• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. As a Viva Piñata first timer, I was totally at home right from the start. The game is pure, well-paced fun, with a great deal of variation and customization available.
  2. Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise is anything but a loveless port. If you loved the 360 version then you'll love this, despite the drop in graphical quality.
  3. The introduction of stylus controls makes for a far simpler experience, the presentation is spot on and the challenge is balanced enough for players of all ages.
  4. Supremely addictive and utterly charming, Viva Piñata ranks as an absolutely essentially DS purchase.
  5. 90
    Overall, it is a fun game. Kids may need help from parents for reading. Other than that, anyone at any age can enjoy this game.
  6. 90
    The visuals may not delight to quite to the same degree as the 360 version, and the view can be a little close-up at times, but new features like wi-fi animal trading, the interface, and of course the icon-based menus that are much more intuitive, make for an experience that can hold its own against the original title and will hopefully attract a few new players to the series too.
  7. This is Rare back at their best. Original, absurd and utterly addictive, Viva Pinata is a riot. [Oct 2008, p.90]
  8. It’s one of the most appropriate titles on the DS, both in terms of control and overall experience. A definite must-buy.
  9. 89
    It's a beautifully polished product and the ease of interaction immediately places this DS version miles ahead of its rather cumbersome console predecessor.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Krypter
    Oct 29, 2008
    A fun little game but nothing spectacular. The graphics are very crude, just very-low-rez polygons and would have benefited from a more 2D sprite approach. The gameplay is good, with interesting things happening all the time, but it's a bit frenetic. The storyline, as such, is minimal and most of it is spent teaching you the basics of the game. Collecting all the necessary bits to make your garden attractive to new pinatas can be a pain sometimes, since seeds and other items are not clearly marked nor are pinata requirements all that obvious until you've memorized all the game elements. However, it's still a good game for people with a strong collector's instinct. Full Review »