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Viva Piñata: Party Animals

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun but unoriginal racing and party games.

Game Xbox 360 2007
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Sadly, this game lacks the sort of inventive ideas that made the original so much fun. The Mini games are little more than thinly disguised copies of games that have existed for some time in the Mario Party series. That's not to say that these little challenges -- which involve activities like keeping your balance on a spinning platform and navigating snow-covered minefields -- aren't fun, but they score low points for originality.

Party Animals' one notable advantage over others in its genre is that it supports online play over Xbox Live. Party games are always at their best when played against human opponents, and while a room full of friends is the ideal, competing with others online isn't a bad substitute. Just take care that the opponents your kids are playing against aren't abusing the privilege of voice chat communication.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: October 30, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: December 1, 2021

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