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      06.11.2014 15:38
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      Zestily Fresh and Fruitfully Enjoyable

      This creative game brings you into the world of the Fruit Ninja.

      With its initial release on April 20 2010, this game has come a long way and I feel that my description is an accurate one, due to the fact that I have spent a lot of time playing this game myself, intensely enjoying every moment. I even had the game when it first appeared in the Apple AppStore, I remember me and all of my friends playing the game in turns, competitively trying to beat each others’ high score.
      In a brief summary: with a mini-game style, it suits any player and offers a fresh and relaxing output of gaming quality. The aim of the game is the cut up the fruit that is thrown up into your view, using your finger to guide the virtual swords, of which there are many available. Chopping up bananas, apples, strawberries and more, in a crisp and fluid motion that satisfies the user.

      With multiple modes that range from: the classic mode, where the player must cut fruit while dodging bombs, to the arcade mode, where there are ’special’ bananas that allow the player a specific power. You must combine as many of these bananas as you can, to achieve your best score!

      In my opinion this game is a must buy, its quick and easy to grasp elements, are intertwined to form a powerful game.

      This review is also written on Ciao by me

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      03.02.2013 12:30
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      I'm a fruit ninja!!!

      ---Intro---
      I don't seem to have had as much time for review writing sites lately...partly due to having a new job, partly due to being in the process of getting a new kitchen, and partly because I am spending most of my spare time playing this stupidly addictive Fruit Ninja game!

      I was slightly disappointed when I got my Nokia Lumia 920 that there were no full free games included on it. However, there were a number of free samples to test. Although I decided quite quickly that I wasn't going to get into 'Angry Birds' I very quickly became hooked on Fruit Ninja, and ended up paying the 79p (which was simply added to my phone bill) for the full game.

      Although this is listed as an iPhone application on dooyoo, this game is available as an app on other phones. I'm playing through Xbox Live on Windows Phone. The game is made by "Halfbrick".

      ---The gist of the game---
      Basically, different fruits sort of bounce onto the screen from the bottom (apples, oranges, watermelons to name a few), and you use your finger (which is meant to be a blade) to swipe through them, thus slicing the fruit in half. You receive 1 point for each piece of fruit, but bonus (Combo) points if you slice through 3 or more at once. With each swipe there is a satisfying splat of the fruit on the background wall, and accompanying noise. The background music and noises (Ninja type!) I can take or leave, depending on whether or not I want to disturb my boyfriend. Sometimes silent is best! The graphics I think are impressive, you can easily tell what the fruits are.

      It is a simple idea for a game, but I find that the simplest games can be the most addictive....and I have lost hours playing "just one more game"!

      There are three game modes which I will talk through briefly now!

      ---Classic Mode---
      Classic Mode is the only version available on the free test game. In Classic mode you must swipe every fruit. If you miss one you lose a life (of which you have three), although you will get back one lost life when you hit 100 points.

      However, it's not so simple as the fruits come at varying speeds (which gets harder as the game goes on) and when there's a lot at once it can be easy to miss one, especially the strawberries which are small. Then there's the bombs - accidentally swipe through a bomb and your game is over immediately.

      Along with normal points for getting the fruits, there are occasionally bonus exotic fruits which score 50 points, and there are also times that you get extra 10 points for it being 'Critical' whatever that means.

      ---Zen Mode---
      "No Bombs! No Lives! 90 secs!" This sounds good, but it's probably my least favourite mode as with no other ways to get points (like the bonuses in Arcade Mode), you really have to make an effort to swipe lots of fruits in one go (i.e. wait until they're lined up, which has the potential for losing them if you're not careful).

      ---Arcade Mode---
      This is my favourite mode as there's more potential for bonus points. In addition to the normal fruits, there are special different coloured bananas which come onto the screen from either a side or the top or bottom. Try and get these, one of them doubles points for a certain period, one makes the fruits move slower making it easier to swipe more in one go, and the other is a frenzy where loads of fruits come at once!

      There are bombs on this mode, but they mean that you lose 10 points each time you hit one, rather than the game ending.

      There is a certain unpredictability in this mode as at the end you get three bonus amounts, which range from 5 to 50 (I think), and often the higher points seem to be for doing things like hitting no bananas, or hitting lots of bombs.

      ---Other---
      My main reason for parting with my 79p was that as I played the game I kept unlocking things which it said I'd need the full game to see. In the "Sensei Swag" area you can change your blade (such as one which changes the colour on each swipe), and the background depending on which you have unlocked. Personally I don't feel this adds a great deal to the game. However, I am glad that I bought the game, as it's great having three different modes to choose to play.

      Other things of note are the fruit facts which appear on the screen after games, such as bananas being high in vitamin B and that passion fruit is sweetest when slightly wrinkled. I think this is a nice touch, although there could be a few more different ones.

      There are leaderboards, and you can share scores online if you so desire. But this hasn't particularly appealed to me.

      The only thing I really don't like about the game is that it is really easy to accidentally exit the game. I'm not even sure what it is that I'm doing that does it, but it's generally when I'm madly swiping. It's not a major problem as when you go back into the game (which does incur a delay) it is all still there and paused. However, I find it a bit frustrating at times!

      ---Finally---
      I can see myself continuing to play "Fruit Ninja" for a good long while. It is very satisfying beating my high scores, and having the three different modes means I have three to improve on. It's not the best game in the world, and I do get irritated when I accidentally exist out of it mid gameplay. However, for me it was definitely 79p well spent. Obviously though it's worth playing it free first to see if it's for you!

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        03.01.2013 18:02
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        I first downloaded this game as the free version, but after only getting 2 acts i decided to purchase the full version for 69p.

        Main menu
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        Stash - This is where all your weapons and backgrounds will be found, A lot of these need unlocking by doing different things, it will tell you what you need to do to be able to unlock your new weapons.

        Extras - This is basically your options where you can adjust the volume, or chose to follow them on twitter or Facebook.

        More games - This will take you to the app store, which will come up with similar games to this one.

        New game - This is where you start a new game, the game has two different modes in which to play in.

        Desperado
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        This is where you just have to survive as long as you can, slicing as much fruit as you can, but if you slice a bomb you instantly lose. To slice fruit you just pull down or across on your screen to where you want to slice the fruit. If you miss slicing any of the fruit you lose a life.

        You have three lives at the start of the game, but you can gain extra lives by slicing through magic beans. The game ends either when you hit a bomb or you have lost all your three lives.

        Bandito
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        This is where you will play challenges, you have three different acts all with four challenges in them. These can range from hitting fruit of balloons, or just hitting them all in a row. There is quite a wide variety of different challenges, the first act is usually pretty easy but on the second act it starts to get harder as there is more bombs that you have to miss, if you hit a bomb you have failed that challenge and you lose a life.

        So altogether you have 12 different challenges but only 3 lives to get right through to the end of all 3 acts. If you do manage to get through all the acts right to the end, you then reach the finale, which just gives you a score boost and you can not die on this, you just have to hit this thing as many times as you can to get a better score.

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        Well I do really like this game, I find it quite challenging which I like but to me there is just not enough levels on it. I was disappointed to realize I only got 1 extra act after paying 69p for the game. I expected to get a lot more. Which is why I have only gave it 3 stars.
        The game is fun to play and you do have to try unlock all the weapons, but I just wish it was a longer game than what it was, I would say its good on the free version, but I do not think it is worth the 69p I paid to get the full version.

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        16.06.2012 13:48
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        One of my top iPhone apps.

        My introduction to Fruit Ninja was actually on the Kinect for Xbox, I was delighted to discover you can play it without getting quite so sweaty and achey on the iPhone, and for a bargain price of less than £2 too!

        The basic premise of Fruit Ninja is really simple, as are all the best app games. Basically, various of fruit are thrown in the air and you have to chop and slice them all before the fall off the screen again in order to get as many points as possible, using your finger as a ninja blade. It might not sound particularly thrilling, but trust me, this gets seriously addictive!

        There are several different modes you can play in, Arcade gives you 60 seconds to get as many points as you can and includes glowing bananas that give you bonuses if you slice them quickly enough. Classic is an unlimited time game but if you miss 3 fruits or accidentally hit a bomb instead of a fruit then the game's over, and it gets progressively harder the longer you stay in play. Zen mode is the lovely peaceful version, no bombs, no high adrenaline bonuses, just two minutes to get as many fruits as you can with no distractions.

        There are lots of options to customise the game which you can unlock as you play and are accessed through the 'Dojo' in the main menu. You also collect points each time you play which can be exchanged for in-game bonuses and special fruits when you've collected enough.

        I definitely recommend downloading this app, its more addictive even than Angry Birds, and you'll soon be completely hooked and trying to beat your friend's scores!

        (The Kinect version is pretty good too, but you can't play that when you're in the waiting room at the dentists, well, not without looking a bit silly anyway.)

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          06.06.2012 01:06

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          Great game can get boring though.Needs even more features

          ==Fruit Ninja==

          The game can all be summed up in one sentence, fruit fly's up and you must cut it without touching bombs which are also thrown into the mix.

          Fruit ninja is available for free and for 69p although from my point of view the free version doesn't offer much and I soon became bored however it is good that they offer a free version to use a taster in case you don't want to waste any money on a game you may not use.

          The paid for version has different modes such as multilayer where you can compete with your friends to see who can get the highest score. It also has a no bomb mode which gets MEGA boring in my opinion as all you have to do is put three fingers on the screen and swipe back and forth.

          The layout is gorgeous and and the controls are great so it go to the exact point of were your fingers are touching meaning you can cut the fruit with perfect precision

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          28.05.2012 22:47
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          One of the best games out there on the app store!

          Introduction:

          Fruit Ninja is a game designed for use on the Ipad or Iphone (or Ipad touch). It is also available to download on Android phones. I own both an Ipad and Iphone, and this game has been one of my favourite apps I have ever purchased!
          The app was designed by HalfBrick and since its release it has become a huge hit with app users and has consequently expanded on to other platforms such as facebook and Xbox and there have also been different versions created as a result of the successful nature of the original game.


          Concept:

          Essentially the whole point of this game is to slice as much fruit as you can as quickly as possible. Now I know that sounds rather stupid and pointless, you can easily do that in your own kitchen! Well it turns out that the game is actually very addictive, and of course they have stretched this concept to cover a variety of different modes and there are several achievements for you to focus on and many unlockables to work towards gaining!
          In practice if we were to try and act this game out in our kitchen it would be rather costly and messy... imagine just throwing around a few hundred peaches, apples and bananas (as well as the odd pineapple now and again) and slicing them to bits...firstly waving that knife around is certainly dangerous, and the mess would take a while to clean up, as well as making the floor very slippery. So, there you have it, the only way to safely slice up fruit is by buying this game! Oh and of course, you get to pretend to be a Ninja... which is not easily to act out in the kitchen!


          How to play:

          The game is very easy to play, for all ages! All you have to do is swipe using the touchscreen and the fruit will be cut in the exact way you swipe. It's as easy as that. All the menus are very easy to navigate too, just using the same swiping motion to select your game mode. On the aspect of menus, they are very simplistic and cover 4 main areas: New Game (which includes all the modes), Dojo (where you can choose your blade and background, which will become unlocked as you play more and complete certain achievements), extras and game center (where you can see your achievements and scores compared to your friends or the rest of the world!).


          Game Modes:

          As I have already stated, the game does have some point and there are a variety of game modes:

          Classic
          This is the original mode and the simplest to get the hand off. All you have to do is slice as much fruit as you can, and avoid slice the bombs, which will explode! You get three lives, and you will lose a life every time you slice a bomb or miss a piece of fruit. Simple.

          Zen Mode
          This mode is a quick play mode of just 90 seconds...slice as much fruit as you can, but this time there are no bombs and no lives. Here it is all about getting combos - slicing more than one piece of fruit in one slice!

          Arcade Mode
          This is my personal favourite. This mode is the most complex version where you have 1 minute to get as many points as possible, again no lives, but the bombs are back this time. However there are several special banannas thrown into the mix: a freeze which slows down time, a double points one, and a frenzy one which sends in loads of fruit from either side (this is the time to build up massive combos!)
          I love playing this mode, and am currently having a bit of a competition with some friends as to who can get the best score, mine is currently 1016...which I have struggled to get close to since, yet I am still losing to two of my friends!

          Multiplayer (online and offline on Ipad)
          The multiplayer mode is a chance for you to show off your skills against friends or random opponents online. It's just a 60 second mode where you have to slice you're fruit, but lose points if you slice theirs (indicated by blue and red halos surrounding the fruit). On the Ipad HD version there is also the possibility to play multiplayer offline in a few different modes, which again add an extra reason to purchase this on the Ipad if you happen to own one.
          I would say that future updates should maybe include more multiplayer options and allow all game modes to be somehow converted to more than single player options.


          Dojo:

          The Dojo is an area to access some other features in the game, as well as being apple to link straight to the Fruit Ninja website.

          Sensei's Swag
          This is where you can check up on all your unlockable which include a variety of different blades to slice fruit with, and a whole horde of different backgrounds for you to customize your screen while plying. I'm currently using the piano blade, and the Yin Yang background. There are about 20 unlockables in total.

          Gutsu's Cart
          This a recently added feature in the game. An update in the last few weeks gave all gamers 1000 starfruit, which can be used to purchase in-game 'powerups': bomb deflects, berry blasts, and peachy times. These should hopefully help you to increase your highscores, whilst adding a further dimension to the game. Extra starfruit can also be purchased (this is of course an extra cost, so make sure you're kids don't end up draining your bank account by purchasing a few million starfruit!).


          Extras:

          The final area in the menu is the extras section. This includes some information about the game and the creators, another link to the game center and finally links to more games - which will send you to the app store. On the note of other games I would also recommend trying out JetPack JoyRide which is also created by Halfbrick and will bring hours of fun (and is free!).


          Sounds:

          The music in the game, and in the menus are suitable for the way it is themed (Ninja Style!), whilst the in-game sound effects are very amusing and just make it that bit more entertaining and encourage you to slice even more fruit!

          Price:

          For the Iphone version, this game is a staggering 69p!! So it is a must buy.
          The HD version on the Ipad is only about £1.49, so again a great price for such a great game.


          So...is this just one of those games that you'll play once for about 10 minutes and then forget about?
          NO, for me this is one of the best games available out there for the Iphone, Ipad or android phones. It is a great game to just pick up and play while on the train, or in the office...although be warned you may get a few strange looks if you start slicing too vigorously! The diverse range of modes and unlockables encourages you to play it regularly and will become quite addictive! I would recommend it for all ages and the multiplayer function on the Ipad makes it a really fun game to play at home and the kids will certainly love it (especially as it is so colourful and easy to get the hand of...although I'm sure the kids will probably get all the highscores anyway!)


          Other games?

          Well, as I mentioned earlier, there are now a few other versions of this game now available. One is Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, which is in essence the same game, but includes a whole range of small challenges and mini games, of course all involving slicing lots and lots of fruit! There is also a version available on Xbox 360 which uses the new Kinect feature, as well as frenzy version now available through Facebook.


          I hope you enjoyed this review and I may have persuaded you to now go and buy this app...and if you already own it then fell free to let me know your highscores, I'm ready for more challengers!

          Happy Slicing!

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            29.11.2011 19:51
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            ==Fruit Ninja iphone Application==

            I find myself playing some crazy games sometimes and more often than not these seem to have no point to them yet still be utterly addictive and compelling to play. This Fruit Ninja game is just that and I can't seem to get enough of it.

            For a mere 59p from the App store this is one of the very first games that I purchased when I got my new iphone and one that I haven't got rid of, unlike so many other games I have downloaded. I do remember not really wanting to pay out at all for any games but really 59p isn't going to break the bank is it?

            So I hear you asking, what is this Fruit Ninja all about? Well I do think it is probably quite self-explanatory in both the name and the small picture Ciao have listed here. The game consists of you being a type of Ninja Warrior and having to slice the fruit that bounces up on the screen in the right direction and in the quickest time possible. IT does sound simple and a little boring but strangely it isn't and I will often make a mistake doing it.

            There are a few things that you have to look out for when playing this game and that is the bombs that will appear on the screen that you will definitely not want to slice up or you will loose the game and another thing to be watchful of is the fact that you have three lives and each time you miss slicing a fruit or are not quick enough in doing so one of these lives will be lost and when the three are gone the game is finished and you have to start again.

            Ok so the game is very simple but the longer you can play it for the more addictive and trickier it becomes thus making it a real winner in my eyes. The fact that the graphics are clear and of a very god standard means that playing this game is easy as well as fun. That said I do make sure that the sounds are turned off because like so many other games like this the tunes can be more off putting and would drive me a little bit crazy after a while.

            All in all though I feel that this game is certainly worth the 50pence that I paid for it and I will probably keep playing the game on and off while I still have it downloaded on my phone. I would highly recommend it to anyone and I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5stars is well deserved!

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            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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            23.01.2011 04:08
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            An Addictive good quality game that anyone can play, highly recommended.

            I bought the game 'Fruit Ninja' a couple of days ago for my iPod touch and think it's an excellent choice for anyone wanting to purchase a game for their iPod/iPhone, and here's why....

            First off the game costs 59p, definitely worth this small sum as it provides hours of entertainment and is a good quality game. I don't buy many apps and I chose this one as it had high ratings and was at number 2 in the 'top 25' section of the game centre, number 1 being 'Angry Birds' which I already had!
            The great thing about this game is how simple, yet addictive it is. When you first go on the app you are given the following options:

            Dojo
            New Game
            Achievements
            More Games
            You choose an option by swiping your finger accross it. The 'dojo' option when chosen, has two sections: 'about' and 'sensei's swag'. The 'about' section offers some general information about the game and tells you how to play it. 'Sensei's swag' allows you to choose which 'blade' you want to use for the game.

            The 'new game' option is obviously to start a new game :) Once you choose this you then have to choose which type of game you would like, there is: classic mode, zen mode, Arcade mode, and Multiplayer.
            In Classic Mode, different pieces of fruit fly into the air and you have to use your finger as a blade to slice them in half (done simply by swiping your finger accross the piece of fruit.) You get three lives and everytime you miss a piece of fruit you lose one. There are also bombs which fly into the air, if you slice one of the bombs then it's game over straight away regardless of how many lives you have left.You get one point per piece of fruit, but if you cut more than 2 pieces of fruit at the same time you get extra points. The aim of the game is just to try and get the highest possible score and then beat your own best scores. It may not sound like the most exciting game but it really is addictive!

            In Zen mode, you get 1 minute 30 seconds to get as many points as possible, but there are no bombs, and you don't lose lives for missing pieces of fruit. The only thing is the time limit.
            Arcade mode also has a time limit, this time it's 1 minute. There are bombs on this level but if you hit one you just lose 10 points. There are also special bananas-if you manage to slice one then it gives you either; double points for a bit, stops the time for a bit, or sends loads of fruit at you from all directions. You don't have to get every piece of fruit in arcade mode, and again the object is just to get as many points as possible and then try and beat your best score.

            The multiplayer game requires internet access, and as my wireless internet wasn't working when I tried to test it out for this review I couldn't actually get onto it. I know it connects you with someone to play against, but not sure what the multiplayer game actually entails unfortunately.
            The 'achievements' and 'more games' sections both also require internet access, however I did have a quick look at these before the internet stopped working! The achievements section shows your personal scores and as you would imagine, achievements, and there is also a leaderboard, where you can view other peoples scores, as well as the top scores. And the 'more games' section simply tells you about other games by the same makers.

            All in all, the picture quality and sounds on the game are excellent, and the swiping action that you do with your finger on the screen is really accurate, which makes the game easy to play, yet still frustrating and addictive!

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            A fantastic game with almost endless gameplay.

            Fruit Ninja is an application for the iPhone which can be purchased from the App store for just 59p and my initial reason for purchasing this was that is has been sitting consistently high in the various charts for apps in the store. I reasoned that it must be good otherwise word would have spread and people would have stopped downloading by now.

            The aim of the game is to chop up fruit with a large machete to obtain combinations of different fruits and multiple items to earn bonus points. When you load the application you simply swipe across the screen to chop the fruit in half to start a new game. This took me a few seconds to work out when I first played the game and then a handy picture came up illustrating what I had to do.

            There are currently two game modes that can be played, classic & zen mode:

            Classic mode is where you don't have a time limit but you may only allow three fruits to fall without being sliced and then you lose. If you get to 100 points without letting all three fruits drop then one X that you may have accrued will be removed giving you a chance to last longer and obtain a higher score. When classic mode starts off you will find that there are just one or two fruits being blasted on to your screen every few seconds and it's easy to keep up but then there will be little runs of lots of fruit and you will also have large bombs to avoid. If you slice one of the bombs then this will be game over for you so it's best just to avoid the bombs and let them fall as they won't give you an X.

            Zen mode is where you have a time limit of 90 seconds and it doesn't matter how many fruits you miss as these don't take any points away or give you any X's. The aim of this game is just to make as many combinations and earn as many points as possible before the time limit runs out.

            Fruit Ninja uses Openfeint technology which is where you can unlock achievements for certain aspects of game play and there are lots of App store games which are working with Openfeint meaning you can create a login and password and keep a track of your points and achievements over all games. You can also use the iPhone technology to see the leader boards, global, national and even the leader board of people near you who own the game. This is very interesting, particularly if I know someone near by at the time as I can see what their score is and try and beat it and then send them a text message taunting them!

            I love the gameplay of fruit ninja as while it's a very simple game I find that it's so addictive and I could just keep playing the Zen mode over and over again. I love the gameplay of this and trying to constantly beat my score. It's fair to say that I get quite excited when I have beaten my top score or gone up a place in the local leader board. I love how there is a total fruit high score also as this means you can see how you rate against the other players that are also addicted to Fruit Ninja and try and work your way up the leader board which is quite fun!

            It's fair to say that I think 59p is a fantastic price as I have had quite a few hours of entertainment from this game and I can let my nieces & nephews play on the Zen mode as they don't get quite as frustrated if the game ends straight away. I love the gameplay and how simple this game is to play in theory yet how hard it can be to top my high score! I would definitely recommend this to holders of an iPhone.

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              Another stand-out iPhone app.

              'Chopping wood, chopping wood, I'm chopping wood' - this is what a contestant (lunatic?) recently proclaimed on the latest series of Britain's Got Talent. He was (quite rightly) looked at like a bit of a loser, because lets face it - watching someone slice things up isn't particularly entertaining is it? What if you were in his shoes though? If my new addictive iPhone app is anything to go by, you'll be collecting your machete and heading off to the Britain's Got Talent auditions to show the world this - Fruit Ninja... who's the loser now eh?

              Fruit Ninja is one of the latest hits on the app store and has been in the top 10 of the app charts for a number of weeks now. Retailing at only 59p a download, it's easy to see why this app has become so popular. What else can you buy for 59p that brings you hours of entertainment? Lets face it, a KitKat Chunky only has a very limited shelf life. That's just what Fruit Ninja brings you though - hours upon hours of sheer entertainment and the key to that - simplicity.

              To that end, it comes as no surprise that the premise of Fruit Ninja is a simple one - fruit is shot up in front of you from a trampoline (I only assume as you can't see where it comes from), in order for you to swipe your finger across the screen the slice the unsuspecting fruit in half. Sounds dull doesn't it? I thought so too so I held off downloading this, however, the undeniable persuasion power of the app charts weighed heavily on my mind until I finally conceded and downloaded this little gem. This may be a rather simple app, but, aren't all the best apps simple? Doodlejump, Angry Birds and Zombie Smash to name but a few. Now the new ruler of the 'best simple app' title (an award I thought of all by myself - how inventive of me!) is of course Fruit Ninja.

              There are currently two game modes in which to play this game, with a third on the way in the next update. Classic Mode - this was obviously the first game mode that introduced us to the brilliance of Fruit Ninja. It's all pretty simple really; the fruit gets tossed up to you and you slice it, unbeknownst to you on your first game that bombs will also make their way up the screen. You must be extremely careful not to even touch the bombs, as, like bombs do, they'll explode and the game will be terminated. There is another way to lose the game though - you're given 3 lifelines when you start which are represented by red outlined stars at the top right of the screen. If you fail to slice a piece of fruit before it disappears at the bottom of the screen, a lifeline will be deducted. 3 strikes and you're out. The newest addition to Fruit Ninja is the Zen Mode. The Zen Mode is very similar to Classic Mode with only a few tweaks to the premise. This time, you're given a 90 second time limit, no lifelines and no bombs. You slice as many fruit pieces as you can to gain the highest score possible.

              Once you've got a score that you're happy with, you're able to upload your score either to Facebook or Twitter. Uploading is very simple, you enter your log in details, you'll be shown the screen in which you'll be uploading to your chosen social networking site (Facebook in my case) and then your score will show on the Live Feed page for all to see. Unfortunately, unlike Doodlejump, there isn't anywhere for you to look at your friends top scores, the only leader board you can view is the worldwide leader board. Therefore, hopefully in a future update, this will be amended as it will bring some much needed longevity and enhanced competition to the game.

              In gameplay terms this app is immensely fun. The game takes on a landscape view, enabling it to make full use of the iPhones touch screen, which works fantastically with this app. Sliding your finger across the screen takes minimal effort and it brings a lot childish enjoyment to me watching all the fruit be sliced in half (yes I do have the mental age of a 10 year old!). The game becomes progressively more challenging as you go on (in Classic Mode). You'll get more fruit thrown up at you along with more bombs. The game becomes somewhat frantic rather quickly and it can be a real challenge to avoid all the bombs which are always in close quarters with the fruit, whilst slicing every single piece of fruit before it disappears off the screen. Of course, like most games the aim is to get the highest score possible. The best ways for you to end up with a high score is to try to slice combinations of fruit, these can be the same fruit or variations. Your points soon rack up if you're slicing more than 2 fruit at once and occasionally you can replenish a life or two by hitting combinations.

              Graphics and sound wise this game is a definite winner. For such a small and insignificant app with a simple premise, the graphics really come up trumps here. All the fruit looks as realistic as it possibly could and there's a suitable splat noise everytime you slice a fruit. The soundtrack does grate on your nerves a bit, but there's an option to turn this off and just utilise the sound effects, which I recommend.

              Overall, for a cheap and simple app this is a real winner. Graphics are crisp and clear, whilst the gameplay will keep you coming back for more. Connectivity and game modes could be improved upon, but that's something that could easily be amended in future updates. If you're looking for a something to occupy you in short 5 minute bursts then this is definitely something you should get your teeth into.

              Recommended.

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                21.06.2010 18:07

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                Not entirely recommended, but watch this space for possible downloadable expansion

                Fruit Ninja for iPhone is a modest game at best. It isn't feature-packed, you only really do one thing, and that gets kinda old after a short while.

                The aim of the game - slice projectile fruit by swiping on your iPhone's screen and try to achieve combo's of 3,4,5+ fruits slashed in one go, whilst avoiding falling bombs.

                There's two game modes - first of which is Classic, where you have an infite amount of fruit launched, and the game is only over if you let more than 3 pieces of un-ninja'd fruit fall off the screen, or until you swipe a bomb. The second game mode, Zen, is a time limit style game with the same idea as classic mode, though you are not penalised for dropped, uncut fruit, and there are no bombs. The idea here is to get large combo's of sliced fruit to garner a higher score.

                There is a subtle reward system, where the Zen mode points come in handy, or you also hit targets by cutting a certain amount of a certain fruit - i.e., cut 50 bananas for a new coloured blade.

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                14.06.2010 15:42
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                This game is rather addictive and will definitely be in love within one minute of playing. The title of this game really sums up the whole point of the game.

                First the price is only 59p and is well worth the money to spend on a game. You can purchase this through iTunes on laptop or even on your iPod touch/iPhone directly. I am sure you guys already know that the installation is simple enough. All you need to do is input your account details and wait a few minutes to load.

                Once you enter the game, it loads onto a landspace view which makes the slice even easier to do, I can't imagine playing this game in portrait as it would be impossible to get high scores.

                I really got confused whenever I entered the game as I tried to 'tap' onto the mode until I realised that you have to sliced the mode to enter. I thought it was very original to keep the theme going as a slice.

                The graphics on this game is moderately, not very high however, this game is all about slicing fruit that graphics does not need to be good.

                There are two modes currently available, classic and zen, although there is also another coming soon banana, which i am waiting for.

                Classic Mode
                Whenever I have purchased this game for the first time, there was only this option to play and would have to say it was pretty difficult. The main point of the classic mode is to slice all the fruit that pops up from the bottom of the screen and avoid to slice the bombs. At first, i didn't know that I had to avoid them, and got a white screen saying game over. The bomb exploding is quite amusing at first however, afterwards I have become obsessed to get the high scores. Also, during this play you only get 3 lives which you can avoid losing them by slicing the fruit. If you manage to slice more than 100 fruit then you recover one life and would be available again after another 100. What really got me into this game is the sound it creates whenever you slice the fruit. You really do feel like you become a ninja with a sword and the next time you cook, really wish to cut my vegetables and fruit with a ninja sword.

                Zen Mode
                This mode is my favourite as you get no bombs, no lives and you get 90 seconds to slice the fruit. you would think that 90 seconds is quite a lot however, at most I only get 180-200 fruit sliced overall. The trick to this mode is try and slice as many fruit in one slice to get extra points, however this is not easy and sometimes, you do not get so lucky. Sometimes, fruit pops up single by single or even in groups. Currently i'm having a competition with my sister who would get the most fruit and i'm in the lead with the high score of 243 (out of pure luck).

                What really interests me about this game is that it is also a learning application. After a game, it notifies some useful facts about each fruit you might have sliced. From zen mode, I have managed to slice 5 bananas at once and after the game, it told me that if you rub the inside of bananas skin on to a mosquito bites then it prevents from itching.

                Another good advantage about this game is the achievements where you can achieve certain skills while playing the game. This can be also shared through Openfeint which is a forum where you can share your scores and who is in the lead.

                The only disadvantage I could find in this game would probably the fact that it will use up your battery life quite a lot. I remember playing this game for hours and had to recharge because my iPod told me that I have only got 25% battery left.

                Conclusion
                I think this game is absolutely ingenius, with very original concept. However, time flies once you start playing the game. Just make sure that you have a timer when you start this game so that you don't miss your meetings or football match.

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                  11.06.2010 12:36
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                  a very good game , one of the best

                  Fruit ninja is another example of a sucessful application due to its fun , addictiveness and simplicity. The main aim of the game is to cut up as many peices of fruit as you can , without losing all 3 lives or hitting one of the dreaded bombs.

                  ===Start up===
                  10 seconds , this is ok considering there is no other loading times.
                  The menu provides 5 options, open feint , new game and about , as well as a simple touch button to mute music and sound effects.
                  About provides credits and the games premise, nothing too exciting.
                  To open up the different options you slice the fruit , this is a nice little gimmick that brings the game together.

                  ===Game===
                  The game has 2 modes as well as one mysteriously labeled coming soon.
                  The modes are classic and zen.

                  classic - A continous game in which you gain points by slicing the fruit, more points are offered for cutting multiple fruits with one strike and their is also random critical hits, as well as special fruits offering a score boost , these are very rare. One part of the game you will learn to despise are the bombs, clip one of these in your slicing frenzy and its game over.

                  zen - 90 seconds , no bombs and no lives. Cut as much fruit up as you can in the allocated time. This is nice and simple and maybe one for the kids as its a little less difficult but still fun.

                  ===Gameplay===
                  The game uses the touch screen very well , you can use more than one finger to have multiple cuts being made , however this makes it more likely that one of those bombs will go off. Its fast and addictive , because each time you play your going up against your own score its always a challenge to play that "one more game" as you know you can beat it.
                  I suppose another factor is the range of fruit, they all have their own little noises , the coconut for example makes a dull sound wereas an apple makes a squishy noise. This could be utilised educationaly too, taching hand eye co-ordiantion as well as getting your child to recognise the fruits.

                  ===Graphics===
                  Clear and simple, its easy on the eyes and for this type of game theres no need for hd graphics. The vivid colours of the fruits are good and the way pulp splatters against the backdrop is a nice touch.

                  ===Open feint===
                  This allows you to set up an account , to see high scores made by people in the game, its also used in a range of other appstore games.

                  ===Price/Availability===
                  59p on the Appstore

                  ===Overall===
                  On par with the likes of doodlejump (see review) in addictivness , this is one that will stay on your iphone for a long time.

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                    10.06.2010 14:50
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                    Just go and buy it!

                    From the murky depths of Apple App Store there seems to be a phenomenon rising up to the surface and dominating the Top 25. And yes, it is another completely useless application, such as DoodleJump (See review), that provides hours and hours of endless entertainment. According to Half Brick (The creators of Fruit Ninja) the major threat and enemy to your average ninja is not evil or any of the usual candidates, but fruit. Hence the game, Fruit Ninja.
                    Fruit Ninja is a simple game you can purchase from the App Store for the very reasonable price of £0.69. The basic, well actually the whole premise of the game is to use the touch screen of the Iphone or Ipod Touch to slice various pieces of fruit that arc over your screen. There is but one obstacle in your way, there are also bombs flying up with this fruit, which instantly end your game if you slash at them. There are two modes you can play Fruit Ninja on, there is the Classic Mode, where you simply have to slice as many fruit as you can before you lose your 3 lives or hit a bomb. Then there is the Zen Mode, which is a timed version, you have 90 seconds to eliminate as many fruit as you can, all the deadly bombs are taken away and you don't have to worry about missing any fruit. In the Classic Mode there are also completely random "Critical Hits", which add 10 points onto your total, and there is also a "Mystery Fruit" that appears very rarely (I myself have only seen it twice) and if you cut open this fruit the pulpy insides of the fruit will reward you with a 50 point bonus.
                    As with all good Iphone Games, the brilliance of Fruit Ninja lies in its simplicity. All you have to do is cut fruit by swiping your finger across the screen, no more, no less. The accuracy of your swiping is brilliantly registered by the touchscreen, and you can slice fruit with pinpoint accuracy. Again, just like DoodleJump, the fact that the Classic Mode is an endless game makes it that bit more competitive, and I'm constantly checking OpenFeint to see if I have moved up in the rankings at all (Needless to say, i'm nowhere near the top), and playing again and again just to try and beat my best score. However, whilst playing these unbelievably simple games I start to wonder, and slightly worry, that with apparently the most powerful brain on this blue marble of a planet, how the hell can we spend so many hours, and still not get bored of these ridiculous games. But then I forget my worries as I start another game of Classic Mode Fruit Ninja.
                    Enjoy people, I know you will.

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