Cut It Up!

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Shape-slicing puzzle game requires quick reflexes.

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The controls are easy (drag a finger to slice off parts of the shape) but a couple of rules make it more difficult to put into practice: You can slice through solid white walls, and you can slice part of a shape off if there are one or more balls inside. Medals are awarded for being able to complete a level using the "par" number of slices.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cut It Up! is a puzzle game that requires good timing and sharp reflexes. The goal is to confine a group of bouncing balls into a confined space by slicing off pieces of the overall surface area of the shape until the specific size requirements are met. The game offers 16 levels that consist of various shapes outlining motivational slogans like "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up." A second set of animal-themed levels can be unlocked.

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Is it any good?

Requiring neither the mathematical precision of Slice It! nor the physics-based strategizing of Cut the Rope, CUT IT UP! is a slice-the-shape variation that boasts more of a fast-paced arcade feel. The unpredictability of the balls as they ricochet off each other and change speeds means players must be quick with their cuts. Difficulty is challenging but manageable, and there are medals to earn for completing levels with the minimum number of cuts for some added replay value.

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