Frido takes a look back at the well loved, and rather weird, Viva Piñata.
It’s Viva Piñata y’all! A game that was very popular when I was younger, I never got the chance to play it until now. Apparently it was so popular with fans that it spawned another game and a television show. This isn’t really a spoiler game, so no spoilers.
The premise of this game is that you raise pinatas, and their ultimate goal is to go to children’s parties to have the crap beat out of them. The great thinstarg is that if you hit them with a shovel in the game, there’s a chance they may get sick. SO, if you’re paying attention so far, if you hit these pinatas they become sick, but we’re raising them to be sent off so other people can do the same thing. Now that we’ve settled just how weird this game is, let’s get ted ladies and gents.
First of all, I almost quit this game before the tutorial was over because it’s really boring. And they interrupt what you’re doing a lot. About every couple of minutes they interrupt you with a new alert. I understand that this is a children’s game, but it takes way too long to get through the tutorial. The simple style of controls is just bad. It reminds me of tank controls from older games. The controls won’t let you swing around and look at things around you. If you do not have any night pinatas, players basically just sit for about 10 minutes while their pinatas sleep, and you don’t get any night pinatas until a couple of hours into the game.
Now that we have the more mechanical issues out of the way, let’s start with just how much weirder this game can get.
As any video game that requires you to raise something, you have to breed these pinatas. And because this is a children’s game, there is a mini game to romance your pinatas. To romance your pinatas, you have to find your way through a maze to meet your pinata mate. Could you imagine if that’s what dating was really like?
“Would you like to go on a date?”
“I would, but first you must traverse this hedge maze to win my heart!”
“Okay, but you’re paying.”
After your pinata has met its the mate on the other side of the maze, your pinatas must complete THE ROMANCE DANCE. This dance reminds me of How to Train Your Dragon 3, but I’m the light fury thinking to myself, “What in the world is happening right now?” Your pinatas have no gender which is nice. At the same time, however mommy, and son pinata can also make a baby. So apparently in this game incest is ay okay!
After you romance your first set of worms pinatas, whirlms, a bird pinata will show up. This bird pinata, sparrowmint, will only stay at your farm after you whirlms mate. It’s like this bird is saying, “Yeah, that was pretty hot, I’ll stay,” which is REALLY weird. I’m sure that these things seem innocent to children, which is fine. However, it’s weird to me, and I’m bothered. And that’s not even the worst part!
The weirdest part about this game is that to have certain pinatas mate or stay on your, farm they have to eat your other pinatas. Raise them, name them, and then feed these pinatas to other pinatas. Some call it a beautiful cycle, I call it weird and messed up.
Ah, Viva Piñata this game is really weird but still cute. The game has a cute design, and if I was younger, it would probably keep my attention for a decent amount of time. As an adult, however, it seems really weird to me. This game is currently available with an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Happy romance dancing!