Slice ’ n’ dice mayhem

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

THANKS to the un­wa­ver­ing suc­cess of Ap­ple’s iPhone and iPod Touch de­vices, small game de­vel­op­ers have be strik­ing it rich with cheap, fun ca­sual games that sell into the mil­lions, and Aus­tralia has been a hotspot for some of the top-selling games, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal ver­sion of

Fruit Ninja, re­leased a year ago by Bris­bane-based, Half­brick Stu­dios.

Now the fruit slic­ing and dic­ing mayhem comes to Xbox 360, and utilises the mo­tion-sens­ing Kinect Sen­sor.

Lit­tle has changed here, which sees the same sim­ple goal of the game, to slash through a va­ri­ety of fruits as they sail across the screen.

The Kinect works so beau­ti­fully with this con­cept, it’s al­most like the game was originally cre­ated with this Kinect ver­sion in mind.

In stan­dard game mode if you miss a sin­gle piece of fruit, it counts as a strike. Three strikes and, you guessed it, it’s game over. Ran­dom bombs are also mixed in with the fruit, and if you hit one of them it’s also game over. So fran­tic slash­ing is not the trick to this game.

Sev­eral other modes are avail­able, all taken from the orig­i­nal ver­sion. I mean, why fix some­thing that isn’t bro­ken.

The new party mode is de­signed for up to four play­ers and a new chal­lenge mode of­fers the chance to un­lock achieve­ments and in-game treats, like al­ter­na­tive blades and back­grounds. No mat­ter what game, Kinect-based ti­tles all seem to suc­ceed in mak­ing you look com­pletely and ut­terly ridicu­lous while play­ing, and Fruit Ninja is no dif­fer­ent.

You’ll spend most of your time look­ing like you’re los­ing a slap­ping fight with a ghost, so draw the cur­tains and close the doors, it’s not for gig­gling on­look­ers’ eyes.

Nav­i­gat­ing the menus can prove a lit­tle frus­trat­ing as ac­ci­den­tal move­ments by your hands some­times see you en­ter­ing the wrong modes.

At nearly $ 14, it’s a pricey al­ter­na­tive to the orig­i­nal 99¢ smart­phone ver­sion, es­pe­cially with lit­tle in the way of new fea­tures. Still, you will en­joy it, and you will look silly, which means your friends will also love it.

FRUIT NINJA KINECT

RRP: $ 13.40 ( Xbox 360)

★ ★ ★ ★

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