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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages playing together with others.
Violence & Scariness
Virtually non-existent. There is some piñata thwacking and the occasional comical bomb explosion during hot potato games, but that's about it.
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Products & Purchases
Viva Piñata is a media franchise that spans video games, a television show, and various spin-off products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is associated with the children's Viva Piñata TV show. Play is composed of piñata races and short, simple Mini games that are easy to learn and suitable for kids. However, the game supports online play with voice chat enabled, which means other players could be communicating words and ideas that might not be in accord with the game's E rating. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for any child under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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