Fruit Ninja Kinect Review

Game: Fruit Ninja Kinect
Genre: Action
System: XBOX 360 (Kinect)
Review By: Illmatic

When Fruit Ninja hit the App Store it almost immediately became an overnight sensation. I can’t tell you how many hours I have sinked into Fruit Ninja on my iPhone, but I can guarantee you that it is a lot. Because of Fruit Ninjas immense popularity, it was only a matter of time before the folks over at Halfbrick ported it over to the Kinect. Does Fruit Ninja Kinect slice and dice its way into instant stardom, or will it fail miserably? Read on to find out!

Gameplay: Without a doubt, Fruit Ninja is known for its simple pick up and play controls. Upon starting a round, these simple pick up and play controls soon turn into precise slices and dices that are perfectly and precisely timed. Fruit Ninja Kinect tries its best to keep the same fundamentals and mechanics that made the original game such a huge success. The Kinect had no problem reading and understanding my motions. It didn’t matter what type of slice I tried, the Kinect nailed it spot on, every time. There are three types of game modes here for you to choose from, each one offering a fresh new way to play. Classic mode has you slicing and dicing fruits while trying to avoid flying bombs. This mode is probably the most fun, but it also happens to be the most challenging. Arcade mode is a little easier to play but still tons of fun. Arcade mode adds power ups such as score boosters and fruit freezes to help you reach a high score at an exponential rate. Zen Mode is the easiest and most relaxed way of playing Fruit Ninja Kinect. Zen allows players to slash fruit for 90 seconds without the worries of hitting bombs or missing fruit. Of all the game modes, I found myself playing Classic and Aracade the most.

Sound: Fruit Ninja Kinect, for the most part, retains all of the sound effects and music from its mobile version. This isn’t a bad thing, quite frankly I enjoyed the OG sounds and music! I think its pretty awesome that the Kinect will recognize every slash that you create and play an accompanying slicing sound.

Graphics: The visuals in Fruit Ninja Kinect are superb. Everything looks very nicely done and there is plenty of colorful fruit for you to feast your eyes on. Perhaps the coolest part of the visuals is the inclusion of your silhouette in the background. During gameplay, you can see a silhouette of yourself in real time, mimicking your every move.

Wishes or Changes: While Fruit Ninja Kinect is a very fun game to play, the novelty wears off rather quickly. I wish there was a few more modes to keep me entertained a little longer, rather than playing it for a few minutes here and there. Having a few extra modes in this title that are truly unique to the Kinect version would have made this an awesome game with tons of replayability.

TQ Bottom Line: I worried that this title would be almost exactly like the iPhone version with motion controls, needless to say, my guess was almost spot on. Thats not to say that this game isn’t fun or entertaining, but if you are playing this alone, the game gets a little boring rather quickly. I would definitely recommend this title is you are having a small get together and want to liven up the party a bit.

Final Score: 3.5 out of 5 Michelas!

Fruit Ninja Kinect
Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Publisher: Halfbrick Studios
Metacritic: 72
MSRP: 800 MSP ($10)

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