Zepto Labs' Cut the Rope [99¢] is one of those games that you could tell was going to be something special just by the preview trailer. Much like their previous game, Parachute Ninja [99¢ / Free], Cut the Rope takes a simple and popular gameplay mechanic (in this case, swiping to slice) and turns it in to a game that's almost impossible to put down.

Cut the Rope begins with a brief cut scene showing a mysterious package left at your door with a label on it that clearly reads "feed with candy." Inside you find a hungry green creature known as "Om Nom" who has an insatiable desire for candy... which oddly enough is suspended inside of his box with an odd array of ropes. Feeding Om Nom through the 100 included levels is a task that is easier said than done once you get past the tutorial portion of the game-- especially if you're looking to clear each level with three stars.

The above trailer does a fantastic job of showing just what is involved in feeding hungry little Om Nom. Basically, each level begins with a dangling piece of candy and our little green friend somewhere onscreen. Initially, all you need to do is figure out which strings to cut in what order to swing the piece of candy in to Om Nom's mouth. Before long, you'll need to be using multitouch gestures to cut multiple strings at once, juggle the candy with bubbles, avoid spikes, spiders, and electricity, and many other things.

Like many other puzzle games on the App Store, Cut the Rope has a star system for grading your performance on each level. A single star is easy enough to get, as once you figure out the solution to a level, executing it usually isn't too difficult once you get the hang of how the physics work. Getting two or three stars involves clearing levels while collecting all of the stars that appear, which often requires tricky acrobatics or carefully timed cuts to swing the candy in to stars outside of the normal path to Om Nom's mouth. Shooting for three stars seems to take many attempts at the same level, a process made much more enjoyable by an on-screen button to instantly start a level over.

Cut the Rope comes with both Chillingo's Crystal and Game Center support for online leaderboards and achievement tracking, and according to Chillingo in the Cut the Rope thread on our forums, more levels are on the way soon. You really have to get pretty nitpicky to find things to not like about Cut the Rope, but two things I'd love to see implemented in the future are both Retina Display support and multiple game save profiles to allow multiple people to play on one device. (Currently the only game save option the game has is to flat out delete all of your progress.)

If you've found yourself taking a liking to the various slicing games that have taken the App Store by storm, this isn't one you want to miss. Cut the Rope has everything a good puzzle game needs from a technical standpoint, a lovable mascot, and enough things to do between farming stars and achievements to keep any fan of puzzle games busy for quite a while.

TouchArcade Rating

  • iPhoneGamer

    Lots of fun. I wish it were universal, this would work well on the iPad.

    • Anonymous

      apparently there is an HD version coming soon

  • http://twitter.com/SmashDde Sebastian Dierkes

    Absolutely awesome! Bought!

  • Anonymous

    I had been checking obsessively the app store for this one since it was first announced, glad it finally came out and even more glad that it definitely lives up to my expectations: awesome game, really really well done!

  • http://twitter.com/F1WilliamsJeff Jeffrey

    Retina is always great to have for a game on the iPhone 4. I just hope the give hints like Angry Birds that there are more levels coming in the future. I waited so long for this game and i really love playing it...

    • Anonymous

      How about the empty box on the box select screen that says "New levels coming soon!"? Seems like a decent hint! :-)

  • Anonymous

    Yes!!! I've been waiting for this since the initial preview.

    I had an email exchange with the developer and suggested updates like Angry Birds. The response was that it's a very good model and a good thought and they were strongly considering it.

  • br1an

    iPad, please.

  • Anonymous

    defo purchase - might wait for iPad version 1st - but if it's as good as it looks I'll prob get both versions - just like angry birds

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic game. Bought it as soon as I noticed it was posted here and have already burned through 30 of the levels.

  • http://twitter.com/silentrocco Rocco Menzel

    One of the best puzzle games since iBlast Mokie. Everything just fits.

  • Anonymous

    Really fun game, if not a little easy. I've finished 75 levels now, I wouldn't go onto the next level until I had all 3 stars, except in one case I made do with 2. Got it now though! Despite this, it's a great game for the price, even if it ends now it would have been entertaining enough to be worth the money and then some.

  • UtopianGames.co.uk

    iPad request here also :) looks really nice.

    Darren.

  • http://twitter.com/moblly Moblly

    Awesome game, really fun, nice graphic and sound.
    You can take a look on http://www.moblly.com/Cut_the_Rope for more cool screenshots

  • La

    No retina? Come on..

  • Anonymous

    iPad version is propagating through appstore now!

  • azentropy

    Haven't figured out if the iPad version offers more content or not. If it is the same game, then I wish they would have went universal. Seems silly to get both. I have noticed that the lite version of the regular supports fast app switching (even on the iPad using 4.2b2), where the HD version does not.

  • Sandyonion

    Not clear on how to save a game and continue where you left off. Is it possible?

  • debbie cherniak

    cut the rope all game apps should be compatable with pc nootbooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!