When life gives 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 try to slice all of the fruit, because if they miss three fruits, Game Over. Players can get extra lives by reaching multiples of 100 on their score. A bonus pomegranate randomly shows up that you slice repeatedly for as many points as possible before it explodes. Slicing a bomb 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. High scores in this mode will greatly depend on your ability to combo.
In Arcade, like Zen mode, players aren't penalized for missing fruit, and there is a time limit, this time being just 60 seconds. Three bonus bananas will appear at random: 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 awards you bonus points, and begins a Blitz. During a Blitz, more fruit shoots up at a time and quicker, and every few consecutive combos awards more bonus points. If you don't get a new combo in a few seconds, the Blitz ends. Slicing a bomb takes 10 points off your score, and instantly ends a Blitz if you're in one. At the end, after slicing a bonus pomegranate, you are given three different score bonuses that depend on your performance.
Other material includes:
- Fruit Ninja Kinect (2011) - A console port for the Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral, and praised for being the most effective game for the motion control device.
- Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 (2015) - The sequel for the Xbox One, which involves having to dodge shurikens and other objects as you slice.
- Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots (2011) - branded Spin-Off. Includes two modes: Desperado, enhanced Classic mode, and Bandito, a series of mini-games.
- Fruit Ninja vs Skittles (2013) - another branded Spin-Off. Features enhanced Arcade Mode.
- Fruit Ninja FX (2011) and Fruit Ninja FX 2 (2012) - an arcade redemption games made by Adrenaline Amusements.
- Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master (2015) - Edutainment Game for iOS, made for learning basic math.
- Fruit Ninja VR (2016) - Virtual Reality game released for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Alongside three default game modes, features new Survival mode, which involves face-off against fruit-firing helicopters.
- Fruit Ninja VR 2 (2021) - The sequel, which involves using a bow to cut fruit.
- Fruit Ninja 2 (2020; Soft launched as Fruit Ninja Fight in 2018) - Features online multiplayer as its primary focus. Reintroduces Bandito from Puss In Boots spin-off as Minigame Mix and adds Fruitar Hero game mode.
- Fruit Ninja Origins - a series of 5 shorts made in 2014. Later games would use this series' setting and characters as a base.
- Fruit Ninja Frezy Force! - YouTube Originals children animation series, which takes place 1000 years after Fruit Ninja Origins.
- Dynamite® Fruit Ninja - 3 issue comic book series by Dynamite Entertainment. Each issue consist of three parts, based on original Fruit Ninja, Frenzy Force and Jetpack Joyride.
- Fruit Ninja Universe - Another comic book series by Keenspot.
- Monster Dash (2010) - Endless runner, which has Fruit Ninja Blade as a DLC weapon.
- Jetpack Joyride (2011) - Another endless runner featuring Fruit Jetpack, Sensei's clothing for Barry and Fruit Ninja-themed event, "Cut & Run".
- Magic Brick Wars (2019) - Real-time strategy game, featuring Truffles, Sensei, Watermelon Ninja and Koya from Fruit Ninja 2 (Referred to as "Mysterious Ninja" here) as unlockable avatars. The game featured Fruit Ninja-themed event on summer 2020 for its 10th anniversary, which included FN-themed emotes, banners and frames.
- Battle Racing Stars (2020) - Massive Multiplayer Crossover Racing Game featuring Mari, Sensei and Katsuro as playable characters and three Fruitasia stages, directly based on the main setting of the franchise.
Finally, there's a live-action film in the works.
This game provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: You can even cut coconuts right in half with one slice.
- So sharp that slicing a bomb makes it explode, apparently.
- All There in the Manual: Fruit Ninja Origins web-series introduced a proper plot for the franchise. The game now takes place in "Fruitasia", where 4 students (Katsuro, Mari, Han and Nobu) learn the way of cutting Fruit under Sensei's guidance.
- More appropriately titled Fruit Ninja: Ancient Origins comic book by Keenspot introduces a proper backstory for each character. Some of them, such as Katsuro being a lone urchin, were acknowleged in Fruit Ninja 2.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Well, not clothes, but you can unlock new backgrounds and blades. As more straight example, Fruit Ninja 2 allows you to unlock various characters and skins for them.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Quadruple wielding using your device's multi-touch.
- Cartoon Bomb: The bombs themselves.
- Chainsaw Good: Yes, there's a Chainsaw as an unlockable blade.
- Dual Wielding: You can do this, thanks to multi-touch. It's even possible to quadruple wield for the same reason.
- Excuse Plot: Exactly why is a ninja cutting up fruits? The only reason (at least originally) given was, "All Ninjas hate fruit!"
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Rainbow Blade.
- Fatal Fireworks: Firecracker Blade in the original and Firework Blade from Puss in Boots.
- Fruit of the Loon: Weirdly inverted. You just need to destroy fruit.
- Gratuitous Ninja: It's not just some average person or even a teppanyaki chef cutting the fruit. It's a ninja.
- Hot Blade: Flame Blade and Magma Blade in original, Lava Blade in 2.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In mobile versions, your fingers are virtual katanas.
- LOL, 69: The "TEE HEE" achievement is unlocked for getting 69 points.
- Martial Arts for Mundane Purposes: The game is about using your cool katana to chop up fruit.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Cutting fruit, a normally mundane task is cool because you're doing it like a ninja.
- One-Hit Kill: Hit the bomb in Classic and it's an instant Game Over, as compared to missing fruit three times.
- Retreaux: 8-Bit DLC for the XBLA version.
- Rule of Three: Slice 3 or more fruit in one swipe; combo. Miss 3 fruits, Game Over. There's also 3 game modes.
- Smashing Watermelons: The Game.
- Sword Lines: This is all you actually see of your blade(s) - except, of course, in the VR version. You can even unlock trails with different colors and effects.