'Fruit Ninja' is coming to HTC Vive this month and I'm way too excited

Why is Jason so excited about a 6 year old smartphone game coming to the HTC Vive? Because it's the perfect fit for VR, and it's crazy fun.

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Some people cry over things like Final Fantasy VII Remake*. Others shed tears of unbridled joy when they discover the existence of Shenmue III. But I'm one of those weirdos who just sat here and shrieked at the realization that I'll be playing Fruit Ninja -- the original one, from Australian developers Halfbrick -- on my HTC Vive by month's end.

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"After the latest VR technology was released, we felt that there was no better game suited to VR than Fruit Ninja," Halfbrick's Adam Wood, product manager for Fruit Ninja VR, told IGN earlier today. "The simplicity of Fruit Ninja with the total immersion of VR creates an experience like no other."

Simplicity and VR get along very, very well. That's because with something like the Vive's hyper-accurate motion tracking, your hands and arms quickly transform into whatever weapon or other implement is in the game world. Nailing targets with a bow & arrow? Perfect. Swinging a sword? Super satisfying. It's also more challenging than you might expect, thanks to the 1:1 tracking.

Fruit Ninja on the Xbox Kinect? Not so satisfying.

Halfbrick says that Fruit Ninja will land on Steam for the HTC Vive by the end of June, and will later be released for Oculus Rift, Google Daydream, and PlayStation VR before 2016 comes to a close. It will ship with the modes you're all familiar with: Classic, Zen, and Arcade. But it'll also feature a Vs. Multiplayer mode. Perhaps we'll hear more about that at E3?

Seriously, I'm super excited about a 6 year old smartphone game. Trust me, you have to try this in VR.

*Full disclosure: I also cried when Square announced Final Fantasy VII Remake. Because of course I did.


Jason has been creating compelling content for the internet since 2004, beginning with the award-winning Insomnia Radio Network. More recently, his writing has graced the virtual pages of Forbes and PCWorld. Jason has built up his community by approaching tech coverage from a fun and conversational vantage point, with the goal of making it both educational and entertaining. In 2014 the magical, transformative power of modern virtual reality captivated him, and he's been hopelessly in love with the platform ever since. As TweakTown's resident VR Editor and evangelist, Jason brings his unique voice and experience to the table to add another exciting dimension to an already robust destination.

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