Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 87
    The game is so charming that the gameplay doesn’t feel particularly repetitive. The visual style is gorgeous, the ‘romance dance’ for each type of piñata is clever and imaginative, and there’s some great music here too, in a range of styles that won’t have you reaching for the mute button any time soon.
  2. Viva Pinata is a very deep and rich game. This review has touched on only small parts of the overall experience.
  3. A tight, gorgeous-looking game. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  4. The complexity of micromanaging the land, meeting the needs social and mating needs of piñatas, and gaining experience for future upgrades may be too much for some kids to keep up with. Older gamers, on the other hand, will find the game greatly surpasses standard kid fare.
  5. One of the better sandbox games in existence. [Jan 2008, p.70]
  6. 82
    It’s a creative experience that requires plenty of problem solving in a pretty unique and gentle setting. Yes, animals do eat each other (well, they break each other and eat the candy inside) and mate, but overall, it’s one of the highest quality family friendly titles out on the market.
  7. Don't let its sweet face fool you. This gardening game's no little weed, even if it's not the prettiest flower around. [Feb 2008, p.108]
  8. More elegance in the interface, fewer lulls in activity and a better way of gently directing you towards its hidden delights would have carried the score higher, but even with its flaws Viva Piñata is a game that deserves to be played and refreshes your belief that games can be friendly as well as fun.
  9. The overriding feeling you'll get from Viva Piñata is one of depth.
  10. Viva Pinata is not perfect, as there are some control problems that get annoying and stability problems, but worth a look from PC gamers looking to get a hold of something a little different.
  11. Easy gameplay and cute piñatas equals some fun family entertainment. While the port is a bit shoddy, Viva Piñata for PC is an excellent game for all ages.
  12. Equally as good on PC as it is on the Xbox 360. You’ll have trouble tearing the kids away from it, let alone yourself.
  13. 80
    If only Microsoft could have exercised a bit more of the gardener's patience and attention to detail, Viva Pinata could have been a bumper crop of gaming goodness.
  14. While the Windows for Live process has been poorly implemented across the board for these new Microsoft PC titles, the addictive nature of Viva Piñata will delight people of all ages and keep you pecking away at the keyboard to mate your newly acquired species of Piñata.
  15. The PC version of Viva Piñata is every bit as enjoyable as the Xbox 360 original, assuming your system is one that it chooses to run on.
  16. The repetition of tasks and subjectivity of the objectives noticed on the console version is unfortunately retained here.
  17. Innovative and fun, yet has plenty of depth even for older gamers.
  18. It might not be as grandiose a job other things that sim fans may have had experience with, but it's a unique change of pace that they may want to try out.
  19. Pumping out the necessary number of piñatas to earn Master Romancer and other serious rewards should keep even the most experienced gamers busy and sedated for a good week.
  20. Crashes booted me to the desktop a dozen times. And a save corruption resulted in the loss of a level-17 garden and my last shred of patience. [Feb 2008, p.83]

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