Cut the Rope leaves you tied in knots


Spoiler alert! Best buy. No kidding. Cut The Rope is one of the most challenging games I’ve played without being totally stumped. You can blow right through it if you want, but it’s best enjoyed the way you enjoy a fine sipping wine. A glass at a time, savored and then corked and saved for later.

Of course, if you cork a fine wine once it’s opened it turns sour or flat. You might as well cook your carrots and onions with it to restore some of the flavor. Cut The Rope, on the other hand, remains fresh and challenging each time you open it.


Now you don’t need to read the review, do you? But some readers won’t take my word for it, they want to know more. And some players don’t want a game that requires actually thinking about the next step—just like some drinkers can’t understand why you would pay ten dollars for a bottle of wine when you can get it cheaper by the carton.

I had a friend when I lived in Detroit back in the eighties named Robert Zeiger. He introduced me to the best musical artists of the time, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, the Clash. Being a classic sixties guy I didn’t trust him until he told me Laurie Anderson was tight with Lou Reed. I spent the weekend listening to United States Live (it was four LPs), then Fear of Music, then Brian Eno’s Another Green World.

He found out I was going to a dinner party with my girl friend and invited himself. The host realized she didn’t have enough wine so I gave Robert twenty dollars to buy something really good. Since he had cutting edge taste in music and both his parents taught at Wayne State, it never dawned on me that he would show up with a gallon jug of green wine and seventeen dollars change.

Robert may not have known the difference, but the rest of us did. And I learned that fine sensibilities in music don’t translate into fine taste in wine. On the other hand, Robert wore an ex-girlfriend’s tooth in his ear so maybe I should have recognized the inconsistencies.

And in Robert’s defense, I would trust him to buy wine before I would trust my father, who never met a bottle of wine that wan’t outrageously expensive—even the pints of Mogan David in the back of the cooler. Being a baptist preacher, I may have to concede his point. That fifty cent pint could have gone to someone’s tithe.

Now I can only carry comparisons to Cut The Rope so far. Cut The Rope has no bouquet or hints of refined moves such as chess and Go. The labeling is closer to cute kitties than Chateau La Fete Rothschild. It’s still just an iPad game, but what a game.

The object of the game is to feed the frog. The more stars you collect on the way, the more puzzles you unlock at later levels. Initially you only need to cut a string when the candy is swinging in the right direction. As you master one type of puzzle the game adds rubber bands, bubbles, spikes, lightning bolts, air bursts and spiders that steal the candy.

You only need to feed the candy to the frog to complete a level. But if you don’t collect stars you won’t get to the next box.

The first puzzle sets the pace. Get the candy into the frogs mouth and collect all the stars on the way.

At the higher levels you may need to solve multiple puzzles across several screens. You may have no idea what’s around the corner.

You start with puzzles in a simple cardboard box but better decorated boxes deliver more complex puzzles. They also require you to complete more puzzles while collecting stars along the way.

The animations are cute and engaging, and when coupled with the difficulty of the puzzles, playing is a joy. Not the kind of joy players get splattering their iPad screens with Zombie blood. More the kind of joy you get from those Disney classics the studio labored over to create magic for adults and kids (not the straight to video Barbie v. Little Mermaid stink bombs).

Jenny Manytoes loves to sit on my should when I play and bat at the bouncing candy and spiders. It’s even more fun (for her) when she yowls in my ear to cheer me on.

I usually play games straight through to the end or to the point of boredom. I play Cut The Rope three or four puzzles at a time and then put it down to prolong the experience and ponder some of the more difficult challenges. No matter how you approach it, if you love devilish puzzles, Cut The Rope delivers them in spades. Best of all, you can always redo them without losing your highest previous score.

Jenny Manytoes rates Cut The Rope

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Cut The Rope. I had to recover the screen to keep her claws from scratching. Unless you really need your games to splatter your iPad with viscera and gore, Cut The Rope is a best buy

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System


Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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