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Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

Platform : Xbox 360
Rated: Everyone
60 customer reviews
Metascore: 82 / 100

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  • Teach single or groups of pinatas dazzling tricks using the new 'Trick Stick Tool'.
  • Fully customizable gardens and pinatas.
  • All new ways to play including the tutorial-based player guide system as well as co-op, standard and 'just for fun' modes.
  • Xbox LIVE Vision camera support via the 'Pinata Vision' feature allows players to scan in game content and share it with friends online.
  • Game features more than 100 pinata species both tame and wild.
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The original Rare Ltd. team behind Viva Piñata has reunited to bring gamers Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise, the newest and most fun piñata adventure to date. Available exclusively on Xbox 360, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise reinvigorates a colorful and engaging gaming experience on the Xbox 360 platform. Now with full cooperative and online gameplay modes, the Viva Piñata franchise opens its doors even wider with a new game that provides hours of fun for gamers of all ages, fans of the animated series and animal lovers alike.

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Return to Piñata Island
The Piñata finder feature in 'Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise'
Play is easy with the Piñata finder.
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Co-op play in 'Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise'
Team up for co-op play in the garden.
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Full customization in 'Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise'
Piñatas are fully customizable.
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Teach tricks to characters in 'Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise'
Teach piñatas tricks with the 'trick stick tool'.
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There's New Trouble on Piñata Island
Unfortunately, not all is well on the island, as Professor Pester and his gang of Ruffians have wiped out Piñata Central's computer records, posing a threat to parties everywhere. Rebuild the computer database and thwart Professor Pester's evil plot by sending piñatas at full candiosity to parties all around the world. Build and maintain your piñata gardens using your creativity and imagination to attract, trap, protect, train, and manage more than 100 different piñata species.

More Ways to Play
While Trouble in Paradise maintains the gameplay mechanics players of the original game will remember, it also adds a few new twists, giving players more choices on how to make their garden grow. These include:

Player Guide System - Replacing the traditional tutorial, the optional Player Guide System directs players through a series of loose goals to help them master the fundamental aspects of the game.

Standard Mode - Presenting a challenge for experienced piñata gardeners and dedicated gamers, the Standard gameplay mode provides a more tricky option, where players must keep a watchful eye on their garden. Sour piñatas, feuding species, weeds, illness and limited money call for you to exercise problem solving and creativity to build and maintain an environment where piñatas can flourish and grow.

Just for Fun Mode - Designed for beginner players, kids and those just looking to explore Piñata Island, this mode allows players to jump into the garden and interact with the unique piñata world. In this mode the difficulty has been turned down and the fun has been turned up. Sour piñatas stay away, resident piñatas remain healthy, weeds don't plague your garden and you have an infinite chocolate coin bank account, allowing you to turn your garden into a veritable utopia of colorful creatures.

Improved Co-Op Play - While the original Viva Piñata had a simple system where two players could mutually control the single game cursor via different controllers, Trouble in Paradise adds drop-in/drop-out offline gameplay for two players and online co-operative gameplay for up to four players. This allows additional players to join the game at any time to assist the primary player with gardening tasks.

Key Features:

  • Customize Your Garden and Piñatas - Plant flowers, dig ponds, even place sand and snow in your garden to make exotic species of piñata feel at home. Buy objects to change the weather, or get new toys for your piñata. And nurture the thirty-two new species of piñata, including sour piñatas that infiltrate and wreak havoc in the garden. Choose to tame the sours, or feed them candy to keep them sweet.
  • Play With a Friend - Family members and friends can now share in the joy of creating a garden by plugging in an extra controller. The second player has access to all tools, actions, activities, and can help by collecting magic. It's an entirely new way to play.
  • Play Multiple Game Modes - Use the Player Guide System to master the fundamental aspects of the game. Then, try the Standard Mode where sour piñatas, feuding species, and limited money call for you to exercise problem solving and creativity to build and maintain your garden. Or enjoy Just for Fun Mode, which allows you to build a garden full of colorful creatures without worries.
  • Experience Piñata Vision - Plug in an Xbox LIVE Vision camera and interact with the game through the use of printed cards featuring a unique barcode. Flash a piñata card up to the Vision camera, and the content will drop directly into the game.
  • Show off to friends - Use the new photo mode to snap, print, and upload pictures of your unique garden or customized piñatas to show to friends. Photograph your piñata and turn it into a piñata card, then share it with your friends so they can scan it and put it into their own garden.
  • Teach Your Piñata Tricks - Piñatas can perform dazzling tricks, if you teach them with the new trick stick tool. Watch as piñatas play together, perch on each other, and interact in new ways to make them even more appealing.
Add Game Content with Piñata Vision
Trouble in Paradise also utilizes the optional Xbox LIVE Vision camera accessory through a feature entitled Piñata Vision. With this players can import, activate, create and share game content via optical card scanning technology. These cards do not necessarily have to be purchased, and instead are primarily downloaded from the game's website. Game developer, Rare, and Microsoft Game Studios are also considering making certain special cards available as part of promotions with magazines or gaming websites, ensuring that fans of the Viva Piñata franchise can expect fresh, exciting for years to come.

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  • ASIN: B0019MRKNI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,865 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Owens on September 11, 2008
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I feel that if you're a fan of the original, you probably don't need this review. For those who are new to the Pinata games, it's a game where you tend to a garden in order to attract new pinatas to it. Gameplay focuses on growing plants and trees, keeping your pinatas safe and happy, and "catching them all". While it seems simplistic and childish, the game is surprisingly deep like the original. As your gardening skills get bigger, you receive various upgrades to your tools, the plants at your disposal, the size of your garden, and of course, the pinatas that are coming in to see what all the fuss is about.

One of the greatest things about this is how relaxing it can be to tend to your garden and watch the pinatas roam about. While there is a bit of comic violence in the game, it isn't enough to raise eyebrows and is perfectly suitable for most children 8+. Also, the game incorporates 2 player Co-Op so you can play with a friend or with your children. Hopefully this little review helps you get a decent understanding of the game and whether or not you would enjoy it.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Ohlert on September 15, 2008
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f you're my friend or my poor husband, you've heard me running around for months singing the following (to the tune of "La Cucheracha"):

Viva Piñata, Viva Piñata
It is a nice piñata game!
Viva Piñata, Viva Piñata
No two piñatas are the same!

Before this week, though, it was a lie. All of my brightly colored papery pals were the same. Same colors, same Candyosity, same names. Never more.

Viva Piñata:Trouble in Paradise from Rare and Microsoft Game Studios builds on the original Viva Piñata formula of building a garden, attracting and breeding piñatas, and sending them off to children who enjoy their sweet sweet candy. Players who "dug" the original will like this one, because it has everything the first game has and more. New gardeners won't feel left behind: the game has an excellent and reasonably interesting tutorial system that will set you up with gardening basics. Besides, it's not that difficult a game.

That is not to say that VP:TIP is not without depth. As in the original, your job is to build and nurse a budding ecosystem literally from the ground up. Start with clearing enough grass or soil and you'll attract adorable little Whirlms in your garden. They'll soon attract Sparrowmints, who will eat the Whirlms and may themselves be eaten by a Buzzenge as a part of their Romance requirement. It's all a part of the great circle of life. Or something.

VP:TIP improves on the original in several ways. First, it simplifies the menu system, particularly the buying and selling aspects.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Young on September 7, 2008
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Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is a great sequel to the first. Much improved upon menu systems and many more features, piñata, plants, and items. Your piñata can now be trained to do tricks which can be fun trying to figure out what they need to eat to get them to do tricks. There are now dessert and arctic type piñata to be found via going to those realms and trapping them as needed. The trapping is easy to learn and is nice to let you get away from the confines of your garden. You should not stay there long though as time keeps ticking back in your garden.

They even did a great job in having the same piñata from the original game requiring different things to romance or become a resident. So whatever you may remember from the first game for the most part is different now. The romance games are now more challenging as well. The more often you romance the same piñata, the harder the mini-game becomes.

So, if you liked the first game, you should love Trouble in Paradise.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Turtle502 VINE VOICE on September 7, 2008
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Rare's second outing for the Viva Pinata series is not much different that the original game. The gameplay is relatively the same, the controls are relatively the same, the graphics are practically the same -- at first glance, you'll wonder what effort Rare made on this second game, other than adding two new play areas and a couple dozen new pinatas.

You'll start this game somewhat similar to how the original game started -- in a garden that barely has anything. The difference is that you'll get a random animal, some flowers, and will attract new pinatas fairly quickly. In fact, the first 30-60 minutes is extremely fast-paced. Many of the original pinatas will appear rather early. The fun, though, is in seeing the new pinatas appear -- watching the reveal videos and then working to make them residents. After that, you'll need to romance them (and you'll see another new video for that new species). This adds a somewhat fresh take on the same old gameplay. This is probably where Rare put in the most effort -- and it seems they've fulfilled requests by gamers for pinatas that were missing from the original.

The controls are relatively the same, but Rare has implemented some new twists. You'll now have easy access to your pinatas and all the available seeds with simple bumper-clicks. The camera seems to zoom out more than before, so you'll have a much wider view of what's going on. Cycling through and finding a particular pinata is now extremely easy -- Rare did a great job implementing this feature.

The game incorporates some new challenges. Langston's factory challenges now require that the pinata be at "full candiosity" before you can send them. This will require additional creativity on the part of the player.
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