All most folks really need to hear about Cut the Rope is that it%26rsquo;s from the same developer who brought you Angry Birds. For the rest of you, let me tell you why this app is screaming up the charts like a rocket-powered jackrabbit slathered in greased lightning.
Cut the Rope has one of those simple-but-wide-open premises that seem as shallow as a puddle at first. You have a box. In that box are a stupidly adorable little monster with a sweet tooth and a piece of candy suspended by a string. You drag your finger across the screen to cut the string and drop the candy into the hungry monster%26rsquo;s eager mouth. That%26rsquo;s it. However, like so many great puzzle games, things get more interesting really, really quickly.
There are stars floating in air that you%26rsquo;d like to collect by hitting them with the candy, which swings around with realistic physics. And there are other obstacles. Before long, you%26rsquo;re cutting an elastic string in such a way as to catapult the candy into one star, just around some spikes, then onto a bubble, which raises it, then near a balloon you can tap to puff air out and change the bubble%26rsquo;s direction so it hits another star right before you tap to pop the bubble, dropping the candy into a spot where another rope will snag it and swing it right into your critter%26rsquo;s mouth. Then you move on to see what new gameplay wrinkle the next box holds (candy-thieving spiders and electrified fields, for example).
The touch controls are dead-on, there are tons of quick, bite-sized levels to consume, and again %26ndash; the monster is beyond cute. It%26rsquo;s also available for iPad under the name Cut the Rope HD, so you tablet-sized gamers can step up and see what it%26rsquo;s all about as well. You%26rsquo;re probably already shelling out for some Halloween candy this week. So spend a buck or two on this one and drop some virtual candy into this little green glutton%26rsquo;s mouth. You%26rsquo;ll enjoy it at least as much, and won%26rsquo;t even have to get up every time the doorbell rings.
Oct 28, 2010