Review: Fruit Ninja v1.5 (iOS)

Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick Studios is a game of action and reflexes. The goal of the game is to use your fingers to slash at fruit before they disappear off the screen. Watch out though for bombs as they will end your game quickly and keep you from achieving high scores. Fruit Ninja is a simple game in nature but the gameplay is so addicting that you’ll spend hours playing this without even noticing how much time has gone by. With the new 1.5 update, Fruit Ninja now includes four modes of play with the newest mode being Arcade and Game Center support.

The four modes included with Fruit Ninja are Classic, Zen, Arcade, and Multiplayer. Classic mode is survival mode where you see how many fruits you can slice without hitting a bomb or dropping any fruit. In Zen, it is a time based mode to see how many fruits you can get in 90 seconds. Arcade mode is like Zen mode except you only get 60 seconds and it includes special banana power ups that make the game more interesting. In Multiplayer mode, you can compete against your friends or the random stranger. Every mode in the game is fun and you’ll find your self replaying them over and over again in order to get an even higher score then before.

Fruit Ninja is very addicting no matter what mode you play. I had downloaded the game yesterday morning and couldn’t stop playing it. It was the only game I played yesterday and I’m still playing it today. Most games take a couple of minutes to play so it’s an easy game to pick up and play if you have a few free minutes here and there during the day. Fruit Ninja is also a very family friendly game that players of all ages can play. My son who is 4 years old has no problems playing this game either so I can recommend this for smaller children as well.

Final Thoughts

Fruit Ninja is fun and simple and has tremendous replay value. Halfbrick Studios is continuously updating this game with new features and the latest Arcade mode is fun and challenging. The inclusion of Game Center is also noteworthy as you can compare your scores with friends as well as unlocking achievements.

The only thing I’d really like to see in a future update is support for Retina Display just to make the graphics look a bit better but even without it, the graphics are still pretty good.

Fruit Ninja is available now in the App Store for 99 cents. the update is free for current owners.

Rating: A



Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game enjoyed by millions of players around the world, with squishy, splatty and satisfying fruit carnage! Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.


Swipe your finger across the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure!

Fruit Ninja features Classic, Zen and the amazing new Arcade mode, along with online multiplayer for Game Center-enabled devices! It also has awesome global leaderboards and achievements to unlock!

Your success will also please the wise ninja Sensei, who will accompany your journey with wise words and fun fruit facts.

Fruit Ninja is the messiest and most satisfying fruit game ever!

What’s New in Version 1.5


It has been a long time in the making, but today the ever elusive secret banana mode is here to play! Introducing Arcade Mode, the most intense and exciting Fruit Ninja experience ever!

ARCADE MODE – Now you are playing with power! In Arcade Mode, you have 60 second to reach the highest score possible. However, we’ve added a few secrets to help you along the way! Look out for the special bananas, which have amazing effects such as Double Points, Frenzy and even Freeze! Combine the banana powers for some truly devastating fruit carnage, and don’t forget to rack up those combos for even higher scores!

At the end of every Arcade Mode game, you will also receive bonus points for your slicing prowess. Take every opportunity to hit some truly astronomical scores and astonish your friends!

WEEKLY LEADERBOARDS – Best of all, you now have the chance to see how you stack up against your friends! At the end of Arcade Mode games, you will be able to view the Weekly high scores of your online friends!

NEW ICE BLADE – The Dojo receives another addition in the form of the Ice Blade! You’ll be one cool customer while using this bad boy to slice!

[via App Store]


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