gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The first Viva Pinata was an unexpected favorite of mine, so this was a sure hit for me. Although this one seems to baby the player early on, it's acceptable as the games target audience is obviously at an age where some help is appreciated. The advice it gives is helpful, but past players will likely ignore when possible. One noticeably change is the garden size is upgraded much faster, which allows for better gardens early on. The cooperative play is a great additioni, but the mini games seem like another attempt at a party game. My advice for Rare is to stick to the garden and give me some downloadable pinatas.
Trouble in Paradise is a great sequel to the first Viva game, and lets not talk about Party Animals. You do not need to have played the first game to play VP:TiP, and no you can use any thing from the first game in this one.
What I like: New pinatas and new requirements for many of the old ones keep the game play new. New features like the ability to use the bumpers to jump to a given pinata or plant. Multiplayer modes Co-op, system link, and XBL also have added great enjoyment for my family. And how many great new games hit the market at under $40?
What I don't like: Camera control is a bit dizzying in local co-op mode, I would have rather have seen them use a split screen, but this is not a deal breaker.
Pester plays a larger roll in the game, and this is a good thing for the game story line, but will prove to be frustrating for many, as old items that worked in the first game do not keep him out of the garden this time.
Check out the xbox forums for help and questions, and my guide on pinata/plant requirements.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
this game is similar to the first one but much more exciting new cute pinatas more options it's a little harder than the first one i love that they have added a sandbox mode for casual or younger players i think this one was worth the wait i love all the new options that are offered definately worth buing