As if you really needed yet another reason to play Halfbrick’s amazingly game Fruit Ninja. Well apparently Halfbrick doesn’t think so, and they’ve just added an incredibly fun and addictive new “arcade” mode. It is a 60 second speed run, complete with cool power ups. The formerly grayed-out banana option on the mode select screen is finally active and if my 10+ games since downloading the update are any indication, this will be a very used button indeed!

Arcade Mode

Players have 60 seconds with which to achieve the highest possible score and earn their place on the global leaderboards. Other than the usual combos for slashing multiple fruit at the same time, the all-new Arcade mode features some truly incredible banana-shaped power ups. These 3 different specially colored bananas will periodically fly up onto the screen, slice it and then it’s bonus time…

Banana Power
  • Double Points – This banana will award you double points for a short period of time. Criticals and combos count too, so rack up those fruit for some massive scores!
  • Frenzy – If you’re not content with the amount of fruit on screen, the Frenzy banana will take care of that. A mammoth amount of fruit will begin flying in, but you have to stay focused to slice it all!
  • Freeze – The entire screen will slow down, allowing for maximum accuracy and combo potential!

If one power up just isn’t enough for you, then you’ll be happy to know that the special bananas can be stacked, allowing for some monster combos and mucho points! Plus, at the end of the 60 seconds you’ll also receive three special bonus point awards, based on things like not hitting any bombs, hitting both the first and last fruit, etc.. These could be just the points you need to push you ahead of your buddy on the leaderboards. The new Arcade mode is so much fun! If you haven’t picked up Fruit Ninja yet, there is absolutely no excuse not to! It is 99¢ well spent!