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Burn the Rope

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun, original puzzler challenges you to play with fire.

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BURN THE ROPE is both a brainy logic puzzle and a challenging test of manual dexterity. The premise is that you are provided a rope design and you need to work out the best place to start your flame -- and the best path you should make it take in order to cover the entire length of the intricately twisted rope. Plus, at the same time, you need to have quick and steady hands to turn and twist your device and keep the flame on your chosen path. There are all sorts of new strategies to try out when you realize that intersections will split the flame and send it off in multiple directions at once. It's very entertaining and thoroughly original.

Scoring 100 percent becomes a major challenge right from the get go -- we would have liked a few more "beginner" puzzles. Also, the frying of insects feels gratuitous. They add more challenge when you need to use them to change the color of the flame and burn colored ropes that correspond with them, but it still feels a bit sadistic.

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