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  • Summary: Now with full cooperative and online gameplay modes, the Viva Pinata franchise opens its doors even wider with a new game that provides hours of fun for gamers of all ages, fans of the animated series and animal lovers alike. Family members and friend now can share in the joy of creating a garden by simply plugging in an extra controller. The second player has access to all tools, actions and activities, but he or she also can collect magic by helping. Player two can spend magic by tinkering items, healing a sick pinata or filling a pinata candiosity meter. It's a new way to play. Trouble in Paradise also offers a vast level of customization within your main garden. Now, along with planting grass, trees and flowers, and digging ponds and lakes, players can place sand and snow in their garden to make exotic species of piñata feel more at home. Players also can choose to enhance their garden with themed object packs - make your garden into a space center, a pirate cove or a haunted graveyard. Buy objects to change the weather, or new toys for your piñata to play with. You have total freedom to create any kind of paradise you want! Thirty-two new species of pinata can run, crawl, fly and swim into your garden. Large, small, fierce and cute, the new pinatas will join all your favorites for thriving activity throughout your garden. Among these new species are sour piñatas that will infiltrate and wreak havoc in the garden. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 54 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. 100
    If you hated the original, Trouble in Paradise isn't going to change your opinion. If, however, you somehow missed out completely on the piñata party the first time around, I implore you to check it out now -- it's certainly much deeper and more addictive than its playful visuals would lead you to believe.
  2. Some people might be surprised by the high score given to this game. However, when you look at the whole package, you have a second game in a series that brings improved gameplay, better graphics, and many additional features—all for a lovely $39.99 retail price point.
  3. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is – quite embarrassingly – one of the best titles I have played this year.
  4. Trouble in Paradise is a really interesting sequel to the already remarkable Viva Piñata, although we were expecting more new features. The only excellent characteristic that Rare have added this time is the online multiplayer option, a fantastic addition that will allow us to help others with their gardens and the other way around. An addition that might not be that tempting for the occasional piñata caretaker, but certainly it will be essential for the most enthusiastic players.
  5. The whole is deep, compelling, personal and capable of so much incidental humour and charm.
  6. Addressing virtually every complaint we levelled at the first game, the stronger structure, more developed concepts, and extra features undoubtedly make for a better game, but we suspect it's a game that will only really appeal to fans of the original.
  7. Unfortunately the final experience feels exclusively created for folk stuck in a confined area with a lot of spare time on their hands and few other recreational options. Like, say, in prison.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Feb 3, 2013
    10
    Despite its cutesy look,which is utterly charming,there's a hardcore sim underneath the surface to rival the likes of the Total War series.There's a hundred hours of absolutely addictive gameplay here that never plays the same way twice and will certainly remain in my top ten games for the long,long time.P.S-Keep a journal for your next playthrough.A must have. Expand
  2. juanchom.
    Sep 4, 2008
    10
    this game is as fun as entertaining, it has a good design, well-done graphics and easy-to-learn controllers.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    This game is brilliant. Just For Fun eases new player into Pinata island and normal gardening mode will challenge the veterans. Professor Pester and his ruffians makes your gardening more of a handful. I really don't understand how anybody could rate this lower than eight? A must-have Expand
  4. ThomasG.
    Aug 28, 2008
    8
    Trouble in paradise may not be a revolution compared to Viva Pinata 1, but it definitely is an evolution. Enriched by online multiplayer functions, interesting usage of pinata cam to get new pinatas into your garden - Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is a very deep simulation that may aliante Simulation enthusiasts because of the graphic style, but it definitely is fun and provides hours of fun gameplay. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2012
    8
    It is more or less the exact same game as the first one, just with improvements and additions. Making it feel more like a large expansion pack, than a new game. But even so, those improvements are good, and replaying a game I enjoyed the first time is great. I would score it higher, as it does deserve it, but due to the lack of innovation I can't. Overall: Still as good as the original, perhaps even better. But the lack of original content is really it's only criticism. Expand
  6. RobH
    Sep 7, 2008
    8
    If you haven't played VIva Pinata, this is your chance to see what all the excitement is about. If you *have* played Viva Pinata, you may be disappointed to find this feels more like an expansion than a true sequel. Yes, they've added some stuff, but the general gameplay experience is exactly the same. (Of course, the same might be said of Halo 2 or NHL '09, so take that as you will.) The minigames and artic/desert areas are woefully underdeveloped; one gets the impression they had more in mind but ran into a time limit. Expand
  7. Sarah
    Sep 10, 2008
    6
    The single player mode kept too many things from the first game, you feel deja vu romancing all the creatures and finding the variants that were there the first time around. There are some new animals and plants but there is not enough new material here to get excited about. The XBL achievements are not nearly as cool as the first game either. Expand

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