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Viva Pinata (Xbox 360)

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Amazing ecosystem simulation is full of eye-candy.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players can do bad things to pinatas during the game, but there are consequences.

Violence & scariness

Pinatas fight by shooting rocket-like things at each other.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tied into a cartoon series on Fox.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this complex ecosystem simulation game is nothing like the animated series on Fox. The shovel can be used to whack characters; if you cause a piñata to burst by whacking it repeatedly, there are consequences. Some piñatas eat other characters, and kids may find it difficult to sell piñatas they've nurtured. The game has an online aspect for trading piñatas; parents of young kids should supervise or inactivate this feature.

What's it about?

VIVA PIÑATA is a rich, compelling ecosystem simulation game in which you're a gardener, and what you do with your garden will determine which of more than 60 vibrant piñatas visit or take up residence in your garden. It is a \"sandbox\"-type game, meaning that it's an open-ended game of exploration.

You start with a barren piece of land strewn with junk, and your cursor becomes a shovel you use to clear the ground, earn some currency, and plant some grass. As you create a garden, piñatas become interested in your plot of land -- and each arrival attracts the interest of other piñatas. As your garden grows, and more and more piñatas live there, incompatibilities will arise: Some piñatas just can't live with others, and they will fight. When a piñata \"dies,\" it busts open to release its inner candies, and is then transported outside of the garden by a burst of light before it turns back into a black-and-white piñata to grow elsewhere.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While planting a garden to see who will visit may not sound particularly exciting, this game is fascinating. The engine behind the simulation is deep, complex, and subtle. For teens and adults, this provides a sophisticated gaming experience; you can experiment with the garden to attract rare and unusual piñatas, amass gardening achievements, and meet other in-game challenges. But the game can also provide a fulfilling gaming experience for younger children who simply want to plant a garden and revel in the vibrant creatures that come and go.

The graphics are gorgeous, and the gameplay is easy to learn. It even offers a Family Mode whenever you plug in an additional controller, allowing for cooperative play within the garden. However, the pace at which new things happen is quite fast, and at times makes you feel rushed. You will want to start numerous games so that you can try different things to attract different kinds of piñatas.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how ecosystems work. They might want to encourage kids to plant various seeds to see what happens. Why don't some piñatas live together well? How is food supply important in an ecosystem? What do you think about piñatas who leave sour candy around to make others sick? What did you do about them? How did you feel when you had to sell a piñata? What did you gain? Was it worth it?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft
Release date:November 13, 2006
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for comic mischief and mild cartoon violence

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAmR April 9, 2008

Fun like the Sims

I just got a 360, and i bought Project 8 as my first game. My little brother wanted something easier to play so i got Viva Pinata for him also. Even though I REALLY wanted to get Gears of War :( Its a great game for any age and even teens and adults would like it too. It is really kiddie but it takes alot of strategy and thinking.
Kid, 10 years old August 13, 2012

A game I reccomend

Kids can actualy learn a bit about plants in this game. Not to much violence and no bad language or anything. Easy to play once you get the hang of it and great for ages 6 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Easy to play/use
Kid, 9 years old August 21, 2013

A GOOD GAME!! :) ;)

This game is very good. i had played it a few times before on a demo. the only bad part is when one pinata eats another pinata.
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Easy to play/use

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