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Marymoose becomes addicted to Fruit!
Fruit Ninja (iPhone Application)
Member Name: marymoose
Fruit Ninja (iPhone Application)
Advantages: Fun and addictive!
Disadvantages: Really easy to exit out of it accidentally
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 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.
"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).
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.
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!
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!
Summary: I'm a fruit ninja!!!
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