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That rotten Professor Pester and his Ruffians have snuck into Piñata Central, and in a botched attempt to steal all the Piñata records, they've ended up erasing them all instead! It's up to you to help restore the records, and keep those candy-filled piñatas coming!

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is the sequel to Rare's gardening simulator, Viva Piñata. The overall game remains the same - lure piñata by tending your garden. Some animals are attracted by the appearance of others, while others will come because of the types of plants that you grow. As you progress, the more valuable your garden will become - and that means that Professor Pester and his Ruffians will turn up to try to vandalize it, either causing fights with piñata, or smashing your most expensive object.

Trouble in Paradise includes all the piñata from the original game, as well as some new species that can only be found by traveling to the Dessert Desert or the Piñarctic. These piñata are wild, and need to be lured with bait and caught. Unfortunately, new Sour Piñata are also waiting to come in and cause problems for you as well.

A new feature of the game is Piñata Vision, which uses the Xbox Live Vision Camera to scan in cards. These cards can drop in an assortment of items into the game - anything from new piñata, to garden objects, to tools - even shop discounts! Players can even take a photo of an object in their garden and transform it into a Piñata Vision card to send to a friend. The game also features two mini-games - a Piñata racing game, and Piñata contest game. Winning these mini-games increases your piñata's value.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Viva Piñata: Paniek in het Paradijs" -- Dutch title
  • "Viva Piñata: Pagaille au Paradis" -- French title
  • "Viva Piñata: Chaos im Paradies" -- German title
  • "Atsumare! Viva Pinata 2: Garden wa Dai-Punch" -- Japanese title

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XboxAddict Sep 12, 2008 92 out of 100 92
GameFocus Sep 16, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN Australia Sep 09, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86 Sep 02, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Xbox Gazette Sep 21, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Sep 02, 2008 16 out of 20 80 Sep 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Oct 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Sep 15, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Official XBox Magazine Sep 05, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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Ben K (23048) added Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (Xbox 360) on Oct 12, 2008