Hey, guys! Today I’ll be talking about the Xbox game Viva Pinata again. I did an introduction of this video game a little while back in my post Viva Pinata! I covered the basics then, but now I’ll discuss the dark side of the game: the sour pinatas.
The sour pinatas are, put simply, bad pinatas. They look much more threatening than their friendly garden counterparts, and every one has some kind of “talent” that pretty much just helps wreck your garden. Every sour also spits sour candy, which will sicken any pinata that eats it.
The first sour is the Shellybean. It’s introduced on level 4 and is named after jellybeans and snails. Just like its real-life version, it will eat any seeds it finds lying around. Luckily, for every sour pinata there’s a way for it to become tamed. For the Shellybean, this way is for it to eat an apple seed. When it eats an apple seed, it goes into a cocoon and emerges as a much friendlier, tamed Shellybean. Once tamed, instead of eating your seeds, they’ll eat weeds for you.
The next sour that appears is the Sherbat. They appear on level 9 and only come out at night. These pinatas will make any pinatas they come into contact with become sick, and this can be very expensive with the vet fees, or else result in the pinatas’ death.
To tame this pinata, they must eat a jack o’ lantern, which can be obtained by paying Bart the Tinker to tinker a pumpkin. Then they, like all the other sours, form a cocoon and hatch into their tamed form.
Much cuter now, isn’t it? Directing a tamed Sherbat at Dastardos, the bad guy that busts open your sick pinatas, will distract him for long enough for the vet to arrive.
Sour pinata #3 is the Crowla. Call me crazy for picking a sour, but these are my favorite pinatas in the whole game. About five years ago I made a new world with an incredibly pampered Crowla family. I still have it.
If let into the garden, Crowlas will eat sick pinatas. Since they spit out bad candy like the rest of their sour friends, this isn’t a good thing.
These pinatas appear at level 14. Sour Crowlas have more than one requirement for being tamed: they must eat 1 bottle of medicine and have a birdbath in the garden. To get a bottle of medicine, pay Bart to tinker a jar of honey. Once they are tamed, they look like this. Once tamed, they serve the same purpose as a Sherbat, except diurnally, covering the daylight hours when the Sherbats are snoozing.
The last sour pinata for this post is the Profitamole. Around the time I attracted a Profitamole – on level 19 – my Xbox broke and the game locked up every time I tried to tame one. This resulted in me taking two months to be able to tame them. I’m now pretty familiar with its annoying sour habits – uprooting and killing my plants.
To tame them, they must eat 1 Red Flutterscotch, which can be obtained by directing a White Flutterscotch to a poppy, and have 2 mushrooms in the garden. PLEASE don’t confuse mushrooms with toadstools – toadstools are a poisonous weed, but mushrooms are food for some pinatas. They can be obtained by tinkering toadstools, but it won’t work after the toadstool is fully grown. When tamed, they’ll eat those annoying patches of dirt thrown out by a mine.
Thanks for reading! I’ll be posting Part 2 with the other four sours – Macaracoons, Mallowolves, Cocoadiles, and Bonboons – in about a week, give or take a few days.