Fruit Ninja for iPhone- app review

My latest favorite iPhone game is Fruit Ninja. The premise of Fruit Ninja is simple; slice fruit, don't miss any and don't slice a bomb by mistake. Sound easy? Think again grasshopper! After beginning a game, fruit flies up from the bottom of the screen. You use your finger (or fingers) to slice the fruit. If a fruit falls back off the screen without being sliced, you receive an X. Three X's and it's game over. To make things interesting, bombs are thrown into the mix as well. So, not only are you trying to slice a lot of fruit coming at you and not missing any, you have bombs that shoot up as well. The challenge is, if you slice the bomb, it's instant game-over.

When it comes to difficulty with this game, it is a nice and smooth curve. The issue is that once you get good at it, it would be nice to start at a higher difficulty. However, Fruit Ninja always starts you back at the beginning. Your efforts are not at a loss though, the game has plenty of achievements via Open Feint and unlockables. Different colored swords and backgrounds can be unlocked if you have the dedication and skill of a true ninja.

Fruit Ninja also has two different play modes. First is Classic. This is the primary play mode I have described above. Score points by slicing fruit while avoiding the bombs. Zen mode is fun and fast. There are no bombs, but you have a time limit to slice as many fruits as you can. This is not hard, what is hard to is to slice with combos to rack up more points. Check out the Open Feint leaderboards and you will see what I am talking about.

I can't say enough about this game. It has great art direction, animation and fun. When you lose, it even gives you facts about fruit. This is a near-perfect game, I love it!

[$0.99- iTunes Link]

TiPb iPhone 4.5-star rated

Pros

  • Fun gameplay
  • Great graphics
  • Unlockable content

Cons

  • No option to start at a higher difficulty

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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omgabunny says:

I've been playing this game since I got my ip4 and I can't put it down either! I totally agree with the review. With the new iOS 4 update the graphics have been improved. So much fun! A definite must buy!

Satanic Goat says:

I keep coming back to this, a great game

iPhone boy says:

This game is so addictive. Deserves 4 and a half stars.
Can't put the game down. Buy this!

Chris Vitek says:

Chad, are you hacking into my iTunes? I just downloaded this game to review! You beat me to the punch this time!