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: Puss in Boots is an adaptation of the popular app that is meant as a promotional vehicle for the Dreamworks Animation movie Puss in Boots. The game heavily promotes the film, including a link to the official website, but still features all of the components of the original Fruit Ninja as well as a new mode. Users can share high scores via the Game Center or Open Feint social networks, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Kids swipe their finger across their device's screen to chop fruit as it is tossed. In Bandito mode, kids get challenges to conquer, such as "slice 15 pears" or "crack a coconut." They'll need to move quickly and avoid bombs. Desperado mode, meanwhile, is comparable to the gameplay in the original Fruit Ninja game. Kids can earn achievements that will unlock new backgrounds and blades; they can also track achievements and compare their scores with other players via Game Center.
Is it any good?
Scoff all you want at the fact that this app is a blatant marketing ploy; you still have to give developer Halfbrick credit for making FRUIT NINJA: PUSS IN BOOTS worth the money. The gameplay is just as fun as it was in the original, and the new Bandito mode -- which pits players against 12 random challenges -- is a fun new gameplay style. Like the original, you can unlock new blades, but there aren't many. And the actual Puss in Boots elements feel very tacked on. That doesn't detract from the game, though. It's still as fun as it was -- only this time, it comes with some heavy commercial elements.