GameplayPlayers take place in a fictional location called Misty View Steam Meadow Park. They battle through Day, Night, Pool, Fog and Roof levels. They use various types of plants, like Peashooters, Sunflowers, Split Peas, Planterns, Repeaters and many more. Then, when they get a new plant, they go to a next level. They can use lawn mowers once, but if a Zombie enters the house, they lose. There are 49 plants and 26 zombies in the game. Versus Mode was added in the DS version, but two of them can only play this mode. There are new mini-games, including Heat Wave, Homerun Derby, BOMB! All Together and Air Raid. Unlike tapping in the Apple Phone versions, they added Zen Garden and Puzzle Mode.
- Big Trouble, Little Zombie was replaced by Heat Wave, due to the fact that it would make it too small for the player to see the zombies.
- Zen Garden was removed in the DSiware version, along with Versus Mode.
- Jack-in-the-Box Zombies always explode after going three to four squares, while in the others, they explode after going through 8 squares.
- Three Spikeweeds no longer kill zombies.
- The game has bad framerate.
- The Wall-nut goes up and down, while in the others, they tilt.
- The Potato Mine, Jalapeno, Doom-shroom and Corn Cob have the same exploding sound of a Cherry Bomb.
- The achievements have their names changed.
- The Zombologist and Morticulturalist have been in a seperate simple thing was called Book Learner, however, it require the Zombie Yeti and Upgrades.
- The Scaredy-Shroom sleeps with its eyes open, while in the others, it doesn't.
IGN gave the DS version a 8.0 and the DSiWare 7.7
As of May 8th, 2012 the Nintendo eShop has stats on downloadable contnet, and Plants VS. Zombies did very well. It was the 2nd best selling DSiware game, behind Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! and 9th place overall in the eShop.
It did well with user ratings as well, which you can also see in the eShop. It came in 6th overall, and 2nd placefor DSiware, this time behind Cave Story.