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  • Summary: Viva Piñata is a wacky, zany, and anything-can-happen comedy series that answers the question, for the first time ever, “Where do Piñatas come from?” In a lush environment on Piñata Island, a multitude of happy, colorful Piñatas live the sweet life, frolicking, dancing and filling themselves up with the most delicious goodies a child could ever want! Then they eagerly await the glorious day when they are ‘chosen’ by the Piñata Factory to attend birthday parties, and special celebrations all over the world, bringing joy, treats and tons o’ fun to kids of all ages. It’s no wonder that wherever the Piñatas go, they’re the life of the party. Viva Piñata is a window to fantastical world full of wild-roaming Piñata. Players choose from hundreds of elements to customize heir world in order to attract piñatas, foster good relationships among the 60+ piñata, and navigate the conflicts and dangers that threaten to break them open. [Microsoft] Expand
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. A tight, gorgeous-looking game. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  3. One of the better sandbox games in existence. [Jan 2008, p.70]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. BobBob
    Nov 26, 2007
    This game was the greatest game I've ever played I mean being a pinyata and going around and being beast.
  2. GekooktEi
    Jan 24, 2008
    This is kind of a failed LocoRoco/Patapon/LittleBigPlanet, which all have FUN childish gameplay, but this game just sucks if you ask me. the only funny thing is the idea... Collapse