Seriously impressed with Viva Pinata!

Posted by Jason Triplett Saturday, November 11, 2006

You know, there are a lot of people I talk to that won't bother with this game because of the kid-toned outer shell. But what they miss is one of the better sim creation games to ever hit a console.

For those of you who don't know much about the game, and want to know what it's like, it basically combines elements of these great games:

Sim City
The Sims
Harvest Moon
Black & White
Animal Crossing

But while it has elements of all those great games, it still manages to stay fresh and unique.
Rare has also done an outstanding job or recreating the feel of the Nintendo-era Rareware. This feels very much like a Nintendo product. The musical score is IMO the third best of the year (Gears Of War and FFXII round out the top 3). Done by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, it definately creates a feel all it's own. This is great news to those that didn't want to hear "cartoon style" music through the whole game.

While this seems very much like a kids game it is very complex. Maybe I don't give kids enough credit, but I can't imagine the 10 and under crowd being able to handle this. On the flip side, this game's appeal can reach far and wide. Any age can find a way to enjoy this, as long as you have an open mind going into it. Parents, this game IS kid safe, and if your youn ones like it, you can hook up a second controller and help them out through a sort of co-op.

I'm not going to bother giving this game a number. Numbers confuse people and muddle up what is truly good about a game. Instead, I will just say that I am seriously impressed with this game, far more than I ever thought I would be. Take that as you will, but in my eyes this is a keeper.

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Great to see you love the game. I'd recommend that you come and join this Viva Pinata forum community to share your enjoyment of Rare's latest title :)

    Posted on 6:33 PM

  2. Justin Gain Said,

    I like this game too. Quite a bit at least. I just feel really really really really gay when I'm playing it. Like I feel like I'm growing ovaries when I play it. This is coming from a man who braved the Barbie games of the nes/snes era, and loved Harvest Moon with a passion. Also, the romance dance is kinda..dirty. At least for the worms. Innuendo, gotta love it.

    Posted on 9:29 PM


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