Horrible pun in the title aside, this is a cracking deal if you're still gaming on your Xbox 360. For just £1 you can get hold of Rare's addictive and whimsical management sim, with the download code emailed to you straight away. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
If you've still to make the jump to current-gen consoles and are looking for something cheap and cheerful to keep you entertained, this deal covers those requirements quite spectacularly. A download code for the rather addictive Viva Pinata is currently just £2, making it the cheapest deal around by around £4. As always, you can drop the price a little further by grabbing one of their 5%-off voucher codes. Click here to grab one to drop the price to £1.89. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
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Get 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold with Zoo Tycoon and Viva Pinata for £35.99 from GAME. Click here to buy >>
This barnstorming deal was under £30 around Christmas, but even so, £35.99 is still a bargain for a year of XBL Gold and two cracking games. Do be aware that Zoo Tycoon is for Xbox One, and Viva Pinata is an Xbox 360 code. We're still awaiting a good Rare title on the new-gen platform, and no, Kinect Sports Rivals doesn't count. Cheers JonnyEricEdwards.
Controllers cost an obscene amount these days, with the Xbox 360 one generally retailing for around £20-25 and Sony's DualShock 3 with all of its bells and whistles going for £5-10 more than that. It's daylight robbery. So when a deal comes along that means you can nab a free game or two at the same price, we like to sit up and take note.
What A Find are currently offering a controller bundle along with Rare's Viva Pinata and racing sim Forza 2 for £14.99, which is fantastic. Unfortunately, their extortionate delivery prices will bump it up to £21.98, but it's still a pretty good price.
First of all, extra controllers are a fundamental necessity these days. Local multiplayer has and will always kick bottom. Ironically, you probabaly won't use it, though, for either of the games listed here.
Viva Pinata is a fantastic game, one of the few games to have emerged from within Rare's stable within the last seven years that even remotely lives up the extraordinary promise of the 90s Golden Era, imbued as it is with the developer's trademark humour, fiendishly accessible and addictive mechanics and cutesy presentation. Put simply, Viva Pinata is an absolute delight to play. In a throwback to the Bullfrog games of old, you have a plot of land you need to transform into a garden that will entice new and exotic types of pinata in to come and nest/burrow/set up shop. And, like those Bullfrog games, it's a wonderfully engrossing affair. It's entirely possible to sit down for twenty minutes only to look up and find out that not only is it now dark outside, but it's the next day too.
Forza 2, by contrast, will probably be somewhat unsatisfying to anyone who has played Forza 3. That said, it doesn't make the second instalment a bad game, far from it. The massive stable of cars, balance between petrolhead tweaking and novice racer accessibility and the RPG-lite addictiveness that stand out as benchmarks for the series are all in here. No it might not be as smooth or eye-poppingly good looking as its sequel, but that doesn't stop it from being a damn fine racer.
Thanks to jayesh0507 at HUKD
Much like Dennis Quaid in Innerspace, this is a game that has been shrunk. Rare have basically taken their bizarre, colourful gardening sim and micro-sized it to make the jump from X360 to DS and it works fantastically.
If you've yet to check out Viva Pinata, you can currently do so for £7.99 by heading over to HMV. It's been cheaper, dipping by a couple of quid over the last six months or so, but it's also one of those games that certain retailers never seem to have in stock, so for now HMV remains your best bet, being nearly 32 cheaper than the nearest competitor.
Rare haven't made many must-have games in the last eight years since abandoning Nintendo's side for a spot in Microsoft's cheap motel, but Viva Pinata was a revelation. Giving you an unsightly patch of land and encouraging you to turn it into a lush and verdant garden paradise, the game's charm was in it's seemingly simply premise and cutesy presentation with the colourful critters' territorial behavioural patterns offering plenty of scope for Rare's more universal brand of light humour. However, all of this belied a deeply complex game that could steal time away from children and adults alike and delight both in equal measure.
I loved the game on the Xbox 360 and it works even better the second time around on the DS. The stylus is key here, offering an interface that's easy to use and incredibly intuitive, especially with the implementation of the new overhead map. On top of that, Rare have made the game more accessible to those youngsters who might have found the full game too overwhelming by including a 'Playground' mode that removes all of the garden's baddies and clears out a few of the obstacles to make tending to your little plot an enjoyable pleasure.
Bored of grey? Bored of realism and crushing over-seriousness? Well Rare might have the answer for you.
You know when a title is exclusive to a platform it’s going to be good and this addition to the Viva Pinata series doesn’t fail to deliver the fun. And this time you can bring your friends – online or in the same room – for extra co-op gameplay. Currently Play.com has it at a stonkingly low price of £4.99, less than half the price of the nearest rival we can find, which is Coolshop at £11.99!
Just like the original Viva Pinata, TiP drops you in control of a patch of land that you cultivate to attract all the colourful residents of Pinata island and crammed with 30 more demanding animals, you’ll be kept busy making sure they're all happy.
Even if you have played the first game this follow up is worth snapping up. The new animals with all their entertaining actions and reactions means even experienced players will enjoy this. The co-op player mode is also good fun for showing off your garden, though it doesn’t work as well as say Animal Crossing. However the local play does work better enabling two players to interact to a greater degree.
It’s gripping in a Sims way. You’ll find hours of your life evaporating while you try to buy gifts to keep your piñata happy, tending the garden, breeding the little guys and collecting new ones. Fun for everyone, it’ll even melt the heart of the most die-hard Gears of War fan.
Thanks to Christ_ on Hotukdeals!
Here at Dealspwn we're all about value for money, so when a merchant bundles three awesome games together into a meaty discounted package we tend to take note. Today we're talking about two of Rare's finest recent games - Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Viva Pinata - and slick'n'speedy racer Project Gotham 4.
Individually, you're looking at paying just over £26 for these three - PGR4 (£6.89 - Gameplay), Banjo-Kazooie (£11.99 - Amazon Jersey) and Viva Pinata (£7.89 - Simply Games). But Argos are offering these three family-friendly titles for just £19.99, saving you over £6.
I've had the chance to get to grips with all of these games, and I can safely say that they're all pretty good. PGR4 will certainly keep racing fans and petrolheads happy with its exceptional speed, handling, large stable and impressive weather effects. The graphics are perhaps a little dated when stood next to Forza 3, but it's still a very good looking game and highly recommended for quick bursts of four-wheeled fun.
Viva Pinata is classic Rare: bright, colourful, well designed and with a wry sense of humour under the surface. The game's charm is in its simplicity: you are tasked with turning a muddy patch of land into a beautiful garden and attracting increasingly weird and wonderful candy-stuffed animals to set up home and procreate. There are little maze-driven mini-games for when the piñata get together to mate, and you'll spend time driving off predatory fiends and sour piñata. You'll have to break up the odd neighbourly fight between residents and make sure that you're garden is adorned with the best flora and fauna to attract the rare species of piñata. It's all very leisurely and it doesn't sound hugely enticing, but then you look up and you realise you've been playing for five hours straight.
Unfortunately, Banjo-Kazooie's latest outing isn't quite the triumphant return of Rare to platform games that many (including me) were hoping for. I can't say that I found the game terribly gripping and I downright loathed the fiddly control system, but my biggest issue was that I expected the game to be something that it wasn't. Approached with an open mind, Nuts and Bolts is actually a pretty fun title with massively customisable vehicles taking the place of the duo's special moves and transformations. Don't go in expecting a normal platformer and you might well be pleasantly surprised. The Rare sense of humour is back in full swing, it's an excellently polished and well-presented game, but N64-series fans might be disappointed.
Thanks to Deals Fiend at HotUKDeals
Proof that ex-Nintendo second-party developers Rare are still alive and kicking, Viva Piñata stormed onto the Xbox 360 and captivated gmers hearts with a life sim that was both incredibly addictive, brightly coloured and easy to pick up and play. 2008's incarnation Pocket Paradise is less of a new game and more of a shrinking of the original for the DS and, considering the popularity of the latter and just how much fun it was to play, there's very little wrong with that.
A perfect stocking filler for kids and adults alike, you can now pick up a copy for just £5.99 from Play.com, saving you a couple of pounds from the nearest competitor (HMV - £7.99) and meaning you can indulge your sweet-filled gardening fantasies for little more than a fiver thanks to Play's free delivery.
Viva Piñata's charm is in its simplicity: you are tasked with turning an unsightly plot of land into a beautiful garden and thereby enticing candy-stuffed animals to set up home and spawn. It's all very relaxed and carefree with no strict objectives as such except for increasing the value of your organic real-estate and attracting more piñata inhabitants. There are little maze-driven mini-games for when the piñata get together to mate, and you'll spend time driving off wild rampaging Ruffians and sour piñata that attempt to make your garden's residents sick and sometimes eat them. You'll have to break up the odd neighbourly fight between residents and make sure that you're garden is adorned with the best flora and fauna to attract the rare species of piñata.
I own the Xbox 360 original and I have to say that I found to be an incredibly charming little game. The DS version is even better, thanks to a handful of new piñata thrown in from Trouble in Paradise, but more because the entire game is controlled via the stylus. Everything feels intuitive, from drawing grass to navigating the new overhead map. There's also a new mode entitled 'Playground' that's perfect for younger players as it simply removes the Ruffians and other obstacles from the game.
If you're looking for a game that offers a completely different experience to the grey-soaked, flash, bang, wallop big-budget games that seem to be flooding the market recently you'd do well to pick up a copy of this. It's one of the best games on the DS in my opinion, and at £5.99 it's an absolute steal.
Thanks to Rhys135 at HotUKDeals
It's been a quiet day for deals but I did notice that Shop To are selling Viva Pinata: Party Animals for the nice little price of £4.75. Sure there's not much of a game here and it's one of those hoping-for-a-sniff-of-the-Wii's-success mini game collections (and not a great one at that) that the XBox 360 churned out for a while, but for less than a fiver it becomes a far more attractive prospect, at least if you have children.
The next best price is £7.73 from The Hut, so Shop To are offering a £3 saving and the fact that they send their items by recorded delivery is a nice bonus.
Styled as a gameshow, with 4 contestants pitted against each other, while a lively host provides commentary; Party Animals offers up a number of run of the mill and samey mini-games for your delectation. Play is made up of races and randomly selected challenge games in which you compete to increase your "candiosity". You can play either on or offline but games will always feature 4 characters so if you have more than 4 friends desperate for a go then you will have to take turns and if there's less of you then computer controlled characters will be added to the mix.
It's a shame that Viva Pinata: Party Animals is such a bland, uninspiring affair because, visually, it is arresting, charming and all round rather lovely. While it is not quite as detailed as the original Viva Pinata, Party Animals is nonetheless extremely bright, pretty and saturated in candy colour. Sadly, nice visuals can only take a game so far if it is otherwise a bit of a damp squib.
Thanks to Adam2050 at Hotukdeals!
With surreal characters, quirky mini-games and hilarious soundtrack, Viva Piñata: Party Animals could make an entertaining addition to your Xbox 360 game collection. Currently the game is being offered for £4.85 from Shopto.net which is almost half the price of the next best offer of £8.73 from the Hut.
However do be warned, this is not a game for everyone. And if you’re the sort of gamer who likes nothing more than running around blowing people's heads off in games like Fallout 3 then this might not be for you. Viva Piñata: Party Animals offers players a light hearted assortment of various multi-player mini-games and races. Players can partake in tournaments ranging from short, medium to long, with around six core mini-game formats.
In terms of graphics, dialogue and soundtrack the game is appealing. But unfortunately when it comes to gameplay, the whole thing falls into total mediocrity. In essence, Viva Piñata: Party Animals attempts - with limited success - to recycle the best bits of its more accomplished predecessor. But what results is a game which is by no means as diverse or entertaining. The challenges are simply not challenging, there is little variety, and clearly this is a game aimed at a very youthful market.
But even with that said, according to the IGN review, Viva Piñata: Party Animals isn’t even dynamic enough to occupy a bright toddler for more than hour. However if you find yourself tired of all that GTA killing and oversaturated with bloodshed, Viva Piñata: Party Animals is a game which could be perfect for a some light relief!
Combine your secret love for gardening with your sweet tooth, by purchasing Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise for a mere £8.73 from The Hut!
Whisked through a price-comparison, The Hut’s deal for Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise emerged the cheapest available! Since the Viva Piñata brand burst onto television screens, its impressed critics with its well-crafted design tools and ecosystem, averaging an 82/100 on MetaCritic, and even earning a perfect score from 1UP.
The goal in Viva Piñata is to build and design your own garden, choosing whether you want it grassy or snowy, with trees or without trees, in order to attract the denizens of the wilderness outside. Piñatas will soon crawl, scuttle or fly into your garden and it make it their home. You can then choose to breed same species piñata, and amass a small, candy-coated army if you so desire. But be wary of the Sours, greedy, carnivorous Piñata, who may shatter your well-laid plans.
Viva Piñata is a game for the entire family, not just the grouchy teen who hogs the Xbox. Trouble in Paradise now includes a co-operative system, allowing two players to pair up and work together in cultivating their garden and tending to its occupants. The second player has access to all the tools and interactive actions of the first player, but can also earn Magic by aiding wayward or ill Piñata. The online features of the original return, with players able to send gifts and packages to their global neighbours.
Anyone out there looking for some great DS game bargains should check out these transatlantic imports to the UK from DVD box office. They have some great titles including Guitar Hero On Tour for as little as £4.66 which is pretty special as the game is £14.99 on Amazon.
There are a few important points to remember regarding imports from America however…
Firstly, do not order over £18 worth of games in one order as you might have to pay import tax – which can be a lot! Also remember these are American style editions meaning they will work on any UK DS but you may not be able to play wirelessly with anyone using a UK version of the game.
American games also have slimmer game boxes and occasionally different artwork, so you cannot trade them in at UK stores. (You can still flog them on Ebay though!)
Also remember that these prices do not include postage and packaging, but even with a few pound extra, they are still insanely cheap! So if you’re a hardcore bargain hunter looking for some new additions to your DS, don’t get caught paying the RRP, as savings like these will have you on the road to early retirement.