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I found this game quite cheap in a shop and thought I would buy it as something different. I was hooked on it for a good few weeks but after that time it got very repetitive and now I only play on it very occasionally.
The game starts with a very overgrown and littered landscape and your given a small plot of land to shovel away at, you then start adding plants and trees and start attracting Piñata's who are animals of different breeds. You can name the Piñata's and build them houses to keep them happy and then you can breed them when you have met the requirements. Eventually you can buy different decorations, fences, paths and all sorts for your garden and make it look however you want. There are also bad piñatas who come along and leave poisoned candy, at first its fun to drive them off but after a while this also gets very repetitive.
It's definitely one of those games that's meant just for children and can imagine that it would provide them with hours of entertainment due to the simple and charming nature of the game but for the older generation don't expect to get much fun from it after a while. For the price I bought it however I definitely wouldn't grumble.
Viva Piñata. Xbox 360
When I purchased my Xbox 360 it came with a couple of games in the bundle including Viva Piñata. From looking at the box I would say this is not the kind of game I would usually purchase, however it was a freebie so I gave it ago and I was pleasantly surprised.
Viva Piñata comes in a normal green Xbox 360 box, the size of a DVD case, contained inside the box is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game. The game instruction manual is written in English and is very clear and simple to follow.
The game is based in a garden setting which you must look after, design and develop. The way you look after your garden will determine what piñatas come to visit you and which ones will decide to set up home there. In the game you can purchase items to encourage piñatas to enter your garden and stay, these items include special homes for the piñatas and growing different kinds of plants to attract them in. When a piñata enters your garden you will need to perform certain tasks to make it stay. If you have two of a kind then you can perform more tasks and they will breed. It is really cute when they breed as they do cute little dances and little hearts appear and then you will have a piñata baby.
When you are landscaping your garden you will be using a shovel tool, I don't know what possessed me to even think about trying this, but if you hit the guide woman with the shovel she will wag her finger at you and tell you off, it is rather amusing as she says something along the lines of "ah, ah, ah, if you do that again I will take your shovel away!" and finding this rather amusing I did it again, be warned, she is true to her word, my shovel was confiscated! I can't remember exactly how I managed to get it back or whether it just came back after a certain amount of time, but I never hit her with it again!
There are some bad guys in the game called Ruffians, theses are piñatas who will come into your garden and mess up your hard work and make your piñatas ill. These are really annoying but a good part of the game and they can be used in more helpful ways too.
One thing that I really enjoy about this game is that there is no real end to the game, as the idea is you can design your garden to your own preferences and look after your piñatas, breed them and redesign as much as you want. In general there are no rights and wrongs to the game, other than hitting the guide with the shovel, this was wrong! There are certain tasks to complete in order to keep piñatas in your garden and encourage them to breed, but other than this there is no real set rules on how you must play.
** Controls **
The controls of the game are pretty simple, I think by the second time I had played the game I had the controls and using the various menu screens pretty much sorted. This may have been due to my first session lasting a few hours, but I think it is more to do with them just being easy to pick up.
** Graphics and Sound **
The graphics in the game great and the animations of the piñata's are really cute. The whole game runs really smoothly and the sound in the game is also good and not of the annoying level that makes me reach for the mute button!
** Price and Availability **
I got this game included with my Xbox 360, however it can be bought on play.com for around £6.
** My Experience and Opinion **
I really enjoy this game, I originally thought it was a kids game, however after many lost evenings playing I can safely say it is great for adults too and rather addictive!
Thanks for reading :)
== Viva Pinata ==
Viva Pinata is the perfect game for kids and grown ups. Viva Pinata is a life simulation game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The game is on the PC as well as the Xbox 360 and is one of the most fun fulfilled games on the Xbox 360. There is a Nintendo DS version entitled Viva Pinata Pocket Paradise. It has exactly what it says it has and that's Pinatas but there not the kind you smash open with a stick. In fact the Pinatas are very much alive and you have to keep it that way. They are all lovable fuzzy little creatures that you must take care of. there isn't really a story to this game but you do need to keep certain pesty little Pinatas out of your garden or they will have your friendly ones. There was a follow up game made for this entitled Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise and there is also a party game that features mini games and that's called Viva Pinata Party Animals.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
In Viva Pinata the only thing you can actually control is the cursor. The cursor is moved with the analog stick and moving this allows you to click on Pinatas and order them around. Its a little bit like a strategy game and everything is controlled with your cursor. You can do a whole wide variety of things with it such as move Pinatas, make them do things or you can equip items like a spade and whack them if they're naughty, dig holes to make ponds and many more. You also can equip grass packets so you can lay grass down in your garden. Now the garden you start with is actually tiny but as you progress and get more Pinatas, the garden will become bigger. At the start of the game your garden is almost empty and to get Pinatas to come visit you must do things that they like. Some of which could be so much grass in your garden, so much water or other things. When they visit your garden you still need too fulfill there needs in order for them to want to stay and live in your garden.
Its not just about getting Pinatas join your garden because the game is much more than that. You are basically raising them so they have a place to live. When your garden gets bigger more Pinatas will join but you have to be very careful because there are naughty Pinatas that want to kill or make your Pinatas ill. However if one of your Pinatas does get ill you can call the doctor out to heal them the only hard bit is noticing you have an ill Pinata when you have a HUGE garden. There are a lot of other bits such as shops and other people that might help you out. One of which is my favouirte who is called Seedos. Seedos will throw seeds in your garden if you talk to him daily. He will only throw so many a day though but this saves buying seeds. You can also buy seeds if you're desperate. You can plant the seeds in your garden using the shovel and watering can. When grown your Pinatas will eat them if they like what ever you have grown or you can sell it for cash. Other shops of interest are the building shop where you can buy all Pinatas a home for your garden. Each set of Pinatas have a certain home that can be placed in your garden. For an example you can build a tree for squirrels to live in and there are many more buildings for different Pinatas.
There are over 60 different Pinatas on the game and all of them can join your garden and live there. The Pinatas aren't actually called by what they are in real life. Some are Sparrowmint which is a sparrow, Fudgehog which is a hedgehog, Buzzlegum which is a bumble bee, Gecky which is a lizard, Lickatoad is a frog and there are lots more. I think the funny names are aimed towards kids but its actually quite interesting. Also when Pinatas join your garden you can name them to what you want. You can also mate the Pinatas of the same breed to have baby Pinatas. Usually doing this triggers a mini game which involves you taking the pregnant Pinata through a sort of maze from one end to the other before time runs out. If Pinatas get killed all the sweets inside those Pinatas are scattered on the floor and your other Pinatas can eat them to raise their candiosity meter. If this gets full you can send them off to a party and don't worry they come back safe and sound. You can also put objects in your garden for your Pinatas or to scare certain sour Pinatas off. Sour Pinatas are the nasty ones and you can notice these because they are butt ugly and red.
Viva Pinata is great and can be enjoyed with friends as the game lets you play some sort of multiplayer features. You don't actually run a garden with a friend but you can trade things over Xbox Live with friends. You can trade Pinatas or anything else in your world. You can also play offline with up to 4 players. If you feel your Pinatas are a little plain then why not dress them up? that's right you can add clothes to your Pinatas and to be honest its seriously funny. There is a whole lot of things to do on the game and a lot of fun to be had. Kids will adore this because of all the little Pinatas and the beautiful world they live in. Its an easy game to get the hang of and shouldn't cause anyone any problems. Viva Pinata only really has this one playable game mode but it can literally last forever. Overall Viva Pinata has more to offer than most games so its definitely worth owning.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Viva Pinata has some gorgeous looking graphics overall. The Pinatas are fantastically designed and the colouring of the Pinatas is beautiful. Also the garden and layout of the world is beautiful and textured really well and it all just stands out perfectly. Okay the graphics look a little childish but they actually do work really well for this type of game and it rarely disappoints. Even the scenery the game has on offer is fascinating and detailed fantastically. Something the game has in beautiful graphics and in my opinion this is one of the best bits to the game. I love the graphics and the game.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
Viva Pinata also features some top quality sound effects that also rarely disappoints. Okay there are a couple of bits where I could pick faults but overall most of the game sounds great. Music to the game isn't that important but at times it does stand out. I'm not a huge fan of the music myself but some gamers will love it. The Pinatas all have their own unique sounds that really stand out as well. They don't actually sound like they do in real life but its really good nonetheless. Overall sound effects are equally as impressive as you can even hear the rain pouring down, footsteps being taken and other sounds. Its definitely something special you wont be disappointed.
=== DIFFICULTY ===
Viva Pinata is one of the easiest games I have ever played as well as one of the most enjoyable. I think kids may struggle without the help of adults but after you've shown them its easily mastered. I showed my mum how to play this game because shes not really knowledgeable when it comes to games but now shes quite good at it and she absolutely adores the game. One of the hardest things to get the hang of is the in game menu because it gets filled up with bits you can do and it all becomes confusing at first. Other than that the game is very easy. Controls are great and simple, its easy to look after Pinata and the mini games are fun and easy. Overall the game shouldn't cause any problems. If it does its probably not worth you owning the a computer let alone the game because its really that simple.
=== LONGEVITY ===
Well the length of the game is definitely an interesting one because I'm still playing this now and i bought the game sometime in 2007. Its the type of game where you can go on it and never finish it because there is so much you can do. the only downside is that the things you do are limited and it can become quite boring doing the same thing over and over again. Its a game that will keep you entertained and hooked for a bit but I wouldn't recommend playing constantly. Overall the length of the game is good because all your doing is running a garden of Pinatas.
=== PROS ===
*There are over 60 different species of Pinata to join your garden.
*Its really colourful, has some beautiful graphics and the sound effects are good.
*Trade Pinatas with people via Xbox Live as long as you have a gold membership.
*Do lots of things with your Pinatas such as dress them up for parties.
*Kids will absolutely love and adore this game a lot.
*Its really cheap and easy to find in shops.
=== CONS ===
*It might be a little childish for some gamers.
*Also could be far too easy for some as well.
*The multiplayer functions could of been slightly better because they're a little weak.
*The music in the game isn't to usual high standards like most games.
*There isn't much in terms of a storyline and it involves just playing for fun.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
As I started this game can be enjoyed by many and you don't have to be a kid for this. Its fun and enjoyable but it can become boring if your not doing much on it. I cant stress how beautiful the game looks and it looks even better in HD which I seriously recommend. Its the type of game that can last a lifetime and I really like the fact I'm still playing it four years on. I don't play it as much as I did but I do still enjoy it. If you like the sour Pinatas and want them to join your garden you must do some pretty hectic things in order for them to join and be nice. There are bits you can buy to keep them out as well if that's your preference. A game that can be enjoyed by all ages as the age rating is 3+.
i would recommend the game. Do you like animals? Do you like parties? well this is for you because its a party for Pinatas. I believe its aimed more at kids but if you start playing with your kids you will probably get hooked yourself. If you like beautiful games with stunning effects and sounds then you will also love this. I'd recommend to just about everyone. The game manual is quite good as well and lists all useful information needed.
I first bought the game back in 2007 and it cost me £20 which I feel is great value. The game usually sells a lot cheaper now and I have seen it in many game shops with the price tag of just £5 which is fantastic. The game is also on places like Amazon and eBay for around the fiver mark too but prices are subject to change. There is also a classic version to this game which i have seen a little cheaper than this one and the only difference being the cover and case of the game. My mum bought the classic version of the game recently and she only paid £4 from CeX.
Overall Viva Pinata is a good, fun and interesting game that kids will adore because of the fuzzy and cute Pinatas. I would give the game a very reasonable 7/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
I know that I'm probably a bit old to be playing a game like viva pinata, but I've got to admit that I really enjoyed it! The basic aim of the game is to create a beautiful garden and keep your pinata (which are the paper animals inhabiting your utopia!) happy.
You must do things like use the spade to smack the dry dirt, plant grass and use the watering can to water plants and growing trees. As well as all the greenery you tend to, you must also look after the animals that come to visit, and then reside in the garden you make. Each animal has different needs if they are to live in your garden, and even harder needs to meet if you want them to romance (have babies). For example, a Whirlm, needs to have a certain amount of mud or grass before they can come and live with you, and there must be a Whirlm pinata house in your garden for it to romance with other worms! Seems simple enough but the more animals you get the harder the game gets and different species can be harder to cater for than others. You basically have to keep all your animals happy, romancing and living in your garden.
I played this game for about 2 hours the night that I got it and it is probably the reason I will fail my A levels!!! Although the introduction can instructions can be a bit patronising towards the beginning of the game, it soon hots up and can be both enjoyable and addictive. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys simulation games, or tycoon games as it ticks the boxes for both. I wouldn't advise someone who likes mainly shooting games to buy this because you will probably get a bit bored. It's a fantastic game and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing it.
Hope this was helpful :)
Viva Pinata is an XBox 360 exclusive - and I am actually really happy that I have it. Not one person I know (who has played) has a bad thing to say about this colourful, cute and creative game. Personally, it doesn't fit in with my 'older' collection of RPGs, shooters and more complex games but it brings back that old childhood nostagia of games like Spyro and Crash where its all colours and child friendly.
So what is Viva Pinata exactly? Well, essentially, it's a gardening game - you plant seeds, upgrade your shovel, clean out the garden, add grass etc to make it a habitable place for certain breeds of Pinata which come to visit throughout gameplay and hopefully become a resident providing you meet their expectations.
Yes that's right! Candy-filled Pinata's have living expectations - especially if you want to romance them and get more. Certain characters just need you to have some grass, whereas others want to eat other pinata or seeds to make them residents. In terms of romancing, (or breeding) you also need a home for them to do a romance dance - a very classy way of putting it for younger eyes, and really quite cute.
As you get garden upgrades, expansions and more shops to visit more pinata will begin to reside in your garden and that is the general outline of the game.
So, what makes you keep going back if it's just gardening?
Honestly, gamer points for me, the achievements aren't that hard to unlock and there are 50 of them so it's worth it for a quick build up of points. Also, it's very addictive! Trying to increase your gardens worth, planting flowers and seeds, reorganising your garden, evolving certain types of Pinata and getting rare breeds to become inhabitants make it easy to keep slotting it in the console.
Price and Availability
The game is retailing in most gaming stores, preowned at around £5-£7, a great price for a game with (almost) limitless possibilities. I purchased mine from CEX amongst a few other January Sales bargains and so far its one of the games I've spent the longest time on bar Fable 2 and Enchanted Arms.
Is it worth the hunt?
Well, that would, of course, depend on your preference. Viva Pinata has 50 Achievements adding up to 1000 gamer points, and they're relatively easy and quick to get - so if you're looking for something to add to your collection in your gaming library, thats quick and light hearted this is a good choice.
For parents this is a great game to purchase for any children aged between 7 and 12, due to its child friendly controls and moniterring on Xbox Live - meaning you won't have to worry about strangers adding you or messaging you through your garden. It also features first person style controls - which is great practise if you're not quite used to them (like me!)
Graphics and Soundtrack
The graphics are platform style - not completely 3D but the little critters that inhabit your garden are. It features some lovely backgrounds and cut scenes when new animals come to have a sniff.
Each pinata has it's own colour, starting with black and white before it becomes a resident and then showing its 'true colours' when you do something it requires to help it live more comfortably. The Fudgehogs are a rainbow of colours, whereas the Spearowmints are more bird looking and the Whirlms are a grassy green colour. It's generally adding colour to the garden really.
My favourite has to be Mousemallows - very cute and you really don't want to feed them to ther serpentines but they're so cute and happy looking!
The backing graphics feature the 'Sour' households - the evil pinata, trees, ponds and bridges for helpers to cross and pinata to come and visit. Each introduction scene shows the pinata in one of its happier habitats.
There isn't much voice acting on Viva Pinata apart from the walking-talking helping characters who offer their assistance to you and your garden (at a certain price for chocolate coins of course!) And each of the Pinata's have their own personalities through noises and expressions rather than actual talking - a good thing, in my opinion, because it shows the work that's gone on behind the scenes, taking into consideration that each little critter is unique.
Gameplay is fairly easy to pick up, even if you're not quite used to first person movements, suitable for beginners who haven't played many FPS's or can't quite get used to them in fast paced modes like CoD or Halo.
Again, it's very addictive and there are a range of great achievements, like making your garden worth more than 25,000 chocolate coins, becoming a Master Romancer and having a set number of species in your garden through breeding. There are also a great range of Pinata's ranging from worms to horselike creatures to a mystical unicorn only top breeders and gardeners can persuade to visit their garden.
The game gives you control of a small piece of land which you can transform into a beautiful garden. It allows you to organise where things are planted, where the Pinata's Homes go, where to put ponds and a variety of other things.
The game also features a multiplayer mode, where you and a friend can control the same patch of garden and create a more habitable environment for those unique critters out there.
Sounds Good, but is there anything else?
Yes. Just like every good game you have enemies, the Sour Pinata will come and make your Pinata sick! There is a doctor you can call but sometimes he runs a little late (and he comes at a price) which might mean Dastaros, gets to your pinata first and steals there candy! It's up to you to stop this happening by whacking those Sour Pinata away with your shovel, alternativly you can hire help - called Watchlings, who will keep an eye out for these creatures and scare them off.
It's nice to have a happy game which doesn't involve much violence other than scaring of the evil pinata - but thats more of a protective thing right?
Overall, I love this game, and I am loving playing it. It's colourful and just good fun and addictive, it'll keep you on it for hours and as the gameplay increases so does the amount of things you can do - like quests to make your pinata worth more.
Playing it with others just increases it's likability and makes it more than just a game, but a social pinata party!
***also on ciao under same username***
Viva Pinata is a cute and fun simulation game from Microsoft. The game starts off with a tutorial which is essential as the game is slightly complicated at first, especially for younger children.
The aim of the game is to create a garden that will attract all of the pinatas that the island has to offer. These pinata's all need different requirements in order to visit your garden and then (hopefully) stay. Some of these requirements include having diffirent elements such as having dirt, grass, water for example and sometimes they require other varieties of pinatas to be present so that they can eat them before joining your garden.
Once a pinata has had its requirements met, it will join your garden, the pinata will turn colourful (as they are white when they first come into your garden). They now require different requirments to mate in your garden. This will include buying them a special house where they can get together, some pinatas may need certain food or sweets to do this. You can grow the food that they need by getting seeds off of a charater that will visit your garden called seedos, the houses can be purchased from the builder and anything else you need can be purchased from the shop keeper.
Some pinatas may become ill so will need to be visited by the pinata vet. This may be due to illness, being crushed by other pinatas or by being hit by your spade. This is sometimes essential as bigger pinatas will attack and kill younger more vunerable ones so they need to be stopped (unless you require them to do this). Although you can control some elements of the pinatas they are mainly free to roam around your garden and eat what they want and go where they want.
I would recommened this game for children over 8 years old to adult- probabaly more for the female gamer but saying this I do enjoy this game myself and I am an adult male. Young children will love watching the game being played with the beautiful colours and pinatas as they may find it too difficult to play themselves.
Well this game at first glance appears childish, it looks childish, in fact it is childish. But that doesnt mean its a bad game.
The game is essentially a life simulation game, you must keep your pinata's healthy, preventing them from coming to harm. There are 60 different pinata's in total, all based on real life animals. Unfortunatly as such, some pinata's will attack other pinata's and eat them in order to become happier, on the bright side, once the pinata's become residents in your garden, they will no longer attack each other, unless the player commands them too, fights do occur randomly however, which the player can put an end too if he spots it in time.
The pinata's can also vary even in the same species, causing a certain pinata to eat a certain item can force it to change to a different colour. Pinata's can also evolve into another similar species of animal by eating a certain item.
The games multiplayer mode is non existant, the closest you can get to it is connecting 2 controllers and using either of them to control the cursor. The game does support Xbox LIVE in order to gift other players presents, the developers decided to limit player interaction in order to keep the game family friendly, unfortunatly this does hurt the gameplay for older players.
The gameplay is fairly shallow, and doesnt go into any depth, really all thats required by the player is too meet certain requirements in his garden in order to attract more pinata's to become residents.
Really i suggest buying the newer version of this game, Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise, it supports 1-4 players co-op offline, via system link and via Xbox LIVE. It also contains more creatures and slightly advanced gameplay features/graphics.
Viva Pinata is an great simulation game where you tend for a small area of garden, to encourage pinata-animals to visit, make homes, and breed all different types of colourfull pinata.
The gameplay revolves around making your garden pleasant and habitable by completing various tasks to attract different types of pinata.
Viva Pinata is a great game for people of all ages as it makes you use your imagination to create an ideal pinata world where everyone wants to live and play.
Although the game seems to be aimed at a younger audience and the tasks in the game can sometimes seem to be a little simplistic and easy it is a very addicting game that makes you want to continue playing. This is because you strive to acheive and get all the different types within the game and when you think you have accomplished this there you have to get your pinatas to eat different foods or give special treats so that they change colour or possible change into a whole new pinata altogether.
Throughout the game there is a storyline which tells you why you are looking after the garden and what happened to it before you received it. This is follower up by small videos are stories you can read in your journal.
Throughout the game there are also small acheivements that you strive to compete and once you have started playing this game it is very hard to put down the controller.
Based of the hit American cartoon series, Rare gives us Viva Pinata, a game about collecting pinata of various species each with their own clever sweet/animal related name such as the Doenut, a deer or the sparrowmint, sparrow.
While this game won't appeal to realistic FPS junkies, it will appeal to those with an eye for mechanics and those looking for a challenge, as each pinata must either choose to live in your garden or be born there, and so to pursuade them to live their you must hit certain requirements e.g have 5 daisys or have a huge pond or simply just have grass.
In replacement of the standard way of bringing new life into the world Viva Pinata has the romace dance in which 2 pinata of the same species (usually) dance around which signals for an egg to be dropped off by the stork lady.
Ok i think the cover of this game is the main selling point to children and the main put off for adults or teenagers like myself, but if you look past the colourful childish nature of the game, you find a very good set of game mechanics.
A very good farming type system
Ability to swap and buy pinatas with friend online
Personalise your garden with plants,ponds,flowers,trees and animal houses aswell as your pinata with clothes, names, labels and jewelry
Worth checking out if your into this sort of genre.
This game was bought for me by my boyfriend. When I first got it i was really excited and it looked really good from the outside cover, even the back read well. The game itself is quite good, its an easy-going game thats fun to play. You have to help this girl by tidying up and managing this patch of grass, and then once you complete certain tasks or have attracted certain pinatas to the garden your garden will get bigger and you move up a level. It is also packed with hidden surprises along the way which keeps things a bit more interesting. There is also a storybook and it is quite nice to see how the characters in the game go together. The problem I have with this game is that once you have reached the maximum garden size the only thing left to do is breed all the pinatas and to collect every species and to collect every variant. This becomes very tedious and I have not played the game in a while as I find it very boring now.
Apart from that the game is good, and suited mainly to children.
Viva Piñata is a life simulation game specifically designed for the Xbox 360 and when I purchased one for my fiancé back in December 2007 it came free along with a couple of other games, however, this can now be purchased via ebay or the Amazon.co.uk marketplace for around £5.00 + postage costs.
The aim of this game is to build a farm up with multiple animals, plants, areas etc. and then ultimately keep the animals so happy in their habitats that they will mate and then you can unlock XBox 360 achievements (and gamer points) and once you have mated that specific animal you no longer have to meet any criteria for this animal and it can just simple eat a specific type of candy.
The game is predominantly aimed at children and teenagers but my fiancé is 22 and he seemed to enjoy playing on it (until the disc stopped working - I'm convinced it was over use!). He enjoyed many happy hours getting works to mate in the mini games and visiting the store to buy more supplies to keep all his piñatas nice and happy. I think that the game play is fairly simple and it doesn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes of game play to really know how everything works and what the basics of the game are. I would recommend it for most ages really as although it is pretty simple it is quite a lot of fun and many a happy hour can be whiled away on here by simply messing around with the piñatas and building things. There are lots of frequent new challenges brought to you throughout the game and lots of different ways to earn piñatas and this is the main reason that I am rating this game 4/5.
A fantastic game with quite simple game play behind it that will give hours of fun to most ages, definitely recommend by me and available for a fantastic price online (if you shop around).
I didn't intentionally go out and buy this game, but rather it came with my Xbox 360 and was one of the very first games to grace the inside of the console.
Viva Pinata is game which basic objective is to construct a garden using your trusty spade and attract up to 60 different species of Pinata to come and live there.
Unfortunatly even though I like the graphics and the concept-I found the game rather confusing. Up to a certain extend you can build up a solid garden with limtied resources with will give you a source of revenue. When you reach a certain point however you realise to further the prospects of your garden you must spend your money.
This is the bit where I lost it completely-not only do you have to cope with continually renevating your garden but also: grow plants as a source of income and food, keep all you resedents happy, create divisions to stop fights between the pinatas, heal all the sick pinatas and meet stipulations to attract new species of pinata into your garden.
I found this way to much to handle and therefore found the cute graphics and storyline very misleading as there is no way a child could handle it.
All in all, this game if you are committed sucks up a huge amount of your time as you constantly have to refurbish your garden, I can see the appeal but personally I didn't like it.
The basic premise of this game is to build a garden in the right confines to attract upto 60 different species of Pinata (yes the sweet holding Mexican kids party game animal).
So in a nutshell its a cross between gardners world, wildlife on one and once upon a time in Mexico. Very strange?
The game is entertaining and very cutesy from the beginning but i can't help wondering that it doesn't know its place.
Let me explain: From the presentation and graphics you would expect that the game would be aimed at the childrens market but so much information is thrown at you in the beggining that it even cnfused me for a while not to mention the constant micro managment to make sure that your Pinata's aren't a) eating each other or b) unhappy for whatever reason.
Also you have to constantly update your garden (which is ever growing in size) to progress further forward in the game. At points my garden looked like a swamp because of all the water that i had to put in!
Because of this i can't see anyone below the age of a teenager who will be able to fathom it out and i feel it may be slightly too easy for an adult.
Viva Pinata is kind of left in video game limbo.
The xbox live features are a novel idea but in essence barely scratch the surface. You are able to package up your "unique" Pinata's and send them to your friends as gifts (or to show off) and that is it.
To summarise the game is a welcome distraction but i think i have sunk about 5 hours of my time into it and then has just stayed on the shelf gathering dust.
My daughter (who is 5) got bored in about half an hour and hasn't given it a 2nd look since.
My verdict 6/10
The land of the piñatas is a beautiful one, full of bright colours and breathtaking sounds which are sure to please all of your senses. The game is works on so many levels. The young will enjoy the cute characters interacting with each other and are sure to be entertained for hours by just carrying out simple tasks. The old will become addicted with creating the best garden to attract the most enticing piñatas, like the rare Elephanilla or the adorable Quackberry. Its simplicity is part of its charm, with the controls and the menus allowing you to quickly tame your garden. The only worrying aspect of the game is how emotionally attached you find yourself to your piñatas. The game allows you to name and get to know each species charms. This then makes it so much harder to watch as a species higher in the food chain takes a liking to them. Overall this isn't just a game; it's an amazing experience which I challenge anybody not to enjoy!
I was so excited to play this game when it first came out and my boyfriend got it so I could have a go.
The images portrayed on the front of the game look so fun and colourful I thought the game would be really amazing and fun to play. However, after about five minutes of playing the game i was frustrated.
It took me a while to actually understand what I had to do - even after reading the instructions. The PEGI rating 3+ makes me feel rather idiotic because I couldn't even grasp what was going on!!
The characters however, are cute and funny. Once I got the hang of things I was then being constantly interrupted by the voice over telling you about the characters etc in the most annoying voice in the world.
To be honest, the game probably suits the youngsters but I found it difficult to work the game. The game play is not so good and there isn't a significant story line.
Viva Pi±ata, the latest innovative gaming experience from leading U.K.-based developer Rare Ltd., invites gamers to create an immersive world where living pi±atas inhabit an ever-changing environment. Beginning with a few basic tools, players build and take control of this environment, using their creativity and imagination to attract, protect and manage over 60 different pi±ata species that can visit their world and make it their home. Utilizing hundreds of customizable elements, players can create a unique pi±ata paradise.