How to Create a Private Match in PvZ: Battle for Neighborville

By on Aug 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm. Filed in Guides under Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.

Learn how to set up a private multiplayer match with friends in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.

Private Play has been a long-awaited feature in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. A recent update for the game finally made Private Play a reality, allowing players to customize private matches on their favorite multiplayer maps. Continue reading below to find out how to make a private match using Private Play in PvZ: Battle for Neighborville.

Before we explain how to make a private match, it’s important to note that private multiplayer matches still require internet access and therefore cannot be played offline. A private match is also different from a private lobby. The latter involves adjusting the privacy of your Giddy Park world settings. Conversely, private matches are customizable multiplayer matches for up to four players.

How to Create a Private Match

Making your own private match in Neighborville is quite simple. Start by loading up Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and head to the main spawn area in Giddy Park on either side.

Private Play is accessible via the multiplayer portal in Giddy Park. Interact with the multiplayer portal, then tab over to the new Private Play tab at the top to find the Mode Setup menu. This is where you can customize your private match by selecting the game mode, map, difficulty, team setup, and Crazy settings.

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The first few settings are pretty straightforward. You can select from any of the multiplayer game modes available in Neighborville, including Turf Takeover, Team Vanquish, and Gnome Bomb. All of the multiplayer maps are available in Private Play as well.

Team Setup

Selecting the Team Setup button will open another menu where you can customize the team sizes for your private match, as well as the types of characters available. Depending on your team size, AI bots will populate the remaining spots on each team based on your Team Setup selections.

Crazy Options

The Crazy Options are what make private matches extra fun in PvZ: Battle for Neighborville. Here, you can select from several different gameplay modes. These modes include Low Gravity, Low Health, Speed Boost Craziness, Simply Explode Mode, Time Warp, and Super Crazy Knock-back Mode. The right combination of Crazy Options and character classes can make for a hilariously fun time with friends.

Once you have set up all the desired parameters for your private match, you can select Activate Portal to finalize your private match and send it to the portal. You can invite up to three other players to join your private match. The best way to do this is to set your Giddy Park world settings to Private, then invite your friends to your game. With the portal activated, you and your friends can enter the portal and enjoy your newly composed private match.

That’s all there is to it! Be sure to check out our other Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville articles for more gameplay tips and updates.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (2019)
PlayStation 4
Xbox One

Similar to its predecessors, the game is a third-person shooter where players take control of the Plants or the Zombies in either a cooperative or competitive multiplayer environment. The game features 20 customizable gameplay classes, six of which are new to the franchise, and they are classified into three groups: attackers, defenders, or support. Each camp also has a new team play class that allows players of the same class to combine forms when they fight against enemies. Players can compete against each other in various competitive multiplayer modes, including the objective-based Turf War mode and the team deathmatch variant Team Vanquish. The game also features several player-versus-environment open zones which allowed players to explore, find collectibles, and complete quests. Split-screen local multiplayer is also available for all gameplay mode