I Just Randomly Remembered There Was A Sequel To Fruit Ninja

I just randomly remembered that there was a sequel to Fruit Ninja

There is a sequel to fruit ninja now. Remember fruit ninja? It was 2010, you had just had your first touchscreen phone, and you were desperate to need it. There, for just three little dollars, there was this rustling game on the shiny surface, chopping fruit until the fruit couldn’t be chopped anymore. It proved so surprisingly popular that in just two years it was downloaded 300 million times.

This piece originally aired on Kotaku Australia in November 2021. It has been updated and re-synced as a weekend read.

Now, if you were paying attention, you will have noticed the weirdest little detail above. No, not that enough copies have been downloaded for every man, woman and child in North America to have one each — whether cost money. You remember ? Nope? Well, let me remind you: in the old days, games on your electronic phone could be purchased for the currency of your home country, after which you then owned the entire game, and you were no longer asked never pay for it!

Now that you’re back on the floor, let me reassure you that this sequel a decade later is the much more familiar price of “free, but.” Beyond that, at first glance, it’s awfully familiar.

At second glance, you’ll notice the 350,000 different menus and sections, modes, challenges, bonuses, counters, events, mini-games, levels, and, um, fruit facts. There’s always a Zen mode, there’s the “Classic” mode for you Greek and Roman scholars (under, please check), and of course there’s multiplayer, where you can find out which of your friends has also downloaded fruit ninja 2then struggling to look each other in the eye once looking others in the eye becomes something we can do again.

Screenshot: Kotaku / Halfbrick Studios

There’s an “arsenal” where you can upgrade your bonus items, using – you guessed it – in-game currency. can’t wait to take you to the pile of shit he just laid. There are ninja skins to choose from (purchase), which change the appearance of the character that you absolutely never see while playing the game. There are “quests” to complete which may involve upgrading such items ( or to “water 10 plants”…). You can upgrade the blade you don’t use to chop fruit, because it’s your finger you use to chop fruit. You cannot upgrade your finger. Aaaaaaaand there’s a “Season Pass”, because that’s a thing in games now, no, that lets you spend money on “Premium” or “Premium + 10 levels”, without messing around with pesky details about what those actually are.

Screenshot: Kotaku / Halfbrick StudiosScreenshot: Kotaku / Halfbrick Studios

Of course, pretty much all of this is true of the evolved “10th Anniversary Edition” free-to-play form of the first fruit ninja, though it includes such ugly horror as “free” continues if you watch an ad. The sequel seems to have ditched that, at least in the short time I’ve been there, which I guess is good? Just two minutes spent with the original game this afternoon and I was getting ads when I changed menus, which can really fuck you in the sun.

The big change is the introduction of real-time multiplayer, and, uh, I guess if you thought fruit ninja was missing so as not to quibble over fruit at the same time as a stranger, it’s settled now! Whoever I competed against wouldn’t have believed their luck because I had trouble getting my Pixel 3a XL to take screenshots while I was playing.

Screenshot: Kotaku / Halfbrick StudiosScreenshot: Kotaku / Halfbrick Studios

Beyond that, there are very few immediate improvements between the two versions. The fruit art (yes, I wrote “fruit art”) doesn’t sound any different to me, the sound effects seem the same. Backgrounds are more interesting in fruit ninja 2? There are a few mini-games, and, OK, there’s apparently the Fruitar Hero rhythm game mode, and thumbs up for that. However, I haven’t been able to find it yet, so go for it.

This is all your Fruit Ninja news. See you in ten years.

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