Summary: Viva Pinata has a great art style and a ton of depth, especially compared to similarly targeted games like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. Microsoft added a bunch of new features for this second edition, many of which have a minimal (but positive) impact on the experience.
Friends Become Shepards With Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: A sequel that addresses the problems in the first game and adds variety to the mix
Graphics: The graphics are vibrant, the texturing is clean, and the animation is top notch
Sound: You'll likely enjoy the game more with your own soundtrack or no sound whatsoever
Playability: The gameplay is...
Excerpt: You could be forgiven for thinking Viva Piñata was just another attempt to cash in on the lucrative kiddy/casual audience, after all its accompanying television show certainly gives you that impression, but are Rare giving off mixed signals? Yes and no.
Excerpt: With the surprising success that Viva Pinata generated, it was only a matter of time before a sequel was released. Gamers taken in with the addictive game play of the first will feel right at home in Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise.
Conclusion: A great gardening/breeding game that improves upon the original in many ways, but maybe not enough to justify you paying full price. For the people who have yet to experience the Piñata phenomenon you should pick this up – what’s kept you?
Excerpt: At first glance, Viva Piñata might seem too silly to be worth your time. However, if you give the game a chance, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by the depth of gameplay, the high amounts of strategy, and the quirky humor.
Excerpt: The original Rare Ltd. team behind “Viva Piñata” has reunited to bring gamers “Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise,” the newest piñata adventure that invites gamers to return to magical Piñata Island.
Excerpt: Debuting during the same period as Microsoft’s ‘other’ franchise in the latter part of 2006, Viva Piñata was very much an unappreciated and often misunderstood gaming gem. As clued-up gamers dared to purchase the gaudy gardening-sim, cries of “It’s a kids’ game!” and “WTF are you buying that for?