The Viva Pinata franchise began in the fall of 2006 and was actually quite a success for Rare. Sure, it wasn’t exactly a big hit, but it did manage to sell nearly two million units. It spawned its own tv show on 4KidsTV, a party game from Krome Studios, and a second entry in 2008 called Trouble in Paradise. Microsoft had enough faith in the brand itself that they even greenlit the development of a handheld game in the franchise for the Nintendo DS called Pocket Paradise.
Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise was an excellent companion to its console counterparts. Rare managed to squeeze a remarkable amount of content onto a far less capable machine; so much content that it was nearly the same as playing the console versions! The Romance Dance videos were there, over 60 Pinata, the shops, all of your Gardening aspects, and so forth. The one thing that was actually better than both of the Xbox 360 titles was the ability to control everything via the touchscreen. It was far more intuitive and albeit easier to manage. It was overall an excellent experience and one that any fan of the franchise should partake in.
Did you have the opportunity to play Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise? If so, then share your thoughts on the game in the comments below!