Viva Piñata - PC

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About the Product

  • Create your own garden and more than 60 types of piñatas
  • Use easy, basic tools to develop an enviroment that reflects you
  • Regardless of skill level, find challenge in keeping out sour piñatas, perfecting your garden and keeping your new piñata friends happy
  • Choose how much you want to control your piñatas by letting them run free or attempting to control their daily lives
  • Games for Windows Version


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ASIN B000VBFWAG
Release date November 6, 2007
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3.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #25,856 in videogames
#3,372 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 7.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Eric Blumrich on November 19, 2007
The most oft-repeated phrase in any review for "Viva Pinata" is that it's "not just for kids." This is not without good reason. While the packaging and overall feel of the game is as bright and shiny as a candied marble and is specifically designed to draw kids in, the gameply is consistently entertaining and is challenging enough to daunt any experienced adult gamer...

I'd even go so far as to say that this is one of the most original and interesting games to come along in years. It's rare that I become so engrossed in what's going on in a given game that hours pass, seemingly, with speed of a blink of an eye- but such has been the case, since I installed Viva Pinata.

Now- a word of caution: I'm running the game on a dual 3.1 GHZ system with a Radeon 512 MB 3d accellerator, and the game automatically put my graphic preferences at the lowest level, when I started it up. I manually changed things to medium, which resulted in a very pleasing improvement in graphics. However, my system now routinely ratchets up to overdrive, during play. One can only assume that you need a pretty hot system to view the game in its full glory. That having been said, the game plays smoothly as silk, and lacks the lags during autosave that have been a bane to Xbox gamers.

In closing, I heartily reccommend VP. To those gamers who reject this game because of the "cute factor," I can only say:

It must suck to be you...
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I didn't imagine that what my friends were labeling "that cool pinata game" was actually an engrossing habitat simulation. You can garden, landscape, breed animals -- er..pinatas. And they're all named after sweets! There is nothing more rewarding than attracting that long sought after animal to your garden.

The game is so lighthearted and dreamlike. Even death is given light treatment -- the creatures don't "die", but are busted, leaving their candy "essence" behind. Every creature has a unique house. They're all so creatively constructed that you'll find yourself buying every building just to see what they look like. What's even more fun is trying to figure out some of the more obscure food references. "Swanana" shouldn't leave you wondering for too long. ^_-

I'd recommend this game to any one of any age.
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Bought this PC copy to replace the one I had for my X box 360 when it died and it's a perfect replica of the 360 version if not better. Received the game in great condition and in great timing.
The game itself is very cute and sweet. It's meant for kids but I think it's a nice little break from adulthood.
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Please do not buy this game.
I have searched numerous times for fixes on how to get this game to run, but nothing works. I have a laptop running Windows 7 and cannot get the game to install or run.
Can someone help me?
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I could not for the life of me get this game to work on my computer. It would install with no errors, but as soon as you try to run the game it would not even launch. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling with no luck. I attempted all of the "fixes" on the internet, but nothing gave any results. I am running Windows 7 on my computer and tried all of the different compatibility modes. When I installed it on a friends computer it did work, but it also required another fix just so you could save your game. These issues appeared to be rather common for most users, so be aware that you may run into them as well. Windows has offered no help or fixes for them.

The game is otherwise very cute and enjoyable to play. It starts off a bit slow however, so starting a new garden can be tedious if you know what you are doing.
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Before you buy this game, you should know there is a huge bug that has yet to be patched. Occasionally, autosave will corrupt your save file! There will be no warning about this and God forbid the power go out while you're playing the game. To make matters worse, people have been unable to backup save files due to the way the saves are structured (ie attached to user profiles).

That being said, the game is a highly addictive ecology sim and truely one of the most creative games I've played in years.
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I ordered this game at my sons request. He's 12, I knew it was appropriate for him and didn't worry about it. I was surprised to see my younger children were able to jump right in and join the fun. The game is addictive and keeps the family busy for hours. I say "Give the kid what he wants" sometime... :-)
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By hollie on December 5, 2012
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I bought this because my kids absolutely adored it on their Xbox 360 but when it broke again we switched to a ps3 and weren't able to find this game so I got the computer version for them. It's rather slow compared to a game system but it does the trick
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