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Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise (Xbox 360)

Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise (Xbox 360)

The original Viva Pinata was incredibly popular in certain circles and people are still playing it today. It was a game people rarely sat on the fence about… you either loved or loathed it and if you are one of the former, then you will be already toning up your gardening skills in anticipation of the followup ‘Trouble In Paradise’.

Surprisingly Trouble In Paradise is very similar in content to the first game and while this is sure to appeal to fans of the original, it seems slightly underwhelming when you first fire it up.

You have to travel Pinata Island moving your cursor over stretches of landscape while altering the ratio of land to water, as well as ice and snow. During this time the native creatures of Pinata appear, from holes, caves, drainpipes and ponds to judge if your garden is suitable enough to live in. Yes in this game you are basically a glorified gardener.

This all sounds simple, and in practise it is, however after a while the game is beautifully, yet strangely addictive, you just don’t want to put it down. The attraction comes from the long term play when you start to unlock collectables and rare Pinata creatures using a hard to find flower seed or tree spout.

Fans of the original title will be overjoyed to hear that the new title delves into this on a deeper level and offers much more. There are 32 more Pinatas to play with and they are scattered around the interactive zones such as Dessert Desert and Icy Pinarctic. You can now pour ice and sand into your garden to change the environment and attract different breeds of Pinata.  

Standard mode is the meat of the title, this is a story driven experience and you are introduced to the fact that all the Pinata inhabitants have lost their knowledge due to evil doings by the malicious Professor Pester and his band of rogues. Obviously in a context like this, the bad guys are still ‘cute’ in their own way so your attention won’t often be focused in their direction. Young kids will find it all wonderfully entralling, but older gamers will be too addicted to the core gameplay to probably even notice !

The Just For Fun and multiplayer modes are entertaining and great additions to the game. In Just for Fun you are given access to a Bill Gates style bank account with fully upgraded tools and land area as well as receiving all the items available. Most of the options in the menus are also available and the whole premise of this mode is to let you jump in and start gardening immediately.  You also are given a training stick which is a tool to let you teach the Pinatas to perform tricks or stunts on command. Younger kids are sure to lose themselves in this aspect for a long time !

The joys of this mode are that you don’t have to deal with sour Pinatas and you have a much easier task of attracting new Pinatas to your garden and playing around with the items in the village store. Downsides (to keep people still playing the main game mode) are that you can’t get achievements in this mode and you aren’t allowed to get access to all the Pinata’s that are available in the game.

Creature breeding is dealt with in the same way as the first game in the series, you don’t get to see anything remotely naughty, but are presented instead with a little love dance or an excursion into a nest.

Multiplayer has been altered slightly. Now two offline players can independently work on the same garden with the second player having access to a wider variety of tool upgrades and abilities such as healing any sick Pinatas. The first player is still restricted to whatever they have uncovered up to the point of single player mode. The four player online mode is also entertaining however I found it equally frustrating with three other people messing up my gardening ideas !

The graphics are much the same as before and there are no problems on this front, they are wonderfully coloured, attractive and appealing across a wide range of age groups. The menu system was something I was never happy with and unfortunately Rare have not overhauled this clunky and unintuitive interface. More times than enough you will find yourself in layer and layer of menu wondering how you get to the place you need to go. There are some improvements however, the journal system has been improved and the cursor movement is faster and there is now finally welcome support for hotkeys.

All in all however Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise offers a great gaming experience for people of all ages and unless these kind of games have no attraction at all then I am certain you will get something positive from playing . Granted it is not really bringing much new to the table, but it is a fine sequel which enhances and improves upon the original. Well worth a look.




Very addictive and the hours just vanish before you know it.


Very attractive and stylish with a lot of personality, just what you need for creating a game based on virtual creatures!


Some great orchestral music and the ambient noises are attractive.

You will playing this a long time with all the creatures and unlockables.
(not an average)

Very appealing, go on give it a try !

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Stuart Davidson

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