Cut the Rope

Common Sense Media says

Addicting puzzle game offers a fun challenge.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There is no real story line or any fleshed-out characters to speak of in this game, but it does provide positive reinforcement to players as they successfully complete the various puzzles. In addition, the game itself sends the positive message that video games can be fun without gratuitous content; simple brain-busting puzzles can be just as enjoyable.

Positive role models

There are no real characters in this game. It's all about the puzzle-solving gameplay.

Ease of play

The concept of the game is easy to grasp. Of course, the challenge comes as players progress through the game and the puzzles start increasing in difficulty. Although some players may not be able to master all the complex puzzles, almost everyone should be able to enjoy the challenge and see how far their skills can take them.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Consumerism
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cut the Rope is based on a popular mobile app of the same name. In this video game version, there are new levels and updated graphics. Most of the game takes place on the Nintendo 3DS's touchscreen, where players are tasked with cutting a piece of rope in such a way that it will allow an object to fall from the top of the screen to a specific point at the bottom of the screen. The game starts off fairly easy and gets progressively more difficult as players advance to higher levels.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This game's secret sauce is the way it's able to be simplistic and yet fully engaging at the same time. Kids can easily get wrapped up in trying to solve the increasingly challenging levels.

Learning Approach

Kids are encouraged to keep experimenting and trying different strategies throughout the game. Practice makes perfect, allowing kids to make their own mistakes and learn from them.

Support

The game has a fully adequate tutorial and instructions. Kids will need to take it upon themselves to fully master the game once they get the core mechanics down.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions

Kids can learn basic concepts about physics, gravity, and problem-solving. Players get to see physics concepts in action, realizing that different weights and forces have a direct effect on their surroundings. Kids also can learn that puzzle-solving can be tackled from many different directions. There isn't always only one solution to a problem. This physics puzzler provides a fun mental workout as kids experiment to solve each level.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

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What's it about?

CUT THE ROPE is a seemingly simplistic game that uses only one gameplay mechanic (cutting a rope) but twists its basic premise in ways that allow players to have hours of challenging fun. The goal is to guide an object from point A to point B simply by slicing the string that holds it suspended and then letting physics take over as the object falls through various obstacles. The goal is to cut the rope at just the right spot -- or, if it's swinging, at the right time. The game starts out with very basic puzzles but grows increasingly difficult as players progress.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This adaptation of the Cut the Rope franchise is just as addicting as its predecessors. Of course, once players complete a level, there's little incentive to go back and play it again. This means that once all the levels are complete, there isn't a whole lot of replay value. In addition, the game doesn't really take advantage of the 3-D graphics. Nevertheless, the same formula that has made this game exceedingly popular on other platforms is perfectly replicated here.

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can talk about how video games can be fun without violence or other gratuitous content. What is it that makes this game so enjoyable?

  • What do you do when it seems like you can't solve a problem? Do you get frustrated, or do you get more determined to figure out the solution?

  • Are the skills used in this game applicable in the real world?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$9.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Chillingo
Release date:September 20, 2013
Genre:Puzzle

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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Cut the Rope

My profile: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles Cut the Rope is a very good game on the Nintendo eShop and Nintendo DSi Shop.Pretty much the app version but with no consumerism. If you are getting it on your DSi or DSi XL it is 500 DSi Points. If you are getting it on 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS on the Nintendo eShop, you can choose the classic DSiWare version which is five dollars, or you can get the new 3DS version for ten dollars. I recommend the DSiWare version because if you get the 3DS version you're wasting your money because the only difference is that there is a 3D model of Om Nom on the top screen. Better of getting the DSiWare version. Extremely great game.
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