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Viva Pinata: Party Animals review

AT A GLANCE
  • Races are fun
  • Padding your Gamerscore
  • Playing original Viva Pinata
  • Some minigames are dull
  • No smashing other Pinatas
  • Finding someone to play with you

In the end, it feels like just another collection of minigames for kids, albeit a polished one. Without the facade of familiar pinatas, Party Animals would be generic as hell. Somewhat ironically, it's exactly the kind of game we were expecting would spawn from the crappy kids' show before we were surprised by the originality of the first Viva Pinata.

We miss the delightful juxtaposition of inbreeding and pinata smashing amidst cheerful garden tranquility. Yes, as much as it pained us to smash sick Whirlms for the greater good, that's part of what set Viva Pinata apart from the rest of the kiddie crowd. Fans of the original should avoid this one - kids will enjoy it, but Party Animals doesn't have the heart or charm of its predecessor.

More Info

Release date: Oct 30 2007 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Family
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Krome Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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