US-based gaming developer PopCap was one of the early movers that set up branch in China during 2008 to tap into the Chinese mobile gaming market. The company’s products like Plants vs Zombies, Zuma and Bejeweled already enjoy immense popularity with Chinese gamers. The US company has partnered with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to launch the new Plants vs Zombies Great Wall edition. The new edition will not take place in the backyard of a westerner’s house, but rather on the Great Wall of China. The zombies in the game will be Chinese zombies wearing ancient official robes …
The Great Wall edition has already launched in China a few days ago. It’s a trial version only exclusive on Android platform. It has a full Chinese language interface, and players can purchase extra credit through SMS inside the in-game store. Users cannot directly play the Great Wall of China stage, and you can only played 7 classic stages after the installation. User need to pay 4 yuan (US$0.63) to activate all stages plus the new Great Wall of China stage. The games doesn’t support HD resolution, the graphics look quite terrible even on a 480p screen. The clothing of the zombies are all from ancient China, the final boss will be the king of the Chinese State of Qin. So far we can see the game doesn’t provide any Chinese plant. We have test out the game in a Xiaomi phone running ICS, it can be played but it will hang sometime. We believe it supports better on Android older version.
Because most of Chinese mobile phones user are still using non-smart phones, PopCap is also going to develop the game based on JAVA platform. There is another new social version coming soon, the Plants vs Zombies Kingdoms edition, expects to launch later this year.
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