August 27, 2012 3:00 PM | John Polson
PopCap layoffs don't have Plants Vs. Zombies creator George Fan down and out, even with rumors reported that he may not be around for the game's sequel. Instead, Fan jammed to the evolution-theme Ludum Dare this weekend to create the Windows freeware defense title Octogeddon, which he admits is somewhat familiar territory.
In Octogeddon, players must grow more limbs while evolving each one into deadlier weapons to wipe out the human race. Players evolve by collecting DNA points from defeated enemies to upgrade the amount and strength of the tentacles. Soon enough, players can look like the above mutated monstrosity. Whereas Plants Vs. Zombies allows stage progression while upgrading, Octogeddon constantly kills and restarts, allowing players to upgrade after losing.
I'm wondering if PopCap Games represents the human race and Fan is the octopus, evolving to overcome the chaos that has surrounded him. Either way, welcome back to the indie world, Fan! I hope you'll stick around.