posted by DharmaBum (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) Dec 17, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Viva Pinata: Party Animals is great at what it was meant to do: entertain you and/or your kids for about 15-30 minutes at a time. It is adorable, fun and quick. This is not as terrible as so many other people are making it out to be, and there really isn't a quality mini-game collection for the 360 that compares to it, especially since Fusion Frenzy 2 was such a disappointment.
Viva Pinata failed to sell well because the game looked like it was marketed to young children, but was actually way too complex for them. This is the game that should have come out first. Party Animals is great G-rated entertainment for 5-6 year olds, and the original Viva Pinata would be better suited for kids between 9-12.
With its bright colors, energetic music, and fun atmosphere, along with simple gameplay mechanics that anyone can jump into, I can't recommend Viva Pinata enough. Well, I can't recommend it enough for parents of young children, or for childless 20-somethings who enjoy the occasional Disney movie or episode of Spongebob like myself.
If you're only into really deep, hardcore games, you aren't going to like this. And that's okay, everyone has different tastes. But that certainly doesn't mean that Rare has created a lackluster game - Viva Pinata: Party Animals is every bit as much an unfortunately overlooked jewel as Conker's Bad Fur Day, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and the original Viva Pinata.
gamers (79%) found this review helpful
This is a decent game, to be honest. Anyone over the age of 12 will probably get bored within the first hour, but really, this game is targeted for kids. The basic idea is that you and up to 3 friends play a variety of different little mini-games to earn points. The whole thing is presented kind of like a game show with announcers and the whole nine yards. You get points for how well you do in each event, and there's a running total to show who has the most points overall.
The mini-games range from simple racing to seeing who can stomp on the most insects or who can blow a sailboat across the water using the power of a soda-fueled belch. It's presented well and the graphics are nice and crisp. It certainly hits the target audience better than the original Viva Pinata which was just a little too hardcore for the youngsters.
Basically, if you are looking for a game your kids can play or something that you could actually play with them, this is a good choice. It's all very simplistic and fairly easy to control and understand. If you are looking for a good party game and most of the players are not hardcore gamers, this might suit your needs as well. Anyone else that doesn't fit those above categories will probably not be very entertained, at least not for very long, by this game.
So, I can't fault the game for not being fun for me because it's not targeted at me, but I also can't really give it high marks because there are other games out there that actually can be fun for all ages. This game just didn't hit that mark. A solid 7 for me.
Viva pinata: Party Animals is sort of like Mario party. It's all mini-games, and the 360 achievements are very easy to unlock. Although, I could not get a game for the online play because there isnt enough people playing online. It's definently worth a rent.