Fruit Ninja: Puss In Boots – Become The Cat Claw Bandito

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 4/5
Length: 3/5

Bandito mode offers up a whole new elements | Same great style and design

A bit shallow | Comes to an end quickly | Only one unique mode

Game Info

APP NAME: Fruit Ninja: Puss In Boots

DEVELOPER(S): Halfbrick Studios


GENRE(S): Action

RELEASE DATE(S): October 20th, 2011

Are you ready for more Fruit Ninja action, because an all new Puss in Boots flavor has just been released. Angry Birds and Rio aren’t the only ones who can do a movie tie-in, and Fruit Ninja: Puss In Boots delivers the same basic gameplay, but with some nice additions. There is the obvious Puss in Boots theme with music, backgrounds, and sayings fitting the upcoming movie. The game also includes Desperado and Bandito mode with one providing similar action, and the other providing a whole new experience.

Desperado mode is just like classic mode in Fruit Ninja as you slice fruit, avoid bombs, and you have three lives. There are also magic beans for bonus points and extra lives, as well as the addition of tomatoes. The big new addition is Bandito mode, and it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced in Fruit Ninja before. It’s a single player campaign where you’re given four challenges in three different environments for 12 levels per campaign. The challenges give you very specific time sensitive tasks, for instance slicing 15 apples that appear and disappear behind shutter windows. There are fruit conveyor belts, fruit bouncing levels, and fruit pachinko levels that are all mixed with plenty of bombs.

Bandito mode melds the classic Fruit Ninja style with more fast paced action mini-games like the Wario Ware style. The Bandito mode alone is worth the price of admission as there are so many different challenges that are randomly rotated between difficulties each time you play. There is an all new stash as well providing new background and sword styles including cat claws and fireworks. Fruit Ninja fans will likely thoroughly enjoy the Puss in Boots version, though it would be nice to see some variant of the arcade mode in this version.

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad) is plenty of fun, though a little shallow making it worth picking up, but not any higher recommendation.


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