My360 Miscellaneous -
This game defies existence. The only reason I own it is because it came free in a bundle with my second controller - and now I know why.
Essentially, Viva Pinata could be described as 'SimCity on Acid' as you are given a 'garden' and presented the opportunity to locate various plants, buildings, etc. to lure in strange paper animals. You must then provide the right conditions for each species to procreate thus gaining experience and unlocking new species, items, etc. You can also purchase the services and wares of various characters that appear in the game such as a paramedic-type fellow that rescues Pinatas that have either taken ill or have fallen victim to an aggressor.
While this may sound boring and convoluted, rest assured that you're 100% correct - it bloody well is! The game seems so tedious, in fact, that you begin to lose the will to live after just under an hour of playing.
The tedious nature is only because of the basic premise, but the speed at which things seem to transpire. At times, the game seems to so play slowly that you imagine it's going over the top to make sure you don't miss any minor details in the action - however if often seems as though its just trying to make you angry and frustrated. Even the characters seem to take their precious time waddling onto the garden to perform their tasks.
In addition, there is an overwhelming amount of 'recipes' that you must read through to make each species appear, procreate and do whatever else it is Pinantas do.
It all adds up to a largely pointless endeavour that seems as though it will never end - that is, until you press the eject button. Top it off with disgustingly poor frame rates and rather blatent screen tearing and you have a Category-5 disaster that is sure to find its way to the bottom of the bargain bin in record numbers.
One to avoid - in fact, it's almost worthy of hate mail.
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