Fruit Ninja

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Simple, fun chopping-flying fruit game.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 56 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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

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.

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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCourier6 November 3, 2014

Are you kidding me, CSM?

7, really? You never even see the sword, you slash fruit (and nothing but fruit) with your fingers. There's literally no possible reason this should have a... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 12 year old Written byZopie August 18, 2010

Easy and fun

Silly but fun. This game got passed around to the whole family, each trying to get the high score!
Teen, 13 years old Written byiNSPiRED February 21, 2011

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!!! :)
Kid, 11 years old March 13, 2011

fun

you just cut up fruit. it's fun, and between rounds you get fun facts about fruit.

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.

App details

For kids who love family-friendly game apps

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