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Fruit Ninja Will be Reborn With a Massive Update and Origins Animation Series

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Halfbrick Studios is rebuilding Fruit Ninja from the ground up, with the next update including a streamlined experience, as well as a new menu and UI. Players will be able to equip different Blades and Dojos, each of which will have different effects on gameplay. As each player slices and dices their way to the top of the leader boards, their score will list what combination of items they used .

To accompany this new look for Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick is also releasing a five part Origins webisode series on their new official Fruit Ninja Youtube channel. The series will expand the Fruit Ninja lore and introduce the new hero, Katsuro. You can watch the first episode, “Ninjas in Training”, today.

The Fruit Ninja update will be available across all platforms early this October.

Age of Zombies Goes Update Crazy and Launches Zombie Month

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STEAKFRIES! :: Read Review »

Halfbrick Studios has six big updates coming this month for Age of Zombies, so they have officially declared it Zombie Month! And the first of these updates is live now.

This update adds adding local multiplayer so two zombie hunters can join forces as Barry Steakfries and Abraham Lincoln to blow away the undead menace. Players can share touch controls on the same device or use any supported game controller such as the Logitech PowerShell, Razer Kazuyo, SteelSeries Stratus.

During Zombie Month, Halfbrick Studios will also offer global community challenges, daily prize giveaways and code drops, and behind-the-scenes interviews on their website.

With 5 more updates coming our way, Zombie Month is going to be jam packed with undead awesomeness. You can download Age of Zombies for $0.99 on the App Store.

Fruit Ninja, Colossatron, and Age of Zombies are Only a Few of the Games Halfbrick has Discounted to Free

Posted by Rob Rich on June 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Halfbrick makes some pretty great games. Games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. In fact, I'm betting there's a pretty good chance you've already played many (if not all) of their games. But if you haven't, now is the best possible time to fix that.

At the moment, just about every single game in Halfbrick's library is on sale for free. This includes the aforementioned Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja HD, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots HD, Fish Out of Water!, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, Age of Zombies, and Monster Dash.

Whew!

So if any or even all of those titles sound interesting, get yourself to the App Store and start downloading!

Colossatron: Massive World Threat Gets a Live Update from Action News 6, Courtesy of Halfbrick

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 6th, 2013

Colossatron: Massive World Threat continues to get closer to its chaotic and destructive release, which is still set at sometime in 2013. For now, lets turn it over to the reporters at Action News 6 who are covering the havoc up-close. Field reporter Katie Hazard is catching up with General Moustache, discussing the capture of one of the Colossatron's Power Cores. Tune in now by clicking the video below!

Fish Out Of Water! Launches Huge Update With Costumes For Each Fish

Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 25th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FISHY :: Read Review »

Fish Out Of Water! gets its biggest update yet, as Halfbrick Studios adds two new costumes to collect for each fish which changes the in-game physics and abilities. You can also enjoy a new Pro Scoring system, which is calculated by multiplying skips by distance.

Now's a good time to work on your high scores, and make sure you check out the new Game Center leader board while you're at it.

The Best App Ever Awards - 5 Years Worth of Winners

Posted by Rob Rich on July 8th, 2013

The Best App Ever Awards have been around ever since ever since the App Store first came into being five years ago. Each year the best of the best have been culled from hundreds (even thousands) of releases. This list represents five years worth of winners, as decided by Best App Ever readers. Five years worth of apps and games that have been chosen above all others due to their all-around awesomeness. Five of the Best Apps Ever.

Here they are.

2008


Shazam (Shazam Entertainment)
A lot of people were pretty excited when the iPhone first came out, and it was apps like Shazam that helped to keep them that way. In a time when smartphones were being scoffed at, being able to hold your phone up to a speaker and have it identify whatever song is currently playing was pretty freaking impressive. It goes so far beyond kitschy stuff like virtual lighters or photo booths. This is an app that serves an incredibly useful purpose; especially for those of us who enjoy finding new music.

2008 was the App Store’s first year, and even then there was no shortage of great apps and games for iOS users to enjoy. The likes of eWallet, Fieldrunners, Facebook, and Rolando were all exemplary nominees. However, in the end they just weren’t able to compete with the ability to identify any song that’s playing on the radio, in a store, or wherever else. It’s simply too handy.

2009


Pocket God (Bolt Creative)
I don’t want to be presumptuous, but Bolt Creative may very well be responsible for creating the current “Feel like something’s missing? Wait for an update!” environment that has overtaken the App Store. With 47 (47!!!) episodes released to date, Pocket God is just might be the most thoroughly supported app in the world. This funky sandbox of wrongness has seen so many tweaks and changes over the years that it provides users with mini-games that cover almost every single popular genre on the App Store.

2009 was very close, but Pocket God managed to take first place over apps like 2Do and Twitter, and some wonderful games like Real Racing and Flight Control. Perhaps it was due to all the diversity inherent in all those episodes, or maybe people just really like torturing small virtual islanders. Whatever the reason, Bolt Creative captured a lot of hearts (and probably zapped them with lightning or tossed them to the sharks) that year.

2010


Angry Birds (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
Say and think what you will about Angry Birds and its current cultural phenomenon status; it’s still a clever game. Rovio’s little physics puzzler that could took the App Store by storm and has continued to do so with multiple spin-offs. Often duplicated, never replicated, this little bird-chucking game has solidified the genre as something synonymous with mobile gaming. There’s even one version that uses the “Star Wars” license. Honestly, there aren’t many other iOS games that can make that claim, and even fewer that aren’t directly affiliated with Lucasarts one way or another.

2010 saw the inclusion of a number of fantastic iOS games to the awards. Games like Infinity Blade, Real Racing 2, and Solipskier are all wonderful in their own right. That makes it all the more impressive so see them, and second place nominee Pocket Legends get edged out by a game about loading birds into a slingshot. Don’t underestimate the power of simple yet addictive gameplay.

2011


Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios)
Barry Steakfries wasn’t new to the App Store when Jetpack Joyride was released, but it is the game that cemented his mobile celebrity status. Barry’s hijacking of a jetpack made of machine guns wasn’t exactly groundbreaking in terms of gameplay (think a hybrid of endless runners and classic corridor flying games like Copter), but Halfbrick polished the heck out of all the mechanics and absolutely overloaded it with personality. To this day it’s still one of the best examples of “just one more try” games on iOS.

2011 was a great year for iOS gamers. Infinity Blade II, World of Goo, Tiny Tower, Where’s My Water, and a whole lot more all made the list. To see little ol’ Barry with his impossible flying machine sitting above them all is a great indication of just how powerful and compulsive an extremely well-made endless game can be. Especially on a mobile platform.

2012


Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Telltale’s adventure games have been a bit hit-and-miss over the years, but pretty much everyone felt The Walking Dead was a major hit. Lee’s tale won over many a stone-hearted gamer, and the iOS release more or less cemented Apple’s mobile devices as viable gaming platforms. Making the tough choices isn’t any easier when it’s on a smaller screen, that’s for sure.

2012 was another great year; with games like Punch Quest and Outwitters, and apps like Clear and Action Movie FX narrowly edged out. It’s a testament to how far the App Store has come to see so many great and diverse offerings listed. And it’s a testament to Telltale Games’ ability to craft an incredible story about equally incredible characters to see Walking Dead: The Game come out on top.

Free Fruit Ninja Slashes Its Price To Nothing

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 11th, 2013

Fruit Ninja slashes away its price and is now free to download. Use your fingers to slice away various fruit as you experience this popular slice-'em-up title.

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots

By Rob Rich on October 24th, 2011
Slicing up produce is always a good time, but owners of the original Fruit Ninja don't have much reason to invest in this all-too-similar spin-off. Unless they REALLY like Antonio Banderas.
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Age of Zombies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on October 28th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STEAKFRIES!
So are you ready to climb into the time warp?
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Canabalt With Guns? Prepare For Monster Dash

Posted by Chris Hall on August 10th, 2010

From the half insane minds of Halfbrick studios (Fruit Ninja, comes Monster Dash, a fast paced action runner that looks like Canabalt with guns.

From the press release, "Just two buttons controls the action – jump and shoot. The action speeds up and changes gears with every new world, but thankfully there are weapon and health pickups to get Steakfries (Barry Steakfries, the main character) into serious action mode. Blast your enemies with the one shot Pacifier, electro-charge your way to victory with Mr. Zappy, and look out for the ultimate in raining destruction – the Machine Gun Jetpack!"

In typical Halfbrick fashion, they have a great, semi-live action promo video to get you good and excited for its August 19th launch. Hope you like it!

Be sure to also check out the additional screenshots after the jump.

Fruit Ninja - Now With Bigger Fruit

Posted by Chris Hall on July 13th, 2010
iPad App - Designed for iPad only
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THIS ONE CUTS :: Read Review »

Fruit Ninja, the million app selling game that has you callously slicing up fruit, is gloriously coming to the iPad later this week. The new app includes all sorts of multi-touch hacking and slashing, including 8 finger head to head Classic Attack (complete with bombs that you can pass to your opponent) and Zen modes that is sure to cause more than one iPad drop before the year is up.

Fortunately for us, the app will retain its current fantastic game modes, as well as its new Dojo where you can buy all sorts of new and updated goodies. Just like with the iPhone version, Halfbrick Studios is "committed to ensuring it receives the same attention with updates and new content as the current iPhone version".

In preparation for the hi-def, multi-touch mayhem, Halfbrick has released a promo video... and it looks fantastic. Enjoy!