Review by Anthony Gallegos:
"My relationship to my piñatas is a strange one. Like every normal human out there, I think they're adorable, but I don't let myself get attached to them. Otherwise, I'd feel like an evil tyrant when I break up their little piñata families and sell them off when they can no longer provide me with experience. What can I say? I'm practical?and the MMORPG player in me covets a level up in any game, forcing me to harden my heart and put aside my normal love for all things cute.
Leveling up is why the original Viva Piñata remains an addiction of mine; it still surprises me just how fulfilling it is to cultivate multiple gardens and complete tiny objective after tiny objective in order to attract a new species of piñata. Which is why I love Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise even more. While it's not groundbreaking and is pretty much the same as the original, the myriad refinements and user-friendly changes make the game even more welcoming. It's easy to appreciate the new interface additions, like the ability to more easily locate a specific piñata in your garden or quickly plant a certain seed. The handful of annoying and tedious actions from the previous game were rethought and streamlined, making everything smoother -- and a lot more fun. Even the stuttering framerate that would occur during the autosaving is mostly gone, which really helps keep your focus on working your green thumb rather than noticing how much your own thumb hurts from playing for hours on end."