|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: Halfbrick Studios|
|Pub: Halfbrick Studios|
|Release: August 10, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The biggest new feature in Fruit Ninja Kinect, though, is the multiplayer. You can play both cooperatively and competitively, and the experience is nothing short of awesome, even though you might get a few elbows in the face. The competitive mode lets you play as either a blue ninja or a red ninja, and you'll score points for chopping your own color fruit and lose points for chopping your neighbor's fruit. Cooperative mode is a little more straightforward: You and your partner have to chop as much fruit and score as many combos as possible before time runs out. I found both of these modes to be extremely enjoyable, and if you've always wanted to play Fruit Ninja with a friend standing next to you, this mode alone makes the ten-dollar price tag worth the investment.
The only real problem I can see with Fruit Ninja Kinect is that it's not one of those games that will hold your attention for long. One of the reasons why Fruit Ninja works so well on mobile devices is because you can pick it up for 90 seconds when you are in line at the grocery store and forget about it completely afterward. On the Xbox 360 version, you are tied to your home, and you can't just pick the game up whenever you want to. Though I wouldn't go as far as to say it is "work" to turn on your game console, it does seem like a fair bit of effort for a game that you won't play for more than ten minutes at a time.
Fruit Ninja Kinect is an impressive game, not only because it plays well and looks great, but also because it shows what is possible when you actually port a mobile game well. A game like Angry Birds (which has dominated the mobile sales charts for more than a year) suffered when it came to home consoles, as it didn't find a way to make the experience better for the bigger price. But Fruit Ninja Kinect has found a way to improve the game experience and make it well worth the $10 investment. If you are looking for a fun Kinect game that doesn't require much in the way of a time commitment but is a blast to play with others, look no farther than Fruit Ninja Kinect.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer