Yes, this week’s App of the Week is a game. I usually try not to do games for App of the Week, but very rarely does a game keep me coming back as much as Fruit Ninja did. I have literally spent hours playing Fruit Ninja. This game is incredibly fun, and sadly you don’t come across that as often as you should in Android games. Fruit Ninja however, does the part, and that is why it is this week’s App of the Week.
Now when you hear Fruit Ninja, the first thing you think is probably nothing close to what this game actually is. Fruit Ninja is very repetitive, but I think in this case that is a good thing, because you want to keep playing it. You slash fruit. The entire game of Fruit Ninja is cutting fruit. All different types of delicious fruit are thrown into the air, and when placing your finger on the screen and moving it over the fruits, it turns into a mighty weapon. Your finger is the sword that cuts the fruit, and let me tell you, it is extremely entertaining.
Another great thing about Fruit Ninja is its unlockables. As you progress throughout the game, the more combos and special things you do unlock different blades and backgrounds. There are also achievements that add to your total score. Your score is kept track by Feint, a social hub for games that support it. Feint lets you add your friends to see what they are playing and compare scores. These two elements are big in making Fruit Ninja such a complete experience. One of the things that make console games so popular is working towards new things that enhance your gameplay or make it prettier. The blades and backgrounds you unlock are cool, and some aren’t easy. Unless you are destined to be a Fruit Ninja, you’re not going to unlock everything and get every achievement in an hour.
Unlocking new things and getting achievements would be nothing if the game itself weren’t fun, and believe me, it is. As you slice your way through 2 (and soon to be 3) different game modes, you get lost in the addicting gameplay of Fruit Ninja. It is smooth and clean, and something other developers should take as motivations to better their games. You can get combos or slice each fruit individually, but no matter what it is still fun.
Fruit Ninja is well put together, and just fun to play. It is refreshing to play an Android game that is pretty, doesn’t suffer from bugs, and is just plain addicting right from the launch. There are a few things that could be added like multiplayer and multi-touch, but overall Fruit Ninja is one of, if not my favorite games to play. Check back on Sundays for the App of the Week, and leave your questions or comments below or email me at [email protected]
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]