Fruit Ninja Kinect

 
Simple, active game is good for short bursts of fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game and others like it can be used as a way to stay active. How can games be part of an exercise regimen?

  • What do you think of ninjas and ninja moves after playing this game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$10
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:August 10, 2011
Genre:Arcade
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byscaredpancake August 19, 2011
age 5+
 

Fruit Ninja Kinect is Super Fun!

This is the best Kinect game made to date. It is so fun, and great for all ages. After every game, they give you a fruit fact! Did you know that bananas grow on bushes? I learned that from Fruit Ninja. This is such a fun and timeless activity. It's also great excersice!
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Kid, 8 years old August 21, 2011
age 6+
 

I love it!

I didn't get this game but it looks fun
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Teen, 14 years old Written bypinktea4 March 12, 2012
age 5+
 

Best game!

This is a short pointless mini game but it's the best one I've ever played. Object of the game is, fruit flies up and you have to slide your finger across the fruit to cut it, if you miss it it ends up as one strike, and there are also bombs if you slice that you lose the whole game. If you get three strikes you lose.As the games goes ona dn you are still playing you get strikes taken away , Example, I have ttwo (2) strikes if I get far enough one will get taken off so I only have one (1). You get point and can get different backgrounds and swords it's a fun and easy game.

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