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.