Cut the Rope: Experiments

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic follow-up to excellent puzzle app with new levels.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Physics are smooth, but you'll need good motor control to advance deep into the game, something young players might not possess. The game ramps very slowly, though, giving players plenty of time to get used to the mechanics -- and letting them skip a level if they fail too many times. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app features a big ad for the original game in the menu, as well as encourages users to gift the app to friends. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Om Nom hasn't lost any of his charm in this entertaining sequel. If you played the original, you won't have any trouble getting into the groove here. Newcomers also will soon be hooked.

Learning Approach

There's always more than one way to complete a level, and kids are encouraged to experiment until they find the solution that earns the most stars. 

Support

The game ramps up slowly, so players get plenty of time to adjust to the mechanics; they can skip a level if they fail too many times. Players can opt in to Game Center to track their scores and, for some games, challenge friends.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn about basic concepts of physics, gravity, motion, and force in Cut the Rope: Experiments. During gameplay, they strategically cut ropes tethered to a piece of candy with the goal of depositing the candy into the monster's open mouth while collecting as many bonus stars as possible. There's always more than one way to complete a level, and kids are encouraged to experiment until they find the solution that earns them the most stars. Physics and fun blend together in a format that encourages discovery through hands-on play.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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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Kid, 6 years old May 11, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Cut the rope Experiments Review

This is a great app that can teach kids some tricks and it is a fun game if you just had the time to play this for 10 mins a day.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 7 years old February 13, 2015
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

The Parent Review Is Wrong

It's Not About Trapping Om Nom In A Box!! It's Like His Dog House!! Also, You're Not Teasing Him With Candy Either. You're Feeding Him With Candy!!!! OK? Got This?! 3+!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, and 18 year old Written byKatherineHouston June 20, 2012
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17
QUALITY
 

Cut the rope is a horrible game!

This game is about trapping a poor little animal in a box and then teasing it with candy it is almost as bad as pokemon!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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