Matt Scobel, November 24, 2010
From the makers of Angry Birds comes the next big craze to hit the iTunes Store: Cut the Rope. Based on the same puzzle-solving, addictive, simple gameplay, Cut the Rope managed to sell a mere 1,000,000 copies in the first 10 days after launching and dethroned Angry Birds in the App Store Top 10 list. Available for $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch and $1.99 for the iPad, that’s between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 in revenue in just over a week (for those keeping score at home).
Cut the Rope puts you in the position of primary caregiver for a friendly, but impatient candy loving green frog. The physics based gameplay starts out by having you cut the candy free from its rope, letting it fall gracefully towards your hungry pet. If you’re up for a challenge, you can have the candy collect up to three stars before it becomes lunch. While the game starts with simple rope cutting, things become more complicated with fans, baloons, spikes, bubbles, pulleys and lightning, all put there to keep your frog from it’s delicious treat.
Game publisher Chillingo found their formula for success with Angry Birds and is sticking to the script with Cut the Rope. Simple, physics-based gameplay requiring a nice blend of logic and creativity. Put this into a clean and colorful package, with a memorable character, and you’ve got a top selling app. This is where Cut the Rope really delivers. You can’t help but become attached to your new candy loving friend and the cartoony feel keeps things light in what can be an otherwise frustrating puzzle game.
Don’t get me wrong, Cut the Rope is a fantastic game and a fantastic value at $0.99. However, unlike Angry Birds, the accessibility and fun factor isn’t quite up to par. While Angry Birds could keep you entertained for hours with its addictive gameplay and enjoyable destruction, Cut the Rope gets old quickly if you’re not making progress. The game can be challenging and if you’re not keen on puzzle games, expect to become frustrated.
For me, Cut the Rope was right up my alley. I enjoyed both the presentation value and the challenging gameplay. It may not be for everyone, but for $0.99 it’s tough to go wrong. If you’re into puzzle games, or just want a quick distraction, Cut the Rope is a great choice for your App Store dollars. The game is also available for the iPad for $1.99.
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