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Plants vs. Zombies demo released

Trowel version.

With Plants vs. Zombies out today, it seems like a good time to point out that there's a free downloadable demo on the official site for PC or Mac.

It's 26MB and gives you a taste of PopCap's ingenious new spin on tower defence, which costs GBP 14.95 from the same page and picked up a 9/10 score in today's review.

As the name suggests, Plants vs. Zombies pits the forces of agriculture against the forces of evil. You position Pea Shooters (guns), Wall-Nuts (barriers) and other puntastic weaponry to intercept the right-to-left advance of the undead.

It's a deceptively simple version of games like Fieldrunners, then, but it's very, very well done, with elements like resource-gathering (sunlight, of course), separate day and night arsenals, moreish mini-games and thoughtful enemy design.

It's also got the best help screen in recent history. And Michael Jackson.