If you dug Cut the Rope, you'll probably dig Mittens [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. It's the latest game from Disney, and it's undeniably inspired by ZeptoLabs fantastic -- and ultra-successful -- physics-based puzzle game. In Mittens, you control a cat across a variety of levels in a quest to reach milk, mice, or, oddly, balloons. You'll swing on ropes, you'll cut ropes, and you'll even fire the little guy from a cannon through fiery hoops.

Simplistic one-touch gestures make this a breeze to play, and while it's totally a good and competent game, it's hard to shake the impression that Disney only wanted to make a "safe" title and not necessarily a brilliant one. It's charting, though, unsurprisingly.

Jared and I gave it a look just a few minutes ago and thought it'd be rad if we shared our initial impressions with you:

Mittens is available now on iPhone. There's an HD version for the iPad, too, if you're into that. Note: we accidentally call it a "universal" game in the video and say it's price is free; whoops!

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  • tjgeneva

    Video is private? TA has gotten sooo exclusive, even long time members can't see their gameplay videos. =-)

  • paulkane

    Video is private...

    On another note, is TA going to do a TA plays or review for Plasma Sky? The game is off the hook in a Galaga inspired sort of way. It would be a shame if this game fell through the cracks because of GDC/EastPAX.

  • bradnicholson

    My bad. The YouTube form didn't save. Should see the video now.

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  • yellowlightstick

    What is this non-YouTube madness? guess I'm done watching your guys' videos no b d

  • jhamdotme

    Touch Arcade continues to record vertically-oriented games in landscape-oriented videos. This is madness.

    Yes, I understand that this is how the videos are captured. And yes, I also understand that you're not removing this letterboxing in post. You can do this, you know, and that's exactly what you should be doing.

    As it is, I can hold my iPhone or iPad horizontally when I watch this, and the video will fill one third of the screen. This is at least better than if I watch your vertical game with my device held vertically. When that's the case, I’m looking at a stamp-sized video, and I’m effectively only using one ninth of my screen.

    Stop being lazy. Fix your vertical videos. We should be able to fill our screens when watching these types of videos.

    • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

      Did you write this comment specifically so that we would know you were a douche?

      • jhamdotme

        Oh snap!

      • jhamdotme

        Substance-free ad-hominem attacks aside, this has long been an issue. I first brought this up almost a year ago, in the comments for the Chasing Yellow review.* It wouldn’t take much to add another step to the workflow when processing these videos. Once you figure out a way to crop these videos to the right dimensions, this is probably something that can be automated.

        In the meantime, I should probably mention that it's possible to double tap on these videos to zoom in. This is really only a kludge, though, since zooming in like this really limits the effective resolution of the video. The video will fill the screen better, sure, but it'll look more pixelated than it needs to look, and it'll still be "windowboxed".

        * I'd post the URL here, because that's helpful, but then this whole comment would be lost to endless "moderation".

      • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

        I'm glad that your clarified, instead of letting this degenerate into useless bickering. But yeah, your original comment just sounded like someone negatively whining about a problem that was only a minor nuisance, and that you could fix pretty easily.

      • jhamdotme

        That it degenerated into anything has nothing to do with me. I made a comment about a very-real problem, and I presented my case. I colored it in the end with a few strong words as a point of emphasis, to highlight that this problem has been continually ignored. You showed up and started calling names.

        If you've got something to say, then by all means, say it. But make sure that you're actually adding something to the conversation. If you're going to use big-boy words, that's great. But make sure that you're directing them at people who deserve this kind of language. I dig this site, and I'd love to see it improve. To that end, I made my original comment. But posts that are nothing more than petty attacks, like yours, and about people's physical appearance, like the posts from "Karzay", these things add nothing. All they do is succeed in debasing this site and this community.

      • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

        I can't argue with that, however I still feel as if your original comment could have been more positively worded.

      • jhamdotme

        So, just so we're clear: I made a technical request and called someone "lazy" for ignoring a known and simple-to-fix problem. You then called me a douche, and now you're lecturing me about the power of positive language?

        Got it. Thanks.

      • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

        I'm not saying my comment was in the right, either. But more or less, yep.

    • Karzay

      If we are going to rant about frivolous matters, I really think you need a hair cut. What? You can't walk down to a barber shop or pick up a pair a scissors? Come on now, Stop being lazy. Fix you hair. You don't really need to fill your avatar with all that hair.

      • jhamdotme

        Feel better now?

      • Karzay

        That depends. Are you going to cut your hair? :)