You might remember us posting the trailer for Bonsai Slice [Free], a slicing game that, rather than having you use your finger to make slicing gestures on the touchscreen, had you swiping your iOS device itself through the air to slice objects within a set time limit. It was a bit gimmicky, but a very cool gimmick, as it used the gyroscope to its full potential and had you literally playing in the real space all around your body. The one odd thing about Bonsai Slice was that it was iPad-only. Motion controlled games typically fare better on the smaller iOS devices, especially one that has you using your device to emulate a sword. I mean, I have pretty big hands, but I'm not really that great about palming a full-sized iPad.

Today that problem is rectified with a new update which makes Bonsai Slice Universal. And, just as I'd imagined, the game is a whole lot more fun for me using the iPhone. In addition to Universal support, there's also some new items for you to slice away at.

The other big news coming with this update is that Bonsai Slice is now free. The game just released three weeks ago for $2.99, and in an App Store climate where I'm constantly trying to convince people to support paid games this just seems like another example of rewarding people to wait for a sale. I mean, being a paid game and iPad-only severely limited the potential customer base initially, so I at least would have liked to see how Bonsai Slice would have fared at three bucks with this Universal update opening it up to a wider audience. Even though it's a bit shallow and relies heavily on its sword-slicing gimmick, I still think it was worth three bucks just for the novelty alone. C'est la vie, I guess.

At any rate, if you were waiting to pick up Bonsai Slice–whether due to not having an iPad or being hesitant to spend the money on it–now is the time to check it out for yourself, for free.

  • Maglor

    Ta! I Know This Will Going FREE when released...

    • Stormourner

      miser!! ;P

  • hellscaretaker

    I'm sure this is fastest way to piss people off, that buy the game for it to go free a two weeks late. Plus a lot people now hold off buying games and wait for it to drop.

    • nini

      Could have at least given the early adopters some coins or something, still a pretty lousy move even with that.

    • Stormourner

      some games that I have goes free when I bought them before they went free and I don't get angry over it

  • kioshi

    How come they released a game where you swing your gadget for... iPad only? Duh

    • thiagovscoelho

      1. the iPad is the better device
      2. maybe they want to simulate a heavier sword?

      • Themostunclean

        Slight alterations to the clocking aside- same processor, same OS, same RAM, same 64bit architecture. I love my Air and it's a great device but by no stretch of the imagination is it superior, unless your comparing models 2-3 generations apart or just basing that statement on screen size. In fact, iPad is inferior in more categories such as communications, navigation and image capture.

        My theory is that to play the game comfortably and focus on your targets, the small screen of a phone just didn't "hack" it (derp!).

      • kioshi

        Maybe they want you to break your iPad?

        (Not the superior device in any means except screen this game doesn't need btw)

  • Morgan01

    I can see an issue with someone whacking their device against something. When the Wii first came out, people were hurting themselves by swinging their arms and hitting things. An iPad makes a pretty expensive bat.

    • Themostunclean

      Some of the best YouTube clips ever.

  • bcredonk

    Yes! Super glad this is universal. Seemed like an iPad would be too precarious to play on

    • nini

      I didn't think so, the iPhone/iPod touch is good but it's too small, you need something big to swing around.

  • Cilo

    Why can I only picture a lot of kids breaking ipads playing this . . .

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/mercury-culminate,109428 Mercury Culminate

    After giving this game a go, I was surprised that you didn't need to wail your device around like a maniac after all. It's pretty elegant really. after playing for a bit, I decided it's ok to let my 11 yo kid play, so far so good... fun game too!