Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots




Still good fun, but film tie-in doesn't skimp on promotion.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

If you can swipe your finger across the screen, you can figure out how to play. 

Violence & scariness

While the game is about carving things up with a sword, the only thing that suffers is fruit. When players accidentally slice a bomb, though, there's a flash of light that takes away one health point from the player. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

This version of the game is a pure promotional vehicle for the film Puss in Boots. It features sound clips of the character murmuring encouragement or becoming upset as the game progresses as well as a link to the film's website, which knocks you out of the game. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

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 kids can learn


Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn


Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots 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 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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:October 21, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Size:17.00 MB
Publisher:Halfbrick Studios
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later Android 2.1 and up

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Parent Written byGrayWolf March 8, 2012


The game is simple to use and fun for the kids. If you have privacy concerns just make sure that you are using the setting available on the device you play the game on.
Teen, 14 years old Written byScreennameGirl March 2, 2012

Very Fun Game

This is a great game! Since it's all about Puss in Boots I have to mark it for consumerism. It's not all that violent since you are only slicing fruit like any mom would do in a kitchen. But, if you run into a bomb a light flashes across the screen and it says "Game Over". It is VERY easy to use, just simply swipe your finger across the device to slice fruit. It is a little bit educational since it offers trivia facts on fairy tales at the end of each game.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 15, 2012

Great Game - with action required

Just like the original, but with more challenges this time.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism


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