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It's been quite a while since the Android version of HalfBrick's food murder simulator Fruit Ninja got a content update, but the dry spell ends today. The latest additions to the free app (and only the free app) include better support for Android tablets and a basket full of extra goodies. The most important bit is certainly the introduction of a local, single-device multiplayer mode, though you'll need a 7" or larger tablet to take advantage of it. Players slice fruit at the opposite ends of the screen to compete for a high score.

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Other new content includes eight more blades (including a calligraphy brush and rainbow sword) and seven new backgrounds. More interesting for dedicated players is the pomegranate, which can clear other adjacent fruit and bombs when sliced multiple times. There are new power-ups and special moves as well: bomb deflection, a highly unstable berry, and peaches which add extra time to your round. All these can be had by earning Starfruit in-game or buying it via an in-app purchase.

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Interestingly, only the free ad-supported version of Fruit Ninja is getting the update, at least at the moment. The paid version and Fruit Ninja THD have not been updated (the latter hasn't been touched since 2011). Also note that the update doesn't include support for any Google Games features - you'll still have to stick with the Beintoo platform if you crave some social gaming.

Via HalfBrick Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    what a shock, definitely never buying another HalfBrick game that's for sure.

  • Ambroos

    And the graphics have been updated. It finally seems to render at native resolution instead of some horrible pixelated mess. Now looks good on my Xperia Z!

  • DeadSOL

    Took them long enough. Jetpack Joyride has so much wrong with it. I can't get Age of Zombies to work. They need to update a lot of games, actually.

    Also, they need to implement the new Google achievements, multiplayer, and cloud saving abilities.

    • Itar√©

      Jetpack has a bug on SII with CM10.1: High CPU usage when game go to background = heating, no charging

  • David Cantillo

    Just an update for the Free Version? WTF!!
    I will never buy another game from Halfbrick! They really suck!

    • Matt

      Actually a really bad example of the free version getting updates faster is FlightTrack. The free version had a UI overhaul over a year ago while the paid ($4.99) and pro (yet an extra $4.99) versions are still stuck on an iOS carryover GUI. I have no idea what the reasoning is:-/ I think they were treating the free version as a beta but damn, it's a slow beta process if it takes them this long.

      • Daniel DS

        Actually the full version is now the "Free" version. That's why it gets the updates and the icon looks like it's of the full version and inside the game you won't find anywhere they saying that it's a free version. Thank you ads!

        • Funem

          They sold an add free version and also gave away a free version, its a kick in the teeth for those who purchased and supported them, no two ways about it.

          • Funem

            The THD version that's £1.86 hasn't been updated either.

          • Daniel DS

            I know, and I do too feel sorry for people who got the paid versions in the past, but in the present HalfBrick are working on making the "free" version a "freemium" version with ads and in app purchases...
            Halfbrick really fucked up all the Android users, also with the crappy Jetpack Joyride release who is still worse than the first iPhone release :/

          • Funem

            I don't think its like that, the add free Amazon version has been updated to the latest content its just a f'k up with the google play version.

    • Steven Green

      It's good to me. You can turn your internet connection off and all ads will disappear!

      • Daniel DS

        Or patch the game with Lucky Patcher, even better

  • Jc

    Improved the graphics AND the touch latency/delay, great...
    Also, even though it says a device with a 7"+ screen is needed for multiplayer, it's available on the Galaxy Note (and possibly devices with similar screen size as well)

  • Shi Qiu

    The Amazon version of the paid fruit ninja got those features quite some time now.
    I got Amazon fruit ninja when it was the free app of the day and it had those new stuff all the time.

    • Daniel DS

      I think the paid amazon version and the free version at the Play store are the same thing... I accidentaly had them both so I basically had a duplicate of the game, everything is the same between the versions

      • Funem

        Amazon version is the same, its just add free (as is the paid google one)

  • firethorn

    Only the free version... -_-*

  • Xpgamer7

    ...You know guys, these features have been in the paid version for at least a year already...

    • Danny365

      What?! Nope.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Completely different features as far as I'm aware.

      As for versions, free is 1.8.x and paid is 1.7.x. And THD is totally abandoned.

      • Zomby2D

        I know the pomegranate has been in the paid version for quite some time. Would have to look into the rest. The local multiplayer afaik is definitely new though.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yup, Pomegranate isn't the new bit.

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    I sent them an @reply asking about any of the new Google Play Games stuff being added in any older halfbrick games, and I got right ignored. I guess nothing's coming for the time being.

    • Daniel DS

      They fucking hate android users, I noticed that at the moment I realized they aren't ever going to give Jetpack Joyride even 1 update since it's release and it still looks like cheap crap from iPod Touch 1st gen

  • Funem

    I have the paid version, it had a small update a while ago but the free version is now better with more features. Halfbrick on Android sucks but is good on iOS

  • CrazyPaladin

    Yeah great, Halfbrick used to be my favourite developer, now? meh. They even create a Halfbrick folder in my SD card, srsly developer, Y U DO DAT?

    • Daniel DS

      Yeah I hate that folder, I keep rage-deleting it all the time :/

    • WhyWai

      me too.. been their fans when I was using Iphone long ago... but their support for android is totally suck. regretted bought their game on android.

  • CallMeYoDaddy

    Awesome! Thanks guys for the update

  • Karri

    So basically they're catching up on iOS' version's features...

    • Daniel DS

      They'll never make the android version like the ios version, because Halfbrick devs are cheap bastards. They could integrate Google Game Services but they chose not to and stick with that beintoo something that no one uses. fml.

  • Johnny Derpp

    I'm not expecting a response here but hey why does my granny's 3-incher phone have the multiplayer option while my phablet (5.9 in.) does not? What am i missing here?