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You Hit Them With A Stick And Candy Falls Out

Papier-mache animal breeding game Viva Piñata is set to be released on the PC. If you missed this one in console land, it’s a sandbox creature-caring scenario, where you breed living piñatas, giving them names and building a garden for them to live in – that sort of thing.

Hideously, my instinctual prejudices came out when I read about this: “hardly a PC game”, I thought. “PC games are about guns and terrain!” Oh, the shame. The PC is, after all, the home of the best-selling creature-coddling game in existence: The Sims. We do nothing better than making pets of computerised lifeforms, and with Spore on the way we can expect plenty more such emotive angles.

Anyway, there are no real details yet on the hitting-stick paper lifeform game – the PC version will feature the same Piñata world, complete with the same customisable vegetation, colourful animal genetics, and rogue miscreant piñatas, as the 360 game. This should be another major Games For Windows title – being Microsoft ‘n’ all. I wonder if it will sell…

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