A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fruit Ninja has a lot more to do with fruit than it does ninjas. Your finger is ostensibly your sword, but you never see any depictions of an actual weapon in the game. Mangos, bananas, apples, and such get sliced, but nothing else. The only thing that sprays here is fruit juice. The bombs are the only violent image in the game, and their explosions are very abstract (more like a flash of white). Of more concern might be the game's connection to the OpenFeint network, which allows kids who join to "friend" other members and exchange messages with them. Choose not to opt in to OpenFeint if your kids are under the teen age category.
What's it about?
Kids will swipe their finger across their device's screen to chop fruit as it is tossed. In some modes, kids can select the level of challenge. In classic and arcade modes, kids need to avoid bombs as they swipe; there are no bombs in Zen mode. Kids can play multiplayer games with another person on the device, or online via Game Center. Kids can earn achievements that will unlock new backgrounds and blades; they can also track these achievements and compare their scores with other players via leaderboards.
Is it any good?
There's something beautifully simple about FRUIT NINJA. Gorgeously rendered fruit gets tossed up in the air before you, and you swat at it to slice it up before it hits the ground. It's the perfect way to release your aggressions and feel like an Iron Chef at the same time. As it begins with only one fruit at a time being tossed at you, you think, "What's the big deal?" Then the fruits come flying and you're slashing like crazy, halting abruptly when you happen to catch glimpse of a bomb that's been tossed into the mix. It's the kind of game that makes you want to keep playing, trying to surpass your previous score each time.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: biology
Social Studies: global awareness, history
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $0.99
- Release date: April 20, 2010
- Category: Arcade Games
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later, Android 2.1 and up
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