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Parents' Guide to

Viva Piñata (Xbox 360)

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Amazing ecosystem simulation is full of eye-candy.

Game Xbox 360 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Pinatas eat each other

My 6 and 10 yo children were upset when some pinatas ate the other pinatas.
age 2+

Now you can even plant a garden from your couch.

This is an easy game that can be played by any age. It can rapidly lose its appeal to the older crowd, though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 13, 2006
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for comic mischief and mild cartoon violence
  • Last updated: December 1, 2021

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