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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 aNow 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
Score distribution:
  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. 90
    Even without some of its improvements, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise would be a solid sequel, but the more user-friendly gameplay, online features, and variety make it better in nearly every way.
  3. If you loved the first one, this sequel will sure keep you busy and entertained for a long time. Still on the fence? Rent it but give it a serious look this time around, it’s a far better game.
  4. Life is pleasant in Pinata Island, and this time it’s even better. Rare took the garden-pinata-simulator and upgraded it at every possible level: better visuals, more creatures, a great coop mode, and several new features to decorate our place. With a much better tutorial at the beginning and the incredible Pinata Vision, Trouble in Paradise is the best simulator for Xbox 360, and everyone can enjoy it thanks to its simplicity.
  5. 80
    Despite some irritating design elements, Trouble in Paradise is a fun game that retains the charm of the first Viva Pinata. It's sort of like trying to hit an actual pinata while wearing a blindfold-you'll be frustrated at points but it's still pretty awesome.
  6. 80
    Viva Pinata 2 doesn't bring anything revolutionary to the table as a sequel, but it does fix most of the first game's problems and add some features that many felt should have been in the first game to begin with.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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 WarDespite 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. ProfessorThis 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 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 expansionIt 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 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 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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