It seems there is an uptick in the number of iOS games being ported over to the Android platform. With the success of the Angry Birds beta over the past few weeks, it’s likely we’re going to see this trend continue. And I’m okay with that; Android needs more high quality games, and developers building on successes they’ve had with other platforms is going to greatly improve these efforts.
Fruit Ninja is the latest of the popular games to be ported over to Android from iOS. The concept of Fruit Ninja is simple; several varieties of fruits (and explosives) shoot up from the bottom of your screen, and your mission is to slice the fruits up by swiping across your screen. The more pieces of fruit you slice, the more points you earn. Simple, right?
Fruit Ninja has two main game modes that are slight spin-offs of this basic concept. In Classic mode, both fruits and bombs float across the screen, and you must rack up as many points as you can without either hitting a bomb or missing three fruits. In Zen mode, you have 90 seconds to slice as many fruit pieces as possible. There are no bombs and no limits on how many fruits you can miss, simply get as many as you can in 90 seconds.
There is a third game mode that states it’s “coming soon,” but no word on what that is officially. My hunch is that in the next few weeks or months a new way to play Fruit Ninja will hit the game as a free update, but looking through a few iPhone reviews of Fruit Ninja, it still said “coming soon,” so who knows for sure when it will really hit.
Fruit Ninja uses the OpenFeint platform to provide leaderboard stats and achievements cross-platform so you can see how well you stack up against Android and iOS gamers.
- Very easy to master controls.
- Two game modes so you can play the way you want (3rd game mode HOPEFULLY coming soon).
- Easy to pick up and play a quick game for people of all age.
- $0.99 is a decent price point for a game this well put together.
- Cross-platform leadership provides some competitive motivation to keep on gaming.
- If you’re looking for a game with tons of depth, this is not it.
- I fear the “Coming Soon” Secret Banana game mode will always be coming soon. It’s been that way on iOS for quite a while now.
- Game is fairly big compared to other android games – coming in at around 15-16 MB.
This game is horribly addictive, and at $0.99 is a strong addition to your gaming fix for Android. Looking for a casual game you can pick up and play any time? Spend the $0.99 and download Fruit Ninja.
Youtube User my4keys put up some gameplay footage. Be sure to check it out, and then head over to the market to buy this killer game.