Nov 1, 2007
A delightful treat for those open-minded enough to give it a try, the original Viva Pinata surprised us with its addictive garden cultivating gameplay. Unfortunately, if you're looking for anything even remotely similiar in Viva Pinata: Party Animals, prepare to be surprised again. Although Party Animals retains its predecessor's visual appeal, the similarities between the two end there. In fact, Party Animals seems to be the opposite of the original Viva Pinata in just about every
Gardening is pretty dull, unless you’re mad, old or both. So you might not think it’s the best pitch for a game. But then Viva Pinata comes along, full of dirty hoes, constant mating and general abuse of animals. Viva la watering can!
While it may not feel like a true sequel, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is near papery-perfection. Everything that was great about the original Viva Pinata is back, with more pinatas and a few tweaks and improvements. Some additions disappoint, like the finicky, nearly impossible to use “pinata vision” which requires a vision cam and special trading cards.
PC gamers appreciate strange games. We’ve got the same big names as the other platforms, but we also have some truly fascinating stuff that exists below the mainstream. The Void exists there, a strange, often baffling game about a place beneath dreams, where colour is your commodity and your lifeforce. It deserves to push up into the real world.
As the captain of an interdimensional craft, you crash your ship, lose your crew, and then get lost yourself. To put it right again, you must explore the collapsing VVVVVV dimension, where you move by upending gravity.
VVVVVV is a 2D platformer where you can’t jump. Instead you flip gravity on its head and fall upwards (by pressing ‘V’ – or space, or Z), then flip it back.