I may be a wee bit addicted to Plants v Zombies.
Just when I was starting to temper my addiction and only play ever other train ride, they came out with an upgrade. Obviously that’s the best way to get people coming back for more…more levels, more baddies to beat, more achievements to tackle, but what really got me playing until my eyes were dry and I was seeing peashooters in my sleep was the role-reversal game. Their new mini game puts you as the zombies trying to beat the plants…whereas before, you’re trying to defeat the zombies by planting zombie-killing plants.
I swear that when I planted plants, they didn’t last as long as the ones that are being planted against me. The grass is always greener, right?
At first this role reversal was weird. I felt icky playing for the wrong side (yes, I know it’s a game), but the more I got into it, the better my strategy became in the regular game. I could better see what plants (some that I’d ignored) could do.
This is kind of like what I did to Julia a while ago. While I didn’t switch to the antagonists point of view, I did switch to focus on scene with her sister. That gave me a different perspective on the story as a whole. That helped me get past the problems I was having…got me out of the rut and shook me loose from the grip of writer’s block.
Have you ever tried to view your story from the POV of the villain?
Or for you PvZ players out there…which is your favorite plant? Hands down, I rely too much on the ear of corn.