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Viva Piñata Party Animals - Xbox 360
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- Huge variety of exciting mini-games
- Engaging gameplay for people of every age
- Bright, detailed and inviting graphics
- Great online play - up to four players can play in one room, or join a game on Xbox Live
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As to the game, I will let my ten year old daughter take over: "This game is really fun. Because they have some funny comments and funny mini games. After each race, two pinates say funny jokes and the pinatas have funny dances and say funny things when they win. I think this game is good for kids between 6 and 13. My dad thinks it is fun too and he is forty something."
I should add that this game is entirely appropiate for any age range. If your kids like Viva Pinata, they will also like this game. Enjoy!
After playing, I can say that the game is a nice attempt to recreate a Mario Party-like game, and while fun, it ultimately isn't as good.
For starters, the way the entire game is set up is that you do a race followed by 1-3 mini-game challenges. 3 is the highest number of mini-games you can do per race, so if you want to have a lengthy game, you're going to be doing 5-7 races just to get enough mini-games to be fun. I would have preferred the ability to play more games per race, or possibly even just make the races a mini-game themselves.
Which brings me to the races: they're fun, but pretty much pointless and easy for one player to dominate. It seems that no matter who I'm playing with, I win every single race. And yes, perhaps I'm better at it than everyone else because I'm a fairly seasoned gamer, but I think a game like this should be about equal for everyone, regardless of gaming experience. That's what makes party games fun - no one wins all the time.
One thing that I like about Mario Party that's missing from Party Animals is the game board itself. The way Party Animals is played is that you do a race followed by 1-3 mini-games, and the characters get different amounts of candy for getting 1st-4th place, and the person at the end of the game that has the most candy wins, etc. You miss the nice luck/random chance element that comes with rolling the dice and being subject to wherever you land.Read more ›
There are only 8 selectable characters (each with a color variant, an exciting "extra" if the year was 1995), and out of those there are really only four models, as the other four are female variants on the main four from the cartoon. If you were hoping to play as a Chewnicorn or many of the other charming creatures from the Viva Pinata universe... you are out of luck. This was pure laziness on the developer's part. The mini games themselves have little variety. Plenty of themes on "knock the others over and steal their candy" games, and games that require you to shoot at some target or another. None of them are particularly fun, and it's disappointing to see basically the same kind of mini game reused over and over again.
They did do one thing that was rather daring. Instead of having a main hub or a board game to anchor "Party Animals" to, they used races.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kind of repetitive but its a fun simple game to play with friends and family of all ages. The characters are really cute and the games are easy to catch on to.Published 5 months ago by Jamie A.
Great Game! Can't say anything else. It's fun for kids as well as adults!Published 14 months ago by Gabriel Hernandez
I'm a 16 year old girl and I've played this game since my family discovered it by accident at a Blockbuster store when I was roughly 10-12 years old? I can't remember completely. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah