Like many iOS games around this time of year, Zepto Lab and Chillingo are readying a holiday themed edition of everybody's favorite feed-a-candy-that-is-swinging-on-a-rope-to-a-tiny-monster game, Cut the Rope. Unlike some games, however, Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift will actually be a standalone game rather than an update to the existing one. Don't go throwing a fit just yet though, as you won't be required to make an additional purchase since Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift will be launching for free. I had a chance to experience the game first hand at the EA Mobile event last week, and it's looking like another great edition in the epic struggle to feed Om Nom.

There will be 25 brand new levels to play through in Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, and of course the entire game is drenched with the sights and sounds of Winter holidays (formerly known as Christmas). Most interesting, however, is the introduction of holiday socks (formerly known as Christmas stockings). These always come in pairs, and basically act as teleports for Om Nom's candy. Drop a piece into one and it will pop out of the other, giving you yet another way to transport candy to his gaping maw.

Besides the 25 new levels and the new teleporting socks game mechanic, Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift will also feature Game Center with new achievements to unlock. While the OCD part of me that hates having multiple icons for essentially the same games (I'm looking at you Robot Unicorn Attack series) wishes this was just an update, I really can't look a holiday gift horse in the mouth. Who knows, perhaps sometime down the line this edition will be added into the original Cut the Rope. Be on the lookout for Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift as it should be available in time for Christmas.

Update: Well that didn't take long. Less than half a day after posting this preview, and Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift has arrived as a universal app. A discussion thread for the game has been started in our forums, and you can grab the game using the link below.

  • Anonymous

    OCD as well. Wish it could be included in the main game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=774507787 Zach Williams

    Definitely wish that this was an update to the regular Cut the Rope as well, but I guess they're offering it for free to try to get people exposed to it and then purchase the $.99 version.

  • Guest

    Oh man.. I really wish this Holiday Gift was rolled into the full-version of Cut-the-Rope.

  • swarmster

    Will this version have broken achievements, too? Multiple icons isn't the only way Cut the Rope will assault your OCD.

    • Asdkjalsj

      fix the damn achievements! what are the known broken ones?

      • swarmster

        The achievements that were added to Cut the Rope 1.1 that involved reaching a numerical goal (spider tamer, calorie minimizer, etc) are broken. If you exceeded the goal (for example, you cut down 200+ spiders) before version 1.1 came out, you are not given credit and can never be awarded the achievement no matter how much additional progress you make.

        A number of people have confirmed this in the forums and the dev is nowhere to be seen.

      • Asdkjalsj

        what about like the collect stars one, that count too? it's so irritating the easiest ones are the unattainable ones!! why aren't they doing anything about this?

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  • Pitch_Blak

    Now you're playing with portals.

  • Daniel Balcomb

    While I was very much looking forward to the holiday version, I wish I had paced myself. I managed to complete all 25 levels available in under 10 minutes. I feel that the holiday version is considerably easier than the full version with the absence of spiders and electricity. Perhaps the game would have been better suited as an advent calendar game with new levels opening up each day. If the game had been released for the first of December, each level would have coincided perfectly with each day running up to Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514942086 Carlos Oliveira

    I just wished that Zeptolab would remove score tracking from the .plist file... Some cheaters (moeseth, I'm looking at you) are ruining the score tables (Game Center and Crystal) just by modifying a simple .plist...

    A few weeks ago I would play everyday, pushing myself to beat my scores. Now, I don't give a damn, since many players are starting to use that cheat.

    Really... I don't understant why someone cheats like this. Only to show in leaderboards with 559 MILLION points, when the 2nd best has only 138 thousand???

    Oh, and yes, I have broken achievements too. Holiday Gift doesn't give me the Bubble Popper.

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  • http://twitter.com/moblly Moblly

    Again Zeptolab and Chillingo done a great thing – Cut the rope, new holiday edition, and it’s free. More cool screenshots on http://www.moblly.com/iPad_Cut_the_Rope_Holiday_Gift