Most App Store gamers are no stranger to Halfbrick's Fruit Ninja [99¢/HD]. Over the last 6 months and 2.5 million sales since the game's initial release, Fruit Ninja has received some excellent updates in the form of new modes, unlockable items, and even online head-to-head multiplayer over Game Center. But one thing that has been grinding the gears of Fruit Ninja fans for months is a mysterious banana shaped icon on the game mode selection screen. Everyone wanted to know what exactly was this new “banana mode” that Halfbrick has been teasing us with? They weren't about to spill the beans though, and the curiosity in our forums reached astronomical levels.

Finally, today Halfbrick let the banana out of the bag and divulged what this mysterious new mode would entail. Dubbed Arcade Mode, you'll have 60 seconds to slice up fruit as per usual, but with the added bonus of 3 new special banana shaped bonuses fruit. One slows down time affording you more time to slice away at the fruit, a frenzy banana causes fruit to fly out at a much higher rate, and one doubles your score for a brief period of time. In addition, these bonus bananas can be activated on top of each other. So you may get a frenzy banana followed by a freeze, thus giving you a screen filled with fruit to slice and extra time to slice it. Couple that with the double points bonus and the potential for crazy high scores is through the roof.

At the end of your 60 second session your score is tallied up and bonus points can be awarded based on your performance. There will also be a brand new weekly high score board specifically for Arcade Mode scores. After so many great updates to Fruit Ninja, Arcade Mode is sounding like a lot of fun. Halfbrick has noted that the update will hit the iPhone and iPad versions of the game in early November, which basically can mean any day now, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and grab this new Fruit Ninja update when it goes live.

  • Makumoo

    more like beast mode

  • Dammster

    I don't know. I was expecting something "bigger" than just "buttons" for more fruit or slowmo after all that hype :/

    • da shiz wiz 19

      See, that's what I thought before playing it... then my Fruit Score went from 3,000 to 100,000.

    • iphone jon

      Same. Maybe titling it something other than "Arcade" Mode would have been better, but I guess I'm not complaining since it's still all free content.

    • iphone jon

      Same. Maybe titling it something other than "Arcade" Mode would have been better, but I guess I'm not complaining since it's still all free content.

  • http://dendory.net Dendory

    I usually like these kinds of games but I never could get into this one.

    • EastsideStompers

      I have to agree. I love casual reflex games, but something about FN just falls flat for me. Very pretty, as with all Halfbrick games, but totally boring.

      • tsharpfilm

        Couldn't disagree more. Fruit Ninja and Monster Dash are 2 of my favorite games. Both are immensely fun.

      • EastsideStompers

        Glad you think so. I know I'm clearly in a minority. Maybe this new mode will get me to convert...

  • ass

    its very fun with multiplayer gamecenter support ,single player is not so fun. hoepfuly the banana update will fix this ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Arcade Mode's new wacky power-ups add a boatload to this game, and even cooler in my book, is all of the end of game scoring bonuses you can get...kind of like mini-achievements for managing to avoid hitting any bombs...or for even intentionally hitting a bunch!

    (unless they dropped that part, I didn't see any end of game tally screens so maybe they dropped this but I hope not)

    • Drpenguin

      Fear not, the bonus screen is still in there, now with even MORE confetti and drum roll! ;)

  • Cookies

    Looks awesome, I was wondering when we'd get power ups :D

  • Jadedpower

    Freeze and Combos? Seems like Paper Ninja and makes me wonder why Paper Ninja is not as popular as Fruit Ninja?

  • http://www.mactonweb.com web design company

    This is amazing and i surely like it.

    web design bangalore

  • http://www.dynamicinfoline.com web design bangalore

    This is a good concept.

  • http://www.kaltechsolutions.com Kaltech Solutions

    This game is so much of fun.

  • http://www.domain2host.info web Hosting Chennai

    These information helps me consider some useful things, keep up the good work.

  • http://www.domain2host.in Cheap Domain Registration

    It is very Useful post to me and i am also web developer and domain registrar in Chennai. Domain Registration | Web Hosting Chennai Cheap Domain Registration

  • http://www.domain2host.in Cheap Domain Registration

    It is very Useful post to me and i am also web developer and domain registrar in Chennai. Domain Registration | Web Hosting Chennai Cheap Domain Registration

  • http://www.dusungec.com seo

    nasılsınız efenim :D

  • http://www.freelancehyderabad.com/ freelance web designer

    funny game

  • http://www.freelancehyderabad.com/ freelance web designer

    funny game