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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
FRUIT NINJA KINECT has one goal: slice and dice as many pieces of fruit as possible. The fruit will come from all sides of the screen and as it flies by, players have a very limited time to chop the pieces in half; the more they slice, the higher their score. The game is broken up into different game modes, for both single-player and two-player gameplay. Although the concept is basic in nature, players will be encouraged to come back for more in order to achieve higher scores, unlock achievements, and get new items and power-ups to use in the game.
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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