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After an initial release in Canada, Zynga's latest attempt to addict millions of mobile gamers is now available to the greater Play Store. Eden to Green fits broadly in the tower defense genre, with a variety of flowers fighting off an army of invading machines. (So it's like Terminator meets The Happening.) The game is a free download, though device support seems a bit spotty: my ancient HTC Incredible shows as compatible, while my nearly-new Galaxy Note 8.0 does not.

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Eden to Green is most certainly not a riff on Plants vs. Zombies, despite having the player grow offensive flowers and vegetables to defeat an inhuman foe. It's actually closer to a real-time strategy game (although it's technically turn-based) with the grass growing around each new flower serving as a literal home turf. Graphics are quite impressive, thanks to the snappy Unreal 3 engine - this game might not play nice with older hardware.

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As usual with games published by Zynga, Eden to Green utilizes a free-to-play model with currency, powerful upgrades, and other goodies available via in-app purchases. The developer is iNiS, previously responsible for Square's unique and expensive Demon's Score. Tegra devices will get a few extra effects and high-resolution textures. A network connection is required, because Zynga didn't think the standard IAP model was evil enough.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kashmieer

    Let's hail the IAP Champion, also known as Zynga.

    • Matthew Fry

      I've played several zynga games without a single IAP. No. If you want the IAP Champions: Gamevil, Mobage, Glu, Teamlava, and Gameloft. I refuse to play a game by any of them.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Am I the only one who refuses to have anything to do with IAP games? They seem like a huge drain on the wallet to me.

    • Alan Shearer

      Unless you either have selfcontrol or a cheat program like gamekiller or CIH, yes, they drain your wallet faster than your battery.

    • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

      Yup. If people liked the idea of constantly putting money into games, arcades would still be popular.

      I don't mind IAP of the rest of the game after a first-level-only free trial or IAP of bonus levels, but IAP of lives or the equivalent? No. Hell no.

  • Michael Black

    As long as Zynga continues to release IAP and free-to-play games, I will never buy any of their stuff. Or any other IAP or fee-to-play games.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The game was made by iNis, Zynga is just a publisher in this case.

      • Himmat Singh

        Which is sadly a shame. I had been playing the pre-release version, and now the release version. Here, they've made the game much more balanced but there are still limiting timers and a good number of plants that can be only bought with the harder-to-earn secondary currency i.e. gems.

        Having said that, I enjoyed it and it's still playable with all that IAP nonsense. But if this has been priced at say, $4.99, it'd be totally awesome.

        • Matthew Fry

          Unfortunately, we are the minority in the market. I'm just glad consoles didn't have this capability to start out with or console gaming would be a complete mess.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Yay! A new game!
    It's from Zynga. And free. Only some minor IAPs involved.

    Oh. Wait.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think Zynga is the publisher in this case, and the game has been developed by a totally separate company.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Now THAT makes a huge difference of course.

      • Himmat Singh

        Doesn't matter. Zynga still calls the shots on the business side of things, i.e. the manner in which IAPs are implemented into the game.

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    Incompatible with my GNex :/

    • jonathan3579

      Also incompatible with my HTC One.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Definitely has some weird compatibility: http://i.imgur.com/xi9skcX.png

      • Himmat Singh

        Tegra exclusive for the moment.

    • fabi280

      I downloaded it via Market Helper (set to HTC One X+), but this time it's really incompatible with my Nexus 4

  • Robot

    I can't seem to find this game on my Android device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya


    Took almost an hour with a good connection, with a long unpacking process and then a long update... After that, 2 more updates came through. The worst part? The game wasn't that fun. Uninstalled.