Fruit Ninja Turns Two, Halfbrick Sends Contest Winner To Japan
Presumably happy fan wins an all-expenses-paid trip to indulge in a real life ninja experience.
Australia is home to some of the most terrifying spiders on the planet. On a more cute and cuddly note, there's Halfbrick, the developer behind the award-winning Fruit Ninja. The company's orange-slicing, banana-chopping smash hit has been available for two years. That by itself is a huge achievement, but it only tells half the story.
How big is Fruit Ninja? Big enough to become the second highest-selling App Store game of all time. To get there, 300 million people downloaded the game. Those fanatics achieved 50 billion combos and 1.5 trillion pieces of chopped fruit.
That said, Halfbrick thanked these folks by delivering a free update that introduced new characters and features. On top of that, it hosted a contest in its homeland in search of the ultimate Fruit Ninja master, with the eventual winner earning a trip to Japan, all-expenses-paid.
"The Australian tour was our way of giving back to fans in our home country, and we might bring the tour to more cities," said Phil Larsen, Chief Marketing Officer of Halfbrick. "We have plenty more tricks up our sleeves, including more Fruit Ninja updates, continued expansion of our latest blockbuster hit Jetpack Joyride and a new batch of games to come in the future. We're showing the world how Aussie creativity can make a huge impact on games worldwide."
Hey, considering the company's stellar track record, we can't wait to see what's next, so long as future projects don't involve arachnids the size of dinner plates.