The large screen followup iPad version to the popular game Fruit Ninja has finally arrived. Fruit Ninja is a simple game at its core but one that we really enjoyed

It's a bit of a shooting-gallery type experience but one you are swiping to slice rather than tapping to shoot. You're only allowed to miss 3 pieces of fruit before it's game over — but beware, slicing a single bomb (thrown up randomly) will result in an instant game over.

In fact, it's so simple, that it's hard to explain the appeal. The overall game is put together quite well, and the swipe mechanism is strangely satisfying.

The iPad version supports up to 8 finger swipes across the screen and adds a two player split-screen mode that is featured in the video:


As with the original, global high scores are tracked via OpenFeint. The iPhone version also remains available for $0.99 and has sold over a million copies.

  • Jackface

    Five times the price for what, putting the same simplistic time-killer on a bigger screen? What a rip.

    • Adams Immersive

      Or, more accurately, it costs 1/3 what it’s worth, whereas the small-screen version costs 1/15 what it’s worth. Both good deals :) (It’s probably a good thing, in part, that the iPad can sustain prices that pay developers a little better for their labors.)

    • Adams Immersive

      Or, more accurately, it costs 1/3 what it’s worth, whereas the small-screen version costs 1/15 what it’s worth. Both good deals :) (It’s probably a good thing, in part, that the iPad can sustain prices that pay developers a little better for their labors.)

  • Jackface

    Five times the price for what, putting the same simplistic time-killer on a bigger screen? What a rip.

    • Adams Immersive

      Or, more accurately, it costs 1/3 what it’s worth, whereas the small-screen version costs 1/15 what it’s worth. Both good deals :) (It’s probably a good thing, in part, that the iPad can sustain prices that pay developers a little better for their labors.)

  • arr4ws

    5$ ... wow

  • arr4ws

    5$ ... wow

  • Metalbear

    Not buying it. Sorry.

  • Metalbear

    Not buying it. Sorry.

  • Metalbear

    Not buying it. Sorry.

  • andsoitgoes

    Well, see here... The original app sold over a MILLION copies.

    That's 1 MILLION dollars.

    Even if iTunes gave a FRACTION of that amount to the devs, they would have taken home a crap ton of money.

    To turn around and put a game with similar features up for $4.99????

    I could understand it with games like Angry Birds, because there is a lot of depth there, but for 4x the original price, I would need a lot of convincing that upgrading was worth it. a 2-player split screen mode is NOT that.

    "It's so simple"

    Yeah, agreed. Which is why the $.99 price point made sense.

    Taking the same game, adding 2-player S/S and making the price $4.99 does not.

    I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us. This is a game where you slice fruit.

  • andsoitgoes

    Well, see here... The original app sold over a MILLION copies.

    That's 1 MILLION dollars.

    Even if iTunes gave a FRACTION of that amount to the devs, they would have taken home a crap ton of money.

    To turn around and put a game with similar features up for $4.99????

    I could understand it with games like Angry Birds, because there is a lot of depth there, but for 4x the original price, I would need a lot of convincing that upgrading was worth it. a 2-player split screen mode is NOT that.

    "It's so simple"

    Yeah, agreed. Which is why the $.99 price point made sense.

    Taking the same game, adding 2-player S/S and making the price $4.99 does not.

    I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us. This is a game where you slice fruit.

  • andsoitgoes

    Well, see here... The original app sold over a MILLION copies.

    That's 1 MILLION dollars.

    Even if iTunes gave a FRACTION of that amount to the devs, they would have taken home a crap ton of money.

    To turn around and put a game with similar features up for $4.99????

    I could understand it with games like Angry Birds, because there is a lot of depth there, but for 4x the original price, I would need a lot of convincing that upgrading was worth it. a 2-player split screen mode is NOT that.

    "It's so simple"

    Yeah, agreed. Which is why the $.99 price point made sense.

    Taking the same game, adding 2-player S/S and making the price $4.99 does not.

    I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us. This is a game where you slice fruit.

  • joek

    "but for 4x the original price"

    Apparently, math isn't your strength

    "I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us."

    Gouging hardly applies. This is not an essential good. If you don't want to pay $4.99 for it, don't.

    • Andsoitgoes

      Forgive me. 5x

      Apparently you are too busy enjoying catching me on semantics Thames focusing on the meat of the situation.

      Say I want to enjoy a product on my iPad screen, setting the price on an app that provides no impressive changes to such a high amount simply shows me greed on the face of the devs.

      Charging $5 for barely an upgrade seems unreasonable.

    • Andsoitgoes

      Forgive me. 5x

      Apparently you are too busy enjoying catching me on semantics Thames focusing on the meat of the situation.

      Say I want to enjoy a product on my iPad screen, setting the price on an app that provides no impressive changes to such a high amount simply shows me greed on the face of the devs.

      Charging $5 for barely an upgrade seems unreasonable.

    • Andsoitgoes

      Then, I mean. Since I am sure you will catch me on that, might as well fix it now.

      • Greg

        Lol Thames...

      • Greg

        Lol Thames...

    • Andsoitgoes

      Then, I mean. Since I am sure you will catch me on that, might as well fix it now.

  • joek

    "but for 4x the original price"

    Apparently, math isn't your strength

    "I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us."

    Gouging hardly applies. This is not an essential good. If you don't want to pay $4.99 for it, don't.

  • joek

    "but for 4x the original price"

    Apparently, math isn't your strength

    "I respect the need for developers to make money, but this just seems like it's gouging us."

    Gouging hardly applies. This is not an essential good. If you don't want to pay $4.99 for it, don't.

    • Andsoitgoes

      Forgive me. 5x

      Apparently you are too busy enjoying catching me on semantics Thames focusing on the meat of the situation.

      Say I want to enjoy a product on my iPad screen, setting the price on an app that provides no impressive changes to such a high amount simply shows me greed on the face of the devs.

      Charging $5 for barely an upgrade seems unreasonable.

    • Andsoitgoes

      Then, I mean. Since I am sure you will catch me on that, might as well fix it now.

      • Greg

        Lol Thames...

  • http://lettertojane.com redgreywhite

    The iPhone version looks fine 2x on the iPad, there's not much there that makes me want to buy this.

  • http://lettertojane.com redgreywhite

    The iPhone version looks fine 2x on the iPad, there's not much there that makes me want to buy this.

  • http://lettertojane.com redgreywhite

    The iPhone version looks fine 2x on the iPad, there's not much there that makes me want to buy this.

  • Steve

    Geez, complaining about 5 buck apps is ridiculous. I feel so incredibly fortunate that I can keep buying so very many apps for such minuscule prices. It's fantastic and this one looks pretty good.

  • Steve

    Geez, complaining about 5 buck apps is ridiculous. I feel so incredibly fortunate that I can keep buying so very many apps for such minuscule prices. It's fantastic and this one looks pretty good.

  • Steve

    Geez, complaining about 5 buck apps is ridiculous. I feel so incredibly fortunate that I can keep buying so very many apps for such minuscule prices. It's fantastic and this one looks pretty good.

  • sinby

    Get Veggie Samurai HD then. Only $2.99 and quite frankly a better game, even if it is not original. That is the case for many many idevice apps by the way. I obviously own both iPhone versions and enjoy them both immensely, but the added 'slice & dice' that Veggie Samurai allows improves the game tremendously. Fruit NInja should add (copy) this ability. Really can't go wrong with either game though. Finally, $4.99 is high. It will probably come down, so just wait. $2.99 is borderline, but at the moment, better than $5.

  • sinby

    Get Veggie Samurai HD then. Only $2.99 and quite frankly a better game, even if it is not original. That is the case for many many idevice apps by the way. I obviously own both iPhone versions and enjoy them both immensely, but the added 'slice & dice' that Veggie Samurai allows improves the game tremendously. Fruit NInja should add (copy) this ability. Really can't go wrong with either game though. Finally, $4.99 is high. It will probably come down, so just wait. $2.99 is borderline, but at the moment, better than $5.

  • sinby

    Get Veggie Samurai HD then. Only $2.99 and quite frankly a better game, even if it is not original. That is the case for many many idevice apps by the way. I obviously own both iPhone versions and enjoy them both immensely, but the added 'slice & dice' that Veggie Samurai allows improves the game tremendously. Fruit NInja should add (copy) this ability. Really can't go wrong with either game though. Finally, $4.99 is high. It will probably come down, so just wait. $2.99 is borderline, but at the moment, better than $5.

  • thebleeptruth

    To be honest, $4.99 isn't really that much. But I was hoping it'd be $2.99. Might wait a while if there aren't any better games for the iPad at $4.99 before I buy this one.

    • andsoitgoes

      You know, that's exactly it. I would have not complained at paying $2.99 for this, but $4.99? With no additional features?

      I guess after spending a fair bit of money on other apps after I got my iPad, I'm starting to see that unless there is a dramatic change, paying the egregious increase for an "HD" upscale is unnecessary.

      I wonder if it's things like this that increase piracy.

  • thebleeptruth

    To be honest, $4.99 isn't really that much. But I was hoping it'd be $2.99. Might wait a while if there aren't any better games for the iPad at $4.99 before I buy this one.

  • thebleeptruth

    To be honest, $4.99 isn't really that much. But I was hoping it'd be $2.99. Might wait a while if there aren't any better games for the iPad at $4.99 before I buy this one.

    • andsoitgoes

      You know, that's exactly it. I would have not complained at paying $2.99 for this, but $4.99? With no additional features?

      I guess after spending a fair bit of money on other apps after I got my iPad, I'm starting to see that unless there is a dramatic change, paying the egregious increase for an "HD" upscale is unnecessary.

      I wonder if it's things like this that increase piracy.

  • Maniacfive

    £2.99 is too much considering I have already got the iPhone version, there's nothing that major about this release that justifies a re buy. The two player mode is a total gimmick that would leave most of my friends scratching eir heads.

    I would have rather have seen a universal upgrade, with retina display support and an increase in price to £2.99. But of course, that would affect the million strong 0.59p sales and leave them out of pocket! Polygon fruit requires an extensive art department who need to feed their families.

  • Maniacfive

    £2.99 is too much considering I have already got the iPhone version, there's nothing that major about this release that justifies a re buy. The two player mode is a total gimmick that would leave most of my friends scratching eir heads.

    I would have rather have seen a universal upgrade, with retina display support and an increase in price to £2.99. But of course, that would affect the million strong 0.59p sales and leave them out of pocket! Polygon fruit requires an extensive art department who need to feed their families.

  • Maniacfive

    £2.99 is too much considering I have already got the iPhone version, there's nothing that major about this release that justifies a re buy. The two player mode is a total gimmick that would leave most of my friends scratching eir heads.

    I would have rather have seen a universal upgrade, with retina display support and an increase in price to £2.99. But of course, that would affect the million strong 0.59p sales and leave them out of pocket! Polygon fruit requires an extensive art department who need to feed their families.

  • isaac lanager

    wow i love this game :D it is for sure woth the money going of topic but i have ut one the ipod touch, whic it still is one of my favorite applications, i would recommend just buying it

  • isaac lanager

    wow i love this game :D it is for sure woth the money going of topic but i have ut one the ipod touch, whic it still is one of my favorite applications, i would recommend just buying it

  • isaac lanager

    wow i love this game :D it is for sure woth the money going of topic but i have ut one the ipod touch, whic it still is one of my favorite applications, i would recommend just buying it

  • Tony

    Devs looking to lock in at a .99/4.99 phone/pad price structure regardless of content and I for one am not buying it. Too many of these games scale fine for what they are and the price is not justified. HD, yeah right. I will worry about HD when I am playing on my 65" Mits.

  • Tony

    Devs looking to lock in at a .99/4.99 phone/pad price structure regardless of content and I for one am not buying it. Too many of these games scale fine for what they are and the price is not justified. HD, yeah right. I will worry about HD when I am playing on my 65" Mits.

  • Tony

    Devs looking to lock in at a .99/4.99 phone/pad price structure regardless of content and I for one am not buying it. Too many of these games scale fine for what they are and the price is not justified. HD, yeah right. I will worry about HD when I am playing on my 65" Mits.

  • chris

    they should of added extra slash..

  • chris

    they should of added extra slash..

  • george

    nto buying it twice, shcoking they try and fleece for more money no matter how small amount.

  • george

    nto buying it twice, shcoking they try and fleece for more money no matter how small amount.

  • thebleeptruth

    Don't own any of Veggie Samurai or Fruit Ninja on my iPod Touch. Finally decided to buy this HD version for my iPad, which is practical given that my sister and friends enjoy playing the multiplayer mode. A little disappointed though overall with the game, HD version or not. Unlike other 'just one more go' casual games like Tilt to Live, this game doesn't really give me the same feeling. This would really be great with new game modes. Allow the player to cut a fruit more than once, dice a fruit similar to Veggie Samurai, and maybe add a very short slow-mo bullet time feature in a new game mode which gives you the chance the slice those big fruits numerous times.

  • thebleeptruth

    Don't own any of Veggie Samurai or Fruit Ninja on my iPod Touch. Finally decided to buy this HD version for my iPad, which is practical given that my sister and friends enjoy playing the multiplayer mode. A little disappointed though overall with the game, HD version or not. Unlike other 'just one more go' casual games like Tilt to Live, this game doesn't really give me the same feeling. This would really be great with new game modes. Allow the player to cut a fruit more than once, dice a fruit similar to Veggie Samurai, and maybe add a very short slow-mo bullet time feature in a new game mode which gives you the chance the slice those big fruits numerous times.

  • Dee

    This game spawned a clone called Veggie Samurai which people seem to be getting upset about. I don't think there's anything wrong with that because Angry Birds was a more polished clone of Defend the Castle.

  • Dee

    This game spawned a clone called Veggie Samurai which people seem to be getting upset about. I don't think there's anything wrong with that because Angry Birds was a more polished clone of Defend the Castle.

  • Simon

    You can definitely tell the difference in graphics compared to iPhone version 2x, but the price is selfish from the developer trying to cash in on iPad apps generally costing more for no reason. If anything it should be cheaper or the same price. Good game none the less but shame on the developers.

  • Simon

    You can definitely tell the difference in graphics compared to iPhone version 2x, but the price is selfish from the developer trying to cash in on iPad apps generally costing more for no reason. If anything it should be cheaper or the same price. Good game none the less but shame on the developers.