Today developer Halfbrick Studios unleashed the newest update to its wildly popular fruit slicing game Fruit Ninja [99¢]. In version 1.4 a brand new multiplayer mode allows you to square off against players online using Apple's Game Center. Upon starting a game, a new option for multiplayer can be chosen which takes you to the Game Center online lobby. From here you can choose to start a new game which will match you up with a random player or you can pick a friend from your Game Center friend list to send them out a request to join a game. As with other Game Center online multiplayer games, matching up is simple, quick, and basically lag-free.

The Fruit Ninja multiplayer mode is also really simple to understand. A series of fruits are tossed up just like they are in a normal game. All of the fruit either have a red, white, or blue border. The blue fruit are your own, and you will gain points including bonuses for combos by slicing them. The red fruit are your opponent's, and if you accidentally slice them it will deduct points from your score. The white fruit are fair game for either party and if you can slice them before your opponent does you'll earn some bonus points for your score. Multiplayer rounds last for one minute, and whoever has the highest score at the end wins. When the round is over you're taken to a post-game lobby where you can choose to rematch against the same opponent or quit back to the menu. It really is very simple but also a tremendous amount of fun. Things get hectic with so much fruit flying around and trying to slice your own while avoiding your opponents.

The Game Center online multiplayer is pretty much all that is in the Fruit Ninja version 1.4 update, but Halfbrick is planning on bringing even more new features soon. Leaderboards and achievements will be added for Game Center, and according to one of the devs in our forums so will post-game lobby voice chat. Halfbrick also hints that the long-awaited "banana mode" is nearing completion and should be made available in the near future. Another interesting point is that the new Game Center functionality runs in tandem with the existing OpenFeint integration. So upon starting the game you'll get a welcome pop-up from each service, and all of the OpenFeint options are still available from the menu just as they were before. Conceivably, you could disable one or the other and just use a single social service, but the online multiplayer only works with Game Center enabled.

At any rate, this new update to Fruit Ninja is a ton of fun, and I've been pleasantly surprised with how well Game Center multiplayer works and how much it can add to a game. If you own a copy of Fruit Ninja for your iPhone, make sure and grab this latest update and head over to the Game Center username trading thread in our forums to add some friends to your list and partake in some competitive online fruit slicing.

  • Corey

    and still no retina display-ill guess ill wait for version 1.5

    • Leonick

      Looks like it has retina support to me...

  • Corey

    and still no retina display-ill guess ill wait for version 1.5

    • Leonick

      Looks like it has retina support to me...

  • tonyunreal

    Tried it, worked great. Can't wait for game center achievements. :D

  • tonyunreal

    Tried it, worked great. Can't wait for game center achievements. :D

  • http://rossau.wordpress.com Habakuk

    This game is a bestseller since April 2010. Sold one million times or more. There are tons of maniacs playing it for days and weeks.

    So you have no chance as a newbie in multiplay (what can be frustrating after losing 8-10 games) except you invite personal friends (or they invite you) where you know they bought the game right now like you.

    The developer said in the thread (mentioned in the tA article) that there may be a solution with a fair and "smart" auto choosing system. This problem is evident with all popular games switching to Game Center with multiplayer option.

    Otherwise the game is fun and challenging. There are other game modes than multiplay available like before the last update so I don't regret the buck.

  • http://rossau.wordpress.com Habakuk

    This game is a bestseller since April 2010. Sold one million times or more. There are tons of maniacs playing it for days and weeks.

    So you have no chance as a newbie in multiplay (what can be frustrating after losing 8-10 games) except you invite personal friends (or they invite you) where you know they bought the game right now like you.

    The developer said in the thread (mentioned in the tA article) that there may be a solution with a fair and "smart" auto choosing system. This problem is evident with all popular games switching to Game Center with multiplayer option.

    Otherwise the game is fun and challenging. There are other game modes than multiplay available like before the last update so I don't regret the buck.

  • Becky

    It seems like random bits of the game are updated for Retina Display...the logo looks good, and the icon looks much better now. The actual gameplay itself - not so much. Multiplayer is fun though!

  • Becky

    It seems like random bits of the game are updated for Retina Display...the logo looks good, and the icon looks much better now. The actual gameplay itself - not so much. Multiplayer is fun though!

  • cranker

    I want the update for the ipad so I can use game center !!!

    • tonyunreal

      Halfbrick might be testing it internally as we speak, but there's no way Apple would approve an app compiled with beta version of SDK.

  • cranker

    I want the update for the ipad so I can use game center !!!

    • tonyunreal

      Halfbrick might be testing it internally as we speak, but there's no way Apple would approve an app compiled with beta version of SDK.

  • Capone

    So Developers don't even need own servers to implement multiplayer matches into their games?! Does Apple (Game Center) do the hosting?

    • Piasintein

      I think it's p2p like Xbox Live.

  • Capone

    So Developers don't even need own servers to implement multiplayer matches into their games?! Does Apple (Game Center) do the hosting?

    • Piasintein

      I think it's p2p like Xbox Live.

  • http://www.utopiangames.co.uk Darren

    I have this and Veggie on iPad, we have a few friends round at the weekend (mixed age range from early 20s to 40s) and we all prefer Veggie because of the 4 slice and massive giant Veggie's that are tossed up. Good update but we need to wait for iPad update.

    Darren.

  • http://www.utopiangames.co.uk Darren

    I have this and Veggie on iPad, we have a few friends round at the weekend (mixed age range from early 20s to 40s) and we all prefer Veggie because of the 4 slice and massive giant Veggie's that are tossed up. Good update but we need to wait for iPad update.

    Darren.

  • zrgrvsh

    Hm, i cant play online, it says that it could not connect to the Game Center server, but i'm on a totaly healthy wireless lan and everything else works fine...

    Eh, okay, now after retrying some time i was able to play a game, but every 10 seconds the game pauses, "waiting for other player...". Well, i'll guess i'll just have to wait some time till the server settles.

  • zrgrvsh

    Hm, i cant play online, it says that it could not connect to the Game Center server, but i'm on a totaly healthy wireless lan and everything else works fine...

    Eh, okay, now after retrying some time i was able to play a game, but every 10 seconds the game pauses, "waiting for other player...". Well, i'll guess i'll just have to wait some time till the server settles.

  • zrgrvsh

    Btw, the game does look pretty high resolution for me, everything seems to be retina-resolution now.

  • zrgrvsh

    Btw, the game does look pretty high resolution for me, everything seems to be retina-resolution now.

  • NG

    ^^^^^^
    what he said, i'm surprised there was no mention of the updated visuals. not sure what corey is looking at...

  • NG

    ^^^^^^
    what he said, i'm surprised there was no mention of the updated visuals. not sure what corey is looking at...

  • http://celtiquemusic.com Celtique

    ^^

  • http://celtiquemusic.com Celtique

    ^^

  • Leonick

    Great, but there is still that game mode that is coming "soon" and that has been coming "soon" for quite a long while now :/

  • Leonick

    Great, but there is still that game mode that is coming "soon" and that has been coming "soon" for quite a long while now :/

  • k3836hey

    Halfbrick Studios said that the coming soon (banana) game mode will be the next update. Here's a video showing what the new game mode is gonig to be like (called arcade mode) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxKDI1XAGXc

    • k3836hey

      oops I meant it will be in the next update it won't be the only thing in the next update. There will be other new small features (or new sensei's swag) I'm sure.

  • k3836hey

    Halfbrick Studios said that the coming soon (banana) game mode will be the next update. Here's a video showing what the new game mode is gonig to be like (called arcade mode) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxKDI1XAGXc

    • k3836hey

      oops I meant it will be in the next update it won't be the only thing in the next update. There will be other new small features (or new sensei's swag) I'm sure.

  • http://twitter.com/MissMikaZombie rebecca G. marks

    ok why cant i get it? do i update to get it at the app store? or do i have to update my iPod before i get it? (*RANGE!*) please add me on twitter and tell me what i should do ASAP!

    -MissMikaZombie

  • cj

    i abosulutely love this game!!!! I playnit 24/7 and cant keep my mind off of it!!!!

  • Wtfisgoingon

    i like multiplayer and all, but it seems to be glitching for me. i will slice all my fruit and slice the bonus fruits, but my opponent, who seems to have missed several of their fruit, somehow still gets the same score as me. they will also get the bonus points i got!!! after all the fruit falls, their points will still miraculously go up. this is really frustrating for me and i really hope someone has an answer for this...actually, they will win every time because their unknown points are going up! D: