Happy birthday, Fruit Ninja! The slice’em’up smash first hit handsets back in April 2010, before spreading to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, PC, and even Facebook over the next half a decade. To mark the occasion, developer Halfbrick has released a documentary, looking back at not only the game itself, but also the history of the Brisbane-based studio.
The 45-minute video features interviews with Halfbrick heavyweights like CEO Shainiel Deo and Fruit Ninja lead designer Luke Muscat, as well as original team members Jason Harwood, Joe Gatling, Stephen Last, and Shath Maguire.
The documentary – which is free to watch on YouTube – also looks to the future, with a sneaky peek of what’s next in the Fruit Ninja universe.
If you’re considering a career in game development – or even if you’re just interested in what goes on behind the scenes, this is a must-watch. It’s a perfect example of how things can grow from tiny ideas: Fruit Ninja started life as a simple flash game and, by 2012, was on one third of all US iPhones.
Fruit Ninja is available right now on virtually every single platform you can name, with an assortment of spin-offs bobbing around as well. There’s even a version for arcade machines, if you’re lucky enough to find it!