Publisher: Sumthing Else Music Works
Review by: Bill Jones
Viva Piñata, for those not in the know, is a game in which players build a garden with the goal of sustaining a menagerie of…piñatas. It’s a God-game, essentially, where players create and destroy, and life takes its course in the process. It was released in conjunction with a television series of the same name, and like the insides of its characters, it is packed to the brim with sugary charm. It’s a delightful timewaster that makes for a good break from all the action on Xbox 360. Viva Piñata’s soundtrack is very much like a movie score, entirely instrumental and designed to accent gameplay while not drawing attention to itself. As such, the 25 tunes contained on the Sumthing Else release are competently composed. The arrangements are great for the laid back atmosphere of the game, and on CD, the two-and-a-half minute musical blurbs convey the different weather conditions and happenings of the game, but there are no standout melodies, nothing to truly grab hold of the listener outside of the game. They aren’t arranged in a way that tells a story, and ultimately, the songs are better left in the game.
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Pads & Panels received a copy of the soundtrack courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.