Halfbrick Studios

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Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd.
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded Brisbane, Australia (2001)
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Area served
Key people
Shainiel Deo
Products Fruit Ninja
Jetpack Joyride
Age of Zombies
Monster Dash
Website halfbrick.com

Halfbrick Studios is an Australian video game developer based in Brisbane, Australia. They have developed the Fruit Ninja[1] and Jetpack Joyride[2] franchises.

Halfbrick Studios was founded in 2001.[3] The studio is currently based in Brisbane, Australia and has offices in Sydney, the US and Spain.[4] In March 2012, Halfbrick Studios acquired Onan Games for an undisclosed price.[5] Onan is best known for Mandreel, which allows games to support iOS, Android, Flash and HTML development.[6]

The iPhone game Fruit Ninja had accumulated 300 million downloads by January 2013.[7]


The Chief Executive Officer is Shainiel Deo.[3] Executive Producers include Mik Dobele. Currently their staff consists of 85 employees within their Brisbane office[4] and up to 200 employees worldwide.[8]


Halfbrick Studios utilizes C++ as their programming language of choice. They also use software such as Microsoft's Visual Studio and Apple's Xcode since it allows them to "avoid having to rewrite a lot of code, control over performance, fine tune things, control memory usage as well as utilise third party libraries for game developers".[9]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2001 Rocket Power: Beach Bandits PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox
2002 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue Game Boy Advance
2003 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan Game Boy Advance
Fuzz & Rocket (unreleased) Game Boy Advance[10]
2005 Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Game Boy Advance
Avatar: The Last Airbender Game Boy Advance
2006 Barnyard Game Boy Advance
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Game Boy Advance
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno Nintendo DS
2009 Marvel Super Hero Squad Nintendo DS
Halfbrick Blast Off Xbox Live Indie Games, PlayStation Minis
Halfbrick Echoes Xbox Live Indie Games, PlayStation Minis, Zune HD
Halfbrick Rocket Racing Xbox Live Indie Games, PlayStation Minis
2010 Aero Racer PlayStation Minis
Age of Zombies iOS, PlayStation Minis
Blast Off iOS
Fruit Ninja iOS, Android, Bada, Ovi, Windows Phone
Fruit Ninja HD iOS, Android
The Last Airbender Nintendo DS
Monster Dash iOS
Raskulls Xbox Live Arcade
2011 de Blob 2 Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
Age of Zombies Android
Fruit Ninja Free Android
Monster Dash Google Chrome[11]
Fruit Ninja Kinect Xbox Live Arcade
Jetpack Joyride iOS
Steambirds: Survival iOS, Android
Fruit Ninja: Puss In Boots iOS, Android
Age of Zombies Anniversary iOS
Fruit Ninja Frenzy Facebook
2012 Jetpack Joyride Android, BlackBerry, Facebook, iOS, PlayStation Vita, Windows 8
2013 Fish out of Water iOS
Colossatron: Massive World Threat Android, iOS
Band Stars iOS, Android
2014 Bears vs. Art iOS, Android[12]
Yes Chef iOS, Android
Radical Rappelling iOS, Android
2015 Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 Xbox One[13]

Fruit Ninja[edit]

Other games[edit]

Halfbrick's 2014 Bears vs. Art was the studio's first puzzle game.[citation needed] The game was soft launched in March 2014 in a few select countries such as Australia, Canada, United Kingdom but as of 1 May 2015 it is available worldwide.[14][15] Gamezebo appreciated the game's "charm" and puzzle variety but not its microtransaction-based energy meter and controls.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FruitNinja.com". Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Halfbrick "Our Games" Page". Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "About Us". Halfbrick. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Step inside the Brisbane lab of Fruit Ninja app creators Halfbrick Studios, With Queensland Business Monthly". couriermail.com.au. 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Halfbrick Studios acquires Onan Games for quick cross-platform ports". VentureBeat. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Halfbrick acquires Onan Games". news10.net. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  7. ^ Natalie Bochenski (4 January 2013). "Game on at the State Library". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Halfbrick (15 May 2014). "Linkedin - Halfbrick". Linkedin (Linkedin). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Frederic Lardinois (3 March 2013). "How Halfbrick Studios Develops Games Like Fruit Ninja, Age Of Zombies And Jetpack Joyride". Tech Crunch (Tech Crunch). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Fuzz & Rocket – GBA – IGN". Au.gameboy.ign.net. 2005-05-19. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  11. ^ http://chrome.monsterdashgame.com/
  12. ^ "Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride Developer Halfbrick Announces Bears vs. Art". Grab It Indie Games Magazine. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Fruit Ninja Kinect Website". Halfbrick Studios. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bears vs. Art vs. Analytics". GamesIndustry.biz. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  15. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (2014-03-11). "Halfbrick's upcoming game is a puzzler called Bears vs Art". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  16. ^ http://www.gamezebo.com/2015/05/04/bears-vs-art-review-clawed-monet/