Fruit Frenzy Review
- Fresh, puzzle-based three-match gameplay.
- Clean and colorful art design.
- Relaxing background tunes.
- Challenging arcade modes and a complex puzzle mode.
- Some hints can border on being too vague.
- Attempting to master the gameplay can be difficult; sharp learning curve for advanced features.
Fruit Frenzy is a lovely three-match variant with its own puzzle twist and challenges that will keep you busy for quite some time.
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Is it just me, or has it been a while since three-match games have been on your personal radar? Apart from the occasional game throwing it in as an additional gameplay feature it seems to have lost a lot of steam. Fruit Frenzy by White Bat Games doesn't seek to reignite the old gem-fueled flames, opting instead to take a puzzle-oriented approach to the gameplay that's as fresh as the fruit you use to make matches.
Instead of swapping icons directly, players need to manage shift the fruit in to matches by either sliding columns up and down or a single row in the middle left and right. Matches can only be made within the highlighted horizontal row, with an additional challenge being thrown in to the mix as fruit is randomly added to the columns, limiting how far they can be moved once there are seven or more items in it.
However, Fruit Frenzy isn't just a one-trick pony and players can test out their skills with logic puzzles based around the gameplay mechanics. You'll be tested with varied scenarios including having to create specific combos within a limited amount of moves ot clearing the board of a particular fruit. This is by no means an easy mode to complete, even with hints being available. Thankfully the charming background music provides a relaxing mood that defuses some of the more frustrating moments in the game.
Fruit Frenzy is a beautifully polished and wonderfully designed puzzler that's perfect for anyone after a casual arcade experience with a bit of a bite.
Please note: This game currently doesn't work on iPad. We're working to fix this as soon as we can.
Featured by Apple in 'New and Noteworthy' and 'What's Hot' in Puzzle Game and Board Game categories!
Selected as Gaming App of the Day on Kotaku.com!
A Featured Game of the Week on OpenFeint!
More than 50,000 players!
There's a whole lot of fruit that needs juicing!
In this frantic puzzle game you'll match together fruit as fast as you can to score big points. This game has the magic combination of addictive gameplay, great graphics and toe-tapping music that will keep you coming back for more. The unique row-sliding gameplay makes this game different to any other!
In Arcade Mode, fruit falls from the top of the screen and it's your job to shift and slide the columns and rows to arrange matching fruit on the middle row. Five difficulty settings are available. From beginner, a very gentle introduction to the game, through to insane, a touch challenge for the very best players. As you play, the game gets gradually faster and faster. Freddy the Fennic Fox and his friends will come out and watch as you get further in the game!
In Puzzle Mode, you'll be challenged to solve a huge variety of devious puzzles. In some, you'll be asked to clear the board in a set number of moves. In others, you'll have to create massive combos. Four puzzles are available to start with. Complete the four in any order to unlock the next four exciting levels. This mode follows the same rules as Arcade Mode but creates an entirely different game!
There's also a Time Attack mode. How much can you score in just three minutes? Select a difficulty level and beat your friend's scores and the scores of the best players around the world. If you get into the top few, your name will be proudly shown on the Fruit Frenzy website!
- Arcade and Time Attack Modes: Match the fruit as fast as you can before the screen fills up!
- Puzzle Mode: Solve countless brain-bending puzzles.
- Stunning graphics and effects: Featuring Retina mode for iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th Generation. Also contains HD mode for iPad. The game will look great whichever device you have.
- Full musical soundtrack: You'll be humming these tunes all day! You can also listen to your own music while you play if you prefer, and the game's music will automatically turn off.
- On-line leaderboards and achievements: Compare your scores with your friends, and other players nearby and wordwide with OpenFeint! Earn achievements as you play the game too.
Fruit Frenzy is a universal app and is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.