Fruit Ninja

 

Learning(i)

Simple, fun chopping-flying fruit game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

All you need to do is swipe your finger across the screen. Of course, there's an element of skill as well. You can't miss more than three pieces of fruit, and you have to avoid the bombs that are thrown in among the flying produce. If the bombs are too annoying, though, you can play on the bombless "zen mode."

Violence & scariness

The violence is all perpetrated against fruit. With your fingers as sword, you'll slice through watermelons, kiwis, strawberries, and the like. Bombs appear as well, and accidentally slicing a bomb means the end of your game. There is no explosion; just a bright flash of light.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The game connects to OpenFeint, an online community in which players can earn achievements and post high scores, as well as "friend" other players and exchange messages with them. OpenFeint links to both Twitter and Facebook. Because there is an option to connect to OpenFeint, kids can end up friending strangers and chatting to them. If you don't want your kids on OpenFeint, don't opt in.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Social Studies

  • history
  • global awareness

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

Fruit Ninja wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Social Studies

  • history
  • global awareness

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Fruit Ninja wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Ingrid Simone

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byiNSPiRED February 21, 2011
age 5+
 

Just plain fun!

Probably my favorite app of all time! Easy, addictive, and actually makes me thirsty after I'm done playing it! The game even offers fruit facts!!! :)
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old March 13, 2011
age 5+
 

fun

you just cut up fruit. it's fun, and between rounds you get fun facts about fruit.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Kid, 10 years old March 8, 2012
age 2+
 

Easy and Fun!

This is easy and perfect for really everybody!
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