Fruit Ninja

LQ: 9.3

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Brain grade: 9.0
Fun score: 9.6

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Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Other Requirements: Kinect (for Xbox 360 version) Thinking Skills Used: ,

IOS / Android

Fruit Ninja is a simple game of slicing fruit. Holding the device sideways, players use their fingers to slice the pieces of fruit that jump into the screen. As the game progresses, more and more fruit come onto the screen, and players can slice multiple fruit at once to score combos. If a piece of fruit falls off the screen without being sliced however, the player earns an “X,” and if this happens three times the game is over. Also, bombs eventually appear on the screen, and if players slice those by accident they will also earn a game over screen. The goal is to rack up as many points as possible, while more and more fruit and bombs clutter the screen. Due to the lack of inappropriate content and simplistic nature of the game, Fruit Ninja is recommended to players ages 4 and up.

 


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Self-Control

Controlling their actions and emotions. Improving impulse control.

This game helps kids practice their self control skills. While it may be tempting to slice the object right when they enter the screen, the game offers much incentive to avoid this knee-jerk reaction. Firstly, bombs are thrown up to fake players out, and if the don't use their inhibit their actions to keep their slices in check, they can easily earn a game over screen. The other reason its a good idea to not slice mindlessly is that if you cut multiple pieces of fruit at once, you score even more points than if you slice them individually. This entails waiting for just the right moment to slice the fruit when they are lined all up.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

This game helps to improve sustained attention thanks to the constant need for players to keep their eyes peeled for fruit to slice. Various pieces of fruit enter the screen at sporadic times, so players need to stay focused to ensure the don’t miss a single slice. If they do, they earn an "X." Earn three and it's game over. Also, mistaking a bomb for a piece of fruit even once can cause the game to end, so players need to keep their eyes peeled. If players stop paying attention for even a second, they risk missing big scoring opportunities, and may even end up ending the game.

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