A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can whack the pinata animals with a shovel but there are consequences.
Violence & Scariness
Incompatible pinatas will fight each other; when one is defeated it explodes and turns into candy. Pinatas eat each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pinatas mate and produce offspring but it takes place "off-screen."
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Products & Purchases
Tied into the Viva Pinata TV cartoon series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this great ecosystem game will appeal to both adults and children. Younger kids can play around in Playground mode without the main mode's consequences and restrictions, whereas older kids and adults will find the deep simulation compelling. The animals are actually piñatas, and while they don't "die," they can burst and disappear, leaving behind candy. Since this is an ecosystem, some pinatas eat others, and not all piñatas get along. The Nintendo DS lets players who each own their own copy of the game trade items back and forth using a local wireless connection.
Is It Any Good?
The game features more extensive tutorials for learning how to play, and a new Playground mode that lets players simply let loose and experiment without any of the challenge or restrictions of the main mode. Another noteworthy change is that while the original Viva Piñata game bore little resemblance to the Viva Pinata Saturday morning cartoon show tie-in, Pocket Paradise references it frequently, with narration from several characters from the TV show, including Franklin Fizzlybear and Fergy Fudgehog, and 12 cutscenes taken directly from the show. While the cartoon show itself has received mixed reviews, the addition of these short video vignettes does nothing to detract from the fascinating and fun gameplay.
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