My Top 5 Video Game Characters

Hello PopCap Blog Ride! My name is Tara… some of you may already know me as Tara PopCap from Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks to the blog team for inviting me to be the guest blogger this week. I wasn’t going to mention the fact that this will be the very first blog post I’ve ever written in my life to them, but hopefully I have a few readers out there besides just my mother (Hi Mom!).

Some of these video game characters may be familiar to you, but hopefully you’ll meet someone new today and try a game you’ve never played. Read on and use the comments at the bottom to share YOUR favorite video game characters. We want to know these things about you too!


The character that you can literally make into whatever character your big heart desires! Little Big Planet was the first game I bought for my PS3 and my very first experience playing a game with friends who live in other parts of the world. We were chatting, helping each other get through levels, and showing off our cute Sackboys and Sackgirls. It’s easy to customize your Sackthing with the hundreds of virtual costume pieces and stickers you receive from Story Mode (or you can purchase familiar game character costumes from the PSN Store). Sometimes I get so carried away with all of the decorating that I forget to actually play the game! I am hooked on Media Molecule‘s LBP, LBP 2 and LBP Karting, and I can’t wait to see what characters this game studio comes up with next.

Lara Croft

Playing Tomb Raider as Lara Croft was my first experience playing a video game as a female character. This was a pretty epic moment for a girl who has been playing video games since 1985 as male characters. When PlayStation launched, Tomb Raider was the first game I played, and my friend and I literally watched the sun set and then rise the next day playing this game. Lara Croft represents that strong, independent, intelligent and gorgeous woman that I think some of us women would love to be a little more like. She was absolutely inspiring for me as a teenage gamer starting to think about who might be behind this character, creating the art & story, and what it must be like to work in this industry.


If you haven’t played Battle Cats yet, it’s a free application for both iOS & Android users and perfect for any cat-ladies out there like me (or anyone, considering I learned of this app from all of the guys on my team who couldn’t stop playing it themselves. I’m pretty sure they aren’t cat-ladies)! I have logged in every single day since downloading this game in an attempt to add to my virtual kitty arsenal. God-Cat is always there in every battle just in case you run into trouble; you can call on him for a miracle. From the moment I laid my eyes on God-Cat, I have to admit I’ve had a little bit of a crush. You can’t deny the allure of that body, the cuteness of his face, and the handsome blue hair flowing in the battle breeze. Do you believe?

Oh, I believe, God-Cat!

Triple Town Bears

The video game character we love to hate! But they are so darn cute; even if their only goal is terrorizing the neighborhood, I can’t help but adore them. I play Triple Town on my iPhone, iPad, and on Facebook and never play in “Peaceful Valley” where there aren’t bears! The bears make this game for me, creating a challenge to keep those cuties contained and hopefully turn them into churches. Hallelujah! Remember the old days of Tetris, when you would close your eyes and that was all you could see or think about after playing for too long? That’s what these bears do to me… I start thinking in 3s everywhere I go, imagining random objects will turn into something else if they are sitting too close to two more of the same thing. I may not actually pull my car too close if there are only two cars sitting at a red light in front of me. You never know! My Triple Town Bear that I got from the Spry Fox team at PAX last year has prime real estate on my desk where I keep him away from your neighborhood. You’re welcome!


I have so many favorite PopCap characters, but this time we’ll leave Sophie, Bjorn and those cute ‘lil Chuzzles out of it. This is all about Sunflower. This character emits sun and lights up right before she spreads that sunshiny love. She is a requirement in Plants vs. Zombies day levels, as sunshine is your currency to buy plants with (Do I really need to explain this? If you don’t know, you should probably go out right away and get this game before Plants vs. Zombies 2 is released this summer!). Did you know she makes an appearance in more than just our lovable Plants vs. Zombies game? You can now find Sunflower on Facebook in PvZ Adventures and don’t forget to download Zen Studios: Pinball FX2 and grab the Plants vs. Zombies table launched last year. Sunflower is the star of this show (Co-Co-Co-COMBO!) and definitely worth a nudge! She always brings a smile to my face, hence my little collection of Sunflowers keeping my window sunny even on rainy Seattle days. Someday when she’s back in stock, this WILL be added to my collection from the PvZ Store!

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