Falcodarkzz's Viva Piñata Review
After a while the novelty wears down
Has very few multiplay features
Viva pinata is all about pinatas, strange looking animals that bear a resemblance to many of the animals on earth. Now you must attract these animals into your garden, which starts out a dump at the begining, so obviously you need to clear it up. Once its clean then you can start attracting pinata's, by planting different trees and flowers.
To most, Viva pinata seems like a game aimed at four year olds, with such cute looks. Even though it may be designed for younger audiences, it's still very fitting for older people to. You will realize this after a few hours of play, as things get very complicated, for instance say I wanted to attract a lickatoad, now that lickatoad needs water, obviously, so I dig him a pond, and next it says in the encyclopedia he needs to eat a taffly, and to attract a taffly I need some special flowers. The game goes on like this, very much like a food chain, in order to get the better pinatas you will need the lesser ones first.
You grow levels by getting pinatas visit your garden, and also when they become residents. Every level or two you grow will see more items appear in the various stores on offer, like new seeds and accessories for your pinatas. And every ten or so levels you grow gets you a garden upgrade, giving you more space, as well as a shovel improvement. On later levels this can make the player struggle just to level up, especialy when the pinatas get harder to get. Its at these times that you may ruin your garden just to get one pinata, I made mine into a swamp just to get some swananas (swans) to become residents so I could progress to my next level. Players can also make pinatas romance, or breed, to make baby pinatas. Before doing this the player will need to have filled all the romance requirements of the two pinatas they wish to breed, once done they must play a minigame and then you get a pinata egg. This will be every players main way of making money, so pick pinatas wisely. RARE has also hidden various secrets throughout the game, such as feed pinata a certain fruit and it may become an entirely different species!
A complaint I have to make though is the lack of multiplayer, it would be great to be able to visit eachothers gardens, sadly all you can do is trade items and pinatas.
Overall a sweet, enjoyable game.