Fruit Ninja (Series) Accessibility Report
We've documented 18 accessibility features for Fruit Ninja in the Controls, Difficulty, Getting Started, Reading, Visual and Audio areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.Fruit Ninja is a game where an array of brightly coloured fruit fly into the screen area and you need to slice each piece in two before it falls to the floor. The technicolour action combines with simple interactive taps and swipes to make it accessible to all ages.
As there are lots of different versions for the different platforms, some controls will differ.
There is a zen mode, which allows removes bombs, which normally end your run, but only lasts 90 seconds per run. This mode acts as the easiest difficulty. There is also a mode called arcade mode, which features bombs but they only deduct points.
You use the Kinect camera to control the slices on the Xbox version and the Move controllers with the PSVR headset on the Playstation version. On the mobile version, you swipe the screen, and you can use multiple fingers to swipe in multiple locations at once.
There are occasions that the screen gets very hectic and full of objects, but they all contrast each other well and the background is a solid brown colour. On the Kinect camera version, it can be quite hard to see where you are as your shadow on the background can appear quite faint.
As all the information is conveyed visually, it can be played without sound with no significant loss of immersion.
Release Date: 21/04/2010
Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Accessibility: 18 features
Components: 2D Side-On
Developer: Half Brick (@HalfBrick)
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Controls in Fruit Ninja which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Mouse And Keyboard
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.
Two Motions Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, two simultaneous taps, swipes or hold gestures.
Games that can be played with different sorts of motion controllers.
Motion Camera: Can use a camera controller like Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Camera. This can offer game control via hand gestures or body movement and position.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Fruit Ninja which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.
Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.
Adjust After Setting
Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds. Although you have to restart your checkpoint or level, this enables you to adjust the difficulty after selecting it at the beginning of the game.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Fruit Ninja which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
Assistance Getting Starting
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.
Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Fruit Ninja which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. This doesn't include subtitles as required reading if they are fully voiced.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.
Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast. They are at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of a landscape screen and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens, or can be adjusted to be. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.
All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Fruit Ninja which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. The following games are similar to Fruit Ninja, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 6 accessibility features for Visual in Fruit Ninja which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, or has a slider to make this the case.
Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable. Enemies and player characters are at least 1/6 of the height of the screen. Or there is a zoom feature to make them larger.
No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action.
Audio Cues for Visual Events
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.
Motion Sickness Friendly
Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.
Colour blind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Fruit Ninja which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.
Play Without Hearing
Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.
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System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @GeekDadGamer and Ben Kendall