Plants VS Zombies : 3Z Arena

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Exciting and Multilevel Dueling

When great Intellectual Property meets « on-location » gaming, a « blowing away » experience is expected!  Especially as the theater setup is designed following the game structure: two teams fighting each other, individually and collectively… This is the perfect recipe for an exciting dueling theater! 

For this setup, EA Games/PopCap had the perfect IP with Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena. Unsurprisingly, the whole concept immediately felt right for Cedar Fair !

The two room setup allows for a great capacity whilst providing a superior gameplay. The content is vivid and the collaboration with the PopCap developers to adapt this multilevel game platform to the specifics of a 4 minutes game experience (which you can play over and over again) was extremely smooth and enriching.

Since we wanted to go well beyond the video game approach and create a strong emotional connection between players and game characters, no efforts were spared in elaborating the theme experienceg.


Open in 2016 at Cedar Fair's Carowinds, USA, this state of the art attraction based on the wackiest video game ever made opened in tune with the newest release from the franchise: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Synergy efforts have been at the heart of the design and development phases of the project to give Carowind guests the ability to play with the newest characters from the video game including Super Brainz, a zombie super hero who thinks he's an 80's action movie star, and Citron, a bounty-hunting orange from the future.

After successful collaborations with many intellectual property (IP) owners including LEGO, Marvel Entertainment and Warner Bros./DC Comics, this partnership as turnkey service provider with EA Games/PopCap confirms the position of Alterface Projects as the trusted partner of choice for interactive attractions based on famous IP's.

©2015 Electronic Arts Inc., Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap, EA, and the EA logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc

Technical Specifications

Designer: Alterface USA
Footprint: 1097 m² (11808 ft²)
Throughput: 700 players/hour
Duration: 4 min
Interactive device: Portable device
Number of Seats: 68
Seat Type: 1 DOF motion seat
Animation type: 3D
Special effects: Yes
Dueling Feature: Yes
Hall of fame: Yes
Special feature: Dueling gameplay, two 14’ x 26’ 3D screens; Independent 5.1 surround sound

©2015 Electronic Arts Inc., Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap, EA, and the EA logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc

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  • "Alterface brought a ton of enthusiasm to the project and really immersed themselves in the world of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare.  This dedication was apparent in how the gameplay, animation, scenic and ride design all came together. It’s something that mom and dad can experience together with their kids and the competitive gaming aspect helps make it repeatable.  Once you’ve fought on the Plants side, you want to do the Zombies side right after, and vice versa.  At the end of the day, you know you’ve gotten it right when you see the smiles on family’s faces on their way out."

    Christian Diekmann, VP Strategic Growth, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

  • "Plants vs Zombies is a great ride. It’s fun, and something the whole family can enjoy."

  • "The first thing I noticed was the incredible attention to detai."

  • "It's definitely an experience for groups of friends as no two times are alike." member Jarmor