Big Bad Butte? Are we in Vegas?
It's only available on the US store for the moment, but Plants vs Zombies 2, the sequel to PopCap's addictive die-die-die ZOMBIE WITH BUCKET ON HEAD MUST DIE *ahem* game, is out. You can squish zombies. Also pinch, flick and zap, apparently, in three new zones: Pyramid of Doom (ancient Egypt), Pirate's Booty (you don't really need me to spell that one out, do you?) and Big Bad Butte, with its dastardly Chicken Wrangler Zombies out there ready to spoil your lawn.
"The future holds many mysteries," says PopCap. "Also, zombies. Lots and lots of zombies." Yes, there are new zombies, and also new plants, like the Bonk Choi, Bloomerang and Lightning Reed. This is a free game, which means (all together now) MICROTRANSACTIONS. Would you like a Snow Pea? $3.99. Howsabout an Imitater? That'll be $2.99, as will the Jalapeno and Squash.
All the auguries indicate that the worldwide release is due August 15th, but it's difficult to get a really good augury from plant entrails. For those of you wondering, this is just an iOS release; PopCap isn't in a hurry to release this on other platforms. That doesn't mean an Android release is off the table, but maybe you shouldn't hold your breath.