Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise doesn't do *that* much to improve upon the original Viva Piñata. However, it's hard to say there was much to improve upon in the first place. There are few games whose core mechanics are as addictive, fun, and simple as Viva Piñata's. You make a garden, fill it with plants, animals (or in this case, Piñatas), and structures, and that's that. You attract and unlock more plants, animals, and structures as you go, and your garden becomes more and more diverse and complex. As boring as real-life gardening might seem to some, the Viva Piñata games are, no doubt, very entertaining. I've played this game for many hours, creating the perfect paradise for my piñata pets. The multitude of secrets to uncover and the variety of mechanics to employ in perfecting your garden (including taming, planting, trapping, and breeding) provide for virtually limitless play time, and the option to create multiple gardens allows for the creation of personalized biomes. However, there is one major thing standing in the way of complete satisfaction: a garden limit. Once there are a certain amount of things in your garden, that's it: No more of anything else. This "complexity limit" is a huge bummer for me, as it prevents players from creating a bustling metropolis of piñata homes, or a giant farm, packed to the max with piñatas. The limit somewhat necessitates the usage of multiple gardens, and were it not for its existence, Trouble in Paradise would be virtually perfect. (Well, barring a few annoying creatures called "Sours" and "Ruffians" that live to destroy your garden.) However, I still recommend this game, especially if you need a break from high-action, fast-paced titles, and want calmer, more plan-based gameplay.
yes: I recommend this product