Viva Piñata (Xbox 360) by Microsoft

Viva Piñata (Xbox 360) by Microsoft Box Art

Xbox One backwards Compatible

North Amercian Release Date: November 9, 2006.

Average Overall Score:
9.20 / 10

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The "Viva Piñata" game is set in a colorful world called "Viva Piñata Island," populated by piñata animals. The goal isn’t to break the piñata animals but to attract different species of animals and grow the population, Kim said. Animals that are attracted to each other can perform a "romance dance." Baby piñatas are delivered via eggs from a stork.


Thursday, November 30, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006


Successfully completed 5 Factory requests
Master Challenger
Successfully completed 20 Factory requests
Become Master Romancer for 5 species
Master Romancer
Become Master Romancer for 20 species
Made 5 species resident
Master Collector
Made 50 species resident
Played the game for 10 hours (real time)
Garden Value
Garden worth 25,000 chocolate coins
Garden Value Master
Garden worth 100,000 chocolate coins
Piñata Value
One Piñata worth 5,000 chocolate coins
Piñata Value Master
One Piñata worth 10,000 chocolate coins
Green Fingers
Grown 5 plants to maturity
Master Green Fingers
Grown 25 plants to maturity
Player has 25,000 chocolate coins
Label Designer
Made a Custom Label
Piñata Name Caller
Named a Piñata
Helper Name Caller
Named a Helper
Player has reached Level 10
Master Talent
Player has reached Level 50
Wealth Master
Player has 100,000 chocolate coins
Land Owner (Secret Achievement)
Garden Size increased Once
Sprinkling (Secret Achievement)
Employed a sprinkling
Gatherling (Secret Achievement)
Employed a Gatherling
Super Shovel (Secret Achievement)
All the Shovel Head upgrades
Weedling (Secret Achievement)
Employed a Weedling
Harvester (Secret Achievement)
Collected produce from a Buzzlegum, Moozipan or Goobaa
Watchling (Secret Achievement)
Employed a Watchling
Generosity (Secret Achievement)
Player turned the Beggar into a Trader
Sour Tower (Secret Achievement)
Tower of Sour has 2 pieces
Taffly Fertilizer (Secret Achievement)
Player has made fertilizer with the Taffly
Evolver (Secret Achievement)
Evolved 2 species
Master Land Owner (Secret Achievement)
Garden size at maximum
Variants (Secret Achievement)
Made 5 variant Piñatas
Pigxie Prize (Secret Achievement)
Cross romancing a Swanana and a Rashberry
Shovel Strength (Secret Achievement)
All the Shovel Handle upgrades
Watering Can Do (Secret Achievement)
All the Watering Can upgrades
Diggerling (Secret Achievement)
Employed a Diggerling
Master Sour Tower (Secret Achievement)
Tower of Sour has 6 pieces
Cluckles Hatches Egg (Secret Achievement)
Player has hatched an egg using the Cluckles
Horticulturist (Secret Achievement)
Full bonus growth for 5 plants.
Macaracoon Gift (Secret Achievement)
Player has been brought a Romance Sweet by a Macaracoon
Variants Master (Secret Achievement)
Made 20 variant Pinatas.
Crowla Delay (Secret Achievement)
Player has distracted Dastardos with the Crowla.
Longevity Master (Secret Achievement)
Played the game for 50 hours (real time)
Sherbat Dance (Secret Achievement)
Player has distracted Dastardos with the Sherbat.
Master Evolver (Secret Achievement)
Evolved 8 species
Cocoadile Tears (Secret Achievement)
Player has attained full bonus growth for a plant using the Cocoadile tears.
Master Horticulturist (Secret Achievement)
Full bonus growth for 25 plants.
Mallowolf Howl (Secret Achievement)
Player has used the Mallowolf to scare off Ruffians.
Chewnicorn Healing (Secret Achievement)
Player has healed a Piñata with the Chewnicorn's power.

User Reviews

Score: 92
Overall User Average: 9.00 / 10 (92.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.50 / 10
Date reviewed: January 25, 2007.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this "Childish looking game." Its a fairly long game and can be very fun to play but it also can get repetitive.
Gameplay: Pretty long single player game, with the option to trade with other players via XBL makes for a great addition to an already great game.
Graphics: The graphics are great, but the graphics are not something that will stand out about this title.
Sound: Great sound presentation. Some great voice-over work and the sound effects are pretty good for this type of game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: November 14, 2006.

Overall: Viva Pinata basically starts off like an into
for a kids show. The game is comparable to the sims but more geared towards a younger audience. You start off on a desolate patch of land and you need to get it ready for pinatas to come and inhabit it. You meet some characters that do help you along quite a bit and offer very good advice.
Gameplay: Gameplay is quite easy with the simple controls, but the advanced controls offer a few more options and are just as easy to use. Characters are entertaining and charismatic in the entertainment aspect. Pretty much Pinatas appear on the edge of your land and you have to find a way to get them onto your farm. Once on they will walk about and see how you are doing and interact with pinatas already dedicated to your land. There are some bad pinatas that will cause some havoc, even the locals will have a fight between each other. You basically have some tools for making the area look good. You dig and finalize buildings with your shovel, plant seeds, and water plants to keep them alive till they are grown. Sidewalks can be layed out nicely and alot of other features are able to be used to customize your land.
Graphics: Graphics are very well done on the characters. The land and backgrounds have good lighting and fog effects. Even with 100 pinatas on your screen there is no lack in performance from the 360 and it runs nice and smooth. When saving or loading it will jog a bit but its not really noticable. Shading and lighting effects make everthing look great, day or night.
Sound: Sound I have heard is amazing on a 5.1 system, but I only have 2 Channel. As for the system I do have the voices are very crisp and easy to understand. The characters are very comical and make odd noises here and there. The music in the game is great as well and isnt some monotone tune as in some sim games out there.
Suggestions: Being able to see what way the building is situated in the build box would of been nice. Being able to skip through the Pinata intro's that happen all through the game would of helped as they were a bit annoying.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Viva Piñata News

Rare Questions Marketing of Viva Piñata
Viva Piñata developer Rare has questioned why its owner Microsoft decided to back Gears of War with such a high-profile marketing campaign.

No DLC for Viva Piñata, Confirms Rare
Rare has confirmed that it will not produce any further downloadable content for Xbox 360 title Viva Piñata.

E3: Viva Piñata: Party Animals Announced
During its pre-E3 conference Microsoft announced that a new Viva Piñata party game, Viva Piñata: Party Animals will be released for Xbox 360 later this year.

Viva Piñata Playable Demo
You can now download Viva Piñata Playable Demo from the Xbox live marketplace.

Gates Says Viva Pinata For Girls
Bill Gates has committed to Charlie Rose that Viva Piñata is for girls.

Rare Working On Original XBLA Game
Microsoft-owned UK developer Rare is working on an Xbox Live Arcade game to be released this year, reports the latest Issue of Edge magazine.

Viva Pinata: The Crush Video
The following Viva Pinata Video is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Viva Pinata Trojan Horstachio: Video
The following video is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Viva Pinata: Accessory Pack 5
The following content is available on the Xbox Live marketplace. Accessories will fit on most Piñata. Accessories can be obtained from Paper Pets in the village.

Harrison Backs Rare
Following yesterday's news that Rare co-founders Chris and Tim Stamper have left the company to pursue other ventures.

Rare Co-Founders Split
The co-founders of wholly-owned UK-based studio Rare (Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero) have left the development house to “pursue other opportunities.

Pinata Accessories Pack #4 Now Available
Dress up your Pinatas with some new items in the latest download now available on the marketplace.

Help kids who really need it!
Collect exclusive Viva Piñata™ buttons and help a great cause this holiday! Xbox Canada and Wal-Mart have teamed up to help Children’s Miracle Network by offering limited edition buttons of your favourite Viva Pinata characters.

Horstachios, Fudgehogs and Pretztails, Oh My!
Smashing good times at the world’s biggest piñata party as thousands danced with star Mario Lopez to celebrate the launch of “Viva Piñata” on Xbox 360.

Viva Piñata Developer Waiting For Proven Success
Viva Piñata developer is waiting for proven success before committing to develop downloadable content for Xbox 360.

Be Part Of The World’s Largest Piñata Party
Here’s your official invitation to this Saturday’s Viva Piñata party. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, bring your family and join us at the Santa Monica Pier.

Viva Pinata: Accessory Pack 2
The following ‘Viva Piñata’ content is available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for all regions.

Viva Piñata On Sale Today
Viva Piñata was shipped to stores on Nov. 9, and it will continue to be rolled out to retailers throughout the U.S. and worldwide through Dec. 2. Created by Rare and Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for the Xbox 360.

Viva Pinata: Accessory Pack 1
The following ‘Viva Piñata’ content is available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for all regions.

Viva Piñata Goes Gold
Viva Piñata went "gold," that is, Rare officially released the final code for manufacturing today.

Viva Piñata: Achievements
There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

Viva Pinata Interactive Video: Trailer
The following content is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Viva Pinata Family Pack Announced
Microsoft has announced a Viva Pinata Special Edition for the game’s launch in November.

Official Viva Piñata Site
Microsoft Game Studios today announced the re-launch of the official “Viva Piñata” site.

Viva Piñata TV Show Premiere
Viva Piñata™ — one of the most buzzed-about new kids’ entertainment properties of the year.

Viva Piñata Screenshots For The Kids
Microsoft/Rare has sent along some screenshots of their upcoming game called "Viva Piñata". Gives a whole new meaning to wack-a-mole!

New Rare Game Coming For 360
Microsoft Game Studios along with its new partner 4Kids Entertainment and developer Rare have revealed Viva Piñata for the Xbox 360, a new kids' property based on an upcoming animated series.

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