For a game that was initially introduced and played by swiping the fingers across a screen of a mobile phone, upgrading it to be compatible with Kinect seems to be the next best thing….and for a huge part, it does.
The ability to use both arms and hands to slice away on the HDTV is fun and somewhat refreshing (how often do you get a chance to go crazy and act like a ninja?) and while I would rather play this on Kinect and sitting in the corner slicing away with one finger, the game doesn’t offer significantly different features than what you’re already playing on the phone. Instead, it chose to keep it consistent with what fans would expect to have, which is not a bad thing.
The biggest difference from playing Fruit Ninja Kinect is (no, not the big screen) and the ability to use your limbs (mainly the two arms and hands, and i have to yet to determine if the head and legs can play a part too) and feel more like a ninja.
However, contrary to what Kinect has always been known for from its previous releases, there is no way to ‘put yourself’ in the game. Kinect Adventures had it, Dance Central had it, Michael Jackson’s game had it – so why isn’t there a camera feature with this game. Apart from that realistic silhouette of yourself on screen, there is no opportunity to go crazy with your attire. What if I want to show off my awesome ninja costume or play dressed up as Naruto, and upload a video of it on youtube?
That would bring Fruit Ninja Kinect to a higher level. But what we’re getting now is great – I just felt it could be better.