A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
As this is a Kinect game, it encourages players to get up and move around to perform the required controls. Additionally, though there is a ninja theme to this title, the only thing players are ever "attacking" are pieces of fruit, so there is no semblance of real violence.
Positive Role Models
There are no role models in this game per se, but it does show players that ninjas do have a more charming, less intimidating side to them.
Ease of Play
Anyone with basic motor skills will be able to play this game competently. However, it takes someone with extreme precision, lightning fast reflexes, and a willingness to play over and over again to fully master the skills required to achieve the highest score.
Violence & Scariness
Although there are knifing and slashing sound effects in this ninja-themed game, the only objects players ever "attack" are pieces of fruit.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fruit Ninja Kinect is a casual, arcade-style game in which players use their hands to swipe at pieces of fruit as they frenetically fly on the screen. While it has a ninja theme and encourages players to perform karate chops and high kicks, the only thing that players can swipe at are pieces of fruit. There is a mode of play that allows players to use various power-ups, which result in small explosions and visual effects, but none of it ever appears violent.
Is It Any Good?
FRUIT NINJA KINECT is a remake of a game that has already proven itself a hit in video arcades and on mobile phones. What's unique about this version is it gives it a complete full-body experience. Players have to move their arms with speed and accuracy to be able to slash all the fruit that appears on the screen; it's even possible to get some of the low-flying fruit with a well-defined kick.
There is not a lot of depth to this game by any stretch, but it certainly provides bursts of fun and enjoyment for players, especially when they're playing with friends. It is a good, solid title to add to the Kinect's already extensive library of engaging casual games.
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