Plants vs. Zombies

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Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs Zombies.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
May 5, 2009
OS X
May 5, 2009
Plants vs. Zombies at WineHQ
Plants vs. Zombies at SteamDB
 Plants vs. Zombies at Wikipedia
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies 2009
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2014
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 2016

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Official website DRM details are not known Free trials are available for browsers and most major platforms.
Amazon.com 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]

  Location 
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PopCap\PlantsVsZombies\
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
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 support
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support
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 No native support False icon.svg Pillarboxed 800x600 only.
Multi-monitor No native support False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen No native support False icon.svg
4K Ultra HD No native support False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support Glitches if attempting to force.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) No native support
60 FPS Native support For Windows 8 and later use the low frame rate fix.
120+ FPS No native support Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping No native support
Mouse acceleration Not applicable
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support No native support
Slovak Native support No native support No native support Use unofficial Slovak language file (Windows). Also contains localized textures.

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]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
OpenGL Unknown OS X only.
Software renderer Native support
64-bit executable No native support

Middleware[edit]

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]

Windows
Minimum
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
OS X
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

References

  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.