Video Game: Fruit Ninja

"You're a ninja, fruit is flying up in front of you, and fuck fruit! Sitting around all smug on trees and in pies."
Yahtzee Croshaw, Zero Punctuation

When life give you lemons, chop them up in midair with a huge sword. If life gives you strawberries, watermelons or coconuts, same thing. After all, you are a ninja.

Fruit Ninja is a game developed by Halfbrick Studios in which you slice fruit with a virtual sword in a limited amount of time, trying to avoid slicing bombs as you go. Extra points and combos are awarded for slicing multiple fruits with one swipe. There are currently three different game modes.

In Classic, players must slice all of the fruit, because if they miss three fruits, game over. Players can get extra lives by reaching multiples of 100. Slicing bombs results in an instant game over.

In Zen, no bombs appear, and players aren't penalized for missing fruit, but there is a 90 second time limit. The goal is to slice as many fruits as possible before the time runs out.

In Arcade, like Zen mode, players aren't penalized for missing fruit, and there is a time limit. However, instead, you have just 60 seconds. Three bonus bananas appear randomly: Frenzy (fruit starts to uncontrollably shoot out from the sides of the screen, and no bombs appear), Double Points (self-explanatory) and Freeze (slows down all the fruit and bombs, and stops the timer). Their effects can be combined (as in, one can get Double Points, then Frenzy, and rack up a massive score). Getting many combos in a row gives you bonus points, or a 'Blitz.' During a Blitz, the fruit shoots up quicker, and every few consecutive combos awards bonus points. If you do not get a new combo in a few seconds, the Blitz ends. Hitting a bomb ends your Blitz immediately, and in addition takes 10 points off your score. At the end, depending on your performance, you are given three different score bonuses.

The game was originally released for iOS, then later Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, and Bada. A console port for Kinect was released on August 10, 2011. For Halloween 2014, the game got a Ghostbusters-licensed skin for free.

Also has a branded Spin-Off: Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, and Fruit Ninja FX, an arcade redemption game made by Adrenaline Amusements.

The sequel, Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is for the Xbox One, and involves having to dodge shurikens and other objects as you slice.


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