Viva Piñata: Party Animals Review
Viva Piñata: Party Animals box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Krome Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 30, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

You don't need to engage in a tournament every time you wish to play Viva Piñata: Party Animals. Custom play is also an option, where you choose to play the games you like as many times as you want, as long as they're unlocked. Unlocking them is fairly easy: just play one long tournament and you will have unlocked most of the challenges and many achievement points. I don't think I ever saw a game grant so many Xbox 360 achievements in so little time! You can also retrieve unlockables after playing a few times through; they're nothing too exciting though - just game art and things like that.

Viva Piñata: Party Animals screenshot

The game also offers online gameplay, which is not very common on kids titles. It's truly a welcome addition, since you cannot only play against your friends at home but also against those that are far away or other people around the world. The options are the same as always: you can play a quick game, search for ranked games that match you against people of similar skills, custom matches with your preferred game settings, etc.

Viva Piñata: Party Animals is a colorful and good looking game, and it's suitable for kids and parents alike. No one will get too tired of playing the game, unless the kid turns it into a daily chore! The piñata animals look great, and their smiles will make you melt. Their quirky attitudes are sometimes too much, but that's the style of the game itself; it's a humorous, modern title based on today's successful cartoons. The innocence was lost a little bit, but it's not too bad. Don't be surprised though when you hear those mischievous comments and noisy farts! The voiceover acting is good and gives the game that naughty cartoon feel we're getting used to seeing in Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Pecky Pudgeon and Pierre Parrybo are the hosts of the game, and sometimes their comments are hilarious. Later on, of course, you'll become tired of hearing them, especially Pierre the Parrot, with his "frenchy" accent and random "un, deux, trois!"

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The game also offers online gameplay, which is not very common on kids titles. It's truly a welcome addition, since you cannot only play against your friends at home but also against those that are far away or other people around the world. The options are the same as always: you can play a quick game, search for ranked games that match you against people of similar skills, custom matches with your preferred game settings, etc.

Viva Piñata: Party Animals screenshot

Viva Piñata: Party Animals is a colorful and good looking game, and it's suitable for kids and parents alike. No one will get too tired of playing the game, unless the kid turns it into a daily chore! The piñata animals look great, and their smiles will make you melt. Their quirky attitudes are sometimes too much, but that's the style of the game itself; it's a humorous, modern title based on today's successful cartoons. The innocence was lost a little bit, but it's not too bad. Don't be surprised though when you hear those mischievous comments and noisy farts! The voiceover acting is good and gives the game that naughty cartoon feel we're getting used to seeing in Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Pecky Pudgeon and Pierre Parrybo are the hosts of the game, and sometimes their comments are hilarious. Later on, of course, you'll become tired of hearing them, especially Pierre the Parrot, with his "frenchy" accent and random "un, deux, trois!"

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

Features:

  • Huge variety of exciting mini-games: Viva Piñata: Party Animals includes more than 40 mini-games and a dozen foot races for players to compete against one another. Collect candy and special bonuses in all sorts of exotic and hazard-filled locations.
  • Gameplay for everyone: Appealing to young kids or those just young-at-heart, this unique social party game rewards and challenges all players regardless of their skill level. Friends and family members of all ages can party together in one place or from around the world via Xbox LIVE.
  • Engaging and inviting graphics: The game is especially designed for interaction among friends and family. Pushing the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360, the game offers a vibrant and engaging gaming experience. It's the perfect game for parents looking for fun new ways to connect with their kids, (no comma) or friends just looking to share a few laughs.
  • Great online play: Up to four players can gather together in the family room to play, or join a game on Xbox LIVE, and take the party global.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Great graphics put you in a happy mood. If you're afraid of colors, beware!
    3.4
    Control
    Simplistic and fine in the minigames; not as smooth when it comes to racing.
    3.6
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Catchy music sounds tropical and festive. Character's comments are zany and somewhat naughty.
    3.7
    Play Value
    A fun game for people that enjoy party games, especially if they're young or parents. The obsession with candy gets annoying though; minigames should have been more imaginative.
    3.5
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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