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Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise


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Very Good

Filled With Fun

posted by Droppo (MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA) Sep 6, 2008

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Member since Dec 2006

49 out of 54 gamers (91%) found this review helpful

At first glance Viva Pinata T.I.P. looks like more of the same, but at closer examination, you will find a noticably deeper game, some improved graphics, much needed timesaving improvements, and a lot of new tricks up its sleeve.

There are now ice and desert areas that you can shift to without losing your normal garden area. You are actually only going to these different climates to trap and bring back new pinatas to your usual garden area. Some pinatas can only be found out there, and there are quite a few new additions to the pinata roster. Right from the start, they get you with the cute ladybug pinata, but delve further into the game and you will find yaks, polar bears, vultures, scarab beetles, and penguins. So far, it looks like all of the old pinatas are represented again in this new game.

The graphics are similar, but there is a new coat of paint added to the game engine this time around. Water shimmers much better, there is a softer look to all the vibrant colors, and new environmental details are everywhere.

The best part of all: they have seriously streamlined the gameplay as well. You don't have to sit there with a shovel for thirty minutes preparing your garden whenever you begin a new one. The earth is soft and ready for you to get started. Time is saved in digging out a pond as well. You can set where you want all of the corners to be and then just hit the dig button. Voila! Your pond, she is dug.

One thing that seems shockingly missing to us is the intro movie and song that went with it from the first Viva Pinata. That was a huge part of the fun of the game for us. Sometimes we would turn it on just to laugh at the intro and not even play the game.

I'm not sure how many kids are actually playing this game, but they would be able to do most things fairly easily and have fun with it. Adults would be able to dig a lot deeper into the gameplay though, and I think it really works better for an adult. A very silly adult...

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Very Good

Enjoyable family fun with depth for mature gamers

posted by teddaw (CORALVILLE, IA) Oct 9, 2008

Member since Sep 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I think the thing I like the most about both Viva games is that they are simply fun to play. Trouble in Paradise simply adds more variety to an already great game (original pinata). I also think most gamers shy away from such a family oriented game thinking it wont be challenging, but it really has a great difficulty curve that can press adult gamers too. I find myself thinking a lot during this game and find that planning my next garden renovation to maximize rewards per unit time is a welcome change of pace to the semi-mindless twitch type shooters I normally play. Overall a game the whole family can enjoy.

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posted by IDAHODUB (PORTLAND, OR) Sep 11, 2008

Member since Feb 2007

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The first Viva Pinata was amazing, yet it had it's flaws. When VP Party Animals came out I was extremely dissapointed. Well Microsoft has made a Bigger and Better Viva Pinata with Trouble in Paradise.

The Game is amazing. There are more pinatas, so many different things that you can feed your pinatas to change them, and more gardens! It's an all around great game. It's definatelty a MUST RENT and at $40 NEW and gamefly's awesome keep it prices I would even say just buy it.

Hands down a GREAT GAME!

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