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Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

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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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Return to magical 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.

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Platform For Display:Xbox 360  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B0019MRKNI
Release date September 2, 2008
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4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
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Platform for Display: Xbox 360Edition: Standard Verified Purchase
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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(From PlayingWithMyWeiner.com:)

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!
Olè!

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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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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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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