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5170 ratings

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GF Rating

Very Good

Fun and Painful at the same time

posted by Kenitsu (PALM BAY, FL) Dec 6, 2006

Member since Jan 2004

6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful

This game is definitely fun. My 7 year old daughter can't get enough of it. The first few level increases go smoothly, but as it progresses it gets a bit crowded and confusing. There are so many new pinatas around and so little space after level 9 that it is just short of chaos. But working out these types of problems for some reason isn't without entertainment value. Great for your inner sadist.

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GF Rating

Very Good

Fun for everyone.

posted by IamtheStig (PORT RICHEY, FL) Dec 31, 2006

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Member since Dec 2006

24 out of 31 gamers (77%) found this review helpful

My daughter is 5. I bought this for her for Christmas. We are having a blast playing this.

While we are in the early stages of this game, there is a ton of stuff to see and do, I would be willing to bet at some point this is going to peak and it will become same-old-same-old, But in the meantime it is really fum and looks great.

I would recommend it if you are going to play it with your kids.(not if you are an adult, It will bore you)

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Very Good

I'm on the fence.

posted by Sneaky (LITTLETON, CO) Nov 21, 2006

Member since Feb 2005

12 out of 15 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

I've played this game for a week now and I'm still not for sure if I like it or could recommend it to anyone. It really has to be played to be understood and even then, I'm not for sure you will understand it. That said, I have no intention of sending it back anytime soon.

From what I've played, the basic idea is to collect as many different cute pinatas as you want, try to make them happy, breed them, keep them safe and have fun along the way. You grow various plants and animals to attract more species to live in your garden. Along the way, the game sends you challenges to overcome, like evil pinatas called sours, which create trouble for your garden in a variety of ways.

My biggest complaint is that the game feels like it doesn't have any direction or goals. You have to figure everything out as you go along. So, there are a lot of times where you don't know what to do next and you just sit there observing everything. About the time you are getting ready to stop playing and put it in the envelope, something happens and the game gives you a reason to keep playing. Whether its a new pinata visiting your garden or you find a seed laying around to plant. I'm starting to "get it" and I'm able to do things on my own without the game prompting me. I think that’s why I'm not loosing interest in playing, yet.

I think there are people who would really get into this game. I'm really sucked in mainly because of the sytle and the laid back gameplay. There aren't too many games for the 360 where you can just sit on the couch, have a drink and relax while playing. It’s a really good contrast to a heavy night of blowing stuff up or racing.

Personally, I'm not for sure how long I'll keep playing it, but as of now, I'm hooked and I have no idea why. This game is the perfect example of why I have Gamefly. I never would have bought this in a store, but I'm having a blast playing it, at least for now.



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