PEO­PLE ARE STRANGE

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Viva Piñata’s an­i­mals might be its stars, but they’re not the only oc­cu­pants of its world. The game’s hu­man cast is its big­gest mis­step, with voice act­ing that steps too far into chil­dren’s TV-pre­sen­ter ter­ri­tory. They’re also rather strange, all wear­ing masks that bor­der on the grotesque. And none are stranger than gar­den­ing-en­thu­si­ast See­dos. A rather sad in­di­vid­ual, See­dos wan­ders into your gar­den at night, of­fer­ing free seeds if you’ll just lis­ten to his bro­ken half-sto­ries. “See­dos has a fam­ily, but they aren’t as re­li­able as seeds,” he in­forms you. He’s not al­ways a wel­come pres­ence, but re­sist the temp­ta­tion to bash him with your shovel. Do this too many times and you’ll break his teeth, trig­ger­ing manic laugh­ter and push­ing See­dos over the edge into out­right vil­lainy.

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