Scream of Joy: Plants vs Zombies Boardgame

It's my birthday in two weeks. This should be out for that otherwise IT'S NOT FAIRI’m very, very disappointed in all of you. This news broke yesterday and NOBODY TOLD ME.

Spotted at Toyfair by Kotaku was… was… I can barely say it. It’s just too beautiful to be true. Was…

Was a Plants vs Zombies boardgame. At last, the divided PC/boardgames mind of RPS is united.

It’s only at prototype stage for now, which means we have to wait until whatever on Earth a ‘Fall’ is this year. I’m going to predict we’ll see it in Autumn.

Two-to-four players, with multiple boards, dozens of cards and a general ongoing tussle between the titular chlorophyll- and rot-based factions. I.e. it’s making the game truly competitive, and hopefully co-operate too.

It’s from a firm called Screenlife, and there isn’t too much info available as yet. You can at least find a little more detail, including the rough structure of how it plays, here. Mashable, meanwhile, reckons it’ll be $20.

Disappointingly, it won’t come with any miniatures. Oh well. I remain 100% grateful.

Perhaps this a herald of more videogame-based boardgames. This is, of course, your opportunity to present your pitches below.


  1. Mr_Hands says:

    Eve Online board game!

  2. Heliocentric says:

    We didn’t see it, because we don’t read kotaku, because its where press releases go to die, just because.

    • Jad says:

      So, thoroughly off-topic, but where do people go for their non-PC gaming news? I used to go to Kotaku (yes yes evil me), but the new site design is so hideous that I can’t stand going there anymore. Points for sites with standard newsroll format like RPS and the old Kotaku, no crazy Web 2.0 gee-gaws. Also points for sites that aren’t aggressively anti-PC (what little I’ve seen of Destructiod means I’m staying far far away).
      Anyway, on topic: awesome! PopCap news is always welcome.

    • Primar says:

      Using will revert to the old non-silly layout!

      Aside from that, Joystiq tends to be the best place I’ve found for general gaming tidbits.

    • mwoody says:

      That’s handy, thanks. I’d been using myself.

    • mrpier says:

      I visit Eurogamer and occasionally Gamesradar for non-pc gaming stuff.

    • Jad says:

      Thanks Primar. I’ve also found out that works to — it’s the Canadian site, which I would assume would be faster for an American like me than the UK one (although for all I know all of their servers are in the same place). I’ll check out Joystiq too, although I don’t like their comment system from first impressions. Thanks again.

      Back to topic: every once in awhile my friends get together and play board games. It would be amusing to pull this one out.

    • BodyByCake says:

      You can also go to to get a site that looks more like the old one.
      Edit for clicky

    • Hideous says:

      I use myself. It beats new Kotaku, that’s for sure.

  3. amandachen says:

    If someone’s too poor to afford a computer, how can they afford $20?

  4. davefp says:

    Dungeon Keeper would make a pretty cool board game.

  5. oceanclub says:

    Hmm. I’ve already playing it to bits on both PC and iPhone. Do I really want it on another format?



    • Mr_Hands says:

      Y’know, I thought of that when I picked it up on the DS.

      3 playthroughs now. 3 of them. I feel like Sisyphus on a particularly good day.

  6. Fumarole says:

    But does it have a Zen Garden?

  7. DeathHamsterDude says:

    DotA; The Boardgame!
    Team Fortress 2; The Boardgame!
    Revenge of the Titans
    Left 4 Dead.

    . . .

    Leisure Suit Larry.

    • Chakawi says:

      I second DotA as a board game.

    • Ninja says:

      MOBA style board game.

      Roll the dice, if the two add up to 12, sucesfully not get ganked at mid. If they add up to anything else, get ganked.

      Also, it’d have to have a steep as hell learning curve to be true to the franchise.

      A friend and I were talking about making a TF2 chess game :V

    • neolith says:

      +1 for LSL board game! :D

  8. JayTee says:

    Blood Bowl!

    Oh no wait.

    • Koozer says:

      I’d love to see Dawn of War in some kind of board game format.

  9. Stompywitch says:

    That looks like more than a $20 game, from those components. I’d be guessing $30 minimum.

  10. andtriage says:

    Doom: The Boardgame is surprisingly good, actually. Tactical co-op type stuff.

    EVE is a good boardgame, too. But it pales in comparison to Twilight Imperium.

  11. Gap Gen says:

    Supreme Commander, the board game. Each take turns to move a thousand tiny pieces! Stomp your enemy with giant plastic spiderbots! Points for giving your games increasingly incoherent storylines and awful writing!

    • TCM says:

      “It’s like Axis and Allies, with three times as many pieces on the board at once.”

    • symuun says:

      Experimental units are just the players themselves, standing on the board, kicking over as many of the enemy’s pieces as they can manage.

    • Gap Gen says:

      symuun has the best idea.

    • Kdansky says:

      Check out the “fast-paced game” [box blurb!] World in Flames.

  12. McDan says:

    A Stalker boardgame? This would have to be D&D like though, but has the potential to be brilliant (in my head). Looking forward to the PVZ one as well.

  13. MuscleHorse says:

    The Civilization board game is meant to be rather good.

    • leeder krenon says:

      there’s about 5 of them (civ, advanced civ, sid meier’s civ, through the ages, re-do of sid meier’s civ).

    • ulix says:

      Well, re-do gives the wrong impression. It is only the same license, the design is completely new and different (and better, aparrently).

  14. Zogtee says:

    No plastic minis? FAIL.

  15. Medo says:

    A Fall will only happen during a Pass, when the eccentric red planet is close. Oh wait, you said on Earth :P

  16. P4p3Rc1iP says:

    The Warcraft boardgame was enjoyable, but in the end, flawed. Night elf archers are way overpowered.

  17. JuJuCam says:

    You know, I’m more interested in video games taking inspiration from board games, in particular euros, which tend to be more focussed on developing a thriving economy that produces victory points rather than straight up domination of enemies. I mainly mention it because my girlfriend wants to join me in my love of gaming, but dislikes direct conflict, so finding games to play with her is difficult to say the least.

    • ulix says:

      How about some cooperative action (also involving conflict, but against an “NPC”):

      Pandemic, Arkham Horror, Space Alert.

      Problem with most competitive games that don’t have direct conflict is that they also often lack a decent ammount of player interaction, thus making them more or less “Single-Player” affairs, where you sit next to each other but essentially play for yourself.

    • ulix says:

      You were talking about videogames of course… a well. Do you have a PS3? Try PixelJunk Shooter or PixelJunk Eden, they’re great and involve relatively little direct conflict.
      You could also try the Coop-Mode added in the Anno 1404 (“Dawn of Discovery” in NA) Addon (“Venice”). I don’t know if its good, but playing this game co-operatively sure sounds awesome, especially in the way they (apparently) implemented it.
      Since the Anno series requires a lot of multi-tasking its very nice to be able delegate some of the tasks.

    • Kdansky says:

      Space Truckers! Also by Vlaada Chvátil and very, very amusing.

  18. Jake says:

    Maybe you can make your own miniatures out of real life plants and, erm, real life tiny zombies.

  19. Freud says:

    I’ve been too busy trying to figure out if it is worth spending £7 on Dexter – the game. Which is an iPhone to PC conversion. There is a small chance it won’t be absolutely horrible.

    Apparantly it features “Advance dynamic audio support, includes ducking and 3D sound.”

  20. JackShandy says:

    I’m personally making a Geometry wars board game right now.

  21. WJonathan says:

    I wonder how this would translate to the world of videogames? An electronic video game version of “Plants vs. Zombies” specially designed to be played on the personal computer. Nahh, pipe dreams.

    • Fitzmogwai says:

      They’d have to make a Feature Film “inspired by” the board game first. Then a terrible licensed game-of-the-film. No doubt a dreadful console port, the PC version of Plants vs. Zombies: The Videogame would define “Worst. Game. Ever” for a generation.

  22. Shadowcat says:

    Portal, the board game.

    • 3lbFlax says:

      Could work! You can create portals to and from any square in your line of sight, but opponents can slide walls, manipulate turrets and place their own portals to stop you. I’m thinking it’d be a bit like sci-fi Othello in a lot of ways. A lot of very important ways.

      Also, those little blue and orange tokens would be adorable.

  23. Thants says:

    If they really wanted to be true to the PC version they’d include a Whack-A-Mole game you have to play at the same time.

  24. Fitzmogwai says:

    How about Test Drive Unlimited: The Board Game?

    Massive board that takes up most of the room, play with the old dinky toys in the box up in the loft, push your car around the board wherever you like, roll a die once every minute to determine if you
    a) smash in to an invisible car,
    b) smash in to an invisible bump in the road
    c) smash in to an invisible wall while a new chunk of board loads “seamlessly”
    d) smash in to a car that has just stopped dead in front of you for no readily apparent reason
    e) stop to pick up a “supermodel” who is none the less standing at the side of the road, hitch hiking.
    f) continue your journey unimpeded.

  25. razorblade79 says:

    Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game: The Boardgame

  26. Araxiel says:

    Warhammer:Dawn of War – The board game!
    That would be awesome. It will be turn based and stuff! And you have to buy overpriced miniatures and paint them! I’m going to be so rich…
    Ok just joking. I want a Bulletstorm board game.
    Oh wait, now I’ve got a great idea!
    EA – The Board of directors game. Your goal is to buy as many studios as possible and once done, you have to fire as many people as possible. You get bonus points if you’re firing one of your studios just after they finished a game. Also a good way to rank up points is to releas shitty sequels and keep your long dead series alive while letting other, far more popular and original but less money-printing studios/series go bust.
    The game is mainly aimed for two players: One playing as EA Inc. while other one plays as Activision/Blizzard. However, you can play with up to for players and adding Ubisoft and Valve.
    You recieve different starting boni according to which company you’re playing. As Act/Bliz you’ve got the “Make your opponent go WoW”-card. It basicly gives you a basic income of a gazillion dollars. On the downside, your players buy less other games.
    As EA you’ve got “Alloo, ragen plaga! Dag dag”-card. You can play it once to recieve a bazillion dollars, however you’re then able to play the Addon-card as many times as you want and still getting money. On the downside, there’s no point in playing the DLC-card on this one.
    Of course, the game features a lot more. For example: Raging fans, Arguments with your developers, Copyprotection, Lawsuits, Sequeal canceling, Lawsuits with your developers, DLC-ripoffs, Hiring developers of the other players, Lazy support, Firing more developers after hiring them, Huge advertising campaigns, Lawsuits with your fans…and much more!

    Of course I’ve got a lot more Board related puns for you: Half-Board 2, The Elder Boards, Call of Duty: Board Ops, Killing Tabletop, Team Boartress 2, Boartal, Alpha Boartocol, Boardlefield: Bad Company, The Board for Middle-Earth 2, BoardShock 2, Just Board 2, Homeboard 2, Sins of a Solar Board, Dark Sboare’d, World of Boardcraft (yes I know, there are actual boardgames of this) and Boardcraft 2.

    And my favourite: Boarderlands