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Posts tagged “PopCap”

Planting A Seed: PvZ 2 Dave Developer Diary

Plants Vs Zombies 2 looks pretty fantastic. Admittedly, I'm basing that on it being shown off by PopCap, who seem to know exactly what to do - check out that subtitle - in a video describing what's going on the new game. But I think it's fair to say that if the zombie-apocalypse genre ever needed a representative in the puzzle-game department, this should probably…

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A 26 Second Peggle 2 Trailer

E3 should be a brilliant time of the year. Even if there's nothing good to see, it's at least fun to gather on Twitter and mock what's being presented. I'm usually there, at the Command Station 3000 (my desk), dropping truth bombs (tweets) with the incisiveness of of Eminem crossed with Jed Bartlet ("Lol, me make fun of E3"). But this year, I just couldn't…

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Feature: But Can We Play As The Zombies?

PopCap On Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

Plants vs Zombies is boldly going where no popular gaming franchise has gone before: to a land of over-the-shoulder camera angles and gleefully bobbing crosshairs, whereupon things will be shot mercilessly. OK, maybe it's not the boldest move ever in the grand scheme of things, but Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is quite a departure for PopCap's vegetable stew of a tower porch defender, and it's…

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PopCap Are Making A PvZ Shooter?

Perhaps the most surprising news from E3 is that puzzle-masters PopCap are making a full-on 3D action game. It's called Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, and features co-op and multiplayer action in the world of Plants Vs Zombies. Yes, you play as plants blasting zombies. It looks pretty incredible, frankly. It also has the best trailer ever.

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It’s About Time We Write About Plants Vs Zombies 2

"Son, did I ever tell you the story of Plants vs Zombies?" "Yes, dad, like, 20 time--" "It was soooooo great. Made people go like this. I mean, plants? Fighting zombies? Hilaaaaaarious! But then it tipped its hat and rode off into the mobile/social sunset, never to be seen again. And we were like this. Lulllllz. It's been ages since then. I don't think you'd…

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And Mulch More: Plants vs Zombies 2 Mere Months Away

Happy face: PopCap's Plants vs Zombies 2 will apparently arrive this Summer. I love PvZ. I want more PvZ. Worried face: PopCap now belong to EA, who want to put microtransactions in everything they can. I'm crossing fingers, toes, unmentionables and internal organs that PvZ2 can somehow escape this disease and just be a lovely, complete little game of its own.

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Make Peggle, Not War: PopCap’s Finest For Free

Today is International Stop Hating Things Day. Do you hate things? Do you burn to say how awful you think they are on the internet? For one day only, stop it. Stop hating things! You'll feel better. And I'll even give you a reward for it - a free copy of Peggle Deluxe. No, you're not allowed to hate it. That would contravene the rules…

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Popcap Dublin Axed In ‘Integration’ Plan

Here's a fact of a life: when a large corporation (for instance, a games publisher. For instance, EA) buys up an exciting, highly-respected smaller, independent firm (for instance, a games developer. For instance, PopCap), the following process will invariably happen: 1) Happy, positive talk of independence, unfettered creativity and bright futures from both sides 2) A gradual shift into having that developer do what it's…

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Tough Times: Layoffs At PopCap, THQ And Funcom

As we know, random events segregate 'non-randomly', and things bunching together isn't a trend. But it's still pretty chilling to see so many lay-offs in the games industry all at once. So we express our sympathies and best wishes to those at Funcom, PopCap, and THQ who've found out their jobs are no longer in the last few hours.

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Still Rotting On Your Lawn: Plants vs Zombies 2

Best of all the news: Popcap have announced Plants vs Zombies 2. Worst of all the news: We won't get to play the vegetation vs vegetative tower defence sequel until late Spring next year. Medium news: basically no details apart from that and "hordes of new Plant and Zombie types." The press release makes up for it by saying "and mulch more" though.

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Peggle 2 Is Pretty Much Confirmed

From a job advert posted on Gamasutra, it is revealed that PopCap are working on "a stylistic reboot of our Peggle franchise". Which is a way of saying: NEW PEGGLE! Which pretty much confirms that rumour from last month, after naughty Adam Orth tweeted about needing a new art director for a Peggle project, before promptly deleting it and probably having his knees spanked.

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Dodgy Rumour: Peggle 2?

Bloodhound-nosed Lewie P gets in touch to say he had a bit of an interesting encounter with a PopCap fellow, via the medium of Twitter. One that rather strongly suggested that the company might be gearing up for Peggle 2. Lead designer at PopCap, Adam Orth, sent out a tweet asking for an Art Director "for the Peggle franchise". Lewie retweeted this, and then said…

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PopCap Are Getting Weirder: New PvZ Song

You know the phrase, "more money than sense"? PopCap have an awful lot of money... Plants Vs. Zombies continues to be a sensation on every format it touches - I've heard that it's soon coming out for digital calculators and answer-phones - which is presumably bringing in enough money to pay enough people to create something as spectacularly silly as the latest... trailer? Video? Proof…

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PopCap Being Sold To EA For $Lots Bn?

The unblinking eye of Internet-news following that is Techcrunch has reported that Electronic Arts might just currently be in the middle of a deal to be acquire PopCap for the paltry sum of $1 billion. Given that EA aren't as involved in the business of squeezing out casual or mobile games as they are in the home console and PC market, it seems like a…

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Bejeweled 3 review

I would like to see the genre renamed please. “Match-3-or-more”. Matching just 3 is for loser wimps. I’m all about matching 5. The great-granddaddy of this ill-named puzzle favourite is Bejeweled, and PopCap have just released its third (well, nine hundred and seventeenth) incarnation, simply called Bejeweled 3. So has dragging gems into same-coloured lines changed dramatically enough to warrant yet another game? Here's Wot…

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Bejeweled 3: Bejewelier

I've just done some made up maths, and by my calculations every single human being on Earth has bought Bejeweled at least twice, even though Zoo Keeper is way better. It's by far the most widely known match-3 game, and has made PopCap richer than God. Then came the rather improved Bejeweled 2. And next the wildly missing the point Bejewled Twist. Today they've announced…

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New PvZ Zombie: The Grave… And Beyond!

That was quick. Following on from yesterday's news that the Dancing Zombie is being removed from Plants Vs Zombies due to the legal wroth of the Jackson family, the muddy-funsters at PC Gamer reveal the new dancing zombie, which basically looks like I did when I had hair and went to the perpetually-70s-stuck nightclubs in Stafford. And let's celebrate this momentous event with an entirely…

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