Fruit Ninja, it’s everywhere. It’s an IP that stands alongside Angry Birds as the most downloaded game on the iOS and recently it made a juicy splash onto XBOX Live Arcade with Kinect integration.
Enter it’s newest iteration, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots. The game is a tie-in to the new Shrek spin-off movie, “Puss in Boots”.
The game has a Survival or “Desperado” mode in which you get 3 lives and you must slice fruit while avoiding bombs. The more fruit you slice in a straight swipe, the more points you get. If you see a glowing bean fly across the screen make sure and hit that as you’ll gain a life back.
The second mode, “Bandito” has tons of different mini-games that are increasingly harder as you traverse the gauntlet of challenges that lie ahead. If you pass all 16 levels of the in this mode, you will have face-off against a most formidable opponent. The elusive, pinata. Yup, that’s right the finale is a pinata, it sounds lame, but we found it a heck of a lot of fun to slice around for the time given. On our second run through this mode, we noticed that the levels are randomized and that there were more than the 16 levels than we played our previous attempt. This adds a lot of replay value to the game.
When you unlock certain achievements, you will also unlock new blades and backgrounds. All of which are exclusive to this version of the game. If you watch the video review, you’ll see I unlocked the Firework blade, which is a lot of fun. If you’re competitive you now have the option of using Game Center or Open Feint for your leaderboards.
Overall this is a great game with beautiful visuals accompanied by fun and addictive gameplay. The only downside I saw was there was no multipler as of yet, but hopefully the developer will add this to an update at a later time. If you like Fruit Ninja, you’ll love this sequel that compliments the original very well. Oh and one more thing, they added tomatoes to this game 😉
This game was reviewed on an iPad 2 using the HD version of the game which is available at $1.99
Puss in Boots hits theaters October 28, 2011 and is a prequel to his appearance in the Shrek movies.