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Xbox Live: Plants vs. Zombies version 1.3 update brings a discreet change, still no Mango

Plants vs Zombies

A barrage of Xbox Live title updates hit last week: Fable Coin Golf, Farm Frenzy 2, Ghostscape, Gravity Guy, The Sims 3, and Tetris. After horror stories of updates getting stuck in certification for months on end, the sight of all these patches is enough to bring a tear to this cynical critic’s eye.

One update that we received a lot of questions about is the Plants vs. Zombies version 1.3 patch. After a little digging, we’ve discovered the effects of the patch: it changes the game’s description in the Games hub from PvZ to Plants vs. Zombies. Not terribly exciting, but then, PopCap has already fixed the game’s major bugs. It is surprising, however, that the update doesn’t add Fast App Switching support. Enabling this important feature (which rolled out with Mango) is supposed to be fairly easy for developers, after all. Hopefully PopCap has at least one more update in store for us.

Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense game that happened to be one of the very best mobile Xbox Live releases of 2011 – see our review. The game costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.

QR: Plants vs Zombies

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WPManiac says:

To be fair, enabling "Fast Application Swtiching" is not always effortless. It requires upgrading to the app's project, where some event handling must be re-thought out in order to work correctly with Fast Application Switching.
Sure, if it were a glorified RSS reader app, then yeah, this would be effortless. But a considerably large XNA game like PvZ probably requires more than just upgrading the project.

Paul Acevedo says:

Thanks for the clarification. :)

tommohammed says:

I remember it took like a year for them to get around to the iOS 4 app switching update, so I haven't got my hopes up :( What I'm really waiting for is angry birds and fruit ninja with the 60 fps update

NaterBater says:

Why switch the name, but not add some mango features. Idc how hard is, this is both Popcap and Microsoft are big companies and to not have this game take use of the current OS doesn't look good

CX1 says:

My  PVZ about screen states v 1.4