Who doesn't love fresh fruit? Unless it's too fresh, in which case you need to show it who's boss by turning it into sliced fruit with a samurai sword. That's the premise of Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick Studios' free Android slasher game. It's capable of slashing your free time as easily as it cuts flying fruit into juicy chunks. It's easy enough for anyone to play, too, at first. Like similar Android games, Fruit Ninja gets harder to play as you advance and unlock more levels and games. It's also educational (if you insist) since it's great for thumb-training, not to mention the occasional maintenance workout. After you dice a few bushels of fruit, no Android app will be able to withstand the speed and power of your digits.
We installed Fruit Ninja Free on a new smartphone running Android's Ice Cream Sandwich release. Fruit Ninja Free hung while setting up the (optional) link to the OpenFeint social platform, but it was just the screen; when we tapped back, the game had loaded. Fruit Ninja has good graphics, but if your device lacks power, you can enable a graphics fix option. If your device is fast, you can turn on ghosting trails. Three modes are offered: Classic, Zen, and Arcade. Classic mode starts simple, with single pieces of fruit, then two, three, and so on. Slashing multiple pieces with one swipe earns bonus points. Generally speaking, a bomb with a lit fuse is something to be avoided in the gaming universe, and that's true of Fruit Ninja: slice into one of the occasional bombs lobbed among the flying fruit, and Game Over. Arcade mode steps up the challenge, and the targets are more numerous. Zen mode is for those masters of concentration and reflex who are ready for a challenge, with whole bunches of fruit tossed into the air at once.
Playing Fruit Ninja Free can win you rewards, including more blades as well as real swag. We didn't hook up with OpenFeint, but we appreciate the option. For us, slashing fruit into fruit salad is its own reward, especially since we don't have to clean up.
General bug fixes and minor improvements.
Welcome to the dojo, ninja. Your objective: become a master of slicing fruit! What better way to do that than play Fruit Ninja, the original hit fruit-slicing mobile game?
Unsheathe your blade and start the juicy carnage with the three classic game modes that billions of players have come to know and love. Experience the thrill of setting a new high score in the fan-favourite Arcade mode as you focus on dodging bombs and slicing massive combos with the help of the special Double Score, Freeze or Frenzy bananas. Need something less intense? Simply relax and slash for stress relief in Zen Mode. Finally, cut as much as you can in the endless Classic mode - just avoid the bombs and make sure you don't drop the fruit! Make your game even more exciting by equipping special powerups that will give your score a juicy boost.
Once you've sharpened your skills and reflexes, put them to the test in Event mode, where you'll enter challenging and intense clashes with characters like Truffles the pig, Mari and Rinjin for the chance to win unique swords and dojos that can be used in Classic, Zen and Arcade mode. Spice up your day and make yourself more energetic in our daily Challenge mode - can you out-slice the other ninjas for special prizes and glory?
Prove to your friends and family that you're the top ninja around. Show them how much you can cut in a shared-screen local multiplayer match, or compare your score with your friends to rise through the ranks and reach the top of the leaderboard! Big fan of Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots? Be sure to challenge yourself with the entertaining and addictive minigames and find your favourite!
What are you waiting for? Whether you're playing for some mindless fun and trying to relax and pass the time, or trying to improve your skills as a master ninja, this is the game for you. Enjoy the awesomeness and believe the hype of Fruit Ninja - chop chop!
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