Review by Mark Johnson:
"When I first turned on Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise I was pretty alarmed to find that there was no trigger button for firing a gun. I then realised that there was no way for me to lop someone's head off with a sword, nor could I punch anyone in the face. There was no way for me to accelerate at breakneck speeds and hammer a vehicle into a wall at stupid miles per hour and I couldn't perform a kick flip. There didn't even appear to be any mind-bending puzzles for me to untangle my brain around. Then someone told me that the game is a gardening simulator and I realised the Evil Editor was feeling particularly cruel and unusual in his feature allocations. Which is a roundabout way of saying – Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise was always facing an uphill battle in winning me over.
Games with cute animals are not, typically, my cup of tea. BUT! If you're of the same mind and preparing to click off to elsewhere on the big wide Internet, hold on a sec'. Pocket Paradise might just hold something for you. The game started the process of winning me over when I previewed it back in June and I'm happy to report that a fuller experience with it hasn't enshrunkenised its appeal."