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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cut the Rope: Experiments is a physics-based puzzle game that follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor -- the original Cut the Rope. The game is, if possible, even more charming and still features the loveable monster "Om Nom" who's willing to eat all the candy you can get to him, via an intricate set of ropes, bubbles, and levers. The game's not hard to learn and is very forgiving, though there is a bit more consumerism in this version.
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?
Om Nom hasn't lost any of his charm. And CUT THE ROPE: EXPERIMENTS proves that developer ZeptoLabs hasn't lost any of its magic. Is this more of the same gameplay as the original Cut the Rope? Sure. However, there are some new mechanics, like a suction cup, but if you played the original, you won't have any trouble getting into the groove here. That's not a bad thing, though, if you've completed the original (and all of its add-ons). There's a thin plot about Om Nom being examined by a genial scientist, who encourages and congratulates the player as you progress. But at its heart, this is a game that uses physics and puzzles wonderfully together and proudly carries on the legacy of its predecessor.
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
- Subscription price: iOS 3.0 and later, Android 1.6 and up
- Release date: August 4, 2011
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 18.40 MB
- Publisher: ZeptoLab UK Limited
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: 3.0
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