TGS '07: Viva Piñata: Party Animals Hands-On

We spy another minigame for Viva Piñata: Party Animals at a not-so-empty Microsoft booth at TGS.

Despite Microsoft's much-publicised inability to truly crack the Japanese game market, the large Xbox 360 booth at TGS was quite the hotbed of activity. One of the games we had to line up for was Viva Piñata: Party Animals, the upcoming party game compilation from Australian dev house Krome Studios.

As you've probably read from our previous coverage, this game takes the characters and world created by Rare in the original Viva Piñata and puts them in pure party game territory. The four-player title will let players take the role of either Fergy Fudgehog, Paulie Pretztail, Franklin Fizzlybear, or Hudson Horstachio in a series of more than 50 challenges.

We've seen a few of the games that the final title will ship with, such as Piñata racing, as well as a hot-potato-style bomb-passing game, all of which featured extremely simple controls that befit Viva Piñata: Party Animals' family demographic. A new minigame we saw at TGS proved to just as simple: a Piñata dancing game that saw the four competitors line up and perform dance moves. These moves were essentially timed button presses on the Xbox 360 controller, the indicator of which appeared above each individual Piñata's head. Nail the moves and your Piñata will bust out in dance; miss them and it'll stumble while trying to disco. It was a quick and fun affair, although we were disappointed to note that each Piñata had only one set dance animation.

Viva Piñata: Party Animals is set for release on the Xbox 360 at the end of October.

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lacrimosamo
lacrimosamo

Last year I bought Viva Piñata as a Christmas present, this year she wants Party Animals. I think it would be cool playing this with family and friends.

harrassee
harrassee

just so fans of the "first" viva pinata know, this game has NOTHING to do with viva pinata other than the name. totally different gameplay, totally different game. it is not a sequel; it just takes advantage of the trademark

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

It will be good one. I like original viva pinata it was very addictive and has awesome graphics ( one of the best on 360, it looked like CGI movie). This one is gonna be the same, with lot of minigames.

capitancahonas
capitancahonas

Arghh, my kid must not know of it's existence! It's MY console! - Took me ages to prise the controller out of his little fingers with VP. Time for a t.v blackout methinks...

wjkflke
wjkflke

no offense to people who like this game but it looks so friggin boring. i hated the other the game and ill hate this one. Halo3 is the way to go.

X-AluCarD-X
X-AluCarD-X

I loveth Viva Pinata. It's sucked up my life and pulled me away from every other game I own. Is that ridiculous? PS: Will not get this sad abuse of a good license. Sorry.

nazerim
nazerim

Party Animals isn't being developed by the same team, demo is quite disappointing - this unfortunately (based on the demo) is just a bad piece of shovelware. Rare do good games, they shouldn't have let this one go the way it has.

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

Played the first one and enjoyed it so I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Played the demo; not impressed. Next!

beckit_beck
beckit_beck

loved the first one but im not to sure about this one

cammonag
cammonag

hmm not too sure about this one

nobeaner
nobeaner

I enjoyed the first one, but a party game? I think it fits with the Viva Pinata license but I probably won't get it because it is a party game.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

played the first one and this is definitely on my list of playing

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

definitely getting this game...I really enjoy Viva Pinata and this looks quirky enough to authorize a purchase from me.

alec_00006
alec_00006

i loved the original game from RARE. But Krome did well with Ty the tasmanian tiger 1 so i hope this is just as great

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

wow a family fun game. you are smiling all the time when you are playing with this game