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Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise

Released on 05 September 2008

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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The original Rare Ltd. team behind Viva Pinata has reunited to bring gamers Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, the newest pinata adventure that invites gamers to return to magical Pinata Island. Unfortunately, not all is well on the island, as Professor Pester along with his gang of Ruffians have wiped out Pinata Central's computer records, which poses a threat to parties everywhere. To help Pinata Central, players must gradually rebuild the computer database by sending pinatas at full candiosity to parties all around the world. While thwarting Professor Pester's evil plot, players still build and maintain pinata gardens - using their creativity and imagination to attract, trap, protect, train and manage more than 100 different pinata species.

Available exclusively on Xbox 360, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise reinvigorates a colourful and engaging gaming experience on the Xbox 360 platform. Now with full cooperative and online gameplay modes, the Viva Pinata series opens its doors even wider with a new game that provides hours of fun for gamers of all ages, fans of the animated series and animal lovers alike.

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 Average rating (21 reviews)

 Been there, done that

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Its almost identical in every way to the first Viva Pinata. No bad thing if you're new to the series, but if you've played the first, there really is no need to bother with this 'sequel'. New stuff is thin on the ground - the new areas are basically a tiny extra arena with a selection of different Pinatas roaming around, as long as you have the correct bait, trapping is as easy a pressing a button. The new surfaces for your garden (all two of them....) are just grass in a different colour. Certain plants won't grow on snow but thats it - hardly a visual or mechanical tour de force.

Its visually identical to the first game, the characters are the same, the voice acting is the same, theres a few new pinatas, but the main body of them is exactly as you've already seen before. Mechanically its the same, the process you have to go through to do things is the same. Some of the little irritations have been removed, but others put in - weeds are incredibly annoying, especially if you didn't plant them - Its entirely possible to ruin your garden with one strain of weed which not only poisons all your Pinatas, but is near impossible to get rid of, hit it with your spade and 2 more seeds plant, repeat until everything is dead, your garden is barren and you're sick of the whole thing.

Its a real shame as this could have been a real opportunity to step up the whole game - theres so much more that could be done with the visual side, the garden design thing could and should have been expanded considerably. For example why are we still stuck with that horrible mud edge around all water? Why can't grass be taken right up to the edge? Rare could have included terrain deformation elements, new things to be done with the water, a wider range of pinatas and scenery. Its a shame that this is being billed as a sequal when really, very little has changed.

If you played the first, don't bother with this one.

 Addictive and essential

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The first Viva Pinata was a great game, unfairly ignored for being to 'kiddie' and not appealing to the hardcore. You will struggle to find a game that is as hardcore as this. Everything the original did well this does better. A great update rather than a sequel, this adds tons of new pinatas, levels and online play. One of those games that is easy to learn but difficult to master, if you give this a chance you will become hooked. Great graphics, superb gameplay and excellent learning curve. One for everyone.

 Built on Perfection

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Some people may say that this is an old game with a new title. it most certainly is not. I don't think you can call 40 new pinatas, new plants, and new playing styles a repackaged game, can you?
Simply Brilliant and Addictive.

 Great game, with '0' drawbacks

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'The same game as the previous one' the other review says, so it gets 1 star? Obviously never played fifa, pes, gran turismo, tomb raider, project gotham, or any other game!

Yes its similar, and when the 1st one was so good, why change the formula, they added extras which are better than described, the graphics remain amazing, and its overall more interesting and easier to get into.

Not a kids game, i usually play gears of war or gta4 but i have touched those since i got this!

Well worth the money!

 The same as the original but much better

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This game is superb. Rare have retained all the original elements but at the same time improved the game quite a bit. The main major change is probably the fact that a lot more game play time has been added on due to things like more pinata's (more everything). But not only does the game have amazing game play but the game also is visually stunning (Unique Graphics). For example the water graphics on this game are a pleasure to look at (with a realistic yet cartoony feel) and the same goes for the Arctic as the snow falls (The game allows you to catch pinata's from different areas).

This game (although it has the same feel as the original) it has many different other things. As a result i would definitely recommend getting this if you have played the first (and liked it) or if you are new to this to get this one as it is more like a expanded original.

This game is NOT a kiddies game, in fact i'd recommend it for all ages.

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Rating3+ (PEGI)
Minimum RequirementsRequires Xbox LIVE Vision Cam to import character cards (sold separately)