Cut the Rope

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Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope logo.png
Logo of the original Cut the Rope
Developer(s) ZeptoLab
Publisher(s) Chillingo (original Cut the Rope only), Activision (Cut the Rope: Triple Treat)
Platform(s) iOS
Android
Windows Phone
Leap Motion
BlackBerry 10
Symbian
BlackBerry PlayBook[1]
DSiWare
Mac OS X
Browser[2][3]
Windows
BlackBerry
Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo eShop)
Chrome OS[4]
Firefox OS
Nook[5]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Puzzle logic
Mode(s) Single

Cut the Rope is a series of physics-based puzzle video games developed by the Russian entertainment company ZeptoLab for several platforms and devices. It consists of the original Cut the Rope (2010) published by Chillingo, Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (2010), Cut the Rope: Experiments (2011), Cut the Rope: Time Travel (2013), Cut the Rope 2 (2013 iOS; 2014 Android), My Om Nom (2014 iOS; 2015 Android), and Cut the Rope: Magic (2015).

The objective of the Cut the Rope games is to feed candy to a little green creature named Om Nom while collecting stars. As of May 2015, Cut the Rope games have been downloaded more than 600 million times.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

A level of Cut the Rope. The candy floats in a bubble, which can be popped with a touch or blown to the right with the blue bellows. The red button reverses the direction of gravity.

In each level, the candy hangs by one or several of the titular ropes which the player must cut with a swipe of their finger using the device's touchscreen. Using various objects such as floating bubbles and bellows, the candy must also be manipulated around obstacles to get to Om Nom's mouth. Each level takes place in a box, and there are different boxes (such as the cardboard box, the fabric box, and the foil box). More boxes will be added soon.

Each level pack introduces new challenges. Levels are scored with a zero to three star rating, according to how many stars the player picked up, and a point score depending on the number of stars collected and the amount of time taken to complete the level.[7] In-app purchases, such as "Superpowers" and "Hints", and "Magnets" make play easier.[8]

Releases[edit]

Cut the Rope[edit]

Cut the Rope premiered on October 4, 2010 for iOS. A native (HD) version for the iPad was released on October 6, 2010. This was followed by the release of a free version with fewer levels for each device, called Cut the Rope Lite and Cut the Rope HD Lite respectively. Nine days after its initial release, the game had been purchased one million times and rose to the top of the App Store's charts. According to Chillingo, this made it the fastest-selling iOS game to reach that number of sales.[9]

The Android version was released in June 2011.[10] The DSiWare version was released in September 2011 for Europe and November 2011 for North America on Nintendo DSi,[11] and August 22, 2013 for Nintendo 3DS users.[12]

In January 2012, a limited version of the game was published as a browser game for HTML5 browsers. The game is also available for a free download on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the Windows Store.

In January 2013, the BlackBerry version of Cut the Rope was released to BlackBerry World following the announcement of BlackBerry 10.[13]

Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift[edit]

Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, a free standalone Christmas-themed version of the game with 25 levels, was first released on 10 December 2010. It is made available for download during the Christmas holiday season.

Cut the Rope: Experiments[edit]

Cut the Rope: Experiments was released on August 4, 2011 as a sequel to Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift.[14] While its gameplay and presentation closely match that of Cut the Rope, the sequel introduces new gameplay elements as well as a new storyline and characters. The Professor, for example, “provides running commentary”[15] throughout the game as players unlock new levels and collect “hidden” photos that reveal more information about Om Nom’s character.

Cut the Rope: Time Travel[edit]

The third sequel, Cut the Rope: Time Travel, was released on April 18, 2013. It sees Om Nom travel back to the time of his ancestors, which means in terms of gameplay that players now feed candy to two monsters rather than to only one.

Cut the Rope 2[edit]

Cut the Rope 2 was released on 19 December 2013 for iOS devices. It expands on the previous games with a greater emphasis on story, additional monster characters and a more dynamic environment.[16] The Android version was released on March 28, 2014 on Google Play[17] and on April 3, 2014 on Amazon AppStore.[18] Unlike iOS version, Cut the Rope 2 for Android is free-to-play and features a map like structure instead of level packs.

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat[edit]

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat was released on March 25, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS, including levels from the three previous Cut the Rope games, Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel.[19] The 3DS version is published by Activision.[20]

My Om Nom[edit]

My Om Nom was released on December 18, 2014 for iOS devices. In this game, the player has their own Om Nom to feed, dress up, and play with. It includes some simple games to play with Om Nom and it is similar to having a Tamagotchi pet.[21]

Cut the Rope: Magic[edit]

Cut the Rope: Magic was released on December 17, 2015 for both iOS and Android devices.[22] This game sees Om Nom being transported to a storybook world where the levels involve magical elements as well as battling an equally candy-loving wizard. Magic also gives a new transformation element to Om Nom, allowing him to shrink or turn into a completely different animal.[22][23] The game also uses a map element seen in the Android version of Cut the Rope 2.

Level packs[edit]

All games in Cut the Rope series (except for Cut the Rope 2 for Android and Cut the Rope: Magic) group content into "boxes" or "level packs". Boxes in original Cut the Rope contain 25 levels each, boxes in Cut the Rope 2 contain 24 levels each, and boxes in Cut the Rope: Time Travel contain only 15 levels each. Most boxes introduce a new element in the game, challenging the player with a new set of game mechanics. New boxes continue to be added from time to time through updates.

The following table summarizes the number of boxes and levels in each Cut the Rope game, as of December 2015.

Game Number of boxes Levels per box Achievements Total levels Total Stars Total Stars with Superpowers
Cut the Rope 17 25 76 (with Candy Feast & Candy Flick) 425 1275 1700
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift 1 25 11 25 75 -
Cut the Rope: Experiments 8 25 28 200 600 800
Cut the Rope: Time Travel 11 15 42 165 495 660
Cut the Rope 2 7 24 25 168 504 -
Cut the Rope: Magic 5 varies (at least 15) 5 98 294 -

Reception[edit]

Cut the Rope
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 93/100[24]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 9/10[25]
GameSpot 8/10[26]
IGN 9/10[27]
Awards
Publication Award
Apple Inc. Apple Design Award 2011[28]
BAFTA British Academy Video Games Awards 2011[29]
Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Readers' Choice Award 2012[30]
Webby Award Webby Awards People's Voice 2013[31]
Game Developers Conference Game Developers Choice Awards 2010[32]

In addition to its commercial success, Cut the Rope was very well received by critics. As of October 2014, the aggregator website Metacritic lists a score of 93 (out of 100) based on 14 reviews, a rating of "universal acclaim".[24] IGN has praised the game for having "the addictive qualities of Angry Birds – great puzzles, near-perfect use of touch controls, and cute personality".[27] Gamespot has described it as "fresh, challenging, gorgeous, and highly entertaining”.[26] Jon Mundy of Pocket Gamer was equally positive, calling it "bright, imaginative, and supremely polished".[33]

At the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (2010), Cut the Rope won in the "Best Handheld Game" category, beating such prominent contesters as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and God of War: Ghost of Sparta, which debuted on PSP that year.[32] At WWDC 2011, Cut the Rope won an Apple Design Award for the iOS platform.[28] In March 2011, it won the 7th British Academy Video Games Awards in the "Handheld" category and a BaFTA Award, the first iOS game to do so.[34]

Cut the Rope: Experiments reached an aggregate Metacritic score of 85 out of 100,[35] Cut the Rope: Time Travel — a score of 84,[36] and Cut the Rope 2 — a score of 81.[37]

Comic and merchandise[edit]

In July 2011, ZeptoLab and comics publisher Ape Entertainment announced a comic book series to be published as a stand-alone app. The comics tell the backstory of the candy-eating monster Om Nom and introduce new characters.[38]

The character Om Nom has become the subject of a viral video,[39] plush toys,[40] and a Mattel Apptivity game.[41]

In August 2014, ZeptoLab and McDonald's Europe announced[42] a multi-market Happy Meal promotional campaign, which featured various Cut the Rope-themed kitchen accessorizes, such as banana splitter and juicer. "Hungry for fruit and fun?" was the key message of the campaign. As part of the promotion, ZeptoLab also released the game called Cut The Rope - Hungry for Fruit. It is available exclusively for McDonald’s Happy Studio app and website.


Web series adaption[edit]

Om Nom Stories
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) None
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28
Production
Running time 1.5 minutes
Production company(s) Zeptolab
Toonbox Good Animation Studio
Release
Original network CITV (United Kingdom only)
Original release December 6, 2011 – present
External links
Watch the episodes

Om Nom Stories is a web series on Zeptolab's YouTube channel which also aired on CITV in the UK. It revolves around Om Nom's life out of the game. It is based on 3 games in the series: the original, Cut the Rope: Time Travel & Cut the Rope 2. The original, as well as the first and last episodes of Time Travel, combines live action and animation, while the rest are entirely animated.

List of episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011-2013)[edit]

# Title Original upload date Views as of 30 November 2015 (millions)
0 "Original Episode" December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09) 31.55
A user stops playing Cut the Rope and leaves his tablet, not knowing that Om Nom had came out of the tablet to find some candy to eat. Just then, a cat in the house finds Om Nom after the bag of groceries he was finding collapses from the shelf, Om Nom runs back inside the tablet, with the cat chasing in hot pursuit.
1 "Strange Delivery" October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) 17.96
A box titled "Feed With Candy" is delivered to the doorstep of a boy named Evan, who is an unseen character throughout the course of the series. He meets Om Nom for the first time.
2 "Bath Time" November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) 13.18
Evan gets Om Nom bathed and cleaned.
3 "Favorite Food" November 15, 2012 (2012-11-15) 12.70
Evan finds out what Om Nom's favourite food is.
4 "Candy Prescription" November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22) 8.54
Om Nom is feeling out-of-sorts one morning. Evan thought he is sick, so he gave all sorts of prescription, but eventually realised that he wanted candy.
5 "Halloween Special" October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31) 14.09
After watching a scary movie, Om Nom gets frightened when he sees a "vampire" at the door, but it turns out to be Evan, who had brought him a bag of trick-n-treat.
6 "Magic Tricks" November 29, 2012 (2012-11-29) 17.57
Evan performs some magic tricks for Om Nom. This includes a magic hat that makes anything thrown inside disappear. Om Nom accidentally disappears inside the hat for a moment while trying to find the candy that was thrown inside the hat, but is later found munching candy at the shelves.
7 "Arts and Crafts" December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) 8.24
Evan tries to draw a painting of Om Nom, but Om Nom is distracted by a butterfly that flies inside. While trying to catch the butterfly, he falls and gets trapped in the canvas, completing the painting.
8 "Candy Can" December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) 10.65
Om Nom is unable to open the candy can that is placed in the shelf. He manages to succeed after trying, but gets himself trapped in the can in turn.
9 "Christmas Special" December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20) 7.64
Om Nom lights up the Christmas tree at night and finds a candy attached at the top. Om Nom tries to get it, in the process scaring Santa, who is delivering presents in the room, and waking up Evan.
10 "Robo Friend" December 27, 2012 (2012-12-27) 7.67
Om Nom encounters a robot while finding candy at the shelf. The robot manages to get the candy for him.

Season 2: Time Travel (2013)[edit]

# Title Original upload date Views as of 30 November 2015 (millions)
11 "Time Travel" April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17) 4.11
A time machine appears in the room, sucking Om Nom into a time vortex.
12 "The Middle Ages" April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17) 9.97
Viking Om Nom tries to get the Candy Sword out of the stone to get a crown but can't. Om Nom comes out of the time vortex, tries to get the Candy on the sword, and pulls it out and gets the crown but gets chased by Viking Om Nom.
13 "The Renaissance" May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04) 6.37
Om Nom comes out and finds a model of the solar system with the candy in the centre. Trying to get the candy, he bumps the balcony where Astronomer Om Nom is, who is trying to discover the solar system, and fell down. When Om Nom gets the Candy, Astronomer Om Nom realises the sun is what the world revolves around.
14 "Pirate Ship" May 18, 2013 (2013-05-18) 5.55
Pirate Om Nom goes treasure hunting on an island but his map rips in half. The other half flies to Om Nom who meets the Pirate. They both dig and find the treasure: a red and yellow piece of Candy.
15 "Ancient Egypt" June 1, 2013 (2013-06-01) 5.38
Om Nom comes out of the vortex, and finds the candy. Just then, Pharroh Om Nom rises from his grave, and chases after Om Nom with the candy.
16 "Ancient Greece" June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15) 5.32
Artist Om Nom had just finished sculpting a female figure dressed as a warrior, with the candy as her shield. The candy falls off, Om Nom comes out and eats it, shocking Artist Om Nom, as the candy is supposed to be used to cover up her body. Om Nom then comes up with various substitutes, until he finally gets the figure's limbs chopped off, much to the delight of Artist Om Nom.
17 "The Stone Age" June 28, 2013 (2013-06-28) 7.95
Om Nom comes out in the Stone Age, where he meets various types of creatures. Prehistoric Om Nom saves him just in time. Om Nom then prepares a red and yellow candy for Prehistoric Om Nom in the cave, who finds it tasty.
18 "Disco Era" August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08) 7.14
Om Nom engages with Disco Om Nom in the dance floor, and tries to dance along with him.
19 "The Wild West" December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) 2.53
Om Nom meets Sheriff Om Nom, who thinks he is the wanted criminal, for the first time in the Wild West.
20 "Home Sweet Home" December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) 4.75
Om Nom tries to find the candy in the time vortex, passing by several obstacles through the various ages. If he eats the candy he will be able to return home. Waking up from the whole experience after sleeping on a history textbook, he is appalled to find the crown from the Middle Ages he comes out of sitting next to him.

Season 3: Unexpected Adventure (2013-2014)[edit]

# Title Original upload date Views as of 30 November 2015 (millions)
21 "Unexpected Adventure" December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13) 3.39
Trying to stop the spiders from stealing his candies, Om Nom gets caught by the rope of the air balloon they are using, dragged across the city through the park, junkyard and dam, and eventually fell in the forest. Toss, Blue and Lick, respectively, made special appearances.
22 "Forest" December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19) 3.80
Om Nom finds two candies on a tree, but is unable to reach the one on the top. Roto, who is picking tomatoes up to his nest where the candy is, picks up Om Nom, who disguises himself as a green apple using leaves. From there, he eats the candy and follows the candy trail, which will lead him back home.
23 "Sandy Dam" December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24) 4.99
Om Nom gets to the Sandy Dam and finds a candy on a lily-pad, but finds Lick's tongue stuck under a rock. He dives to help her out. In return, Lick helps him get the candy.
24 "Junkyard" January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) 6.25
Om Nom's trail leads him to the junkyard, where he meets Blue. He finds another candy over the gorge, but is unable to reach the other side as the crane he is crossing falls over the edge. Om Nom finds out that Blue can multiply so he stacks him up and collects the candy.
25 "City Park" January 25, 2014 (2014-01-25) 4.94
Just when hope seems lost, Om Nom finds another candy on the park's bridge. With the help of Toss, who initially refuses, he manages to jump up to the bridge and eat the Candy.
26 "Underground" February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08) 8.21
Om Nom falls into the park's vents, where he finds the next candy. When Boo scares him, he falls through a maze through the vents, eventually getting covered in trash, scaring Boo in turn. Om Nom is then able to eat the candy.
27 "Fruit Market" June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) 6.80
After coming out of the vents, Om Nom finds the next candy in the fruit market. He is able to get past the obstacles with the help of Snailbrow and eats the candy.
28 "Bakery" December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08) 9.36
Om Nom tries to catch the candy after falling through the chimney of a bakery, but it lands on the bakery's toque. Ginger appears, and sets the chairs and shelf on fire. When water from the shelf spills, Ginger starts to shrink, so Om Nom scoops him up with a spoon and Ginger helps him collect the Candy.
29 "TBC" 2015 (2015) N/A
Om Nom can be seen dancing along on the bakery's shelf in the next episode.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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