active in the dark.
It is recommended to always select a few of these helpful little friends since they will come in handy especially in the beginning of a level when you have less sunlight at your disposal. Choosing Sunflowers, Wall-nuts, Puff-shrooms, Sun-shrooms, and Scaredy-shrooms is the way to go. For nighttime levels with a pool, we would also advise to select Sea-shrooms.

Your first step should be to use your first 50 sunlight to position a Sunflower. Before you are even able to collect your next 25 sunlights, the first zombie is likely to walk onto your yard. This is when you make use of your Puff-shrooms which cost no sunlight at all. These little fighters shoot projectiles with normal damage output at your enemies - only at a short range however.

Position them towards the end of your garden. Don’t worry about losing a few of them along the way, as they recharge quickly and are for free. If there’s a pool, you should do the same thing with Sea-shrooms which also don’t require sunlight.

This is what your garden could optimally look like.

With your first 25 sunlights, you should position a Sun-shroom. This fungi species also produces sunlight: 15 in the beginning, and 25 as soon as they’ve reached their regular size. Focus on positioning as many Sunflowers and Sun-shrooms as possible (your goal should be up to 2 rows).

As soon as you’ve collected some sunlight, you should protect your Puff-shrooms with Wall-nuts which will also buy you some time. We recommend the Scaredy-shrooms as a second fighter to support your Puff-shrooms early in the game, which only cost 25 sunlight and are long-range fighters. It makes most sense to position them as far in the back of your yard as possible as they stop shooting once zombies get too close.

This strategy should guarantee that you make it through all nighttime levels.
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