Conclusion: The integration of this game to the “Arcade for the Kinect” is a good addition, but the fact that it’s a dead-end game makes the game boring rather quickly. It’s essentially the same game you can play on your mobile device for 99¢, but you’ll be paying $10 for this version. The developers try to make things a little more interesting by adding different shadows, blades, and backgrounds, but nothing worthy of an extra $9 to play on a TV.
Excerpt: All fruit must die. Or at least be sliced into fine sections. Fruit Ninja Kinect, a port of the insanely popular mobile phone game, asks you to do just that to earn points and bragging rights. The premise is about as simple as games can be, you just move your hands and chop fruit. The target fruits are tossed into the air, then you have to slice and dice before they fall out of view, or risk losing those precious points.
Conclusion: It’s fun to play, but after twenty minutes it gets pretty boring – and I don’t want to be harsh here, I’ve had more fun playing Indie games. They may not look as crisp, or control as well, but surely these things are irrelevant when compared against the “fun factor” a game has? At least I learnt something though – the Kiwi is considered the national fruit of China. I bet you didn’t know that either.
Excerpt: Fruit Ninja did incredibly well on the App Store and for good reason: its fruit-slicing gameplay was a perfect fit for the short-burst gaming the iPhone offers. It also felt at home on a touchscreen device, offering precise sword swinging by swiping your finger across the screen. It was also 59p. On the Xbox 360 Fruit Ninja Kinect isn't on a platform perfectly suited for short-burst gaming, there's no touch screen and it costs 800 Microsoft Points (almost £7).
Simple, active game is good for short bursts of fun.
Common Sense Media
23 October 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Fruit Ninja Kinect is a casual, arcade-style game in which players use their hands to swipe at pieces of fruit as they frenetically fly on the screen. While it has a ninja theme and encourages players to perform karate chops and high kicks, the only thing that players can swipe at are pieces of fruit.
Summary: It may have come as a little surprise that the incredibly successful mobile game Fruit Ninja received a release for the Microsoft Kinect and more surprising that it was a showcase game for the 2011 Summer Of Arcade promotion but I can honestly say that " Fruit Ninja Kinect " works very well and should offer a fair amount of fun for Kinect owners everywhere.
Excerpt: E3 in the year of our Lord 2011 had so many wonderful games to see. I was booked for every single thirty minute block of time the show was open, and then wall to wall bookings for after hours events. All of that comes from being the editor in chief of the number one video game site (and magazine) for families. We are the Voice of the Family in Gaming. A lot of companies want to get their games in front of that voice so we can talk about them.
Conclusion: Negatives aside, this version of Fruit Ninja still has that moreish effect. Although the hefty price may deter many, those who take the punt will find themselves enjoying an arcade release that wants to get players wind-milling through the air like maniacs. If you manage to slice through a double-score banana the same time as having a frenzy, then prepare to chop more fruit than the local greengrocer.