Gaming really took off on the iOS when titles with simple yet addictive game mechanics started hitting the App Store. This is very true with games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. But of course, you can't talk about games with simple but addictive game mechanics without mentioning Fruit Ninja. It is no doubt that Fruit Ninja is one of the most popular games when it comes to the portable gaming market. Now fans of succulent slicing and dicing will be able to experience the game again as slices its way into the Xbox 360, but this time with Kinect integration.
Developed by HalfBrick Studios, Fruit Ninja lets you assume control of well, a ninja who's by unknown reasons have to slice and dice fruits as it flies across the screen. The player slices the fruits using a blade which is done by swiping the screen in order create a slicing motion. Fruit Ninja is a phenomenal success which is now available in a variety of platforms such iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and Bada OS. As of March 2011, Fruit Ninja was downloaded more than 20 million times.
And now, Fruit Ninja is pretty much all set to hit Microsoft's Xbox 360 on Wednesday and will be integrated with the console's own motion controller, the Kinect. Fruit Ninja for the 360 was first announced in this year's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) and will make use of Kinect's motion sensing technology. Now instead of swiping your fingers across the screen, you can now slice fruits using your entire hands or arms. Sure it will become a lot more tiring for the players but is should make one's fruit slicing quest to be much more fun. Oh, not to mention that there is a local multiplayer mode where you will be playing side-by-side with another player. Can you say fruit slicing party?
Fruit Ninja Kinect will offer the usual modes such as Classic, Zen and Arcade mode. But there will be other exclusive contents as well that is exclusive to the 360 version which are basically multiplayer modes such as Party Mode and a new Challenge system.
According to the official Xbox Live Marketplace:
YOU are the ninja! The worldwide gaming phenomenon Fruit Ninja has now arrived for Kinect! Your arms are now blades, and the epic battle against the world’s most delicious produce is just beginning. Fruit Ninja Kinect is an amazing evolution of the slice-em-up genre created by Halfbrick, utilizing next-gen power for the juiciest combat ever! With Classic, Zen and the frenetic Arcade Mode, Fruit Ninja Kinect includes all the action you know and love with precision control – along with special features exclusive to Kinect! With Party Mode, multiple players can turn a normal night into a fierce tournament – and the new Challenge system will reveal the true masters among your friends!
Fruit Ninja Kinect will be offered only as a digital title and it will be available from the Xbox Live Marketplace this coming Wednesday. To have your own fruit slicing action in the 360, it will cost you 800 Microsoft Points ($10 ). Not convinced yet? Well here's trailer of Fruit Ninja Kinect for you to check out:
If you are not hungry for some fruit slicing action, then you can wait for the retail release of The Gunstringer (developed by Twisted Pixel), an on-rails Kinect shooter that comes with a free download code for Fruit Ninja Kinect, when it hits the Xbox Live Marketplace in September 13. [via WPCentral]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback