Parents' Guide to

Cut It

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Decent slice-and-dice puzzler is bogged down by ads.

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Some of the most addictive games are the ones that take a simple concept and throw a curveball into the mix. Cut It is a prime example of this idea, with what seems at first glance to be the very basic idea of cutting shapes into equal halves or quarters, but then twists it around by dishing out pictures and items that aren't exactly symmetric. Drawing a line to cut a heart might be easy enough, but trying to equally divide a slice of bacon or a piece of watermelon with a chunk bitten out of it tends to take a lot more work. And the closer you get to two or four exactly equal parts, the more determined you are to try and do it over and get that much closer to the a "Perfect" split.

While Cut It does have the right elements that should make it difficult to put down, it's also its own worst enemy. Making cuts is a simple process of either drawing a line on the screen or stretching two fingers on the screen to make a line and then dropping it into place. But it can get difficult on the smaller screen of a phone. It's more frustrating when your own hands get in the way of being able to see where your cut line is. More frustrating than this, though, are the bloated and intrusive ads that constantly interrupt the experience. The pop-up ads that show after every few rounds usually take longer to watch than the rounds themselves are to play. Worse still, the banner ads that pop up on the screen while playing take up more valuable screen space, and can easily be tapped on accidentally, dropping players completely out of the game. There's an ad-free option available to purchase in-game, but considering how poorly the ads are implemented in the first place, it feels like you're being forced to pay an "inconvenience fee" just to play.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Math : geometry, measurement, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : deduction, problem solving, spatial reasoning
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 16, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: STEM , Science and Nature
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: April 24, 2019

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