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I'm trying to collect all the achievements in Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone. I need lots of money to buy all the plants so I've been trying to work out a way to basically farm some money in the game. I've tried using Marigolds and the Magnet with a bunch of Tall-Nuts to slow the last few zombies down considerably, but the Marigolds only spawn money a few times before stopping.

What is a good strategy for quickly earning money in Plants vs. Zombies?

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I edited the title to highlight the iPhone, a lot of good stragegy involve the Zen Garden or the survival, which do not exist on iphone according to gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/3156/… –  Guillaume Coté Jul 11 '11 at 23:44
    
@Brett Could you put "iPhone" back in the title? There are differences between the versions, so it would be good to make it clear. The same question about the PC GOTY version would not be a duplicate of this. –  user7220 Aug 2 '11 at 17:57
    
I'll recommend playing last stand mini-game with this strategy. It gives about $7,000 in just one play of 5 full flags . –  Mr.ØØ7 Jul 2 '13 at 6:31
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For the iPhone version, I recommend using Marigolds on Lvl 1.1 (only the base zombie)

Basically you want to set up 3 lanes of marigolds with a single garlic at the front to divert the zombie into the other 2 lanes.

I hope this unicode art makes sense

┌─┬─┬─┬─┬─┬─┬─┬─┬─┐  
│S│M│M│M│M│M│M│M│G│ ← Z
├─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┤   
│P│T│W│ │ │ │ │ │ │ ← Z 
├─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┤    
│S│X│M│M│M│X│M│M│G│ ← Z
├─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┤   
│P│T│W│ │ │ │ │ │ │ ← Z
├─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┼─┤   
│S│M│M│M│M│M│M│M│G│ ← Z
└─┴─┴─┴─┴─┴─┴─┴─┴─┘

Legend:

  • S = Sunflower/TwinSunflower
  • M = Marigold
  • P = Peashooter
  • G = Garlic
  • X = Gold Magnet shrooms
  • T = Tallnuts
  • W = Spikeweeds

The idea is to slow down how you kill the zombies. So as quickly as possibly, place the garlics to direct the zombies into the two lanes that are protected. After the initial setup, it's just a matter of placing the marigolds as quickly as possibly.

EDIT: I should have said that you place the gold magnet shrooms so that you get automatic coin collection; having two means less chance of a miss.

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ASCII art for the win! –  cowgod Jul 22 '10 at 7:16
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Unicode art > ASCII art –  badp Jul 27 '10 at 15:03
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You have P in there twice (Peashooter/Spikeweeds). Which is which? –  Daenyth Jul 27 '10 at 15:15
    
@Daenyth, Woops, thanks the catch. I shall amend. –  Alastair Pitts Jul 28 '10 at 9:12
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@Pitts: Wouldn't it be better to fill all the line 2 and line 4 with W? –  Nam G. VU Sep 8 '10 at 15:33
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As an improvement to Alastair's answer, towards the end of the game, when there's only 1 zombie left, get rid of all the spikerocks and peashooters and replace them with Marigolds. This way, the zombie won't die, and if you have Wall-nut first aid, you could just keep repairing the tallnut, allowing for potentially unlimited gold mining time.

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I usually just do wall-nut bowling under Quick Play. If you can hit multiple zombies with a single wall-nut, you get bonus coins (one for the second zombie, two for the third, etc.)

Because you're on the iPod, you can't use the PC's survival or last stand for gold farming, and farming marigolds on 1.1 is too tedious for my taste (especially since, as you said, marigolds keep running out of money and have to be replanted).

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If you have not already, complete each puzzle at least once. The first time you finish each puzzle on the PC version, you're rewarded with a gem. The rewards for subsequent completions are usually (randomly) not as much, but still something. So if you find a puzzle you're quite good at, you might try beating it repeatedly.

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Go to survival level's put a lot of big nutz to stop the zombies and something effective for killing it ... but not killing fast. Then put a lot of money flowers, maybe a gold magnet and ... it's up to you baby.

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Do this, but play something, wait until the last zombie, then just keep throwing down tallnuts in front of it and collecting the money flower. –  Sam152 Jul 19 '10 at 5:09
    
@Sam152: Great idea! I like that! –  Nam G. VU Sep 8 '10 at 15:31
    
You could keep pat patching up the nuts for a endless barricade –  Ronan Forman Nov 28 '10 at 22:35
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