Candy crammed paper animals spring to life in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise, the sequel to Rare's quirky virtual life game. Piñata Central's computer database has been erased thanks to the antics of one Professor Pester. You'll now have to rebuild the lost information by sending piñatas to parties around the world. The main game once again takes place on the colorful Piñata Island, where you begin by creating and caring for a garden designed to attract various piñata "species."
Animated piñatas will interact with one another and can perform tricks, create rivalries, pick fights, suffer injuries, and even become sick over time. Gardens can also become overrun with weeds if they are not properly maintained, and "sour" piñatas can spoil the harmony of your paper mache paradise if they remain untamed. Thirty-two new species are available in this sequel, bringing the total number of piñatas to more than 100. Environments can also be customized with an assortment of plants, terrain types, and toys.
In addition to creating suitable habitats, you'll venture off the island to explore new arctic and desert regions. Owners of the Xbox Live Vision camera can add new creatures to their garden simply by scanning cards in front of the lens. Prized plants or piñatas can also be turned into cards for trading with others. Up to four players can build a garden together via Xbox Live, where whimsical activities such as races and golf are available along with online leaderboards.