Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    100
    It's a perfect time waster that doesn't take much in the way of set-up to get into, and the Kinect functionality is really spot on.
  2. 90
    Fruit Ninja Kinect is a game that many people will instantly enjoy, and the Kinect controls make it much more accessible to those who may be averse to traditional control schemes.
  3. Aug 8, 2011
    90
    It doesn't just set a high bar for the flock of touch-based apps which will almost certainly follow in its footsteps to the Kinect platform -- it sets a pretty intimidating precedent for the platform altogether.
  4. Aug 8, 2011
    88
    Sensei says: this year's fourth Summer of Arcade title is another gem – particularly if you think of Fruit Ninja Kinect as a party game.
  5. Aug 10, 2011
    87
    One of the most entertaining Kinect games thanks to the high levels of light hearted and direct fun it's capable to deliver, expecially if played with friends. A great debut for Kinect on Live Arcade.
  6. Aug 19, 2011
    85
    Halfbrick Studios has a runaway hit on their hands here, as my aching arms will attest to. While having an exuberant amount of fruit slashing fun, you are for sure getting a work out here. Have a care not to overdo, because you just get carried away by the silliness and fruit juice splashing fun.
  7. Aug 8, 2011
    83
    Fruit Ninja Kinect feels like an Eyetoy game from last gen -- and if you're familiar with Sony's attempt at motion gaming this shouldn't surprise you -- but the level of precision feels much better executed here thanks to the technology.
  8. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    With all sorts of fun score challenges, bonus fruits, combo rewards, and that big red fruit at the end of each session where you get to go crazy, Fruit Ninja Kinect is a great way to liven up any party or gaming night. And if you have younger kids; they are going to go Fruit Ninja crazy for this game. It's a bit over-priced, but still a worthy addition to your XBLA collection.
  9. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    Like all good party games, Fruit Ninja is a bit bland by yourself, but add some friends into the mix and it becomes a goofy good time. You won't spend a lot of time with it when you play, but it'll be a surefire hit at your get-togethers.
  10. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    But considering the speed of your movements, the hardware still does an admirable job of tracking your Ninja gymnastics.
  11. Aug 16, 2011
    80
    Despite the high price it's a funny little game to play! You can pick it up any time and play it with a friend, something that wasn't possible in the original Fruit Ninja game.
  12. Aug 16, 2011
    80
    At 800 Microsoft Points, some might turn their nose up at this Kinect-enabled version of the mobile favourite, but Fruit Ninja Kinect genuinely doesn't deserve such quick dismissal.
  13. Aug 16, 2011
    80
    All in all, Kinect Fruit Ninja delivers a lot of fun for $10. It's not a very in-depth experience, but for a game about chopping fruit, how much depth could there really be?
  14. Aug 11, 2011
    80
    If you're having fun, does it really matter if you're sitting in your living room or on a bus? It may be that if a game is entertaining then it's doing its job, and Fruit Ninja Kinect gets that job done.
  15. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    Simple enough that anybody can play, incredibly addictive and offers short bursts of fun in both a single and multiplayer capacity, making it perfect for groups of all ages and skill levels. Quite simply, Fruit Ninja Kinect has all of the ingredients of a classic party game.
  16. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    The simple fingertip swiping motions of Fruit Ninja scale up to a full-body experience with ease, and while some might balk at the price difference between platforms, Kinect owners hungry for something, anything of quality will find plenty of curiously cathartic, fruit-annihilating fun for their $10 here.
  17. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    It doesn't tie itself down by abiding to unnecessary console conventions. We hop in for a 60-second challenge, fail a few times and crawl to the kitchen for some water, leaving the game behind until we once again feel the irresistible urge to fuck up some fruit.
  18. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, Fruit Ninja Kinect is a surprisingly impressive port that plays better than the touch-screen original. If you can't stand the smartphone original, the addition of Kinect controls aren't likely to sway you, but if you are one of the many with Fruit Ninja on your phone, then this is well worth your 800 MSP ($10 USD). The only real reason to hold off is if you're planning on buying The Gunstringer, as Fruit Ninja Kinect is included for free with that game.
  19. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Fruit Ninja Kinect isn't a remarkably deep or long-lasting experience, but it's a smart adaptation of the mobile hit that delivers intense, albeit short-lived bursts of enjoyment. Plus, it provided me the sorest Kinect-related limbs I've had since the launch.
  20. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Its $10 price point may be the only thing that would keep someone from picking up Fruit Ninja Kinect. Even still, it's unquestionably enjoyable, and easily the best version of Halfbrick's popular title.
  21. 76
    Though it doesn't have the pick-up-and-play capability of its handheld predecessor, Fruit Ninja Kinect is fun in short bursts and at social gatherings.
  22. Aug 23, 2011
    75
    There are a couple of problems with how the game is controlled, but they mostly do not affect the fun and mindless gameplay experience that Fruit Ninja Kinect should (and does) offer.
  23. Aug 19, 2011
    75
    If you're looking for a fun, spaz-tastic diversion or ultra-simple party game, look no further.
  24. Sep 4, 2011
    70
    Any way you peel it, Fruit Ninja Kinect is a bare bones game about swinging your arms at flying produce. If you're too proud to see the stupid amusement in doing as much, you will hate it. For those of us wanting a bit of silly, mostly mindless fun, it's a refreshing new way to work up a sweat and look like an idiot.
  25. Aug 23, 2011
    70
    As a crazy and explosive fruit salad maker for this summer, it offers the ideal 15min break from your everyday routine.
  26. Aug 19, 2011
    70
    Somehow, though, prancing around like a sweating monkey makes the magic happen, and turns it into the craziest fitness game yet. Never mind UFC Trainer, I may yet get buff from repeatedly removing the stupid tufty hair of imaginary pineapples.
  27. Aug 11, 2011
    70
    It is shallow, but it is plenty of fun and a fine debut for Kinect on XBLA. It is one that can be played on your own and be fun and one that will be a success at parties or when fried and family are around.
  28. Aug 8, 2011
    70
    There's no denying that Fruit Ninja Kinect is great fun when played alone or with friends, and makes excellent use of the Kinect hardware, but it's also a little overpriced when compared with the iPhone offering. You get slightly more content, but I can't help but think you're paying for a beefed up mini-game. Still, if you own Kinect Fruit Ninja is one of the best experiences available for it.
  29. Aug 9, 2011
    67
    The gameplay is addictive, the movements you make are fun, and getting animated with friends will be endlessly entertaining. Just know that if you've already experienced Halfbrick's juicy karate simulator on another platform, you won't find anything new. That is, of course, aside from the multiplayer (slap-fighting) fruit slicing.
  30. Sep 4, 2011
    65
    On Kinect, Fruit Ninja is a nice experience that show its repetitiveness really too quickly, and at the 800 MP price point results hard to recommend.
  31. Aug 23, 2011
    65
    If you're looking for an insane amount of depth or replayability you're not going to find it in Fruit Ninja Kinect. What you will find is an excellent party game with some neat visual flair. If you need a reason to dust off your kinect and feel like having a few buddies over for a night Kinect fun, then Fruit Ninja Kinect is for you.
  32. Aug 8, 2011
    61
    The bright colors and karate chops may be enticing, but this is one impulse buy you can safely pass on.
  33. Aug 23, 2011
    60
    The Kinect controls actually work quite fine, but there's just not enough content here for the price and it gets repetitive too soon.
  34. 60
    It's a fine demonstration of Kinect's abilities, but it lacks longevity. It's fun, but compared to the other Summer of Arcade games its decidedly thin. We're not sure it's worth the price tag when the handheld versions are that much cheaper.
  35. Aug 12, 2011
    60
    One of the greatest Kinect games available, although a bit pricey if compared with the iPhone game. Despite this, it is a fun experience and those who like the idea should consider buying it.
  36. Aug 11, 2011
    60
    Fruit Ninja Kinect is funny and engaging for a short period, but it's also an 800MP game and for that price we would like to have something a little bit more... juicy!
  37. 60
    It's a brilliant use of Kinect, and it's the game they should use on shopfloors to show how responsive and intuitive the kit can be. But it's also 800MP for what amounts to a single motor function in a single mini-game. Even with leaderboard appeal, it's hard to whole-heartedly recommend.
  38. Aug 9, 2011
    60
    Fruit Ninja Kinect is sweet, but it doesn't last long, and you'll soon want something a lot more substantial.
  39. 60
    Fruit Ninja's amazingly simple gameplay is strictly designed to be taken in small, party-based doses - nothing more, nothing less. And for $10, we were kind of hoping for more.
  40. Aug 11, 2011
    58
    Fruit Ninja Kinect isn't a horrible game, and I would be flat out lying if I said I didn't have fun with it. However, where the original succeeds with a quick load time and short-burst play, the Kinect version simply can't hold up.
  41. Aug 8, 2011
    55
    This is a 99-cent app with a $10 price tag.
  42. Sep 19, 2011
    50
    As a handheld game, Fruit Ninja worked fine, but as a 360 title it's a briefly fun but very shallow affair that will leave most hungry for something more. [Issue#76, p.103]
  43. Aug 15, 2011
    30
    Fruit Ninja Kinect hardly contains any news, apart from a hefty price tag. Unfortunately, it's not as fun playing it with Kinect as on a smartphone, and the original version on mobile devices is far superior.
  44. Aug 12, 2011
    30
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    5
    Its actually a rather generic game. Its not bad, Its actually quite enjoyable. But all you literally do is just wave your arms to chop the fruit, It gets boring after a while. Especially when it lacks other modes as well. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Bought this for my sons, ages 9 and 3, and they absolutely love this game. $10 may have been a little high on the asking price, but seeing how much fun they are having doing their "karate" its been well worth it. Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2011
    4
    This is the right idea, Kinect Arcade games. But this is not the way to do it. Ten dollars for a crap mini game you'll tire of within minutes. Not a great way to start off Kinect on the arcade. Full Review »