Viva Piñata
Grant Kirkhope


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The first of 3 videogame scores to make it into the Ultimate Hall of Fame, despite entering the Hall of Fame as recently as 2013. It reached its highest ever position in the 2015 poll: currently sitting at number 41.

Games are usually synonymous with adrenaline-pumping action, thrilling spectacle and bombastic music but Viva Piñata is a different breed altogether. Tasking players with cultivating a garden to attract confectionary-based creatures, Viva Piñata might look cute as a (chocolate) button, but can be quite the challenge for even the most experienced gamer. Kirkhope's pastoral score, based on favourite composers Vaughan Williams and Elgar, covers bright mornings, hazy evenings and the tranquil hours of night in one rewardingly peaceful listen.

Viva Pinata for Xbox 360, 2006.