Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise DS

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2008
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
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  1. Krypter
    Oct 29, 2008
    6
    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 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. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#90 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#22 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Games Master UK
    85
    Pocket Paradise's brilliant control scheme elevates it well beyond the original's greatness. [Oct 2008, p.71]
  2. Edge Magazine
    70
    If Pocket Paradise makes you want to throw it against something, though, it’s only because it succeeds in making gardening compulsive. [Oct 2008, p.96]
  3. It's still a bit too complex to work as a kids' game (for that you might be better with the 360 sequel's co-op mode, where you can pick up a second pad and offer a helping hand), but for everybody else it comes highly recommended.