A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Science: gravity, motion, physics
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, prediction, solving puzzles
- Price: $9.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Chillingo
- Release date: September 20, 2013
- Genre: Puzzle
- ESRB rating: E