Slice ’ n’ dice mayhem
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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