Game Review: Fruit Ninja

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Fruit Ninja has quickly became a classic mobile phone title thanks to its popularity on the iPhone. Now it can be experienced on Windows Phone too! (Video Review)

Overall Score: 5/5FruitNinja2

Even though the idea of the game is extremely simple, it quickly becomes addictive and enjoyable.

Gameplay: 5/5

All you have to do is swipe your finger to slice flying fruit with your ninja blade! There are three gameplay modes, Classic, Zen, and Arcade. In Classic, you try to rack up as many points as possible, without dropping 3 fruit. Also, you have to avoid the bombs. In Zen mode, things are more peaceful: There aren’t any bombs and you don’t get penalized for dropping fruit. You simply try to get a high score within the time limit. Arcade mode is similar to Classic, except the bombs will only take off 10 points if you hit them (instead of losing the game) and you can also drop fruit without losing. The controls are simple, just swipe with one or two of your fingers to cut fruit. It’s really fun and satisfying to rack up fruit combos and fight for high scores!

Presentation: 4/5

The visuals would be perfect, however, the frame rate is slightly lower than the iPhone version (according to some users comments on our website), and there were some brief frame rate drops I encountered. However, if you’ve never played the iPhone version, you won’t even notice if the frame rate is barely lower. The game looks beautiful, and the splats of fruit juice visually engage you into the spirit of slicing fruit. The sound effects are also great, featuring some nice Zen-like music and good sound effects.

Lasting Value: 5/5

After playing this game for a few minutes, I thought it was going to get old already. But then I noticed the number of unlockable blades and backgrounds, which all required you to push your ninja skills and kill fruit in challenging manners. These will last you awhile, but if you unlock them all, you have the achievements you can work through too. Overall, Ninja Fruit turns out to be really fun and entertaining, and definitely deserves the fame it receives.

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Title: Ninja Fruit
Price: $2.99
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

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