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Hands-On: iPhone Hit “Fruit Ninja” Comes To Xbox 360 Via Kinect

Hands-On: iPhone Hit “Fruit Ninja” Comes To Xbox 360 Via Kinect (photo)

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With millions of potential customers for games on Apple’s App Store, the ones that become big hits create their own sign language. In some instances, you can get on a plane or train and scope out who’s playing a game like “Angry Birds” just by their gestures. Halfbrick’s “Fruit Ninja” is another one of those games, too. Lots of iOS titles have you furiously slashing at the screen to make things happen, but the particular stances for “Fruit Ninja” involve the player waiting out the bombs that pop up on screen.

And now Halfbrick, the Australian indie dev responsible for “Fruit Ninja,” will be releasing a giant-size version of the game for the Xbox 360. Most of the game stays the same, but the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral kind of turns your TV into a pseudo-touchscreen. Players will use the Kinect camera to project a silhouette of them on screen and will slice up the flying produce with razor-sharp hand swipes. In the video below, you can see me go at it for a quick round.

Halfbrick’s doing some clever things with the interface, too, that make “Fruit Ninja” a lot quicker to play. You won’t have to do the whole hand-wave-to-check-in thing; once you step in front of the camera and slash the options you want, you’re ready to play. I’ve been skeptical of much of the first wave of Kinect games but I played “Fruit Ninja” for a solid half-hour yesterday. They’ll also have co-op and competitive multiplayer options so that you can team up or challenge your friends in fruitricidal mayhem. “Fruit Ninja” will be part of the Xbox “Summer of Arcade” promotion, which highlight a series of downloadable games each year. Look for it sometime in July.

So, all you “Fruit Ninja” iPhone addicts, will you be getting the slice-and-dice game for the Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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