Viva Pinata

Action/Adventure Game Retail - Xbox 360 - English - MPN: S7500095
Product Details
Description
Viva Pinata is a window to another world where wild-roaming, living pinata animals inhabit a growing, changing garden world. Take control of this environment and the pinata within it, influencing its contents to create your very own pet paradise. Once you have resident pinatas, begin to personalize your loyal community. Pinatas can be individually named and given their own personally designed tag to put on display as a declaration of their home turf. The customization does not end there. Make the colorful critters more distinctive by customizing them with all kinds of costumes and accessories.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Expert Reviews
Viva Pinata
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 24, 2006

WARNING: Playing Viva Pinata in the company of your buddies may result in thorough ridicule and insults. I learned this the hard way when I first inserted the game into my Xbox 360. After a wild week of Gears of War, the gameplay of Viva Pinata was not as welcomed to our household as I expected. So I did the rational thing and began looking for new roommates. Simply put, Viva Pinata is NOT just a game for kids. Sure, Microsoft has employed the services of 4Kids Entertainment to create a new animated series based on the game. And yes, giving characters names like Fizzlybear and Fudgehog doesn’t induce feelings of masculinity and boldness.

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Viva Pinata
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

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Great orignal title
5 Star Review   By member cavalry12 - Dec 15, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp cartoony graphics Involved gameplay Tons of things to do.

Weakness: Gameplay might be too complex for youngsters.

Rare has put out yet another original title which sets it apart from all other generic games. Even though the cartoony graphics bode the appearance of a kid's game, this is definitely one of those titles that adults will appreciate with a sim-like appeal.

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Viva Pinata
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Jun 2, 2007   

Strengths: Gorgeous graphics, addictive gameplay, one of the few excellent family games for the 360

Weakness: Can be somewhat difficult in later stages for children, should have ability to send crates to family members

I had heard good things about this game for a while and when I finally got a 360 this was one of the first games I popped in. When you start the game you are given a small plot of land that must be cleared. As soon as you do this your first Pinata (a Whirlm, which is, uh, a worm) shows up. Soon after you will end up with a few more types. For each of the over 60 pinatas in the game, there are four levels of engagement with them. The first is for it to appear at all in the game. At this point you will see a black and white version of the pinata strolling around just outside of your square garden area surveying your landscape and plantings. The second level is for it to visit your garden. Now you can select it and see what it wants to become a resident in your garden. When the requirements are met for residency they become colorful and will stay within your garden. At that point, you can work on the final set of requirements - those for "romance". This is the kid-friendly term for breeding. You romance two pinatas to get an egg. The egg hatches into a baby pinata of the same type and then soon goes into a cocoon to turn into an adult. The romancing is accompanied by a minigame where you must get one pinata to the other in a 2D maze with various obstacles in a limited time - of course, these mazes get harder with the higher-level pinata. The requirements for the pinatas vary wildly. Some will want a bunch of grass, while others will want lots of water. Some will want to eat certain plants, others will want to eat certain pinatas. Nearly all of them will have 3 or 4 different requirements for each of the stages. It is not possible to attract all the pinatas with a single garden layout, so you will have to constantly alter it to collect them all. Fortunately you can start up multiple gardens and work on collecting them in each one (with your money and level-acquired items shared between the two). As you do anything substantial in the game, such as attract a Pinata for a visit or grow a plant to maturity, you gain experience and, much like a role playing game, you will gain levels. Some of the pinatas simply don't appear until you hit a certain level. Also, plants and other items won't appear in the shop until you reach a certain level. You will also obtain upgraded shovels and watering cans which end up saving you some time and hassle in the latter parts of the game. To keep you on your toes, there are bad guys that will appear regularly. These come in the form of Sour Pinatas and various ruffians. The sour pinatas will all do different things to annoy you - some will eat eggs while others will cause your pinata to fight amongst themselves. They all cough up sour candy which makes your pinatas sick if they eat it. The ruffians cause general trouble (like filling in your ponds). The key is to find out how to tame each sour pinata and turn it into a normal resident. Once that happens, the sour type will no longer appear. The requirements for some of the rarer pinata are pretty complicated for small children to handle. But the beauty of the game is that they can play however they like, and they will almost certainly see a good portion of the pinatas anyway. The "hardcore" gamer can really concentrate on the details and collect (or at least make resident at one point since you can't have them all in your garden at once) all of them. My kids were content for a while just to have a garden full of Whilms. The "do anything" aspect is enhanced by the ability to purchase random items for the garden (as decorations) and also accessories for the pinata themselves to wear (and some of these are required for romancing of some pinatas). While this is a great game for the family, it is lacking one minor feature that would have made it even better. You have the ability to send crates to people on Xbox Live with up to 5 of any item (be it a seed, garden decoration, or pinata). This is a great feature but it has two flaws. For one, I was unable to send my won (who also had a Gold Live account) a crate. It turns out children are not allowed to receive crates. This seems odd as you are required to approve each friend on their list as it is (I was the only person on his friend's list). That would be OK if you had the ability to send crates "locally" to any other profiles on your Xbox 360. Sadly this is not the case. So while I can share a rare (or high-level) seed or pinata with an adult friend over the Internet, I can't send one to my child's game to help him set up his garden like he wanted to. Hopefully in any sequel this will be addressed. Overall, though, the game is excellent fun. The achievements are well-balanced too and you will find you hit them slowly but steadily while trying to collect most of the pinata (and you will have to get pretty far to get them all). But none of them require any crazy off-the-wall task or skill as in many 360 games.

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Viva Pinata (Xbox 360)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive gameplay, well-done colorful graphics, accessible by all ages

Weakness: Somewhat repetitive at times

Viva Pinata is a simulation game in which you raise and breed pinatas of different types. The game allows for complete control of the environment, working to increase the number and types of pinatas. The game looks very good with bright colorful graphics, and the gameplay is very simple that people of all ages can play it. The game is quite addictive, offering hours of gameplay, though at times, there can be some bits of repetition. Overall, it's a great game and a rare find on the Xbox 360.

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Viva Pinata
5 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - May 7, 2007   

Strengths: Great graphics, addictive gameplay

Viva Pinata is an excellent game that shows that the Xbox 360 is capable of much more than just first-person shooters. This garden simulation game does a great job of constantly giving you new animal pinatas to try and collect and breed. The entire game is based upon discovering what plants and food attract which pinatas and how to breed and make variants of these pinatas. It's all a very satisfying experience which can very easily make hours go by without you even noticing how long you've been playing. If you are interested in this game at all, pick it up. This is a quality game through and through.

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Not just for kids!
4 Star Review   By member Admiral_Ackbar - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: Colorful yet brutal world of Pinata eat Pinata comes to life.

I didn't expect Viva Pinata to be fun. But it is. It's a sim where you raise your pinatas on a magical island. It's sorta like a mix between Sim City and Harvest Moon. You create yoru little island paradise and manage your farm of pinata's. Some of them you can grow quite fond of. It also has a suprising level of complexity and difficulty. Just because the setting is aimed at kids it isn't dumbed down. So, if you like management sims, this might be one for you.

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Viva Pinata by Rare
4 Star Review   By member nate88 - Mar 4, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of things to do. Many different kinds of pinatas. Fun and lots of it.

Weakness: Repetitive. The main goal, get the best garden, by doing the same things over and over.

The game is great. There are tons of things to do, edit the garden of its scenery, buildings. If you are an average gamer, you will spend atleast 25 hours on this game as it's very addictive. It may have a kiddy looks with the pinatas and all, but the game is far from a kid's game. Its complex scenarios make it hard for a kid to solve. I suggest this game for an adult rather than a child. Great game, defenitly worth a buy!

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Viva Pinatas!
5 Star Review   By member thebob101 - Mar 2, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of in-game activities, pinata personalities

Weakness: Time consuming

If you have seen the Saturday morning cartoon and enjoyed its off beat sense of humor, you will love Viva Pinata. If you are unfamiliar with Viva Pinata, you will love it! The gameplay is very deep. Setting up your pinata garden is very fun and seeing what changes bring new pinatas is awesome. The only problem with the game is that it will consume a lot of your time, but watching your cute little pinatas grow, mature and eat each other is very cool. Definitely recommend this game.

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Viva Rare..the old horse still has some life in it.
4 Star Review   By member xplode427 - Feb 21, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive!!!

Weakness: Addictive!!!

I haven't played a Rare title in years that i've liked. Viva Pinata certainly changes all that. It stylized incredibly well, and has some of the most addictive gameplay ever...to a point. I played for four hours straight once without thinking i played more than 20 minutes. It's a 'just one more thing type game. Highly recommended, although i feel there is only so much you can do in the game before it becomes old hat.

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kids love it
4 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Feb 16, 2007   

Strengths: good graphics and sound, easy for kids to play

We bought this for our daughter for Christmas. She and her sister play it often. You build up and take care of your garden and by doing that you attract numerous live pinatas. I found myself watching them in curiousity just to see what would come into their garden next. It is a very unique game for the 360 and fun for kids.

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Not a Kid's Game
5 Star Review   By member Mark Michon - Feb 14, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive and Fun, Plenty of Freedom

Weakness: Micromanagement gets overwhelming, Difficult to discover full potential without help.

Colorful Pinatas and a Saturday morning cartoon give the impression that Viva! is a game aimed at the pre-teen demographic. Unfortunately for the children who receive Viva, after a few hours of gameplay, the game takes a turn for the complicated. By no means are the controls or the premise confusing, but the amount of attention that needs to be payed to all aspects of the users garden gets very overwhelming quickly. The average person may only experience half of the Pinatas in a normal playthrough. The biggest hurdle the game has to pass is attracting the players who will actually enjoy it. Beneath all the goofy appearances, Viva is fun for all ages.

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Product Details
Description
Viva Pinata is a window to another world where wild-roaming, living pinata animals inhabit a growing, changing garden world. Take control of this environment and the pinata within it, influencing its contents to create your very own pet paradise. Once you have resident pinatas, begin to personalize your loyal community. Pinatas can be individually named and given their own personally designed tag to put on display as a declaration of their home turf. The customization does not end there. Make the colorful critters more distinctive by customizing them with all kinds of costumes and accessories.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Summary
Product Title Viva Pinata
Manufacturer Microsoft
Power Score 4.5 | 13 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Viva Pinata
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 24, 2006

WARNING: Playing Viva Pinata in the company of your buddies may result in thorough ridicule and insults. I learned this the hard way when I first inserted the game into my Xbox 360. After a wild week of Gears of War, the gameplay of Viva Pinata was not as welcomed to our household as I expected. So I did the rational thing and began looking for new roommates. Simply put, Viva Pinata is NOT just a game for kids. Sure, Microsoft has employed the services of 4Kids Entertainment to create a new animated series based on the game. And yes, giving characters names like Fizzlybear and Fudgehog doesn’t induce feelings of masculinity and boldness.

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Viva Pinata
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 23 expert reviews for Viva Pinata and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great orignal title
5 Star Review   By member cavalry12 - Dec 15, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp cartoony graphics Involved gameplay Tons of things to do.

Weakness: Gameplay might be too complex for youngsters.

Rare has put out yet another original title which sets it apart from all other generic games. Even though the cartoony graphics bode the appearance of a kid's game, this is definitely one of those titles that adults will appreciate with a sim-like appeal.

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Viva Pinata
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Jun 2, 2007   

Strengths: Gorgeous graphics, addictive gameplay, one of the few excellent family games for the 360

Weakness: Can be somewhat difficult in later stages for children, should have ability to send crates to family members

I had heard good things about this game for a while and when I finally got a 360 this was one of the first games I popped in. When you start the game you are given a small plot of land that must be cleared. As soon as you do this your first Pinata (a Whirlm, which is, uh, a worm) shows up. Soon after you will end up with a few more types. For each of the over 60 pinatas in the game, there are four levels of engagement with them. The first is for it to appear at all in the game. At this point you will see a black and white version of the pinata strolling around just outside of your square garden area surveying your landscape and plantings. The second level is for it to visit your garden. Now you can select it and see what it wants to become a resident in your garden. When the requirements are met for residency they become colorful and will stay within your garden. At that point, you can work on the final set of requirements - those for "romance". This is the kid-friendly term for breeding. You romance two pinatas to get an egg. The egg hatches into a baby pinata of the same type and then soon goes into a cocoon to turn into an adult. The romancing is accompanied by a minigame where you must get one pinata to the other in a 2D maze with various obstacles in a limited time - of course, these mazes get harder with the higher-level pinata. The requirements for the pinatas vary wildly. Some will want a bunch of grass, while others will want lots of water. Some will want to eat certain plants, others will want to eat certain pinatas. Nearly all of them will have 3 or 4 different requirements for each of the stages. It is not possible to attract all the pinatas with a single garden layout, so you will have to constantly alter it to collect them all. Fortunately you can start up multiple gardens and work on collecting them in each one (with your money and level-acquired items shared between the two). As you do anything substantial in the game, such as attract a Pinata for a visit or grow a plant to maturity, you gain experience and, much like a role playing game, you will gain levels. Some of the pinatas simply don't appear until you hit a certain level. Also, plants and other items won't appear in the shop until you reach a certain level. You will also obtain upgraded shovels and watering cans which end up saving you some time and hassle in the latter parts of the game. To keep you on your toes, there are bad guys that will appear regularly. These come in the form of Sour Pinatas and various ruffians. The sour pinatas will all do different things to annoy you - some will eat eggs while others will cause your pinata to fight amongst themselves. They all cough up sour candy which makes your pinatas sick if they eat it. The ruffians cause general trouble (like filling in your ponds). The key is to find out how to tame each sour pinata and turn it into a normal resident. Once that happens, the sour type will no longer appear. The requirements for some of the rarer pinata are pretty complicated for small children to handle. But the beauty of the game is that they can play however they like, and they will almost certainly see a good portion of the pinatas anyway. The "hardcore" gamer can really concentrate on the details and collect (or at least make resident at one point since you can't have them all in your garden at once) all of them. My kids were content for a while just to have a garden full of Whilms. The "do anything" aspect is enhanced by the ability to purchase random items for the garden (as decorations) and also accessories for the pinata themselves to wear (and some of these are required for romancing of some pinatas). While this is a great game for the family, it is lacking one minor feature that would have made it even better. You have the ability to send crates to people on Xbox Live with up to 5 of any item (be it a seed, garden decoration, or pinata). This is a great feature but it has two flaws. For one, I was unable to send my won (who also had a Gold Live account) a crate. It turns out children are not allowed to receive crates. This seems odd as you are required to approve each friend on their list as it is (I was the only person on his friend's list). That would be OK if you had the ability to send crates "locally" to any other profiles on your Xbox 360. Sadly this is not the case. So while I can share a rare (or high-level) seed or pinata with an adult friend over the Internet, I can't send one to my child's game to help him set up his garden like he wanted to. Hopefully in any sequel this will be addressed. Overall, though, the game is excellent fun. The achievements are well-balanced too and you will find you hit them slowly but steadily while trying to collect most of the pinata (and you will have to get pretty far to get them all). But none of them require any crazy off-the-wall task or skill as in many 360 games.

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Viva Pinata (Xbox 360)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive gameplay, well-done colorful graphics, accessible by all ages

Weakness: Somewhat repetitive at times

Viva Pinata is a simulation game in which you raise and breed pinatas of different types. The game allows for complete control of the environment, working to increase the number and types of pinatas. The game looks very good with bright colorful graphics, and the gameplay is very simple that people of all ages can play it. The game is quite addictive, offering hours of gameplay, though at times, there can be some bits of repetition. Overall, it's a great game and a rare find on the Xbox 360.

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Viva Pinata
5 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - May 7, 2007   

Strengths: Great graphics, addictive gameplay

Viva Pinata is an excellent game that shows that the Xbox 360 is capable of much more than just first-person shooters. This garden simulation game does a great job of constantly giving you new animal pinatas to try and collect and breed. The entire game is based upon discovering what plants and food attract which pinatas and how to breed and make variants of these pinatas. It's all a very satisfying experience which can very easily make hours go by without you even noticing how long you've been playing. If you are interested in this game at all, pick it up. This is a quality game through and through.

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Not just for kids!
4 Star Review   By member Admiral_Ackbar - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: Colorful yet brutal world of Pinata eat Pinata comes to life.

I didn't expect Viva Pinata to be fun. But it is. It's a sim where you raise your pinatas on a magical island. It's sorta like a mix between Sim City and Harvest Moon. You create yoru little island paradise and manage your farm of pinata's. Some of them you can grow quite fond of. It also has a suprising level of complexity and difficulty. Just because the setting is aimed at kids it isn't dumbed down. So, if you like management sims, this might be one for you.

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Viva Pinata by Rare
4 Star Review   By member nate88 - Mar 4, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of things to do. Many different kinds of pinatas. Fun and lots of it.

Weakness: Repetitive. The main goal, get the best garden, by doing the same things over and over.

The game is great. There are tons of things to do, edit the garden of its scenery, buildings. If you are an average gamer, you will spend atleast 25 hours on this game as it's very addictive. It may have a kiddy looks with the pinatas and all, but the game is far from a kid's game. Its complex scenarios make it hard for a kid to solve. I suggest this game for an adult rather than a child. Great game, defenitly worth a buy!

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Viva Pinatas!
5 Star Review   By member thebob101 - Mar 2, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of in-game activities, pinata personalities

Weakness: Time consuming

If you have seen the Saturday morning cartoon and enjoyed its off beat sense of humor, you will love Viva Pinata. If you are unfamiliar with Viva Pinata, you will love it! The gameplay is very deep. Setting up your pinata garden is very fun and seeing what changes bring new pinatas is awesome. The only problem with the game is that it will consume a lot of your time, but watching your cute little pinatas grow, mature and eat each other is very cool. Definitely recommend this game.

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Viva Rare..the old horse still has some life in it.
4 Star Review   By member xplode427 - Feb 21, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive!!!

Weakness: Addictive!!!

I haven't played a Rare title in years that i've liked. Viva Pinata certainly changes all that. It stylized incredibly well, and has some of the most addictive gameplay ever...to a point. I played for four hours straight once without thinking i played more than 20 minutes. It's a 'just one more thing type game. Highly recommended, although i feel there is only so much you can do in the game before it becomes old hat.

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kids love it
4 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Feb 16, 2007   

Strengths: good graphics and sound, easy for kids to play

We bought this for our daughter for Christmas. She and her sister play it often. You build up and take care of your garden and by doing that you attract numerous live pinatas. I found myself watching them in curiousity just to see what would come into their garden next. It is a very unique game for the 360 and fun for kids.

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Not a Kid's Game
5 Star Review   By member Mark Michon - Feb 14, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive and Fun, Plenty of Freedom

Weakness: Micromanagement gets overwhelming, Difficult to discover full potential without help.

Colorful Pinatas and a Saturday morning cartoon give the impression that Viva! is a game aimed at the pre-teen demographic. Unfortunately for the children who receive Viva, after a few hours of gameplay, the game takes a turn for the complicated. By no means are the controls or the premise confusing, but the amount of attention that needs to be payed to all aspects of the users garden gets very overwhelming quickly. The average person may only experience half of the Pinatas in a normal playthrough. The biggest hurdle the game has to pass is attracting the players who will actually enjoy it. Beneath all the goofy appearances, Viva is fun for all ages.

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a new twist on having pets
5 Star Review   By member meandb - Jan 18, 2007   

Strengths: There are a million different things you can do to your garden and personalizing your pinatas.

Weakness: It takes forever to introduce a new species into the garden, too many expectations for the pinatas.

My boyfriend and i are addicted to it. The graphics are phenomenal and the actual sounds within the garden are amazing. The cool thing is that you can turn the bad pinatas in to good ones and they become residents.

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