Plants vs. Zombies

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Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs Zombies.jpg
Release dates
May 5, 2009
May 5, 2009
Plants vs. Zombies at WineHQ
Plants vs. Zombies at Steam Charts
Plants vs. Zombies at SteamDB
 Plants vs. Zombies at Wikipedia
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies 2009
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2014

Key points

Information For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.

General information

More information Official developer site
More information Official game series site
More information Plants vs. Zombies Wiki - A wiki for everything Plants vs. Zombies related
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Official website DRM details are not known Free trials are available for browsers and most major platforms. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Game of the Year Edition.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Game of the Year Edition.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition.
Uplay Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Game of the Year Edition.
Information A Chrome Web Store version is also available, and is compatible with Linux systems.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PopCap\PlantsVsZombies\

Save game data location[edit]

Origin %PROGRAMDATA%/Popcap Games/PlantsVsZombies/userdata/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/3590/remote/
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/PopCap/PlantsVsZombiesMac/userdata/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native
Disadvantage Saves are not compatible between Windows and OS X versions, causing saves to become corrupted if used on the other platform.

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Impossible False icon.svg Pillarboxed 800x600 only.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen Impossible False icon.svg
4K Ultra HD Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible Glitches if attempting to force.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Impossible Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS. For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Not applicable
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles Impossible
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Impossible

Issues unresolved[edit]

Error reading user file: Failed reading file[edit]

Information This is an error that occurs when the save game data is corrupted, likely as a result of syncing saves between Windows and OS X and launching the game.
Information Save data must be deleted in order to launch the game again. Steam user ego100000 claims to be able to repair the saves in this situation.[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

BASS_ChannelSetAttributes function not found in bass.dll[edit]

Fix Rename bass.dll[2][3][4]

  1. Rename any bass.dll file(s) found in these locations: %WINDIR%\, %WINDIR%\System32\ and %WINDIR%\SysWow64\
  2. If this causes issues with the program that installed bass.dll there, rename the file(s) back to bass.dll

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP

Unable to load Steam.dll[edit]

Fix Verify integrity of game cache

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2, and as an administrator

Fix Delete/rename Steam.dll

  1. Exit the Steam client.
  2. Go to the Steam installation folder.
  3. Delete or rename Steam.dll
  4. Launch the Steam client and let it update.

Invalid Command Line Parameter: -changedir[edit]

Fix Add -changedir parameter

  1. Right-click the game in the Steam client and choose Properties.
  2. Click Set Launch Options and add -changedir
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
OpenGL Unknown OS X only.
Software renderer Native
64-bit executable Impossible


Middleware Notes
Audio BASS

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Information This game has frame rate issues in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.

Fix Apply necessary fixes

Apply the low frame rate fix.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 500 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 65 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.4.11 10.5.8 - 10.6.x
Processor (CPU)
1.66 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM)
1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
50 MB
Video card (GPU)
64 MB of VRAM


  1. Fix: Crash on startup, Corrupt save (Mac) :: Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year General Discussions
  2. Error with bass.dll :: Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year General Discussions
  3. Bass.dll error - Steam Users' Forums
  4. Popcap framework and BASS 2.1 compatibility issue.