Plants vs Zombies


Teams were handed this puzzle between a graveyard and a community garden. To solve, cut out the zombies and plants. Using plastic bases for the zombies may also help (and is more fun!)


Pine Ridge High School Site Park
Annandale, VA 22003

Teams were directed to this location with the following in-app flavor text:

Your stomachs are really starting to growl as the hunger pangs intensify. You really need to find some food, but the Feast is just not a safe place to be. Maybe there's a place you can forage for something to eat up ahead.

Flavor Text

This puzzle was presented with the following in-app flavor text:

As you begin searching the plants, the zombies draw closer. Upon further inspection, you realize with horror that these are the bodies of former Famine Game victims! Can you use these plants to fend off the zombie tributes?

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    Even though this puzzle uses actual plants from the game, you don't need to know anything about Plants vs. Zombies to solve this puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    The names of the plants provide clues on which zombie they will be able to send back to the grave.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    As an example, Gold Magnet, pulls the AU out of AUTHOR, to leave THOR. Therefore this zombie died at the gravestone "Loved thunder and lightning"

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Once you figure out which plants can kill which zombies, line them up, and kill them one per turn. You'll be taking one letter from each transformed zombie name in order of their deaths.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    Take the cost of each plant (the number indicated next to the sun) and index into the transformed zombie name. For example, you'd take the 3rd letter from THOR to get an O. Show this hint to the staffer to receive two free plant/zombie pairings.

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    Show this hint to the staffer to receive all the pairings.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    broccoli spear

Post-Solve Video

Upon solving this puzzle, teams were shown the following video:


  • Todd Etter