The iPhone hit Fruit Ninja is coming to Xbox Kinect this summer, giving casual gamers a chance to slice and dice their favorite fruits in high definition. Fruit Ninja Kinect isn’t a port, but an all-new console iteration of the hit mobile game.
Fruit Ninja Kinect will be featured as part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion and available via download from Xbox Live Arcade. The Xbox 360-exclusive game is scheduled to release sometime during the late summer.
Fruit Ninja Kinect takes all the frenzied fruit slicing action of the highly popular and addictive mobile game and brings it full scale as players trade in finger chops for full body motion slicing, swinging their arms to cut through an endless cascade of flying fruits while trying to avoid dangerous bombs.
“Fruit Ninja Kinect is perfect for the Kinect system,” said Phil Larsen, marketing director of Halfbrick. “Not only is the game intuitive, challenging and fun, it’s even a bit of a workout. With the added bonuses of being able to play side-by-side another player and compare scores on the XBLA leaderboards, we’re really taking the Fruit Ninja experience to a whole new level.”
There are three single player modes in Fruit Ninja for Xbox Kinect: slice for the highest score while avoiding bombs in Classic Mode, serenely slice through 90 seconds of Zen Mode, or throw intense power-ups into the mayhem with Arcade Mode. Fruit Ninja Kinect also adds local multiplayer so Fruit Ninjas can slice side-by-side in pursuit of unlockable blades, backgrounds, avatar shadows and Achievements that only the quickest ninjas will conquer.
True masters of fruit ninjutsu searching the lands for a worthy opponent can climb the online leaderboards, but only ninjas able to decimate the mysterious pomegranate — a rare fruit that players can attack furiously in bullet-time-will claim the highest scores.
Fruit Ninja Kinect will be playable at E3 starting today, so we’ll do our best to get some hands-on impressions soon.