Burn the Rope
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burn the Rope is a challenging but fun and unique puzzle game in which you are presented with an intricate rope design and asked to burn up as much of that rope as possible. You need to choose where to start the flame, and -- since the flame will only burn upwards -- twist and turn your device to keep the fire moving. Kids are figuratively "playing with fire" here, so make sure younger children understand the dangers of a real flame. Also, be aware that points are awarded for burning up cartoony insects that crawl along the ropes.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- producing new content
Engagement, Approach, Support
Flashy graphics, endless designs, and infinite burn patterns make for a thoroughly entertaining and original app.
Kids are empowered to strategize and test endlessly but burning bugs and other stuff in real life is a concern.
A bold, simple tutorial explains the basic elements of gameplay, but hints would boost success on more challening puzzles.
What's it about?
Tap any place on a design to start the flame burning, rotate your device to keep the rope vertical for fast burning, rotate again to slow down or turn a corner. Kids have to decide when to burn up ants to best burn matching color rope, beetles to best burn in a radius, and lightning bugs to ignite a nearby buddy. Kids can retry as many times as they wish, trying different approaches and paths. There are ample levels, and it can take endless tries to get every last bit of rope on some of the harder designs.
Is it any good?
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.
Families can talk about...
Talk with kids about ways fire can be used safely -- cooking, candles, fireplaces, campfires, etc. -- emphasizing that it's important for them to follow your family's safety rules for matches.
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