Throwback Thursday Review – Fruit Ninja (PS Vita)

Fruit Ninja is one of those games that I couldn’t justify paying $4.99 for, but I could totally justify paying $0.99 for and that’s exactly what I did. That in itself is pretty surprising since I usually don’t even pay for most Vita games. If you think about it, you really don’t have to but that’s another blog. I should have gotten the 100% on this game probably a day or two after I got it, but it took me months thanks to one trophy and thanks to none of my friends having the game, but I finally finished the game so here’s what I thought about it.

There really is no story with Fruit Ninja. Were you expecting one? You shouldn’t have been. You’ll slice and dice your way through wave after wave of fruit. The title gives it away doesn’t it? Buy upgrades, buy new blades, play with friends, play with random people, there’s a lot to do but it’s not going to take a lot of time.

I have to admit that the first couple of hours, this game is fun. After that though is another story. The game quickly becomes tiring and swiping at the screen to cut fruit in half is starting to get boring and repetitive. Sure there are different modes to play on, but it’s basically the same thing over and over again. What this game is though is perfect if you only have 30 minutes to game and you want to play something simple and easy that you don’t have to think about.

What would Fruit Ninja be without the ability to use a touch screen? I don’t even think it could be done. With that being said, Fruit Ninja makes full use of the Vita’s touch screen and it does so really well. Fruit was sliced in half where I swiped my finger and both the screen along with the game was extremely responsive. Both worked hand in hand to make my Fruit Ninja experience more enjoyable.

The graphics are pretty standard for this game and it was made to fit on a small screen. Since the game was ported over from IOS devices, it’s pretty plain to see why this was a perfect candidate for the PS Vita. None of the graphics were compromised with the small screen and it looked pretty good on the Vita.

Let’s not forget that there are 13 trophies for you to get with this game. Not a huge amount of trophies, but a pretty decent amount. All of them are extremely easy to get and only require you to play the game. The only trophy you might have a problem with is the Friend or Foe trophy. If you have someone on your friends list who plays this, then great. If not, you’ll have to set up a gaming session, add someone to your friends list and play the game with them. As always, I recommend in order to set this up.

Since I mentioned the Friend or Foe trophy, you know that there is multiplayer for this. While it’s only required for this one trophy, you might want to play it for whatever other reason. Having played it for the trophy and just to test it out I’ll tell you that it isn’t bad. I could do without hearing the screaming children on the other side of the Vita arguing who’s turn it is and the uncaring mother telling them to just shut up. It’s really funny the things you hear on the Vita since most people don’t realize that there is a microphone on unless you turn it off. Anyway, when I played this game it was pretty brand new and the multiplayer was pretty dead. I was lucky to find whatever matches that I did.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Fun for little bursts of time.
+ Cool animations for slicing fruit in half. (It’s the little things that amuse me the most.)
+ A decent amount of things to do in game and different modes to play on.

What’s Not So Great:
This game gets really old, really quickly.
Not really worth the $4.99 price tag.

While I wouldn’t say don’t ever get this game, I would just say to not pay the full $4.99 for it because it’s just not worth it. The amount of time you’ll spend playing just doesn’t justify paying that much for the game. If you could get this game for cheaper or for free, I would say go ahead and give it a try.

Another Thursday, another game review. So what’s in store for next week? Let’s see…oh this is a good one. It’s Doki-Doki Universe! This is a game that I originally got for the PS3, but it had so many errors and game breaking bugs that I had to switch over and play on the PS Vita. Luckly this game has a shared trophy list so I didn’t have to worry about having another incomplete trophy list on my profile. I’ll let you know what I thought of the game as a whole next week.


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