Fruit Ninja is yet another one of those ported-over-from-iOS games that has done incredibly well in the Android Market. Not only has it been downloaded some 100,000 – 500,000 times, but there’s also a special version just for Tegra 2 devices with a THD name tag. So how does Fruit Ninja stack up to other made for Android games? What makes Fruit Ninja worthy of making its way into the Tegra Zone? Let’s take a look.
Fruit Ninja for Android is available for any phone running 1.6 or higher. Coming in at 10M, Fruit Ninja 1.5.4 can be purchased for $1.25 from the Android Market. The THD version of Fruit Ninja is $3.15, and 26M in size.
Fruit Ninja is based around one thing: cutting fruit like a ninja. Essentially, fruit flys through the air, and you swipe through it with your sword (finger) to chop it in half. In the newest Fruit Ninja, you will find three game modes — Classic, Zen, and Arcade — along with freshly introduced power-ups and multipliers.
Classic – As always, Classic mode is the simplest version of the game you can play. Fruit and bombs fly through the air, and you have to chop the fruit in half. If you get any combination of three missed fruits or chopped bombs in one round, it’s game over.
Zen – Zen mode is like Classic mode, only with no bombs and no lives. It’s just 90 seconds of see how much fruit you can chop.
Arcade – Arcade mode, the newest addition to Fruit Ninja, is like a crazy mash-up of Zen and Classic mode with power-ups and bonuses thrown everywhere they can be. The game starts with 60 seconds on the clock and fruit, -10 second bombs, and power-ups fly through the air. The power-ups — Frenzy, 2X Score, and Freeze — can be stacked up with each other to try and achieve the highest score possible. At the end of an Arcade mode round, you will have bonus points awarded for how well you play, and you can compare your score with others using OpenFeint.
As you play throughout Fruit Ninja, you can unlock new sword swipe colors and backgrounds by completing certain tasks. Things like chopping a certain amount of one kind of fruit or getting a high combo will give you the ability to use a yellow sword or play on a yin yang background. In order to access these unlock-able bonuses, you go to the Dojo, and check out the Sensei’s Swag area. Also accessible from the Dojo is an about page with a short list of credits and an explanation of the game.
Oddly enough, there is no settings menu for Fruit Ninja. The most you can do is pause in any game mode and turn the music and sfx on/off.
As with all the games we’ve taken a look at in the Game Corner so far, the graphics in Fruit Ninja are amazing, and performance is flawless. Using CM7 on my Nexus S, I have seen no lag, stutter, or glitches at all. All of the graphics are brightly colored and menu options are all animated. On the Nexus S’ Super AMOLED screen, Fruit Ninja is one of the best looking games I’ve played so far.
There’s a reason why Fruit Ninja has landed so many downloads, and made its way into the Tegra Zone: it’s incredibly good looking, gameplay is smooth, and man is it addicting. For a little over a dollar, Fruit Ninja is one game definitely worth checking out. Before you head into the Market though, word of advice, watch out for impostors.