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Timeless tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies made its debut ten years ago on May 5, 2009 - so khổng lồ celebrate, game designer George fan hâm mộ shared some sketches and insights about the game"s beginnings on Twitter. If you have fond memories of collecting sunshine, building Peashooters, và singing along lớn "There"s a zombie on your lawn," Fan"s new info is a delight.

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Happy 10th Birthday, Plants vs. Zombies! I had no idea when scribbling this on paper over 10 years ago just how much it"d change my life! pic.twitter.com/MyZMx9m7ZhMay 5, 2019


Fan breaks down his sketches in more detail in the Twitter thread, và reveals some intriguing facts about PvZ"s early designs. For instance, the game originally had you repelling aliens rather than the undead - the same aliens from PopCap Games" fish tank clicker trò chơi Insaniquarium (which I completely forgot existed despite playing it for hours in computer class). The adorable sunflowers that produce the energy needed lớn build your defenses originally started out as "radish-like plants" called Tubers, which bear a striking resemblance to the weaponized vegetables in Super Mario Bros. 2. Speaking of which, the Shy Guy variant Snifit from SMB2 was the inspiration for a spitting tomato with a bazooka-like mouth that would later become the iconic Peashooter.

Other fun tidbits include an initial six-lane thiết kế that was scribbled out, & a deck-building system using seed packets in place of cards. Destructoid also did an in-depth interview with tín đồ that includes even more info gems, lượt thích a time-stopping plant that got cut & the fact that tín đồ provided the babbling voice lines for Crazy Dave. If you want lớn see what Fan"s up to lớn these days, kiểm tra out the arcade action of Octogeddon, which is a bit like Rampage if it starred an octopus with genetically modified tentacle weapons. It debuted on Steam last year, và will come khổng lồ Nintendo Switch on May 16.

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It"s great getting to lớn see a glimpse of an accomplished designer"s process, and Fan"s sketches serve as a reminder that some of the most popular games start as a collection of scattered ideas and scribblings. If you"re feeling nostalgic for Plants vs. Zombies, be sure to kiểm tra out the rest of Fan"s timeline, as he"s been retweeting tributes from fans và fellow developers alike.

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Lucas Sullivan is the former US Managing Editor of binhphap3d.vn+. Lucas spent seven years working for GR, starting as an Associate Editor in 2012 before climbing the ranks. He left us in 2019 to lớn pursue a career path on the other side of the fence, joining 2K Games as a Global content Manager. Lucas doesn"t get to write about games like Borderlands và Mafia anymore, but he does get lớn help make và market them.