We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android apps Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Fruit Ninja Free for Android review

FREE

Manufacturer: Halfbrick

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Fruit Ninja Free is a free game for Android phone and Android tablet that is addictive and infuriating in equal parts. Read our Fruit Ninja Free for Android review to find out more.

It's not often that the worlds of Android, gaming and Westminster politics collide, but Prime Minister David Cameron's recent claim/admission that he spends what spare time he has playing Fruit Ninja means this review ticks all those boxes. (My mum always wanted me to be a serious reporter, so this one's for you Mo.)

If you haven't played Fruit Ninja, the clue is in the name: a succession of fruits is thrown up on the screen, and you must slash through them with a swiping motion on the screen. It sounds simple, and it is, but don't misunderstand: as the pace hots up catching every fruit before it slips off the screen requires dexterity and quick wits. If you miss three fruits, your game is over. Even more tricky - every now and then the fruit is replaced by a bomb. Hit the bomb and your game is over. It's high risk, high energy, and highly addictive.

Fruit Ninja Free for Android is the free version of the game for Android phones and Android tablets. But it's far from a 'lite' game. Open up Fruite Ninja Free and you are offered the choice of playing a new game or heading to 'The Dojo'. The latter allows you to select new weapons and earn rewards, with unlockable blades and backgrounds, and you can also unlock achievements and post scores to the online leaderboards with Openfeint.

The 'New Game' option opens up three different ways of playing Fruit Ninja. Zen Mode is for the more relaxed gamer: no bombs and no lives to lose, just a 90-second fruit fest. The Arcade mode version of Fruit Ninja is fast and furious. Here bombs simply cost you points and hitting forzen fruits slows everything up to allow you to slash your way to more points in the alloted 90 seconds. See also: Best Android Apps

Gameplay is fun on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has sufficient screen real estate to allow you to use both hands when attempting dextrous fruit-slashing, bomb-avoiding moves. It's a different game on our 4in Motorola Motoluxe: not worse, exactly, but different - as you would expect on a more cramped screen. In both cases, expect to smear up your screen good and proper as you thrash around slashing up fruit in the name of entertainment.

Fruit Ninja Free Expert Verdict »

REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.1 and up
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Mildly addictive, free and fun. We like Fruit Ninja Free just as much as the Prime Minister, if not more.

  • Ninja Blade review

    Ninja Blade

    The action, the weapons, the boss battles - Ninja Blade's got it all!

  • Devil Ninja for Android review

    Devil Ninja for Android

    Devil Ninja is an attractive, though not terribly creative, side-scrolling action game for Android.

  • Super Hexagon review

    Super Hexagon

    A single idea realised to near-perfection

  • Cut the Rope: Time Travel review - Another fun Om Nom game but lacks a challenge

    Cut the Rope: Time Travel - Another fun Om Nom game but lacks a challenge

    Zeptolab has brought back Om Nom for the latest instalment of Cut the Rope. Read our Cut the Rope: Time Travel review to find out more.

  • 4 Pics 1 Word (What's the Word?) review

    4 Pics 1 Word (What's the Word?)

    RedSpell claims its What's the Word? iPhone and iPad app is the original version of the latest craze in mobile word games, but the similar 4 Pics 1 Word from LOTUM GmbH is taking Android's Google Play app market by storm. Is What's the Word? shaping up to be the next Draw Something? Here's our 4 Pics 1 Word review.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia