Those looking for a challenge will feel right at home in Puss in Boots (PiB) in both of its gameplay modes: Desperado and Bandito. The former, unfortunately, isn't much more than your standard Classic Mode from the original. Fruit is flung, you're given just three hearts that disappear when you miss fruit and slicing a bomb means game over. However, there are these magic beans that are thrown from time to time and--if you have all three hearts--you'll score 25 points for chopping them, but they can also restore hearts when you're low.
Of course, there is a number of new backgrounds to unlock and fresh blades with amusing effects, like the Guitar Blade and Cat Claws Blade. PiB boasts both OpenFeint and Game Center support, so it's your choice which mobile social game network to hang out on. Regardless, both of which have achievements to collect, though the former seems to have plenty more than the latter. But enough with the boring stuff.
There are four Acts to Bandito: San Ricardo, Cat Cantina, Sky Castle and the Finale. The locations merely change the backdrop, but each Act will provide you with four randomized challenges, one of which always more challenging than the rest. Oh, and you only have three hearts throughout the entire session. (No pressure, right?) The challenges range from slicing fruits that appear between various formations of bombs to slicing fruits that appear in windows surrounded by bombs and slicing all of the fruit bouncing around one giant bomb. So, yes, there are a lot of bombs.
Halfbrick could have easily rereleased stock Fruit Ninja with some fancy new blades, Puss in Boots's voice and branding all over it in time for the movie that hits Oct. 28. But the developer took care not to diminish its prized franchise, which is nearly everywhere these days. For all intents and purposes, Puss in Boots is the spiritual successor to Fruit Ninja.
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