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[[caption-width-right:256:Sure, it's all smiles and cuteness now. But then comes the ''cannibalism and inbreeding''...]]

''Viva Piñata'' is a video game series developed by {{Creator/Rare}}. It is primarily a {{Mons}} farm SimulationGame. The player takes on the role of a Piñata Gardener on Piñata Island, a world of animated Piñatas all styled after various animals. The player is presented a ruined patch of dirt and tasked with {{terraform}}ing and expanding it into a Piñata Garden, which is part zoo and part ranch. The player begins by attracting Whirlms, simple worm Piñatas. You breed them, sell some offspring and use others to feed to wild Piñatas to attract new types to your garden, or send them off to parties to make money. This gives you cash to improve your garden further, which unlocks more options and attracts more Piñatas, following a food chain. It's a sandbox game, but the ultimate goal is to attract all 60 (100 in later games) breeds of Piñata to your garden and become a Master Romancer (i.e., breed them like crazy), for every single species.

The series includes ''Viva Piñata'' (2006), ''Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise'' (2008) and PartyGame ''Viva Piñata: Party Animals'' (2007) for the Xbox 360, as well as ''Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise'' (2008) for the Nintendo DS.

The series was a SleeperHit on the Xbox 360. Microsoft wanted the game to be its answer to ''{{Pokemon}}'', but it didn't work out. Why? Well, the game ''looked'' like a children's game but actually comprised challenging Sim management tasks that kids just couldn't handle. At times, the games dip into NintendoHard or GuideDangIt, with the in-game ExpositionFairy actually ''[[TheComputerIsALyingBastard lying]]'' to the player at points to mislead them. The original game was also launched with [[WesternAnimation/VivaPinata a tie-in animated series]] (featuring TalkingAnimal Piñatas throwing parties) that wasn't even slightly representative of how the games actually play (although occasionally a reference to a game mechanic is made, and is even the main plot point of a few episodes). The game was also much more morbid than it seemed at first appearance, with a food chain of Piñatas killing each other and feasting on their candy innards being required to progress in the game.

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!! This game provides examples of:

* AlienBlood: They're piñatas. They bleed candy.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: ExaggeratedTrope. Not only every resident Piñata is extremely colourful, but each species has three colour variants obtainable by feeding them specific items.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Averted only with Moozipans' cow udders.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted with Fizzlybears, shy, inoffensive creatures.
* BigBad: Professor Pester.
* BiggerOnTheInside: All houses. Piñatas actually ''shrink'' when entering them.
* BoringButPractical: Many "utility" Piñatas, though not flashy, provide valuable services to your garden. Things such as the Taffly's ability to make fertilizer, the Cluckles' ability to quickly hatch eggs, and the Buzzlegum/Goobaa/Moozipan providing a steady stream of income (if properly accessorized) are useful, if not fancy.
* BrotherSisterIncest and ParentalIncest: Piñatas will romance with anyone regardless of family boundaries.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The Newtgat isn't based on the Newt, but rather on the Axolotl.
* TheCameo: [[Videogame/BanjoKazooie Banjo, Kazooie, Mumbo and Captain Blackeye]] appear as statues.
* ComMons: Whirlms. They only require there to be dirt in your garden. They're followed by Sparrowmints, which only need Whirlms. If you leave your game sitting for a while and there's enough room left, you'll eventually have two of both in your garden.
* TheComputerIsALyingBastard: Many of the things Leafos says when selected are false (e.g. the way she claims certain Piñatas transform is impossible), and some of the things she decries as ridiculous are true.
* CreatureBreedingMechanic: One of the main points is its "romancing" system. Outside of one very specific case, romancing is only useful for producing more piñatas of species you already own. However, romancing is essential for meeting the population requirements that some wild piñatas have.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Leafos that you will be able to tame sour Mallowolves the day Rashberries fly. In order to tame them, you need exactly a flying Rashberry.
* CulturalCrossReference: The Ponocky gets its PunnyName from the popular Japanese snack food Pocky (the series is British, by the way.)
* CurbStompBattle: In a predator-prey battle, you'd better stop the predator ''quick''. The prey doesn't even stand a ''chance''.
* Creator/DanGreen: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svg-DvNARKE He's a magical Piñata.]]
** [[LargeHam He's acting, children! Bravo for him!]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In order to tame a Sour Boonboon, you need to have it defeated by a snake Piñata.
* DeliveryStork: Storkos, appropriately enough.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Many of the romance dances, especially Twingersnap and S'morepion.
* ADogNamedDog and YouAreNumberSix: All unnamed Piñatas are called by their species' name and a number (e.g. Horstachio 3).
* EveryoneIsBi: Piñatas are supposed to be genderless, but since breeding (excuse me, [[UnusualEuphemism romancing]]) Piñatas is a major part of gameplay, this is probably a more accurate description.
** Considering that you can breed an offspring with either parent, they're either hermaphrodites or they're really just dancing and receiving an egg from Storkos.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Choclodocus, even though, according to its in-game description, "it doesn't make sense to have dinosaur Piñatas. It's as if [[RuleOfCool wanted to be cool without thinking about it properly]]."
* EvilMinions: Ruffians are this to Professor Pester.
** FacelessMooks: They're dressed with masks.
* FictionalCurrency: Chocolate coins.
** GoldSilverCopperStandard: They come in four variants with increasing size: bronze, silver, gold and large gold coins.
*** CheapGoldCoins: Golden Coins are as worth as just ten bronze coins. Justified as the chocolate inside is the real currency.
* FierySalamander: Salamango are associated with fire - or better, chili.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Leafos claims that "Bart has a soft spot for Fannie." Younger players assume that Bart has a crush on the post office girl. However, the game was made in Britain, where "fanny" has a [[TheCasanova completely different meaning...]]
** ''Pocket Paradise'' had a little fun with the stylus and shopkeepers. "Don't touch what you can't afford, my friend!"
** One episode Paulie Preztail causes several distractions, one of which he dresses as a balloon stripper for a few seconds. Seriously!
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Converted Sour Piñatas assume a far friendlier look.
* GluttonousPig: The Rashberry species. In order to romance them, they need to eat several items that have gone rotten. If they eat a hunk of cheesecake, they transform into warthogs.
* GRatedSex: Piñatas dance with each other, which causes eggs to be dropped off by Storkos.
* {{Griefer}}: Ruffians will smash your possessions, cough up toxic candies, fill your ponds with dirt and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking run off with your gardening staff]] just for the sake of it. They will go away if you give them money, thought.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Twingersnap and Fourheads.
* HeelFaceTurn: Sour Piñatas will convert into their regular counterparts after their resident requirements are met.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Costalot, to an extent. While she's definitely greedy, she isn't quite at the "Sell her own grandma to make a quick buck" level some Honest Johns are. She does occasionally slip and call you a "money bag" and say other things that are vaguely insulting, though.
* ImAHumanitarian: Piñatas eat candy. Piñatas are full of candy. If you break a Piñata open, you can feed its candy to another Piñata. Even if it's from a Piñata of the same species.
** Or their parents, as shown by the VG Cats comic linked in the article's YMMV tab...
*** Their INBRED parents. They'll dance with anyone!
* InUniverseGameClock: The clock simulates daily cycles. Diurnal and nocturnal Piñatas are awake at different times.
* ItAmusedMe: Ruffians' main motivation.
* KingOfBeasts: The Roario, which is the strongest and most valuable Piñata after the Dragonache.
* MetamorphosisMonster: Some Piñatas can evolve into others when certain conditions are met.
** Sour Piñatas converting into their good counterparts counts as well.
* MixAndMatchCritters: [[UnusualEuphemism Romancing]] a Rashberry with a Swanana will result in a Pigxie. That'll make you think twice about saying "when pigs fly".
* MoralDissonance: According to the game's manual, being broken open at a birthday party is some kind of life-fulfilling orgasmic experience for Piñatas. In your garden, however, being broken open is the closest thing to ''death'' in the Piñata kingdom. This is not helped by the fact that one ad for the game began with a disclaimer for "disturbing imagery" only to show smashed Piñatas, and the Rare logo displayed when the game starts may randomly show a Fudgehog panicking in the face of a baseball bat before being whacked.
* MultipleHeadCase: Twingersnaps, whose waiting animation involves the heads attacking each other.
* NoEnding: Literally. The game remains an open sandbox once the final congratulation message is displayed, without dealing with either [[DemonicSpiders Professor Pester]] or [[TheGrimReaper Dastardos]].
** Late in the game you are able to buy items which keep Dastardos and Professor Pester away from your garden, thought.
* NonLethalKO: Piñatas never die, technically. When they're broken open, they re-form in their original monochrome appearance outside your garden's borders. They're still as good as dead to you, though.
* PaletteSwap: Each Piñata has three color variants obtainable by feeding them a certain object.
* PatchworkMap: ''Trouble in Paradise'' has two new terrain options that can be placed wherever the player chooses - tundra and desert.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The signature color of sour Piñatas, weeds and Ruffians.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A great many Piñatas fall under this.
* SavageWolves: Sour Mallowolves.
** NobleWolf: Tamed Mallowolves will help the player by scaring Ruffians off.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The Piñatas are based on real or well-known mythical creatures. Most of them are fairly well known, but what the heck is a Galagoogoo based on? What is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galago this thing]]?
* SimulationGame: The garden is yours to rebuild and repopulate. The sky's not quite the limit, but it's fun up until you start hitting the game's boundaries.
* SleepModeSize: You can return the Dragonache to an egg at any time, turning it back into its more small and cuddly baby form.
* {{Spinventory}}
* TakeThat: The Pudgeon house is a statue of Professor Pester covered in poop.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Most Piñatas need to eat certain food (or other Piñatas, in case of predators) to join your garden.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In Professor Pester's introduction cinematic, he hits the screen, the view falls to the ground and the screen goes black as if it were a camera.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Summed up nicely by the VGCats comic linked in the YMMV tab.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Later in the game you are able to ward Dastardos and Professor Pester off your garden, but that's as far as their resolution goes.
* AWinnerIsYou: The closest thing the game has to an ending is a congratulatory message from the old gardener.
* YouBastard: The Reddhott description.
** Reddhott:
--> Imagine scorching the furniture when you sit on it. Imagine having to move every few seconds because if you don`t, the ground underneath you sets alight. What kind of life is that? Who is responsible for this?
*** You get Reddhotts by ''setting Tafflies on fire'' and then dousing them.
** Seedos calling you a bully for taking his seeds with force. Later SubvertedTrope, as Leafos says you are making Seedos stay fit by running away from your garden as fast as possible.
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