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Fruit Ninja HD iconCategory: Games
Seller: Halfbrick Studios
Requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
Compatibility: iPad
File Size: 17.4 MB
Version Reviewed: 1.00
Price: $4.99
Age Rating: 4+

First came Fruit Ninja for iPhone. It was a game that sounded ridiculous at best. The goal was to split fruit tossed across screen with your finger. But why? Because it’s ridiculously fun. And now, you can do the same on a bigger screen with Fruit Ninja HD.

Fruit Ninja HD menu

Most of the gameplay concerning Fruit Ninja HD is exactly the same as Fruit Ninja. You have the Original and Zen modes of gameplay. In Original, both fruits and bombs are tossed across the screen. Obviously, you don’t want to slice the bombs, that would kill you. You do want to slice apart the fruit. Why? Other than that it’s fun, I don’t know. Each fruit gets you a point, and combos of 3 or more double your points. Zen mode is the same, only they swapped the bombs for a timer. Just slice as many fruit as you can before the time runs out. If you miss three fruit you’re out, unless you pass a multiple of 100 points, then the game forgets one. Just like baseball.

By the way, if you haven’t noticed, Fruit Ninja supports multitouch. That’s right, apparently you, the ninja, have numerous arms and swords for each. Swipe with as many fingers as necessary!

Fruit Ninja HD zen multiplayer

So, none of that is new to Fruit Ninja HD, but multiplayer is. There are two modes, Classic and Zen, and they’re both exactly as you’d expect. In Classic mode, the first to lose their individual Classic game loses the overall game. In Zen mode, you compete to see who can rack up more points in the same time period without bombs (and you don’t have to worry about misses). Both modes throw the exact same fruit on both sides of the screen. I much prefer Zen, it’s just more fun. An added bonus of playing multiplayer is that you earn Dojo gear much easier and quicker.

Dojo gear is earned by completing specific tasks, most often by accident; things like slicing a certain amount of bananas or pineapples in a row. You can earn different blades to slice with, or different backgrounds to slice on. New blades have different colors, sometimes changing, and can have other effects as well. Also, the background can be changed, though you can’t use a personal background. These aren’t amazing, but it’s fun to be rewarded for playing the game.

So, basically, Fruit Ninja HD is the same thing as Fruit Ninja, plus multiplayer and bigger. Yup. But what you might not anticipate is how much more fun the game gets when the screen size goes up. Everything has been made bigger. Honestly, it’s a lot like you’re just playing Fruit Ninja on 2X mode, only better. But that means that you have to drag your finger farther to slice the same fruit, it’s just more frantic than the iPhone version. I was really surprised how by how much of a difference the larger screen made. I’m hooked.

The only real issue I have with this game is its price point. I love this game, but I wouldn’t say it’s 5 times more fun than the $0.99 iPhone version. Maybe 2 or 3 times more fun.

Fruit Ninja HD, like it’s iPhone counterpart, is great fun for those with limited time or attention spans. While there’s no good reason behind why a ninja should be wasting his or her time slicing fruit, it is extremely fun. Plus the game can be enjoyed even when you don’t have much time to spare. If you loved the iPhone version, then you’ll love the iPad version as well, just not the price.

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