Let me ask you a question: what do ninjas hate the most? Stumped? Here's the answer: fruits! If you don't believe me then watch the video below to find out more.
Kidding aside though, that's the premise that Halfbrick Studios used when they introduced the Fruit Ninja iPod game to the world in their trailer.
Fruit Ninja is a simple action game that involves a lot of fruits and a lot of slicing. This isn't one of those story-rich games because there's no plot to work with; just some straightforward juicy fruit slashing.
Fruits of all varieties are periodically thrown up from the bottom of the screen and it's your goal to slice all of them up before gravity takes effect and they fall back down again. Slice the already sliced-up fruits again for bonus points.
Of course, things aren't that easy. Bombs are also thrown into the mix sometimes and the game immediately ends if you slice one up. You also only get three possible goofs in the game; let three fruits fall unsliced and your game is also up.
Fruit Ninja is a very simple game simply because it was intended to be simple. I like that the game features three different modes for you to play in to offer a change from the usual gameplay you may be used to. Classic mode is the one I described above. Zen mode gives you 90 seconds of bombless fruit-slashing while you have 60 seconds to play in Arcade mode but the bombs here don't kill you. Rather, they just slash 10 seconds off the time you have while you try to get as much points as you can.
You can also go to the dojo to change your blade or background, if you want to. Some blades are available right away while some still require some achievements to be made before they will be unlocked. For example, in order to use the Flame blade, you have to slice a combo after the timer ends in zen mode.
There is nothing bad about Fruit Ninja if it's the type of game that you're looking for and expecting. So in this case, if what you're looking for is something that will show some clear progression or stages in the game, then this is not for you. Fruit Ninja is what it is: it was made to allow users to slice fruit in a creative manner and it delivers. Nothing more, nothing less.
The (Promised) Game Trailer
Here's the Fruit Ninja video game trailer released by Halfbrick Studios:
I think it was good for a few laughs. Did you?
You can get Fruit Ninja for your iPhone or iPod Touch here: iTunes App Store