You Have to Burn the Rope

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You Have to Burn the Rope
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Developer(s)Kian Bashiri
Platform(s)Adobe Flash
ReleaseApril 2008
Genre(s)Platform game
Mode(s)Single-player

You Have to Burn the Rope is a 2008 flash game developed by Swedish game developer Kian Bashiri under the moniker "Mazapán". The game was a finalist for the Innovation Award at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.[1] and received a considerable amount of "Internet buzz" for its humorous gameplay at the time of its release.

Gameplay[edit]

You Have to Burn the Rope is a platform game in which the player must guide a character through a comically short level through the very simple winning conditions of the game are humorously summarized as text on the walls. At the end of the level, an enormous "Grinning Colossus" awaits the player, shooting him with lasers coming out of his eyes, though they don't kill the player, only temporarily incapacitate them. To beat the Colossus, the player must touch one of the torches on the wall and use it to burn the rope attaching a chandelier to the ceiling, dropping it on the Colossus' heads. The character can throw axes which lower the Grinning Colossus' health bar. However, the health bar regenerates too fast for the player to drain it completely.

At the end there is a short section of credits which includes the original song "Now You're A Hero", composed by Henrik Nåmark.[2] The entirety of the game is often shorter than the credits song itself, which runs for 2:13. The current speedrun world record is tied by users "i_o_l" and "CrystalineMind" at 26s 533ms.[3]

Reception[edit]

You Have to Burn the Rope was a finalist for the Innovation Award at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.[4]

Joystiq praised the game for its "stunning character design, addictive gameplay, and breathtaking soundtrack," calling the game "a smörgåsbord of top-notch writing, programming, and design".[5][6]

Dan Hopper of Best Week Ever said "You Have To Burn The Rope Is By Far The Greatest Online Game I Have Ever Played".[7]

In Other Media[edit]

The MMORPG World of Warcraft added a quest titled "You Have to Burn the Ropes" in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011-11-20. "The 11th Annual Independent Games Festival - Finalists & Winners". www.igf.com. Retrieved 2009-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Nåmark, Henrik. "Now You're A Hero". Reachground. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. ^ "You Have to Burn The Rope game page at Speedrun.com". www.speedrun.com. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  4. ^ 2011-11-20. "The 11th Annual Independent Games Festival - Finalists & Winners". www.igf.com. Retrieved 2009-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Flash game most likely to become internet meme phenomenon: YHTBTR". www.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  6. ^ "You Have to Burn the Rope: Behind the Music". www.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  7. ^ "Best Week Ever » Blog Archive » You Have To Burn The Rope Is By Far The Greatest Online Game I Have Ever Played". www.bestweekever.tv. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  8. ^ You Have to Burn the Ropes http://www.wowhead.com/quest=30327

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