Console Monster writes: "Gardening seemed like a strange basis for a game, though thankfully, Rare managed to pull it off fantastically in 2006 with their release of Viva Piñata. Two years on and the candy-filled animals return for the true sequel (discounting Viva Piñata: Party Animals). This time round the story behind Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is more understandable and clearly visible: Professor Pester and the sour Piñatas have wiped the Piñata database clean of all Piñata records. It's the player's job to prevent further disruption and to recover the records.
Controlling the familiar cursor seen in the previous title, the game starts players off in a garden with the basics, including a few plants and paving. Similarly to the previous title, Leafos is once again on hand to provide players with a tutorial and Seedos also returns for you to hit ask for seeds. The more advanced gardener will be pleased to know there is an option to skip the tutorial, though it can prove to be helpful; specially with the new features..."