There have been a few clones of Fruit Ninja that have popped up over the years, but few have really attempted to move the formula forward. That's where KingHunt [$0.99] comes in. With an engine that blows its competitors out of the water and minor RPG elements in tow, KingHunt delivers a fun quest that takes this sub-genre to the next level.

The beauty of slicing games is that they're fairly easy to understand, and don't require a lengthy tutorial to teach you the intracies of each stroke. Having said that, you'll need to grasp the basic concept, as KingHunt kind of just throws you into the fray with nary an explanation. Slicing can be done in any direction in a straight line, and you'll want to basically swing at everything but bombs, which will damage your health. Yep -- there's a health bar, so one errant swipe won't spell an instant game over.

Waves will fling out from the bottom of the screen at steady intervals, presenting different formations and directions of slicing. The best part? There's boss battles, and RPG elements like health potions that help mix things up beyond a mindless swipe affair. The health potions are a minor but welcome addition, as they allow you to get a little more careless when going for big continuous swipe combos rather than play things too close to the chest. Boss battles aren't any old reject characters either, as the hilarious Muffin King and Count Cheese make up a colorful and cute cast. They could stand to be a little more difficult for sure, but they're charming enough to get by.

There's a point to the game too: a dastardly chef has taken over the kingdom, and it's up to you to set things right. It's a silly setup for sure, but it works, and it's charming to boot. KingHunt is billed as a "next generation slicing game" mostly because of its high quality visuals, and I have to say, that's not far off the mark. Every single model and environment is painstakingly detailed, it looks absolutely gorgeous on a high-end device. One of the best parts is how each enemy or item reacts to your swipes, like the flowing of fruit juice or the explosion of bird feathers.

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The game is colorful, with pretty much every color you can think of dotting screen, leading to an impressively vibrant game. It's also nice to see a wide variety of environments like deserts and swamps, so you don't get bored looking at the same screen over and over. Developer Mountain Sheep truly has created a unique style in their own right, to the point where I wouldn't mind seeing more games in the same universe.

It helps that there are a ton of stages to work through before you get to the evil chef, and an entire post-game questline with optional objectives to work through. Score attack runs are also an option, and if you're addicted enough, you could spend hours on end playing it. All in all, there's a ton of gameplay to be found in KingHunt.

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One of the only problems with the game is how none of the extras are really explained. After finishing a stage random gems are dispersed, and if you touch them, you can collect them for an undefined purpose -- forums and user reviews alike are completely stumped as to what these gems actually do, which is a bit of a problem.

After some digging and a few extended play sessions, I found out that touching random parts of the world map will cause new areas to spring up, and with your gem collection, you can play extra bonus stages. These extra levels are also ill-concieved, as the purpose and the rewards you obtain are unexplained -- as are some of the challenges, which are left you to to decipher.

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But in the end, KingHunt knows what it is, and it plays to its strengths quite well. If you're looking for a simple, yet addicting slicing game that actually has a point beyond an "endless mode," this is it. Despite the fact that there are a few questionable design decisions, this is basically one of the most fully featured slicing titles on the market.

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  • ImJPaul

    Oh man I love this game. I love Fruit Ninja and always will but this brought a refreshing twist that I've really be enjoying.

    • NinjaKitteh

      Yeah, I've been playing both Fruit Ninja and Veggie Samurai lately. This looks like a welcome addition to the fold.

    • 61050

      fruit ninja is still one of the most played games in my house. coupled with my affinity for minigore 2, this kinda seems like a no brainer.

  • themostunclean

    Agree that a lot if the game is not entirely well explained. Also, it's a bit shallow. Hoping that more content is added in the future.

    Still really fun game though.

  • ErnestZ80

    Oh I see they bought ads here on Touch Arcade thus 4/5 for this blatant Ninja Fruit clone. Nice. Merry Christmas.

    • ZarieoZ

      You need a vote down.... If only the TA app would let me.

      Seriously is this a mandatory post for every ad buyer, did it ever cross your mind that maybe a game deserves it's stars, or that it's not a rip-off, the developers know what they love & this is a tribute to it. It's Mountain Sheep for god's sake, they're one of the best developers out there, they aren't waiting for people like you to crucify them.

      And TA, shame on you guys, putting your votes out for sale, this conspiracy can be tolerated no more, we should vote for a new president & change the infrastructure. We will not tolerate conspiracy from TA's government.

      Shoo from here.... You are not needed nor welcomed. Leave your space for people who are actually here to have fun & play games.

    • ZarieoZ

      Didn't see any hints of sarcasm, so if you were sarcastic then don't bother & move along & consider this message for anyone who have the same ideas as yours in a non sarcastic manner. Oh and if you weren't sarcastic then scroll up there & read it again.

    • ZarieoZ

      Aaaaaaaaand just checked, it's dragon n' gems ad. Do you have another ad or something. Anyhow, well played my friend. Sorry for the my tempered manners, really. It's just I'm tired of people saying theses conspiracy things, specially when it's good developers like Mountain Sheep & I honestly see TA as good people. So your post hit a nerve and I didn't check. So let's consider this entire post as one for another game with sponsoring in the future.

      Unless it was advertised before & I didn't see it..... Then sorry you'll have to scroll up again ;-)

  • NinjaKitteh

    Loving it so far. My only complaint is that you can only slice items once. I play Veggie Samurai over Fruit Ninja because of the ability to slice things twice, so I was hoping this game would have taken that cue. Other than that I'm having loads of fun. Some of the things to slice are hilarious!

KingHunt - The Next Generation Slicing Game Reviewed by Chris Carter on . Rating: 4