Summary: There’s a certain irony in the thought that one of Nintendo’s biggest competitors in the console market could provide one of the best games for their handheld, but sure enough, that seems to be the case with
Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise
Pros: Now a portable addiction., Very stylized and crisp.
Cons: No Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support., Episodes break up action.
Portable ecosystem as lush as the console version.
Common Sense Media
14 December 2008
Summary: Parents need to know that this great ecosystem game will appeal to both adults and children. Younger kids can play around in Playground mode without the main mode's consequences and restrictions, whereas older kids and adults will find the deep simulation compelling.
Excerpt: What is it? Ever since we first played Viva Piñata we couldn't shake the feeling that its true home isn't on the Xbox 360. The Nintendo DS, a handheld played by people of all ages and skill sets, home to plenty of family friendly titles, seemed like a better fit.
Summary: Alan Titchmarsh might tell you that gardening is great... but Rare Software have taken gardening to all new levels by introducing candy filled pinata creatures into the equation. Help them grow or smash them for chocolate, your choice!
Excerpt: Viva Piñata is a game which got its start on the Xbox 360. Developed by long time developer Rare, it was loved by many, but unfortunately it was not nearly the commercial success it should have been which was surprising given how the game scored so positively amongst critics.
Summary: In Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise players will inherit a neglected garden on Piñata Island and turn it into a piñata paradise by tending to all aspects of cleaning the garden, growing and maintaining vegetation, caring for and breeding piñatas, as well as attracting new piñata species.
Excerpt: Ah, Rare. How cruel a developer you are, both pleasing and tormenting gamers with your unique talent for crafting games that appeal to casual and hardcore audiences alike. Only you could come up with something like Viva Pi?