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Cheat mode

Press LB, RB, LT, RT during game play to display the cheat entry menu. Enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function.

Effect Code
Zombies wear sunglasses future
Zombies have mustaches mustache
Daisies appear when zombies die daisies
Candy rains when zombies die pinata
Toggles zombie call for brains sound sukhbir
Zombies dance dance
Alternate Lawn Mower appearance trickedout


Gold trophy

Get all the trophies in Mini-Games, Puzzle, and Survival modes.

Silver trophy

Complete Adventure mode.


Walkthrough (iOS)

Walkthrough (PC)

Walkthrough (Xbox 360)



Easy money

  • Get the Zen Garden. Water the plants until they do not need anything else. Advance the system date ahead. The plants will need water again. Buy new plants, grow them to full size, then sell them. Repeat this to earn more money. You can also use this technique when you have to get Marigolds in Crazy Dave's shop when they are out of stock.
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  • Set up your defenses around the slot machine. Try for one row of walnuts on the right side, one or two rows of sunflowers on the left, and fill everything else with pea and snow pea shooters. Protect the lawn mowers. Each is worth a Gold Coin at the end of the game; do not let them mow the zombies. Stop collecting sun at about 1,900 sun points. At this point, the garden should be full; getting the extra 100 points to win should be easy. Just collect enough sun to offset the slot machine. Keep the slot machine spinning. It will randomly drop one or three gems as long your patience lasts. If the zombies get close to the mowers, end the game. Just collect the sun lying on the field to end the game.
  • Use the following trick to make Walnut Bowling more profitable. Protect the lawnmowers. Each mower is worth one gold coin ($250). Line up shots off the front runner. After the first zombie is hit, each additional zombie strike generates coins. Create a front runner where none already exists.Pole vaulting zombies will run fast until they vault over a nut, and the newspaper zombie runs fast after getting the paper destroyed by a nut. Let them run a short distance down the lawn before sending a nut their way. You do not need to use nuts. When there are a few zombies ambling down the lawn without a clear ricochet shot, wait some time to see if more of them will step out to play. They can always be killed once they cross the red line. Remember how many nuts it takes to kill a zombie. This is important when they cross the red line. Use one nut for regular zombies, three for bucket wearing zombies, and two for the others. Keep the exploding nuts in reserve. Try not to use them unless a mob crosses the line or there are not enough nuts or room to clear out a difficult to kill zombie. Use the regular walnuts for the zombies that have not reached the red line. Do not use exploding nuts to kill pole vaulting zombies directly. Pole vaulting zombies only jump obstacles in their own lane. A pole vaulting zombie who has not vaulted yet will safely jump over explosions or nuts in their own lane. Find a neighbor in the next lane and time the nut to hit when the pole vaulting zombie gets close to the neighbor.

New seed selection

If you do not like the cards from Crazy Dave, exit the game and restart. The cards will change randomly.

Increase plant growth

Disable full screen mode. Go to your zen garden. After feeding the plants, it will normally take thirty minutes to feed them again. To feed them all, change the system time to an earlier value. This will increase their growth.

"Dr. Zomboss": Easy completion

When Dr. Zomboss comes down to throw an ice ball or fire ball, you can use Freeze Shrooms to freeze him. This allows your various pults time to get some damage on Dr. Zomboss himself. Jalapenos will also cause damage to him when he is down to toss a fire or ice ball. The more damage you can do to Dr. Zomboss, the faster and easier it is to end this level. Save at least one Freeze Shroom and one Jalapeno for whatever he tosses.

"Last Stand": Easy completion

  • You must have at least eight slots of seed before starting. Choose the following plants: Repeaters, Gatling Peas, Tall Nuts, Tangle Kelps, Lily Pads, Torchwoods, Coffee Beans, and Magnet-Shrooms, After you pick them up, set up the following layout. Put two Repeaters from the back columns on every row (except the pool). Put only one Repeater on the back columns on every pool row (use Lily Pads first). Change the Repeaters on the pool to become Gatling Peas Put Torchwoods in front of the Repeaters and Gatling Peas (on the pool use Lily Pads first). Then, give the space a column and plant the Magnet-Shrooms on the lawn only. Wake them up with Coffee Beans. In front of the Magnet-Shrooms on the lawn, plant the Tall Nuts. Note: Plant the Tangle Kelps on the last time. The layout should appear as follows.
R R T <> M N
R R T <> M N
R R T <> M N
R R T <> M N

R = Repeaters
G = Gatling Peas
T = Torchwoods
K = Tangle Kelps
M = Magnet-Shrooms that have been awakened
N = Tall-Nuts
  • Select the following plants (at least eight slots required): Marigold, Pumpkin, Lilypad, Wall-Nut, Magnet-Shroom, Gold Magnet, Doom-Shroom, Coffee Bean. Fill the rest of the slots with plants of your choice. Use the following layout. Note: Put Pumpkins on the first three Marigolds starting from the Wall-Nut, except the Marigold on the pool. Do not put any Pumpkins on the pool. Then, start the onslaught. If you have sufficient sun power, put a Doom-Shroom in to replace with thing in the two Gold Magnets, then awaken the Doom-Shroom with a Coffee Bean.

M = Marigold
P = Pumpkin
L = Lily Pad
W = Wall-Nut
A = Magnet-Shroom
G = Gold Magnet
D = Doom-Shroom
C = Coffee Bean
  • Use the following formation. Note: Upgrade Repeaters to Gatling Peas when you have enough sun.

MP = Melon-Pult
R = Repeater
MS = Magnet-Shroom
T = Tall-Nut

Suburban Almanac: Finding the imitator

Look at the top left of the almanac and click there. You will now see the imitator.

Zombie mini-games: Earning sun

The only way to earn sun in the zombie mini-games is to kill sunflowers. First, put a good zombie for the situation in the lane you want it to go in. Make sure that there are sunflowers planted in that lane. Collect the sun when the zombie eats the flower, then buy more items and eat the brains.

Creating a fort

Use the following plant formation with the following items.

0: Sunflowers or upgraded flowers
1: A shooter plant
2: Repeater/upgraded
3: Three shooter plant (three lanes)
4: Fire Plant (fire tree that turns bullets to fire balls that pass through it)
5: Cattail
6: Squash (or Wallnut/Tallnut)
7: Small mushrooms
8: Chomper
9: Scardey Shroom
X: Free space

In the morning:

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0 1 2 3 4 6 8
0 1 2 3 4 6 8
0 1 2 3 4 6 8
0 1 2 3 4 6 8

At night:

0 2 3 4 9 X 7 7 7 6
0 2 3 4 9 X 7 7 7 6
0 2 3 4 9 X 7 7 7 6
0 2 3 4 9 X 7 7 7 6
0 2 3 4 9 X 7 7 7 6

Defeating the final Boss

The final Boss will launch massive fire balls and ice balls at your plants. They will crush everything in their path except for zombies (basically, all plants in that row). To destroy the ice ball, use a Chili Pepper in that row. To destroy the fire ball, use an Ice Shroom, but also with a Coffee Bean or else it will fall asleep.
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Pole Vaulters

When there are Pole Vaulters, pick a Walnut and a Chomper and make sure you can dig up plants and have lots of sun.. Put down a Walnut and a Chomper behind it. The Pole Vaulter will go over the Walnut and straight into the Chomper. Then, dig up the Chomper and he is gone.

Getting light in fog

When you are in fog and need light (and you do not have a lantern), use the torch wood if you have the sun. It shows you the space in front of it.

Kill Bungees

To kill Bungees, use Chompers, Squash, Ice Shroom, Jalapeno, or an Umbrella Plant.

Hidden achievement list objects

The achievements are displayed as an underground list. Scroll through the list and keep going down to see various hidden objects including a zombie, the bookworm from Bookworm, jewels from Bejeweled, a unicorn fossil, and finally Chinese zombies staring back down the hole.

Easy "Ask Me About Mustache Mode" achievement

 PC  Type mustache during a level after you finish selecting your plants.

Easy "China Shop" achievement

 PC  Note: This requires some time and skill. Start by crushing the green ones where plants are, in this order.

  • Three Pea Shooters at the back in the middle , with Wall-Nuts in front of them.
  • Normal and Snow Pea Shooters in the first and last lanes with Potato Mines.
  • Squash placed in front of Pea Shooters if you did not place a Wall-Nut there already. The Squashes are essential to pass the level. If it drops and there is no Gargantuar yet or Metal Bucket Zombie, then leave it alone. When it begins flashing, place it in front of the Pea Shooter.
  • Try to plant turned around Repeaters at each lane, and the rest where large amount of zombies spawn.

Try to smash the vases in columns, then wait for the zombies to get to another vase column and smash them. Your goal is to make them walk as one group and to gather them. They will eventually meet a squash at the start of the lane and it will "squash" them all. This may require several attempts.

Easy "Disco is Undead" achievement

 PC  You cannot place the Hypno-Shroom in front of a Disco Zombie because he will raise four zombies, and one of them will be at front of Disco Zombie. Place the Hypno Shroom at his feet the moment he raises the four zombies. By doing this, the shroom will be at the center and Disco Zombie will have to eat it.

Easy "Don't Pea in the Pool" achievement

 PC  This is easy to accomplish after unlocking Cabbage Pults and other plant catapults. Do not use a peashooter of any kind.

Easy "Explodonator" achievement

 PC  Towards the middle of the game, more zombies will arrive at the start of each flag wave. Wait for all of them to show up, then place a Cherry Bomb to blow up ten zombies.

Easy "Good Morning" achievement

 PC  Begin an easy survival day. It will be difficult because you can only plant Mushrooms and Coffee Beans. Focus on planting Sunshrooms. Ignore the first zombies and allow the lawnmowers to take care of them. To defend the Sunshrooms, plant long range Puff Shrooms in front of them. You will mostly have normal zombies and eventually a few Coneheads to contend with. At least two columns of long range defenders will be effective. Although it will require some time, you will eventually succeed.

Easy "Grounded" achievement

 PC  Begin by planting pea shooters at the point where the roof's angle ends. Note: This is the one to the left from where the roof is flat. At the other side of the roof, plant Wall-Nuts. Leave one empty spot in front of a Wall-Nut. Take Cherry Bombs and Jalapenos with you for random trouble.

Easy "Immortal" achievement

 PC  Repeatedly use Melon-Pults with the frost upgrade and few Cattails. Also have two lanes of Sunflowers with the Double Sunflower upgrade, and at the end two Spikes with the Stone upgrade. Place Tallnuts behind the spikes. The Spikes are very helpful against Gargantuars. They will stop and hammer down the rock spikes while hit them with Frost Melons. With upgraded Gargantuars you will probably require Cherries , Jalapenos or Doom-Shrooms.

Easy "No Fungus Among Us" achievement

 PC  Play the first day in Adventure mode where it is night, or the first day at Survival Night (the easy one). At the start of level, plant Sunflowers on lanes where zombies are not approaching. Ignore the ones they are advancing in and leave the killing to the lawnmowers. When you get enough sun, defend the lanes with Sunflowers. You should be facing only normal zombies. One Peashooter with a Wall-Nut in front should suffice. The hardest part is at the beginning, where you need to gather the sun. Luck will be required because the zombies will spawn randomly.

Easy "Popcorn Party" achievement

 PC  Gargantuars will first appear in level 5-8 in Adventure mode. The only other enemies there will be regular and Cone Zombies. Set up two columns of sunflowers, two columns of kernel-pults, then two cabbage-pults. Convert as many of the kernels into Corn Cob missile launchers as desired. At least two are recommended, however the rows with the launchers will require extra defenses to prevent the zombies from breaking through. Once the Gargantuar appears, fire both missiles at it. You do not have to kill the Mite.

Easy "Roll Some Heads" achievement

 PC  Try to complete this later in the Bowling Wall-Nuts mini-game. Unlock the second bowling mini-game and attempt it there.

Easy "Sunny Days" achievement

 PC  Play Zombiquarium and do not purchase the trophy for 1,000 Sun. Continue until you have 8,000.

Easy "Towering Wisdom" achievement

 PC  Growing the Tree of Wisdom for 100 feet requires 94 bags of Tree Food and $245,000. To make this easier, Play the Survival: Endless and Last Stand; use money from Zen Garden; kill Zombie Yeti; and play the mini games Wall-nut Bowling 2 and I, Zombie.


Complete the following achievements to unlock Xbox Live Gamerscore points.

Home Lawn Security (25 points): Complete adventure mode.
Master of Morticulture (25 points): Collect all 49 plants in the game.
Smarty Branches (15 points): Grow the Tree of Wisdom to at least 100 feet.
Crash of the Titan (10 points): Defeat your first Gargantuar.
ZFF's 4 Evr (20 points): Bowl a winner with a friend in Co-Op Wall-Nut Bowling.
Alive and Planting (25 points): Survive 40 waves of pure zombie ferocity.
Soil Your Plants (10 points): Plant your first 10 peashooters.
Versus vs Versus (15 points): Go on a 5 game winning streak in VS. mode.
Explodonator (20 points): Blast 10 zombies at once with a Cherry Bomb!.
Close Shave (15 points): Win any level after all 5 lawnmowers have been used.
Shopaholic (10 points): Go trunk diving and spend at least $25,000 on Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies.
Nom Nom Nom (10 points): Stop the horde using only the Sunflower, Wallnut, and Chomper on any level.


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