App of the Week: Fruit Ninja

Title: Fruit Ninja
Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (also available in a slightly different format for Android)
Cost: .99

Say you’re a hungry ninja with a hankering for fruit salad, but it’s just not as satisfying if you don’t make it yourself, with your sword. ‘ Fruit Ninja is a fast paced action game that gets you slicing up fruit with a satisfying squelch. ‘ Slide your finger across the screen in a sword’s swipe to slice ‘ fruit, but make sure you don’t slice any bombs.

There are three game modes available: Regular, where if you miss three fruits or hit any bombs, it’s game over, Arcade: where you have 60 seconds to slice as many fruits as you can, get bonuses like fruit frenzy or freeze, and have bombs that deduct points rather than end your game, and Zen mode: 90 seconds, no bombs, nothing but fruit. ‘ Sensei Ninja keeps track of your achievements and provides Jeopardy-worthy ‘ fruit trivia between rounds. (The watermelon is cousins with’  cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.)

Fruit Ninja links up with social gaming network OpenFeint , which allows you to’  invite friends from Facebook and Twitter, ‘ keep track of scores, and challenge the high scorers.

Recommended by teens for everybody. This game has some of my regulars saying:

“It’s fantastic and fruit is delicious!”

“It has good graphics, no visible pixels, especially when the fruit splits. And it’s addictive.”

It’s apps like these that make me want to get a couple of iPod Touches just for gaming at my library. But while I’m figuring out how to do that, go download Fruit Ninja and start slicing and dicing!