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Viva Pinata review

Crash-prone PC port loses some of the original's garden managing charm


  • The vividly colorful world
  • Smacking unruly pinatas
  • Testosterone-drenched gameplay


  • Crashes make gardening tougher
  • Keeping the peace among pinatas
  • Selecting and directing flying pinatas

Nov 20, 2007

Viva Pinata stole our hearts with cute candy-filled pinata-on-pinata love-making when it debuted on the 360. Unfortunately, the PC version loses some of the original version's charm due to its late release and crash-prone nature. But if you're willing to put up with the occasional unexpected trip back to your desktop and Microsoft's usual shenanigans - that try to tempt you into buying into their Games for Windows plan with a one month pass - Viva Pinata is still worth checking out.

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DescriptionThis surprisingly sweet gardening game loses some of its charm on the PC due to crashes, bugs, and Games for Windows' shenanigans.
PlatformPC, Xbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date6 November 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)