A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cut the Rope is a charming physics-based puzzle game featuring a cute green monster named "Om Nom." Players must cut dangling ropes that hold candy so that it falls into the monster's mouth, while collecting as many bonus stars as possible. There are 100 levels so far, with more promised in future updates to the app. The iPhone version is $.99, whereas the iPad version, called Cut the Rope HD, features higher definition graphics and costs $1.99. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.
What's it about?
Kids swipe the screen with their finger to cut dangling ropes that hold candy so that it falls into the mouth of Om Nom, the cute monster that stars in the app. Gameplay requires precision and occasionally quick reflexes -- especially since new challenges like balloons, blowers, spikes, and electrical currents are quickly added to the basic rope-cutting formula. Challenges become progressively harder as the levels progress.
Is it any good?
CUT THE ROPE is a puzzle game that requires precision and occasionally quick reflexes - especially since new challenges like balloons, blowers, spikes and electrical currents are quickly added to the basic rope-cutting formula. Yet, the game still has a broad appeal. Casual players can concentrate on simply getting the candy into Om Nom's mouth, while more ambitious players can try to collect all the stars as well. Om Nom is one of the more adorable videogame mascots to come along in a while, too!
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: gravity, motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, prediction, solving puzzles
- Price: $0.99-1.99
- Release date: October 5, 2010
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later, Android varies with device