Fact or Fiction: Ninjas hate fruit? It’s a mystery worthy of the MythBusters. While, we may doubt the validity of this statement, there’s no denying that Fruit Ninja from HalfBrick Studios is one slashtacular game worthy of any iPhone gamer’s attention. Fruit Ninja is a casual gamer’s dream. No tedious instructions. No unnecessary gameplay. You just slash fruit. That’s it.
There’s not much that can be said about Fruit Ninja. Several fruit are tossed up in the air, including bananas, kiwi, strawberries, oranges and watermelons. Your job as a ninja in training is to slice the medley of fruits in half before they fall off screen. It’s like being one of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Each time you let a fruit fall off screen, without getting sliced, you will get a strike. Three strikes and you’re out. It sounds like an easy job, but your ninja master will be tossing a few well-placed bombs into the mix. Set one bomb off and game over.
Like a ninja, you’re not seen. You just see your slashes on the screen and the juicy aftermath. If you start drooling like Donkey (Eddie Murphy) in Shrek would over a parfait, it’s because HalfBrick did an amazing job with sound design. Not only do you see the fruit juices splatter against the wall, but you hear it with surprising clarity. Each fruit has a deliciously unique sound when cut, with the least impressive being the banana. We actually decided to connect our iPhone’s up to pro-speakers to really enjoy the clarity. The music bed is filled with classic marital-arts movie ambient sounds that will make any Kill Bill: Vol. 1 or Ninja Assassin fan proud.
Throughout the game you will be given Critical Hit bonuses for well-placed fruit slashes as well as be rewarded with quotes from Sensei. Even in defeat, Sensei will give you a fun Fruit Fact about Kiwi or some other fruit featured in the game.
Fruit Ninja is addictive – plain and simple. And, at $0.99, you should really be downloading this app right now. This is one of those games that everyone will be talking about and have no idea why they’re talking about it. Fruit Ninja is a wake up call to iPhone game developers, reminding them that games don’t need to be boggled down in extraneous details to be fun. Developers just need to focus on delivering a fun gaming experience. HalfBrick did what they set out to do: create an exceptional game that can provide endless hours of fun for anyone – gamer or not. Before I leave you, here is a fruit fact from Sensei, “Early explorers used Watermelons as canteens to carry their water supplies.” We just hope they ate the Watermelons first.