Summary A touch-screen classic that's fast and fun. One of my all-time favourites that's been downloaded more than 300 million times.
Description Type: Arcade
Platform: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, Windows phone, Facebook
Game Time: Minutes
Developer or Designer: Halfbrick Studios
Lots of fun
Still has occasional adverts despite being a premium game
Review The advent of smart phones and tablets with touch screens has led to a whole new generation of games which rely not on key taps, but on swiping interactions with the touch screen. Fruit Ninja is a modern arcade classic on this new genre of games.
Fruit Ninja is an arcade game for phones and tablets where players have to swipe the screen to cut fruit with their ninja blade. Additional points are scored for swiping multiple fruits at once in combo slices. This simple concept is highly addictive.
There are 3 modes, Arcade, Zen, and Classic. There are also online leaderboards, which encourage you to compete with your friends and strive for a higher score, and a multiplayer mode, where you play against people online.
The three different modes all provide a slightly different gaming experience:
Classic: In this mode you swip fruit while avoiding bombs. If you hit a bomb, the game ends. If you miss any fruit, you lose a life. You have the lives. The aim is to swipe as much fruit as you can in an endless swiping frenzy.
Zen: This mode removes bombs, but adds a time limit. It's 90 seconds of pure fruit swiping with the single aim to get the highest score possible.
Arcade: This is the newest mode, and was added as an expansion to the original game. This mode keeps a time limit, but reduces it to 60 seconds, and adds some special bananas that further help you increase your score. Bombs are back, but this time they only reduce your score, not end the game completely. The bananas Freeze the screen, Double your score, or introduce a fruit Frenzy, where more fruit than you can possibly swipe pours in from both edges of the screen.
On the anniversary of Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick released an update: Gutsuís Cart. This introduced additional fruits which you can purchase to extend the game and further increase your score. These include special deflects to counteract the bombs, and peaches, which add 5 seconds to the clock when you slice them.
These special fruits are bought with Starfruits Ė points which you collect through playing the game based on a proportion of your score, and which are also occasionally pop up to be swiped as a bonus fruit.
The game has proved extremely popular: a low price point, gorgeous graphics, and a high fun factor have combined to ensure that Fruit Ninja has now achieved over 300 million downloads. A fun touch are the fruit facts that appear at the end of the game. Did you know the almond was in the peach family? No, neither did I!
It has also been ported to the xbox, using the Kinect system to allow you to slice fruit on screen. I havenít played this yet, so I canít say how successful it is, but I feel that the attraction of the game is that, on a smartphone, it's easily accessible, quick, colourful, and fun.
I love Fruit Ninja! I recently played the Puss in Boots Fruit Ninja game on one of my nieces iPods. It's got some great minigames where you have different challenges. Lots of fun. One of my favourite things is that you can keep enjoying the game without the expectation of ridiculous in app purchases or time outs.