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Plants vs. Zombies is available for PC, iPad, and iPhone so far as I know. I'd like to help answer Plants vs. Zombies questions, but my knowledge is based on the PC version. So...

What platforms are Plants vs. Zombies available on?

Are there any major differences between the versions available on each platform such as: gameplay, campaign, puzzles, survival, achievements, or anything else?

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Actually, I researched this same question a while back when I heard about the iPad version's "HD graphics". It turns out that because the iPhone version was a stripped-down version of the PC version, it looked pretty bad compared to it, so the "HD graphics" of the iPad version just make it look more like the PC version; that is, it's not better than the PC version. –  Synetech Nov 29 '10 at 21:46
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Plants vs Zombie is only available on those 3 platforms currently. Since you are already familiar with the PC, I'll go into the other ones. The iPhone version is a bare-bone version of the game, specifically it doesn't have survival mode. It is also missing quite a bit of the bonus games (including the plant garden, the tree of wisdom, as well as the Zombiequarium minigame). It contain the entire campaign, as well as different achievements (also different easter eggs, such as what happen if you scroll down the achievement listing continuously). The puzzles are mainly the same as well.

The iPad version is identical to the iPhone version, except it now includes the survival mode. However, now it includes a new way to improve the power of your cobb plants (by putting butter on enemies first). This is making use of the iPad multitouch mode of up to 11 touches at once (think launching multiple walnut in walnut bowling at once). Still no zen garden.

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There is also a mac version of the game, which seems to be a simple port of the PC version. –  Mechko Jul 21 '10 at 23:41
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There is now an android version too. –  Jed Daniels Jul 14 '11 at 6:20
    
PvZ for iPhone now features the Zen Garden, plus several bonus games: ZomBotany, Zombiequarium, It's Raining Seeds, Column Like You See 'Em, Slot Machine, Beghouled and Portal Combat. –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 14 '11 at 14:23
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There's also a version for the Nintendo DS. I don't have my DS with me so I can't give a full run-down on it, but I'll give a recap on it when I get home today. –  TechParadox Oct 31 '11 at 13:04
    
There is also a version for the ps3 that includes a two player co-op mode. This mode also allows both players to 'butter' a zombie, practically delaying it indefinitly. –  Ender Sep 1 '12 at 17:51
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According to the Wikipedia article on PvZ and the official PvZ site it is currently available for:

  • Google Chrome (via Chrome Web Store)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Xbox Live Arcade
  • Xbox 360 (Part of a PopCap compilation disc)
  • PlayStation Network
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DSiWare
  • Bada
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • PlayStation Vita
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Kindle Fire

So pretty much everything under the sun at this point. And as new platforms become available, I expect to see it ported to those too.

As to version differences, from what I've seen the main campaign is mostly identical, the main differences seem to be the extras included with each version.

The Plants vs. Zombies Wikia has a page about the differences between platforms and langauges that is worth looking at.

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Not sure why this was downvoted. BTW, I'm pretty sure the Kindle Fire's version is just the Android version –  JohnoBoy Sep 5 '12 at 21:35
    
@JohnoBoy The PvZ site made a point mentioning the Kindle Fire version. Not being a Kindle user, I couldn't tell you what OS it runs off hand. –  CyberSkull Sep 6 '12 at 16:34
    
@JohnoBoy Ah, it is thru the Amazon App Store for Android. –  CyberSkull Sep 6 '12 at 18:10
    
the vita has an option to collect all the suns/coins on the field with a single tilt, making that part super easy. –  z ' Sep 6 '12 at 23:52
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The XBLA version that came out in September also features coop mode, as well as:

  • A goofy new way to track and share progress online, where players create their own custom house and cruise down the street to see their friends' cribs!
  • The highest resolution of any Plants vs. Zombies adaptation to date at 1920 x 1080

(source1, source2)

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The PS3 version, which is released just few days ago in US(and might also in EU but not in Asia), looks like have identical features as the XBox's version but not yet explored.

The last time I played it is on PC(bought from Steam) for more than a year now, when I play it last night on PS3 I was disappointed with the new dancing zombie; I prefer the old one. Haven't had a chance to look at my pc version though 'coz my laptop is still broken. ;)

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Plants vs Zombies is available for the following:

  • PlayStation 3 (also works on Vita)
  • Xbox Live Marketplace
  • PC
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Iphone (and Ipad, Ipod touch)
  • DSiWare (Nintendo DSI, 3DS)
  • Nintendo DS

The game is similar version to version, though appears to run smoothest on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. I would generally not recommend Popcap games on Nintendo platforms (usually poor frame rate).

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It has also been announced that there will be a NDS version coming soon with "bonus features".

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Achievements also differ between versions — the Steam version has different achievements from the iOS version, which again differs from the console versions. The console versions have very few achievements.

Here's a list of achievements for the different platforms.

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