The first genuine hit title to come out of the (unholy?) Rare-Microsoft alliance, Viva Piñata, sure was a left-of-field affair. Where did it come from? What's going on? Oh my god, is that ROYSTEN THE GOLDFISH from Banjo-Kazooie? Again?? Well, well! Welcome to the DKU, sweet-tastin' freaky-faced horse-thing! Come, bring your friends!

Now, it goes without saying (though I'm going to say it anyway) that a follow-up was comissioned, packaged and released into the wild faster than the Hoskinsmobile speeding its way to a cake shop. And here she is, ladies 'n' gents! Viva Piñata: Party Animals, developed by some bunch of guys from Australia (and with little-to-no Rare involvement) ditches the original's gameplay entirely in favour of... well, in favour of whatever the hell this is.

The Viva Piñata TV show goes some way to explaining what this shit's all about; far from the nightmarish, surrealist, psychological thriller you'd expect, it's actually a kids' show. For kids. About how much the piñatas love kids. No comment.

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