Viva Piñata

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Viva Piñata
Viva Piñata cover
Developers
Rare
Windows Climax Group
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2007
Viva Piñata guide on StrategyWiki
Viva Piñata on MobyGames
Viva Piñata on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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SafeDisc v4.8 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 2]
This game is no longer available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movie\bink\.
  2. Delete all files starting with aid_movie_pinata_intro.

Play without Games for Windows - LIVE[edit]

Play without GFWL[3]
  1. Download the replacement xlive.dll.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saved Games\Microsoft Games\Viva Pinata\pinata.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saved Games\Microsoft Games\Viva Pinata\Saves\*.Viva

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in graphics driver settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default, can be forced off.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Resolutions going over 1920x1080 will make the game crash.[citation needed]
Set resolution in pinata.cfg[4]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saved Games\Microsoft Games\Viva Pinata\
  2. Open pinata.cfg.
  3. Set the following lines to your desired resolution.
videoscreenresx = 1920
videoscreenresy = 1080
videowidescreen = 1

Notes

Only 4:3, 5:4, 16:9, and 16:10 aspect ratios are supported (other aspect ratios are ignored).

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set Path to <path-to-game>\Viva Pinata.exe.
  4. Set Launch to <path-to-game>\Startup.exe.
  5. Set the initial window position and size.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on Input tab, set Cursor clipper to On.
  8. Click OK and start the game.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force anti-aliasing[5]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Search and open the game profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x00411245.
  4. Set Antialiasing mode to Override.
  5. Set Antialiasing setting to desired AA (e.g. Multisampling).
  6. Apply changes.

Input settings[edit]

You must disable Steam Input or the game will crash on launch.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
US and UK English languages available.
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Slovak
Spanish
Latin American and Castilian Spanish languages available.
Swedish
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Issues fixed[edit]

The DVD-ROM cannot be located[edit]

This may happen if the driver's letter is set to either A or B, the SafeDisc DRM will not recognize the disk being inserted although it'll install just fine.
Change your DVD drive letter to something other than A or B[citation needed]
  1. Push Win+R and type diskmgmt.msc
  2. Wait for the list to load, find the respective DVD-ROM at the end of the list.
  3. Right Click on it and pick Change Drive Letter and Paths....
  4. Click Change..., then assing a new letter other than A or B and accept the warning.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5900
ATI Radeon 9600

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, local profile support unknown.

References