This was one of the first apps I downloaded when I purchased my iPhone 4. As a couple of friends owned iPhones before myself, I was already used to wasting time playing on the different apps on their phones. When it was my turn to download some apps for myself, I went with what I knew and downloaded Cut the Rope along with Angry Birds and some other 'famous' games.
The App costs 69p, and with this you get 13 themed 'boxes', and within these boxes you have 25 individual games. You can also download a separate app called Cut the Rope: Experiments, which has more levels for you to play. The purpose of the game is to get a piece of candy into the little green monster's mouth (Om Nom), whilst collecting the stars. The candy is attached to a short rope and you must swipe your finger across to cut it - hence Cut the Rope! On each level there are three different stars which you must collect, and the number of stars you collect determines whether you can unlock the next box or not. For example, if you needed 70 stars to unlock a new box and you only had 68, you can revisit a level where you collected 2 stars and try again to collect 3 instead. As you progress through the game the levels become slightly harder, but every time a new element is introduced, there is a short sentence explaining how you use it to your (or Om Nom's) advantage.
The game is excellent value for only 69p, and the developers often add new boxes with updates so even when you've completed all the levels there might still be something extra to do. The graphics are excellent and with the Retina display on the current iPhones the colours look really vivid and the illustrations of the little green monster are cute as well.
The only problems I have with this game is that it can be a little too repetitive when you're playing it for more than say, 20 minutes. This is just my experience, maybe I just get bored easily! However, this game does keep me going back for more! Whenever I've got 10 minutes or so on a bus, I'll whip out my phone and see if I can improve my scores on a few of the levels. The second problem is that the sound effects are incredibly irritating, but this can be easily fixed by turning down the volume, so this isn't too much of a big deal.
Overall, this is a really good app if you want a little time waster! And for only 69p, it's a lot better than some apps I've downloaded which are £1.99 or more. I will have to knock one star off the rating as I find the game a little too repetitive at times.
I have an iPhone 3Gs, which being an older model nowadays, sometimes throws up the problem of being a bit too dated for some newer game apps. So when I find a great game I am always chuffed, especially when it's a 59p one!
One such game I got a few months ago was Cute the Rope by Zeptolab. It was designed initially for smartphones (iOS first then later Android) , but is now available for tablets, the Nintendo DSi, and also a browser based version for the PC. There is also a sequel titled Cut the Rope: Experiments now available. However, I will be looking at the original version for the iPhone.
= = = What is it? = = =
Cut the rope is essentially a physics-based puzzle game. The story goes that you are left a small cardboard box on your doorstep, and this contains On Nom, a rather cute little monster, with an insatiable appetite for candy. The game is slit up into various 'boxes', which to date are: Cardboard Box, Fabric Box, Foil Box, Magic Box, Valentine Box, Toy Box, Gift Box, Cosmic Box, Tool Box, Buzz box, DJ Box, and the most recent one Spooky Box. Many of these boxes have been released as updates.
The boxes contains 25 levels, each of which earn you points, and between a zero, and 3 star rating on completion.
Each level involves you having to feed little Om Nom with a piece of candy, tied to a piece (or pieces) of string. You have to interact with the screen with one or two fingers depending on the challenge, and guide the swinging piece of candy towards Om's ever hungry mouth.
As you may have guessed, this involves your finger(s) become an invisible blade which you swipe across the screen to 'cut the rope' to which the candy is attached, guiding it through a maze of fiendish traps and hazards, all the while trying to swing it over 3 stars placed carefully over the screen.
The various boxes offer up different themes for the levels contained within, the DJ box, for example has you spinning records around to help solve the puzzles, whilst the Cosmic box levels often include a big red button which inverts gravity. These themes certainly keep your interest up as you progress through the game, always giving you a new challenge.
= = = How does it play? = = =
The initial levels of the starter zone, cardboard box, start of fairly easy, teaching you the various tricks you may need to progress, but they quickly become harder and harder, and some will have you going crazy at their complexity. That's not to say that any of the levels are impossible, but like many puzzle games, the addictive pull of this game is in the need to complete each level with the highest score, and best star rating possible.
I have seen me spend try after frustrating try to achieve a top star rating, only to give up, and come back a few days later and somehow breeze past my previous stumbling block. It's that kind of game.
Everything runs smoothly, and I have never found the game to slow down, or stutter. In fact I don't actually recall it ever crashing, which is something that the likes of Angry Birds sometimes suffers from (even if it is rare)
= = = Graphics = = =
The graphics have a simple 2D cartoon look to them, which fits in perfectly with the style and theme of the game. Everything looks crisp and polished, even down to the animation of Om Nom's little mouth opening with anticipation when some candy swings close by, or his look of despair if you smash or drop his favourite morsel.
= = = Anything nasty or offensive? = = =
Nope, not here, unless you include me swearing in frustration. This game is perfectly suitable for kids, although younger children may struggle with some of the more fiendish levels (and some, I'm quite sure could beat every one of my scores!)
= = = Verdict = = =
This game has scored very well in many reviews, and I have to agree with them. The puzzles are hard, but not impossible, the game looks and plays great, and it is as perfect for passing 10 minutes here or there, as it is for spending a few hours on if you are determined enough.
If you like puzzle games such as World of Goo, and Angry Birds, then you should love Cut the Rope. I found myself coming back to this game over and over to improve my scores, and is seems I have become a little but OCD about getting three star ratings on every. single. level.
Iphone games have two tendencies, being very realistic, usually being iPhone versions of the ones on bigger consoles, or just very simple using the gravity or touch screen features of the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. I definitely prefer the latter since the realistic ones will never be as good as the ones you find on the play station or xbox. The simple ones entertain you more and you do not have to be an expert in video games to play them either, which makes them more accessible to any one, even for toddlers who spend hours amused by the colourful images and friendly sounds they produce. I guess I am more like a toddler than a gamer then!
And that is the case with Cut the rope, and being extremely cheap (just 69p for the full version but you can get it for free) I think it contains tons of simple and addictive fun. I also find it helps improve coordination and logic. The game produced by chillingo, has 8 boxes, each with 25 levels to play endless hours of cutting a rope at the right moment, with the purposes of feeding the frog, called om nom, collect as many stars as you can and while doing so, unlock the other boxes to continue playing. There are various obstacles like spiders and gravity directions but you also get fans and other things to help it along. It can get VERY tricky and sometimes you might want to give up, but just know - there is always a way!
Something I really like and makes me satisfied is how the game developers continue adding more boxes, and you do not have to pay extra to get the updates. That is a plus, definitely and that is why I absolutely recommend this game. It's way better than angry birds!
When I am looking for new games I either go on recommendations from friends or I look on the most downloaded lists from the App store. This has led to me getting some games and just downloading them because they were popular. I have found some fantastic games that way and this is one of those! I got this application for free but I understand that this is 69p and then free on occasion again so it is always worth keeping your eyes peeled if you want to get this and not pay for it!
The concept of this game is quite simple and the small tutorial at the beginning will help you learn the ropes (no pun intended!). What you basically need to do is cut ropes in order to get a candy (or sometimes more) to swing around until you collect all of the required objects on the screen before you swing the candy in to the mouth of a frog that is pre-positioned in place. This sounds quite easy but generally you need to work out which pieces to cut to reach all of the required objects before swinging in the frog's mouth. It can sometimes take several attempts at the same puzzle to collect all the required pieces and deposit the candy before you move on to the next level. Obviously there will sometimes be different ways to cut the ropes and swing the candy around but often there is one solution that you must work out to win that level with full stars!
The difficulty of this game increases throughout the levels and after just a few rounds I found that I had to put a lot more thought in to the game if I wanted to collect all objects and win the round first time. As you progress through the levels as well as becoming harder there are different objects to collect and some of these serve different purposes including a bubble which allows you to travel back up where the frog will sometimes be waiting. You will need to use some of these little extra objects to be able to complete a level with the highest stars. You need to complete one level before you can unlock the next and I love this feature as it means you need to really work at a level if you cannot solve it right away otherwise you cannot progress through the game.
This game is really fun. It is quite challenging on the brain at times and I always feel a little bit of satisfaction when I have completed the level and unlocked the next one. At present there are 275 levels and despite playing this for at least 30 minutes a day I am nowhere near having completed half the levels!
In addition to the paid version (which I have) there is a free lite version where you can access 2 of the 11 sets of levels and see what the game is like. The aim of the game is the same, as are the first levels, but unlocking to the 69p version allows you access to hundreds more levels and almost constant updates. I would definitely say that 69p makes this game an absolute bargain!
I feel that this is a challenging game without being over the top. Eventually you can try all of the options and suss out how to complete a level well. I love the levels on this and feel that they are each unique. I love the different features throughout the levels and the fact that it is updated regularly.
I love the graphics on this game and while they are not the most visually stimulating ones that I have ever seen they are very cute and enjoyable. The sounds are quite basic on this game but you know what's going on while playing and the sounds are not annoying in any way.
This game can be downloaded from the App store on your iPhone or iPad or through your computer. I would firmly recommend the paid version but if you are unsure you can always try the lite version first. The version that I have is the HD one for the iPad.
cut the rope is one of my favourite time wasters and have it on both my iPhone and ipad (apple tablet). It is published by Chillingo and created by Zeptolab. It was developed in 2010 and since then has become one of the greatest phone games of all time up there with angry birds.
the aim of the game is to get candy to a small green monster by cutting ropes by swiping there finger across the screen there are many levels and they get harder as the game progresses.
the graphics are very detailed the patches at the back of the box are just the right colours (light and dark brown) but one thing I have to say is that when the Stanley knife opens the box at the start of the level is a bit jumpy which is slightly annoying.
the music is fun but annoying and has a catchy tune.
yes I would recommend this to anyone that has an iphone, ipad or most android devices. Overall this is a great game with incredible graphics 10/10
~An easy to play game for iphone, ipad and ipod~
Cut The Rope is such an easy to play, fun to interact with game that I have had running on an ipad, iphone and ipod all with no glitches or issues what so ever. I have found the style of game play to be really easy to get to grips. I have found that as all you need is a swift but steady, swipe of your finger on the touch screen in order for you to 'cut the rope' and ultimately feed the hungry yet super cute looking little green eyed fellow you see depicted on this page and then move on to the next mini game.
This app was something I found really quick and easy to install an all the devices I have it running on and as far as I recall it cost no more than 59p to buy from the iTunes store. I have found that the game can be something you can simply pick up and play anytime without having to think about where you left off. The bright and attractive layouts are easy on the eye and the app works very well in my opinion, as it can be played almost without you having to think about it in the lower / easier levels of the game.
As you move through the various stages it does become harder to cut the rope and finish each mini game and it can be a little challenging at this point. There are number of new features that are unlocked in the various stages and themed sections you go through, such as air bubbles, sneaky spiders, air guns, extra looped ropes and pins etc and I feel these all add to the feel of the game. Each of the levels can be replayed if wanted regardless of whether you want to restart the whole game, meaning you can gain extra stars to make up the full compliment of 3 for each mini game and this is a feature I found I have liked.
On the whole I have found this game to be really easy to play and cheap to buy with it holding my interest well. The game is so very easy to pick up and play making it something that will appeal to a wide range of ages and abilities. I feel that the concept for the game is great with it being simple yet effective and attractive. The cute little green guy who eventually gets fed at the end of each mini game is well animated making him a major part of the game. I still use this game and enjoy playing it and I feel that this a 4 star game in my opinion.
=Cut The Rope Iphone Application==
I have had to remove some of my music selection from my iphone in order to fit all the various types of games that I have installed on there as I was simply running out of valuable room! This Cut The Rope is a relatively new game for me and I must say that I am hooked already.
The main reasons for me to download this game were because I had heard a couple of good things about it of various friends and of course the fact that it was free to download at the time when I had a look for it although the price is usually only a fair 69p. The game does need to be downloaded via a wifi connection like another game but this is very fast and once on the iphone is ready to play with.
The game is another one of those simple to pick up and clearly obvious as to what needs to be done in order to win and these are the sort of games that I love as they don't take much brain power and will often send me off to sleep in the evening. The main idea of this game is that there is a small frog type animal which needs to be fed a bit of candy in order for you to move on to the next level. (I told Jack that too many sweets would turn him into a frog although I don't think he bought it!)
The candy sweet that needs to be fed to the frog animal is hanging from a piece of rope and sometimes more than one piece. The rope needs to be cut in order for the sweet to swing and eventually drop into the frogs mouth. The rope is cut by swiping your finger across the screen in order to break it and this needs to be done methodically in order for the candy to be dropped in the desired place.
The first level is very easy and as with most games, it does get harder with each level completed. As you go along there are different objects to collect such as floating stars or various places you have to ensure the candy will drop on to eventually get to the frog to feed him. All of these different things off you more points but the main goal of feeding the frog is really all you need to ensure that you can move on to the next level.
There really are a ton of different levels and I do like the fact you have to complete one little level to unlock the next. That said when I have been stuck on one this aspect can be really very frustrating.
All in all I find this game really very enjoyable if not a little mad at times. Jack really enjoys playing the game with me and although not totally educational I do feel that the fact that he has to think about how best to work out how to feed the frog is probably quite good for his problem solving learning and to be fair he seems far better at the game compared to me! I really can't find fault with this game and for that reason I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This is another of those games that is capable of keeping you entertained for hours. Like many on the i-Tunes store this game is only £0.59 and brings with it hours of fun and entertainment, but unlike most others, it is not a Doodle Jump or Angry Birds style game, you may be relieved to hear.
The aim of this game is simple, feed the monster and collect as many stars as you can whilst doing it. Sounds quite easy, but the game gets difficult, and many a time have I spent a while trying just how to figure how to complete a level.
Whilst the general idea of the game is simple, Chillingo have managed to create a variety of different types of levels that keep you playing the game, and not getting bored. The developers have included bubbles that make the food float upwards, and have also allowed you to change gravity on some of the levels.
If the idea of collecting stars doesn't appeal to you, then there is also several collectable images hidden throughout the game. It certainly is not easy to find them.
The games graphics are sleek and look really nice, and the developers have managed to keep the game fairly bug free, although there is the occasional time where it does't want to load first time. Other than that the developers have done a really good job with this game.
The game is updated fairly often, meaning that you can always expect new levels to keep you occupied.
All of this has made a challenging and exiting game that will keep you busy for hours, trying to collect all the stars on every level (quite a feat). Compared to some of the other games available on the app store, this is by far one of the best, and I would say its on par with even Angry Birds and Doodle Jump. At only £0.59, I would strongly advise you get it, as it is easily worth it.
I first played this game on my boyfriend's iPhone (before I had an iPod Touch myself). I regularly like to inspect what games he's downloaded onto his iPhone, as I often find them amusing. This was, by far, the best game I've played on the iPhone.
What is it?
Essentially, the object of this game is to cut a rope, which holds a sweet on the end of it, in such a way as to make the sweet drop to a little creature called 'Om Nom'. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, initially it is. If I remember the first level correctly, the string is held directly above Om Nom's head and you simply cut it, by swiping your finger across the rope, and it drops into the creature's mouth straight away. However, with each level you complete, the challenges get harder. Along the way, you have the opportunity to collect 3 stars which, if you feel up to it, give you an extra challenge for that level, and a better overall score. The quicker you can collect all 3 stars and feed the sweet to Om Nom, the better your score.
Is it any good?
Definitely! This is a puzzle game which requires thought as to which way to cut the rope(s) of that level in order to complete it. And things aren't always as they seem! Cutting a wrong rope can leave you failing the level. A certain amount of skill is required sometimes as well, especially if the rope is swinging, in order to judge at which point to cut the rope. Throw in some bubbles, anti-gravity buttons, elasticated ropes etc. and you've got yourself a whole lot of puzzles to get through!
Downloading the full game costs only 59p which, in my opinion, is a bargain. Although there is a free version available, containing the first set of levels, if you enjoy the game, you'll find you complete that in no time and that you're craving more. The full game has seven level packs to date, each containing 25 levels, and every now and again, a new level pack gets released, which does not cost you any extra to download.
This is a challenging, fun game with, what I think are, very nice graphics. It's sort of a cute-sy art style, but don't let that fool you in terms of how challenging some of the puzzles can be, especially if you're trying to get the full 3 stars! A must for anyone with an iPhone/iPod Touch, who enjoys puzzle games!
I had never heard of this game until just after Christmas when I decided to go trawling through the Itunes apps for a decent game to play on my new Ipod Touch, somewhat of a challenge as a lot of the games are a bit hit and miss with regards to actually being of any decent quality or interest. For months my teenage son had been raving about and virtually addicted to a game on his Iphone called Angry Birds which is published and distributed by Chillingo the same company as this game, Cut The Rope and so he suggested this game to me. I decided to first download the holiday gift version which was a free offer and allowed me a taster of the game without actually having to commit to a purchase. I have since downloaded several other game apps but this one has been by far the best in terms of game play, graphics, sound and longevity of interest. The game version that I am reviewing today is the standard version of Cut The Rope for the Ipod Touch which took approximately three to four minutes to download.
The game is developed by Zeptolab, a small independant company who's target platforms are the Iphone, Ipod Touch and Ipad. Cut The Rope, which apparently is billed as selling more than one million paid copies in just ten days is available as either a free downloadable holiday gift app, lite app with just a few teaser levels with an option to upgrade to the full version or the full standard version which is available through the app store for just 59pence. A high definition version is advertised on Chillingo's website but I have yet to find it on the app store so can not comment on either price or quality.
In it's most simplest form Cut The Rope is a one player puzzler. A game based purely on skill rather than out and out luck. Itunes have rated the game 4+ with no offensive content so perfectly suitable for small children. Both the quality of the graphics and bright colours coupled with a cute little monster and repetative background music would make the game highly appealing to small children although I would have reservations as to whether they would actually understand the full concept of the game. The idea of Cut The Rope is really quite basic and but don't be fooled into believing that the simplicity makes it easy or any less challenging.
The game starts by the player receiving an un-opened package/box at their front door. The box is then cut open to reveal 25 mini puzzle games inside. Om Nom is a greedy little monster who resides inside the box and can be found in each of the mini games and he loves to eat candy! Each mini game contains three small round candy pieces (which is equal to 75 pieces per box to collect) and as the player it is your job to ensure that little Om Nom gets to eat all of the candy. Sounds fairly simple but in truth this addictive little game is not as easy to master and complete as one might imagine at first glance.
To date there are six active boxes as follows: cardboard box, fabric box, foil box, gift box, cosmic box and valentines box. Just to reiterate, each box contains 25 mini games each with a different theme, as the box names would suggest and each box posing their own unique challenges for the player to overcome . New boxes become available throught Itunes updates which are reasonably frequent. To date, since Christmas I have recieved three updates that included two of the boxes that I have previously mentioned along with a bug fixer.
Three candies are located in various areas of the screen in each mini game and all you have to do is work out exactly how to drop each of them into Om Nom's mouth via a multitude of various obstacles that threaten to get in the way. Obviously some mini games are easier to master than others but mainly I think it is down to the individual player skills and capabilities as to which you personally find easier. Manuevering and minipulating objects such as levers, blowing balloons, popping bubbles, elastic rope pullies, catapults and cutting swinging ropes combined with avoiding obsticles such as moving spikes and electric currents that break the candy on contact or hungry spiders that eat through the ropes to get to the candies make game play fun and interesting. Switching gravity to manipulate the movement of the candy make some games far more challenging.
The catch of the game is that new boxes and mini games are locked until you have completed a number of games or at the very least attempted a number of games from the current box in play. Spoilers and walkthroughs can be found on numerous sites over the internet providing hints and cheats to help solve a game but in my personal opinion the whole point of the game is to be puzzling and teasing and so seeking the answer defeats your whole objective. Cheat apps can also be purchased through itunes but I would personally avoid paying for these at all costs because I think if you actually really can not solve a problem then just find the solution on the net for free and save your pennies!
***My Overall Opinion***
Clearly plenty of thought on the developers part has kept this seemingly repetitive game interesting, challenging and above all fun by ensuring each and every game poses it's own individual puzzling challenges, some of which seem fairly simple to complete yet are sneakily harder to accompanish and require a greater deal of thought before a final solution can be found. The game itself is almost cartoon like. Basic cartoon like visuals are enough to appeal to a child whilst challenging puzzles can keep adults occupied without impending boredom. Incredibly simple to play and very touch sensitive. A light swipe or tap is pretty much all that is required for the game play, one possibly two attempts at most to get the hang of it making it very user friendly. Crystal clear graphics provide fantastic visuals that I personally can not fault in any way with perfectly sharp and intense colours that keep the visuals interesting (I would be interested to see how the HD version compares to these graphics which are in my opinion already near perfect) . The downside for me is the background music, not because it is terrible, far from it. It's catchy but also incredibly annoying (for me after just minutes) although luckily a setting in the game options allows the user to turn off, which mine permanently is! Sound effects can also be turned on or off (I prefer these off as well) really just becuase I find them some what distracting and I end up detracting from the game and just concentrating on the sounds which are incidently very clear, no need for the volume to be on the highest setting as this is really too loud if you prefer the background music and soundeffects. Game play is easy and responsive. Just a light touch on the screen is really all the player requires to execute a movement or cut the ropes etc. I have never had any problems with the screen not being touch sensitive or freezing in the middle of game play.
I particulary like the fact that your own individual scores can remain intact allowing you to return to mini games multiple times and still be able to complete the game over and over again without effecting your original score (unless you score higher then this will be amended in your score total) which is great if other players want to play on your game as well. this is the kind of game where soutions do not always come easy. It is a game that I pick up to play for a few minutes and find myself lost in for hours! It is annoying and at times damn right frustrating but it is fun and highly addictive. It is clear that developers have contributed a great deal of thought towards the game by way of visual graphics, sound and general interest of play and their hard work has probably paid off tenfold if online consumer reviews are to be believed. I love this little game and I really can not find any real fault with it other than my Ipods battery life which after an hour or so of game play just reduces to nothing, however I am not sure if the game is fully responsible for this or not. The developers have continued to provide new levels and puzzle challenges that keep the game moving forward and interesting. I paid just 59pence but I would of happily paid more.
Players can sign up to crystal and register their scores through this online leaderboard as well as comparing their achievements with other players and competing in a variety of challenges. Registering is a fairly quick and simple process. Just a couple of minutes filling in your details which include a screen name and password. Crystal is restricted to players who are age 13 and over.
Sounds on or off, music on or off, game credits and the dreaded "reset" button which as the name suggests, hitting will delete any current scores and take you back to the original "factory" setting!
Full game information along with screen shots and trailers are available through the Zeptolab and Chillingo websites, both of which are really easy to navigate. Both companies also have their own Facebook and Twitter pages, perfect for the avid Cut The Rope fans!
Current Version: 1.2.1
Size: 18.6 MB
Rating: 4+ (suitable for children)