This mode requires the player to have Fuel to be able to play. Fuel can be bought with gems, or recharged overtime. Fuel usually is maxed at 15 but if you buy more then you can go over 15. The player can also choose to watch ads to gain more of it, it gives 5 fuel. It requires internet connection to play and at least 15 plants to unlock.
In Penny's Pursuit, there are 3 difficulties to choose from for a level: Mild (easy), Spicy (medium), and Extra Hot (hard). To start a level, the player needs at least 5 Fuel. Once loaded into a level at any difficulty, the player can select Perks to use in the level. The player can choose one Perk for free, but additional Perks will cost gems to use in the level (with 5 gems cost for each perk). Playing a level requires fuel at any difficulty.
Depending on the difficulty, the zombies available and the objectives the player can complete may change. In addition, harder difficulties can take away certain benefits and zombies have stronger health and faster eating rate than usual, the level of difficulty can also decrease the number of lawn mowers, number of seed slots, how often sun drops from the sky, how much sun you start off with in a level, the amount of Plant Food you start off with in a level, the maximum amount of sun you can bank up, and preperation time before the first wave starts. Once the player selects their level, difficulty, and Perks for the level, they're able to play levels that are in different styles: normal zombie attacks, Arena style levels, Last Stand levels, timed levels and mini-games. There are also bonus objectives which the player can complete to upgrade their Perks. Once a level is completed, the player can receive rewards and ZPS Points, which is used to fuel a meter to fight Dr. Zomboss and a specific Zombot, which will be hinted within the back of the map via a podium from the world.
Mild (easy) difficulty levels fill up your ZPS by 20%, spicy (medium) difficulty levels fill it up by 25%, and extra hot (hard) difficulty levels fill it up by 30%. Once your fuel meter reaches 100%, you can fight Dr. Zomboss (unless you have already fought him today, in which case you must wait until the next day) up to 3 times for a chance to claim rewards. Any excess ZPS carries on to the next day after you have fought Dr. Zomboss 3 times. ZPS caps at 620% and attempting to get more will result in not obtaining it.
There are different types of Pennys Pursuit events: regular events that have 5 levels, each varying from a random world and it lasts for 1 week, special events that last for 2 weeks and have 10 levels each varying from a random world as well as sometimes adding event zombies, and worldy events which last about a month and usually consist of all the levels from a world, excluding the Zomboss battle.
List of Events
When playing spicy and extra hot levels, there are chances that you will lose due to zombies health being increased and benefits being taken away. Don't try to do spicy and extra hot levels if you have low level plants or feeling that you can lose, doing it can result you in losing the level and as such also losing fuel. If you try to do these levels then try to use explosive plants such as Primal Potato Mine or Explode-O-Nut to easily deplete their health as well as clear crowds. Using these in mild levels can easily kill them, and using them in extra hot levels will only need 1 or 2 plants to kill the zombies.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Penny's Pursuit.
- The lawn's melting clocks are a reference to the painting The Persistence of Memory by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
- The icon of Penny's Pursuit was reused from an unused world Time Twister, which was hinted to have been the final world.
- The logo of Penny's Pursuit picture is similar to the logo of Back to the Future.
- If the player fails a bonus objective they won't fail the level, they just won't get the award for the objective.
- If the player exits a level, the "THE ZOMBIES ATE YOUR BRAINS" screen will show up, despite the zombies not actually eating the player's brains yet.
- Levels that take place in the exclusive Penny's Pursuit lawn reuse Modern Day's music.
- The background for the Roman zombies' almanac entries are the same as the background for the premium plant entries.