Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots is more than just a promotion

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots offers the same fruit-slicing action as the original, but adds a new game type that fans will definitely want to check out.

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots
In some challenges the fruit will bounce down objects, so you'll need to be careful with your slices. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Fruit Ninja was one of the early hits at the iTunes App Store, and continues to endure as a perennial top-10 favorite in the paid apps category for its simple, but satisfying game mechanic.

Today Halfbrick--the makers of Fruit Ninja and hit game Jetpack Joyride--released another version of Fruit Ninja, but this time with a movie tie-in. Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots offers the same fruit-slicing action, but adds a new game type that fans of the game will definitely want to check out.

Though Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots is an obvious promotion for the upcoming Dreamworks Animations movie, HalfBrick seems to have really gone the extra mile to make paying another 99 cents worth your while.

You get two game types with Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots. Bandito mode has you play through three acts (movie theme) with four random challenges each (though you can pick the order you do them). In each challenge you'll be doing things like slicing 20 strawberries, trying to crack three coconuts, and other fun challenges within a time limit. To add to the already satisfying fruit-slicing mechanic, the new mode introduces objects that the fruit can bounce off, or conveyor-belt-like objects that make the fruit (and bombs) fall in a line requiring precise slices.

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots
In Bandito mode, you'll need to complete "Acts" that have four challenges each. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

The second game type is Desperado, which uses the same survival play mode from the original. Simply slice fruit and avoid slicing bombs, and you if you let three fruits fall (or hit a bomb) your game is over.

Overall, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots might be just another way to get the movie some name recognition, but it's clear that Halfbrick wanted to offer something new to the game at the same time. If you liked Fruit Ninja, you'll like the new game mode and might even like the pirate-themed music as you play.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.

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