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Viva Pinata (2006) is a strategy garden simulation where you tend and care for 60 different piñata animals. Play involves interacting with the Pinata themselves, but also creating the right environment to attract new creatures and helping them thrive. It stands out for the simple joy of gardening, only here it's about creating environments that suit different animals rather than plants.

You work to make the garden a perfect home for you Pinata with a range of gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals will appear, who in turn need nurturing to be happy and to procreate.

As you progress you realise not all the animals live in harmony. Also, to procreate and multiply they need certain conditions to be met. You also need to deal with predatory intruders who foil your plans and make life uncomfortable for your Pinata.

The result is an endearing game about pet care and the lived environment. It's simple enough for young players to enjoy, but also has a deep complexity that requires long-term planning if you want to see the really rare Pinata.

Our examiner, Chris Boers, first checked Viva Pinata 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Creative and Simulation game with Collecting, Fighting, Sequencing and Strategy elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. In the first game can play with someone else, working on the same garden. There's also a mode that lets two controllers control the same cursor in the game (like Co-Pilot mode). Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise also added online multiplayer for four players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The unusual task of making a garden to attract different creatures works well for pre-teenage players. Younger players can work with parents or older siblings on a shared garden.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.


Viva Pinata usually costs £11.99.

Viva Piñata

XBox Store Xbox X|S £11.99
XBox Store Xbox One £11.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Viva Pinata

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
In-game purchases for cosmetic items for creatures to wear. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/09/2006, updated in 2010

Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Creative, Simulation (Collecting, Fighting, Sequencing and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

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