Road Cones Protect My Head: Plants Vs Zombies

By John Walker on April 1st, 2009 at 7:34 pm.

Cuddles.

I can’t tell you how crappy a day I’ve had. From stomach bug to exploding graphics cards, it’s been a stinker. So I would like to loudly declare the complete magical happiness that PopCap’s announcement has brought me. Plants Vs. Zombies looks like it will be PopCap’s interpretation of a tower defence game, but details at this point are scarce. What’s not scarce is a gorgeous song to accompany the news, with an adorable singing sunflower backed by a chorus of zombies. Who we don’t want on our lawn. Now with video below.

Dammit, the song is so funny, but currently there’s no way to embed it here. Hooray for PopCap! They’ve given us an embed. It’s the zombie declarations, or its simply that there’s a zombie dolphin, or perhaps it’s the bobbing head of Peggle’s sunflower. I don’t know. But watching this video brings me happiness. You must go to the site and watch it again and again. You can download an mp3 of the song, apparently by Laura Shigihara, from here.

We’re hounding PopCap for more details, but at the moment you’ll have to discern clues from the video, and make do with knowing it’s out on 5th May.

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70 Comments »

  1. JonFitt says:

    Argh, I’m going to be singing that all day now!

  2. Lambo says:

    Its stuff like that, which is the reason that I bother to get up in the mornings.

    Thank you Mr. Walker, and thank you Popcap.

    Am currently trying to upload this to youtube, I’ll edit in a link if it works out.

    Edit: upload = fail :(

  3. DigitalSignalX says:

    rofl. Zombie dolphins ftw.

  4. Will Tomas says:

    Loved the video. Especially the use of the word ‘lawn’. Very good.

  5. Senethro says:

    Wait, wasn’t this a completely different post half an hour ago?

  6. Ben says:

    “Get ready to soil your plants” = WIN!!1

  7. Tarn says:

    Heh, a zombie with butter inexplicably on his head, who feels the need to sing about it. Brilliant.

  8. pilouuuu says:

    Sheer Brilliance! At least the videoclip is destined to become a classic.

    Can we expect even more fun than Peggle this time?

  9. Patrick says:

    There’s butter on my HEAD!

  10. ...hmm... says:

    sploding card? What sploding card was it please

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    zak canard says:

    That video’s just guaranteed a sale.

  12. Evil Vitamin C says:

    Ohhh my gawd … Popcap are so incredibly awesome. Casual games are the future!

  13. MrMud says:

    this makes me sad its april 1st

  14. John Walker says:

    MrMud – it’s definitely for real. We’ve got confirmation that this isn’t part of the Day Of Tedious Lies.

  15. Weylund says:

    Nah, MrMud. Now you can put aside a quarter a day until the release date and have the money to buy it!

    I don’t think casual games are the future. Now, casual games with plasma weapons, inside bodies of living metal, slaughtering humanity: that’s the future.

  16. Kieron Gillen says:

    I strongly approve of the tagline.

    KG

  17. Garreett says:

    MrMud…please…don’t tell me it’s an April Fool’s Joke. That would just RUIN EVERYTHING. It would RUIN EVERYTHING more than an exploding laptop.

  18. John Walker says:

    @Garreett. Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

  19. Garreett says:

    @John, yeah, I had the tab open, forgot about it for about 30 minutes, then wrote the comment, without refreshing.

  20. Larington says:

    That tag line is pure genius.

  21. Mister Yuck says:

    Huh. Now I just want to smile all day and hug people. That’s weird.

  22. Larington says:

    “Huh. Now I just want to smile all day and hug people. That’s weird.”

    Well, that explains the two girls in Cardiff on Sunday who were holding signs up high saying “Free Hugs”… Must’ve gotten an advanced preview or something. (I suspect in reality it was some kind of experiment, possibly even something academic in nature)

  23. Chambraigne says:

    A Google search reveals that the Internet has known about this since around the end of February, with screenshot and everything, so it’s definitely for real. It’s odd that we see this big announcement NOW though. Almost seems like a sick joke to me.

  24. John Walker says:

    @Larington They’re part of this movement: http://www.freehugscampaign.org/

  25. Dave Gates says:

    Insanely catchy… argh.

  26. Baris says:

    Is it wrong to have very…strange feelings towards a mostly inanimate creature? A sunflower in this case.

  27. Larington says:

    Heh, that explains that.

    Also, awwwwwwwww…

  28. drygear says:

    I wonder if this is the game with the million dollar budget that Popcap was going to make.

  29. Dozer says:

    just make sure you put the road-cone back where you found it when you’ve finished with it, on top of the bus shelter.

  30. Z says:

    That brief snippet seems to indicate that there’s a day/night cycle that has significant effects. Interesting.

  31. Tei says:

    And with cough I mean, here is a link to see the video in fullscreen glory.. but is optimized for lowres, so don’t look better. Thats sad, because is a totally adorable and cute music videoclip.

  32. Cooper says:

    Wow. Just. Wow.

    This has already entered my list of ‘games which reaffirm why I’m a gamer’ even though I haven’t played it yet,.

    Also, that freehugscampaign. Beautiful.

  33. Tei says:

    I mean my …. humm.. other… forget it. I have alzeimer?

  34. Saul says:

    FYI, the Free Hugs movement started with some dude here in Sydney, Australia. This crappy city is good for something, at least…

  35. The_B says:

    This song is 32% more entertaining when dunk. Not that it isn’t when sober, but MAN!

  36. Psychopomp says:

    So THAT’S where I left my faith in humanity

  37. Psychopomp says:

    D’oh.
    I was TRYING to quote John, damnit.

  38. MeestaNob! says:

    Who is Hugs and why is he being held captive?

  39. Catastrophe says:

    Lol @ Meesta, the zombies have Hugs… Free Hugs!

  40. Okami says:

    This is making me a happy puppy :)

  41. Duncan says:

    AWESOME!

  42. Tei says:

    I this… love?

  43. Ian says:

    Damn zombies better not be putting their undead mitts on MY tricycle!

  44. Schmung says:

    Wheeee! This is marvellous and has cheered me no end.

    Also, I thought the free hugs thing was just something that happened at festivals and/or pished students larking around/trying to cop a feel? Doing it in Cardiff though, that’s rather brave. People looking at you needily with arms outstretched doesn’t generally garner a good reaction here.

  45. Po0py says:

    Um, I wonder if the games industry are gonna just outlaw all other types of games, prohibit any kind of innovation and just release tower defence clones from now on.

  46. Rei Onryou says:

    Wow. That’s just…..wow.

    This needs a second song before release.

    I think this confirms that <Random object vs. game titles = instant marketing success.

  47. Rei Onryou says:

    Curse forgetting to login.

    I meant [Random object] vs. [Ludicrous mythical object] game titles = instant marketing success.

  48. DMJ says:

    I’m waiting for Pants vs Zombies.

  49. Larington says:

    This is going to be plantastic (Sorry). There’ll be plantiful zombie fighting action (Really, I’m sorry). Plants for the memories?

    Ok, I’m going to stop before I get mobbed by zombies.

  50. The_B says:

    Larington: I think it’s safer if we leaf out the plant puns, of corpse.