Playing with your food might not seem like a crucial part of ninja training, but as the good folks at Halfbrick Studios will tell you–for ninjas, it’s more than just a game. All ninjas hate fruit! Join the ninja clan as you slash your way through three modes of juicy gameplay. You’ll soon see that Fruit Ninja is the messiest, most satisfying fruit game ever! Enter the dojo of the wise ninja sensei to hone your deadly fruit-slaying skills. Learning to play is easy: just swipe your finger across the screen to carve gruesome, juice-splattered smears out of hordes of apples, watermelons, coconuts, and other ninja foes.
“Fruit Ninja Kinect” is one of the few Kinect games that I find to be truly addictive. I’ve spent the better part of the last month slamming my way through Zen, Arcade and Classic mode in pursuit of achievements that seem to narrowly evade me at every turn. The lighting issue has been brought up by other game sites as a major flaw in the game, but I found it to be easily fixable. For people taller than most gamers, you have to factor this in with extra lighting and frequent movement to keep the game from trying to auto-calibrate when you’re 20 points away from your goal.
While quickly flailing about means that you’re kill all in Zen and on your IPod Touch, but the classic mode will chuck a bomb at the last possible moment. I find that the surprise bombings are worse in the Kinect iteration than on Android or the Apple version. Few Kinect-based titles can generate the same mirth and merriment as a game of Fruit Ninja between friends, although it goes without saying that a large space needs to be cleared beforehand, unless you wish to suffer injuries from rapidly swinging arms and legs. Fruit Ninja Kinect’s social element extends beyond playing it with someone in the same room, however. If one of your Xbox Live buddies is playing the game and beats your personal best score, you get told about it next time you log on.
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