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This review is from: Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (Xbox 360) (Video Game)Viva Pinata is an amazing game. When people say 'dont be put off by the childish appearance' take their word for it. Its a colourful game, but by no means soley aimed at a younger audience. The games title 'trouble in paradise' should be a clue. A sexual innuendo in the title for a kids game is a little nod to older gamers, brothers and sister, mums and dads that will have to watch their kids playing this game (and secretly sneaking a go on the Xbox at 2am). Its also a hint at the sense of humour Rare have. It is a very intelligent game.
There is alot to do in Viva Pinata. It is hopelessly addictive. It has many levels of enjoyment. From just looking at how pretty the graphics are, to geting your green fingers dirty with some pretty hardcore management sim gameplay.
Managing your garden is so relaxing you just melt away. planting seeds, tending to your pinata. It is such a glorious waste of time.
It really is like one glorious drug trip. I spent hours of my life slumped infront of the TV, quite literally 'Chasing the Dragon' with the first game (a dragon being the rarest pinata). And the second one has much more to do.
Its one of those games where you will say 'Just five more minutes'. Then you spend the next three hours just planting seeds, watering plants, digging ponds, breeding pinata, harvesting your produce and other 'two minute tasks' that all combine into a night of time down the drain. Its another world in that garden and its very easy to loose yourself!
Some of the more challenging aspects of this game aren't aimed at children either. Attracting rare pinata and discovering secrets is difficult, time consuming and sometimes frustrating. It has a good balance though, some easy stuff for kids early on, but it can also be very rewarding for older more experienced gamers who want to rinse out all the game has to offer. It really is a game of experimentation and discovery that I think won't be fully appreciated by younger gamers alone.
Overall a very rewarding game full of things to discover. Most young children will only scratch the surfice of this deeply enjoyable experience. Only gamers Patient and curious enough (and man enough to express their love for pinata) will get the most out of this game.