Cut the Rope for iPhone - app review

Cut the Rope for iPhone is a simple, yet challenging strategy type game.  Your little frog Om Nom wants candy.  The candy is hanging from random ropes with all kinds of obstacles in the way.  Your job is to find a way to cut the strings in the right order to get the candy into Om Nom's mouth.  You'll also need to collect stars on the way down.  The more stars you collect and the quicker you complete a level, the more points and achievements you'll earn.

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Cut the Rope will also tie into Game Center so you can track your achievements and share them with your friends. You also have the option to use Crystal if you choose to. The premise of the game is dead easy, but actually completing levels gets pretty challenging along the way. New enemies pop up, stars start to disappear if you aren't getting to them quick enough, and then there's the spiders, who steal your candy if you aren't quick enough! As of now there are 4 worlds to play through - cardboard box, fabric box, foil box, and gift box.

In order to unlock different boxes, you'll need to collect a certain amount of stars to gain access to that world. The developers also note after the 4th box that there are more levels coming. Some of the levels you can blaze through but collecting the stars makes it a bit more difficult. I've been trying to get all 3 stars within each level, which proves somewhat difficult after you get a good way into the 2nd box.

As you get further into the game, you'll start to encounter new enemies out to steal Om Nom's candy. You'll also have more obstacles and more gestures to learn. Some levels will require cutting ropes simultaneously or in rapid succession to avoid breaking your candy or letting it fall. Overall, the difficulty level is decent and the length of the game is good for the price you're paying. I haven't played through all the levels yet, but I'm already eager to see the developer add more.

If you're in the market for a good strategy type game that requires a little thinking, this may be a good option. It'll keep you busy for a reasonable amount of time for the price. If you've already picked this up, let us know what you think in the comments!


  • Game Center Integration
  • Difficulty increases at good rate
  • Easy to learn controls and gestures


  • More levels would be nice

TiPb iPhone 4.5-star rated

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  • I EFFIN' Love this game! GameCenter support is nice! lol :)
    Everyone should get it!
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  • Cut the Rope is an awesome game and well worth the $0.99! My 3 yr old daughter gets so excited when she watches me play!
  • 49ers fan, STFU already... with almost 12000 reviews and averaging FIVE stars, Im sure people will listen to you and dont buy this awesome game :roll:
    This game is as much fun and amazing as Angry Birds. Games like this are crucial for iPhone, if its gonna have a chance to challenge the handheld market and compete with Nintendo DS.
    There is a demo for this game and Im sure anyone who tries the demo will realize its easy to depart from a $1 for all the fun levels and challanges you will face :twisted:
  • @49ers fan,
    just because you don't like these types of games doesn't mean other people don't. just saying. for a time killer and strategy type game, it's extremely addicting and well thought out
  • I got my wife hooked on this game. It's great.
  • Looks like a challenging, mesmerizing game. Too bad I don't have time for any game other than Angry Birds. :-( Great review Allyson. We need more reviews from you too, OK?
  • @SockRolid
    I'll work on that. I had a hectic month at work and home - i'm getting back into the groove, I promise :)
  • Georgia recommended it on the podcast last night and our guest Marc, myself, and half the chat room bought it immediately.
    Great game.
  • I really like these kind of games on the iPhone; the kind of games you can play that are fundamentally easy and quick yet challenging at the same time. Game Center ID is: Rob Terry
  • @49ers Fan
    Balls, balls, balls, balls of a troll.
    Everyone, please don't feed the troll.
  • I bought this Saturday morning and finished it later that afternoon and got my last achievement (Master Finger) the next morning. Really short game right now, hope new levels come soon, otherwise awesome and addicting game!
  • @Rene @Josh
    It is a great game.
    I think my only peeve would be I want more levels!! Feed On Nom more candies!!
    I've went back through and gotten all 3 stars on all the levels, that took up a bit more time :)
  • OMG NOOOO! First I was addicted to Angry Birds. Now I've wasted 45 min at work on this!! There needs to be some sort of Federal regulation of these games to prevent addiction.
  • 49ers? LOL....Thats why rhe EAGLES just kicked your 0-5 teams ass!
  • MAN!!!
    I've been playing this game all afternoon! its fcked!! who the hell invented for those little rope tighteners to be back to front? should be clockwise = tighten and anti clock wise = loosen!!
    i've passed the game back can't get 3stars on one of them because of these gay fuking retard game designers. use a screw driver and then fix this game....
  • the frog also needs more emotions....
  • We want to single test