Gamespot writes: "Rare Ltd.'s original Viva Pinata was a big hit among those who actually played the game when it was released back in 2006. If you looked beyond the kid-friendly pinatas and abnormally colorful and bright presentation, you would've found an addictive simulation game that anyone, at any age, could sheepishly enjoy. Rare is following up with Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, in which Professor Pester and his band of ruffians have wiped out Pinata Central's computer records. It's up to you to rebuild the database by sending candy-filled pinatas to parties around the world. We return to Pinata Island to build an inviting garden to lure in familiar faces--as well as new species--in an effort to ensure that each pinata is carefully packaged and fully loaded with goodies before it's sent off.
Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is an excellent place to start if you've never had a chance to experience the joy of tending your own pinata garden. The tutorial is extremely helpful for newcomers to get a grasp of the basics. Instead of being given a junkyard where you need to get rid of the trash and pat down the dirt, you begin the game with a semi landscaped piece of land that should immediately attract the festive pinatas."