I’m late to the party but it’s never too late for Fruit Ninja! With the recent coming of Google Checkout to Malaysian shores I’ve been a lil’ bit trigger happy makin’ purchases on the Android Marketplace. Since apps are kinda cheap I caved acquired the latest build of Fruit Ninja (ver. 1.5.4) and after spending some extended time with it I’m now a certified fan.
Slicing fruit has never been so fun (I should know cos’ I’m not that great at slicing real fruit). The game mechanics are simple:
- Slice the fruit
- Get combos (slice 3 or more fruit with 1 swipe)
- Avoid slicing them bombs
- Avoid unsliced fruit falling off-screen
Fruit Ninja is such a deceptively simple game but there’s just enough challenge to make it addictive and have you coming back for more. Halfbrick Studios have definitely got a great game and hopefully they’ll be back with Fruit Ninja 2 that enhances what they already have now (more Combo types perhaps?). Version 1.5.4 comes with 3 game modes:
- Classic Mode in which you need to avoid slicing bombs and keep unsliced fruit from falling
- Zen Mode that gives you 90secs to slice as many fruit as possible
- Arcade Mode that gives you 1min to slice as many fruit as possible plus introduces power up fruit that doubles points, freezes time or spits out extra fruit in a frenzy
The game costs AUD1.29 on the Android Marketplace and seeing as how I really do want to support developers for their efforts it’s not too bad a price to pay for a cool game like this. The great news is that Fruit Ninja 1.5.4 has been optimised for more phones now and it plays like a dream on my T-Mobile G2.
I give Fruit Ninja a fruity 5 out of 5. It’s a keeper.