I just got the call from fellow carb-free buddy, all around nice guy, and honorary King of Australia: Halfbrick's own Phil Larsen (who was also actually on a recent podcast) to tell us that Fruit Ninja [$0.99] as well as the iPad counterpart Fruit Ninja HD [$2.99 (HD)] are both free. Originally released in 2010, Fruit Ninja quickly ascended to "classic" status along side App Store staples like Doodle Jump [$0.99] or Pocket God [$0.99] with an incredibly simple premise and controls that even your grandma can get a hang of.

It seems silly to explain the premise of Fruit Ninja, as I'd hope anyone who reads TouchArcade would already know about it, but the basic idea is fruit gets tossed up on the screen of your iOS device of choice, and you swipe it to slice it while avoiding slicing bombs. Through a variety of updates they've added new game types, fruit to slice, and have even released the movie-themed spinoff Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots [$0.99].

I figure there's a good chance most people around here already have Fruit Ninja, but still, if you don't now is a great time to snag it. Similarly, if you're a TouchArcade regular chances are you're also "that guy" who all your iPhone-owning friends ask for game recommendations, and, well, Fruit Ninja for free is a pretty solid one.

  • monoclespectacle

    Need more MrSHakerEsq here.

    • dariusjr98

      You asked for him. Now he's here.

      • monoclespectacle

        Yeah his response in this one really solidified his troll status.

        "Derp, it's cool this app went free cause the dev(s) green-lighted it. Now I'm not going to respond to anything else because it refutes all of my points, past and present. Time to play Amazing Baby Names!"

        Keep it classy.

  • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

    I never understood the big deal of this game, it's fun for about 5 minutes and then you've seen all it has to offer.

    • alex00100

      Exactly

    • Bob

      Its probably the game I've played most on IOS. I likely have better than 300 hours in all told sinc eI got it on my 3gs 4 yrs ago. Its an utterly perfect "quick pick-up-&-play" game. Its all about trying to beat your best score. Nothing complicated about its appeal...

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Holy S, 300 hours?? Are you autistic, or just extremely easy to entertain? This game is the digital equivalent of 52 Pickup.

      • Bob

        Like I said, perfect pick up and play game when you have a couple minutes to kill. Its really not much different than any arcade game where the goal is high score but the fact that each round is time-limited makes it ideal when you don't have a big hunk of time to kill. . Arcade mode is fantastic. Sorry you don't like the game...
        Start playing Arcade mode man. My high score is 1506. Try and beat it... :)

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Yeah, I don't really like any of those games either. I just think you're exaggerating about how many hours you've spent playing it. I've spent that much time playing Skyrim and Minecraft in the past couple of years, but no sane person would spend that much time playing a game like this for that long. I never liked Arcade games for the same reason, I don't care about playing something repetitively to just beat a high score.

      • Bob

        think again my friend. Really, if you figure it out over a four year period 300 hours would only be about 15 minutes (or about 15 rounds of arcade mode) a day. I'll quite often sit on a sunday afternoon and play Fruit Ninja while I'm listening to a hockey game or whatever.
        If you don't like arcade games or trying to beat high scores, then yeah...this ain't your game. But if you think people who do like this sort of game are somehow messed in the head, you're quite mistaken.

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Whatever floats your boat. Dif'rent strokes for dif'rent folks.

  • MrSHakerEsq

    Whilst I don't normally approve of 'freebie alerts' due to the nature of some freeloading gamers, and my belief that we should actually be supporting our developers with our hard earned cash instead of trying to cash in at their expense, I approve of this alert as the approval of the devs was sought beforehand.

    • http://twitter.com/RoboRexGame Robo Rex

      more often than not larger company's use the freebie alert as advertisement, in the end theres no freeloading gamers. if you're not paying for it, you're the product.

    • Scape3d

      I love these alerts. I purchase plenty of games but also like to grab free games when they're available. Lighten up a bit.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Here's a tip: developers are the ones who change the prices to free. And believe it or not, they do it because they want people to download their game.

      Your line of thinking that reporting on price drops is somehow a disservice is just absurd.

    • dariusjr98

      So downloading a game the DEVELOPERS choose to make free makes us freeloaders? If it really was freeloading, why would they drop the price in the first place? The stupidity in your comment is staggering.

    • tigerclaws

      this guy's an idiot & posts on every freebie notice. ignore him

      • holden2015

        No he only reports the good ones!

    • Zeldaniac

      Oops. Liked on accident. (No downvote in the TA app)

  • blakedaking

    I am a freeloader. If bank want to give out money would you stand in line?