Plants vs. Zombies Online Battle
This project has two original repositories:
This project adds the multiplayer battle to Plants vs. Zombies via reverse engineering, inline hook and dynamic-link library injection. Two online players can defend and attack as Plant and Zombie respectively.
Open x86 Native Tools Command Prompt provided by Visual Studio 2022 and set the location to the project folder.
mkdir -p build cd build cmake .. cmake --build .
Two dynamic-link libraries
zombie.dll will be generated in
build/bin folder. Copy them to the game root folder.
The default IP version is IPv4. Enable the following statement in
src/lib/game/CMakeLists.txt if you want to build IPv6 libraries.
target_compile_definitions(game PRIVATE INET6=1)
The project only works with Plants vs. Zombies 188.8.131.521 CHINESE version, provided in
The MD5 of
In order to activate online functions,
zombie.dll must be injected into the game when it starts. You can directly use this simple injection tool: Dll-Injector.
Playing as Plant
If a player plays as the plant, the game will launch as a server.
Dll-Injector -f PlantsVsZombies.exe plant.dll
Start-OnlineGame.ps1 directly. It needs to be copied to the game root folder.
Start-OnlineGame.ps1 -Role Plant
Start I, Zombie Endless level, the game will pause and wait for a client to connect.
Playing as Zombie
If a player plays as the zombie, the game will launch as a client.
Dll-Injector -f PlantsVsZombies.exe zombie.dll
Start-OnlineGame.ps1 -Role Zombie
Start I, Zombie Endless level, the game will try to connect to the server.
I, Zombie Endless
If the modification has been loaded successfully, I, Zombie Endless level will be converted into an online level. If your current progress does not have this level, you can copy
C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\userdata. Remember to back up your own save-files before copying.
In the Chinese version of the game, you can start this level as follows:
Select "解谜模式", which means "Puzzle" in English.
Select "我是僵尸无尽版", the final level. It is "I, Zombie Endless" in English.
The game will display a dialog box shown as below. Select "继续", the left button, meaning "Continue" in English.
Before starting an online battle, the progress of this level must be empty. Otherwise the battlefields of two online players will be different. If that happens, you need to restart the game without the modification, enter this level again but select "新游戏", the right button, to reset the progress. It means "New Game".
online_config.ini to the game root folder. You can set the server's IP address and port number in it.
[Network] ServerIP=127.0.0.1 Port=10000
The code comment style follows the Doxygen specification.
docs/Key Data and Functions.md describes key data and functions obtained by reverse engineering.
Issues & Bugs
- The game sometimes crashes when creating zombies.
- If the progress of I, Zombie Endless level is not empty, two players will have different battlefields.
- In order to simplify the code, the running menu and automatic pause are disabled.
Distributed under the MIT License. See
LICENSE for more information.