Cut the Rope
What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly engaging, to the point of being addictive. Easy to keep trying for just one more level, or one more star. Nice clean design also makes for a good experience.
Games are mostly about fun. But, kids must use trial and error and exercise creative, critical thinking to solve puzzles. They can also superficially – it is 2-D after all – explore some physics (motion, gravity, floating, etc.)
Play is easy, even if the best solution isn't always. Levels include a quick instruction, though if kids have trouble, there's little help. Kids may find help in the extensive fan community, but there are no off screen learning components.
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!
Families can talk about...
Connect gameplay to the physics of everyday life, such as the effects of gravity on heavy items vs. floating objects such as bubbles.
Conduct real-life experiments using objects of different weights connected to string and observe how motion affects them.