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  • Summary: Viva Pinata is a customizable, social and spontaneous game that invites players of all ages and skills to explore an immersive world where they are challenged to create and maintain a living garden ecosystem that grows in real time. Beginning with a few basic tools, players build and takeViva Pinata is a customizable, social and spontaneous game that invites players of all ages and skills to explore an immersive world where they are challenged to create and maintain a living garden ecosystem that grows in real time. Beginning with a few basic tools, players build and take control of their environment to attract and host more than 60 species of wild pinata, utilizing hundreds of customizable elements to create their very own distinctively unique thriving paradise. Viva Pinata gameplay continues to evolve with new content available via the Xbox Live service and the ability to play, trade and interact with more than 2 million gamers via the online service. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. The most surprising part about Viva Piñata is that once you've gained higher levels of experience, you keep them. Even if you start a new garden. Which means you carry over all you coins and all the items you've unlocked during the course of your previous gardens, so you don't have to start that all over again. Killer!
  2. At the end of the day, if you’re willing to dismiss Viva Pinata on the basis that it looks a bit kiddy, then you’re kidding yourself out of a fantastic adventure that has already shaken Rare to its roots, thanks to the departure of two of its three founding members after poor sales of this game. Shame on you, shame on you.
  3. 90
    Rare has certainly recaptured its former glory itself here, and in producing one of the most misunderstood games of the year, it has also produced on one of the finest in its history, and certainly one of the most intriguing on 360.
  4. It’s one of the most unique strategy/sim titles to appear on a console in recent memory, and fans of those genres should definitely consider giving it a look, however old they are.
  5. A Mallowolf in Goobaa's clothing; killer fun masquerading as a crappy cartoon tie-in.
  6. Games Master UK
    80
    It's an acquired taste but Rare have created something unique and massively fun. [Christmas 2006, p.82]
  7. netjak
    62
    The premise behind Viva Piñata is solid, but irritating gameplay and sound issues hindered the overall execution. What could have been a true classic ends up being a remarkably average game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. KaylaB.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    Its genius! and so unique! Thats a good game!!
  2. Jan 26, 2012
    10
    Viva Pinata is possibly the best, if not one of the best, life simulation games of all times. Conjuring up cuteness that The Sims could neverViva Pinata is possibly the best, if not one of the best, life simulation games of all times. Conjuring up cuteness that The Sims could never handle, the graphics and animations are fluid and vibrant, and the mating dance is always a spectacle. The controls are simple and easy to use, but hard to master. Combine that with some helpful tips and a range of pinatas to bring into your garden, and you end up with a gem of a video game. If you're sick of all the shooters and hack-n-slash games, and you feel the need for some relaxing, full of depth gameplay, purchase this video game. Expand
  3. Andyman
    Dec 2, 2006
    9
    The mark of a truly great game is its ability to make you enjoy a genre you normally wouldn't go near. Viva Pinata has a completely The mark of a truly great game is its ability to make you enjoy a genre you normally wouldn't go near. Viva Pinata has a completely addicting combination of laid-back gameplay and beyond bizarre visual elements. It's a very original game, and one that keeps you coming back just to see what wackiness awaits. Minus 1 point for a slightly clunky control scheme, otherwise it's perfect. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    I really laughed a lot after hearing that ViVa Pinata was getting a game adaptation .So yeah, I underestimated a game because of it's goofyI really laughed a lot after hearing that ViVa Pinata was getting a game adaptation .So yeah, I underestimated a game because of it's goofy concept. It turns out the game was quite addicting, everything to the charming graphics, cute animals and endearing world it's an instant victory for VP. Fun and addicting, nothing more defines this game . Expand
  5. RedXIII
    Dec 30, 2006
    8
    Fun, a very nice welcome from the other ultra-violent titles out now. The graphics are nice, gameplay is simple and easy to pick up, I Fun, a very nice welcome from the other ultra-violent titles out now. The graphics are nice, gameplay is simple and easy to pick up, I applaud the effort to make something truly unique and different. A very fun game if you are looking for something entirely different then any other game out there. On the down side some of the camera angles are a little annoying (you cant zoom out that far), which makes it hard to find what your looking for sometimes. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    8
    I didn't think I would like this game, as I never really thought I could get into life simulator games, but this proved to be a highlyI didn't think I would like this game, as I never really thought I could get into life simulator games, but this proved to be a highly enjoyable and addictive experience, it's all very charming, it's easy to learn, and has a lot of reasons to come back, from multiple pinatas to collect, and many challenges to complete, and it's also a blast to just decorate your garden, and it's always fun to find out new ways to lure pinatas into living in your garden, it's not to grownup for kids, and not to childish for adults, it's a game that any gamer can enjoy, provided they can put down the ultra violent games, and respect this for it's more peaceful nature, my only complaints are that there are moments where you will have nothing to do while waiting for a certain pinata or challenge to show up or waiting on plants to grow so you can have enough coins to buy the items you need, and it would have been nice to be able to move you buildings and other items around after you placed them, and sometimes without warning my pinatas just disappeared, once I saved my game came back and one of my pinatas was gone, and another time right in the middle of the romance mini-game my pinata instantly disappeared, and my other pinata was just frozen in my garden, but even with those flaws I found myself still coming back and having an enjoyable time, an enjoyable game no matter what your age group. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2012
    0
    Me parece un juego lamentable, basado en dar palazos en la tierra para arreglar un jardin y quitar basura... en dos palabras, muy malo. CreoMe parece un juego lamentable, basado en dar palazos en la tierra para arreglar un jardin y quitar basura... en dos palabras, muy malo. Creo que es un juego para niños o con poco criterio en la vida. Expand

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