Fruit Ninja Kinect Review
Fruit Ninja Kinect Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Halfbrick Studios
Pub: Halfbrick Studios
Release: August 10, 2011
Players: 1-2
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.

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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.

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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.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
HD visuals look great, and fruit animations are banana peel-smooth.
4.5
Control
Motion controls are simple but work flawlessly.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is inoffensive and sound effects work well.
3.8
Play Value
Though it doesn't have the pick-up-and-play capability of its handheld predecessor, Fruit Ninja Kinect is fun in short bursts and at social gatherings.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Following the simple yet addictive mechanics that made Fruit Ninja such a breakout success on mobile devices, Fruit Ninja Kinect stays true to the spirit of the beloved title while expanding players' experience with new gameplay modes and unlockable content.
  • There are three single-player modes: slice for the highest score while avoiding bombs in Classic Mode, serenely slice through 90 seconds of Zen Mode, or throw intense power-ups into the mayhem with Arcade Mode.
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect also adds local multiplayer so Fruit Ninjas can slice side-by-side in pursuit of unlockable blades, backgrounds, avatar shadows, and achievements that only the quickest ninjas will conquer.
  • True masters of fruit ninjutsu searching the lands for a worthy opponent can climb the online leaderboards, but only ninjas able to decimate the mysterious pomegranate—a rare fruit that players can attack furiously in bullet-time—will claim the highest scores.

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