Fruit Master

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Constant ads sour the fruit-filled gameplay.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Players don't get much instruction about why they're given points for certain pieces of fruit or what getting to the next level requires, but they should be able to quickly figure out how to play.

 

Violence

Players will use weapons, beginning with a knife, to hit the fruit, but the weaponry isn't used on humans.

 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Users will see a lot of ads while playing or can pay $2.99 to remove them from the experience.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players earn a cocktail when they finish a round, but no one's shown drinking it/

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fruit Master app is an arcade-like game for iOS and Android devices. While the gameplay isn't too difficult to figure out, there aren't any directions, so players may be confused about how long rounds take and what they need to do to get to the next level. While there are weapons used to break fruit like knives, they're only used on produce and not human characters. A mixed drink is also given as a reward for reaching the next level, although it's not being shown drunk. Players are also subjected to many ads for products, or they can spend $2.99 to remove them.

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What's it about?

In FRUIT MASTER, players toss weapons at rotating groups of watermelons, oranges, and other produce. They're given points for each piece they hit, and nailing multiple items at once earns a bonus. Sliced fruit lands in a blender, which produces a cocktail players get when they complete a level. Earn four cocktails, and you can spin a fortune wheel for prizes like the chance to upgrade your weapon to chopsticks. With at least 100 potential rounds to play, players will be tested as fruit moves faster and changes direction during each level. Can you become the fruit master?

Is it any good?

This simple game would probably entice gamers to play it for much longer without the far-too-frequent ads that pop up for other game downloads. Fruit Master is swamped with ads throughout the game.  Some are 30 seconds long, but even the shorter ones often can't immediately be dismissed. They interrupt playing so often it's hard to get into a groove -- and to win at Fruit Master, you need to. Playing repeated rounds helps you figure out the best time to click on the screen to release your weapon to hit as many items as possible. That’s particularly important in later rounds, when fruit speeds up, slows down, and abruptly switches the direction it's circling around the screen, which makes it harder to hit.

Making things even harder is the fact that you're not able to tell how many times you need to win a round to get to the next level -- or how many levels there even are in the game, unless you pay close attention to the quick mention in the app description before downloading it -- can be a little frustrating. It's too bad, because the test of skill in Fruit Master could be fun for players, but its the constant ads and lack of info that ruins the gameplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. Gamers will see a lot of ads when playing Fruit Master, but does that make you want to buy more things?

  • Why do you think Fruit Master includes a drink as a reward? Does it seem like it's promoting alcoholic drinking?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 10, 2018
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 68.00 MB
  • Publisher: Ketchapp
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires IoS 8.0 or later and Android 4.0.3 and up.

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