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  • Author's Saving Throw: In response to the negative reception of the new starfruit mechanic, Halfbrick released a (relatively cheap) premium version of the game called Fruit Ninja Classic, which closely resembles the older versions of Fruit Ninja and lacks the contentious starfruit.
  • Game-Breaker: The Shadow Blade occasionally summons waves of fruit that hover in mid-air in a certain formation. In theory, this should be a luck-based addition to the gameplay that can grant players a few extra points. In practice, it summons the hovering waves at a surprisingly high frequency, allowing the player to rack up enormous high scores and huge combos in a single game.
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  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Believe it or not, the title screen music turns out to be an oriental adaptation of some beginning riff from Klymaxx's "I Miss You".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: When the method of unlocking blades and backdrops was altered from accomplishing achievements to simply purchasing them with starfruit, players were not happy and the app store saw many negative reviews. What was once considered a staple game for mobile devices as a result faded somewhat into obscurity. This was partially remedied when Fruit Ninja Classic was released, which reverts back to the previous method of unlocking blades.
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