Conclusion: If you're lucky, one of your friends on Xbox Live will have the piñata you're looking for, and they'll send it to you in a crate. Interestingly, you can send anything to the people on your friends list (sorry, no shipping stuff off to strangers), including sours, which will actually attack their piñatas. Yes, that's right, you can grief your buddies in Viva Pinata .
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. Delve past the bright, flamboyant, almost hypnotic, flashy opening titles and things start to look up.
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. If you haven't played the first Viva Pinata game, do not fear that you will miss out on this incredible game. Trouble in Paradise starts out much the same way as its predecessor by slowly giving you information.
Excerpt: There was a time when Rare ruled the video game world. With a library stretching all the way back to 1983, the idea factory behind Donkey Kong Country, Golden Eye and Conker’s Bad Fur Day hasn’t done much with the current generation of consoles save for a mediocre update to the Perfect Dark name and a platformer that fell fairly flat on the Xbox 360′s launch day in 2005. The only inkling of Rare’s once-renowned pool of creativity came with Viva Piñata.
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. Unfortunately, not all is well on the island, as Professor Pester along with his gang of Ruffians have wiped out Piñata Central’s computer records, which poses a threat to parties everywhere.
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?” emanated amongst uneducated social groups. Trust me; this writer was one of them.