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 2 is a sequel to the wildly popular physics-based puzzle game. Players still cut dangling ropes to get the candy to protagonist Om Nom while attempting to collect as many stars as possible, but they're aided (and confounded) by new characters, adding further depth. There are plenty of levels, making the game a bargain. Parents should note there also are in-app purchase options for power-ups and costumes that might lure kids, especially those who get frustrated with the puzzles.
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What's it about?
Kids swipe the screen with their fingers to cut dangling ropes that hold candy so it falls into the mouth of Om Nom, the cute monster who stars in the app. Gameplay requires precision and occasionally quick reflexes -- especially since new challenges such as balloons, blowers, spikes, and electrical currents are quickly added to the basic rope-cutting formula. Challenges become harder as the levels progress. New characters "Nommies" add depth to the puzzles, such as long, frog-like tongues that can block off certain areas. Puzzles also can be conquered in two ways: the traditional victory, and achieving certain goals such as a particular score or getting only one star. This adds replayability and added challenge for fans.
Is it any good?
Cut the Rope wasn't only charming, it was a game that required precision, thought, and good reflexes. Thankfully, that has all remained true for CUT THE ROPE 2. The core gameplay remains strong -- and the addition of new characters gives the puzzles more depth, requiring more analysis to complete them perfectly. With this added element come new pay components as well, such as a firefly that will show you how to solve a puzzle.
These aren't thrust upon the player, but the placement is a bit awkward -- and you may end up accidentally wasting fireflies when you don't mean to, but that's likely to bother perfectionists more than anyone. Like its predecessor, this is a game that both core and casual players can enjoy. It's ambitious and delightful and works wonderfully.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: gravity, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: $.99
- Release date: December 19, 2013
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 84.40 MB
- Publisher: ZeptoLab UK Limited
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later