Wall-nut bowling is a fun mini-game in Plants vs. Zombies that plays a little differently than most of the game. You were first introduced to this game in stage 1 of Adventure Mode, but this mini-game is considerably tougher to beat. In Wall-nut Bowling, you roll different types of Wall-nuts at an oncoming wave of Zombies. The Wall-nuts are your only weapon. This game is all about timing and understanding the critical importance of rebounds. Your success will largely depend on how good you are at using the Wall-nut rebounds to take out several zombies at a time.
Here’s a look at the different zombies you’ll face in this mini-game. There are a bunch of them!
- Flag Zombie
- Conehead Zombie
- Buckethead Zombie
- Newspaper Zombie
- Pole Vaulting Zombie
And you’ll have the following weapons to battle the onslaught.
- Exploding Wall-nut
- Lawnmowers (your last line of defense)
The Wall-nuts and Exploding Wall-nuts work just like bowling balls. Whenever they hit a zombie, they will bounce off that zombie at an angle and have the potential to hit other zombies until they reach the end of the screen. Use this to your advantage: a little patience is worthwhile here. You can let a zombie approach until there are other zombies behind it in other lanes and then attempt to take out several with one shot.
Regular zombies will die on one hit, but Coneheads, Bucketheads, and Newspaper zombies require multiple hits to kill. Pole vaulting zombies will jump over the first Wall-nut that crosses their path, but after that they are vulnerable.
Whenever you hit multiple zombies with a single Wall-nut, you can get coins. In fact, the number of coins you get grows quickly with multiple hits on one throw:
- Hit one zombie: zero coins
- Hit two zombies: one silver coin
- Hit three zombies: two silver coins
- Hit four zombies: three silver coins
- Hit five zombies: gold coin and Roll Some Heads Achievement
Once you get the hang of things, you can use this mini-game as a great way to rapidly earn coins. In fact, it makes sense to play this mini-game several times over once you unlock the mini-games and use it to earn enough coins to get some of the key items from Crazy Dave’s Shop.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. First, remember that when you roll a Wall-nut down the middle, it’s rebound direction is random. But when you roll it on the top or bottom row, it will always rebound down or up, respectively. And they always reverse direction on subsequent hits, following a zig-zag pattern. This is really important to keep in mind when you’re trying to hit four or five zombies in a row. Finally, don’t forget that you have the lawnmowers as your last line of defense. Don’t be afraid to use them, especially in the later stages of the mini-game when you have a lot of zombies coming at you in a single lane. Of course once you use one, you must protect that lane at all costs.
Wall-nut bowling is a fun mini-game and a great diversion for a little break. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to earn coins early on. Have fun with it!