Cut the Rope is a game that has been out on other devices for just a little over two years before coming to Windows Phone. The game remains true to its predecessor, and includes more content at launch than previous versions. Currently 11 boxes of puzzles are available, each containing 25 levels within.
The game opens with a mysterious package arriving at your door-step. Inside, you find the candy loving Om Nom who needs you to help him collect his delicious candy. Each stage will present you with a path to getting the candy to Om Nom, while collecting up to three stars.
As you progress through the levels you will encounter some new mechanics to help you progress through the more difficult stages. You will earn the ability to change the length of the rope, move the rope along tracks, blow the candy with air, float the candy in bubbles, and even a portal-like mechanic involving magic hats.
Some stages will introduce enemies such as spiders, spiked walls, and electrical current that will destroy your candy before Om Nom can consume it. Most of these obstacles can be easily avoided, and in the case of the spiders you will probably find yourself allowing them to steal your candy for an achievement.
Speaking of achievements, the list is rather straight forward. You will accomplish the majority of the achievements in your quest to capturing 300 stars. You will probably have a few left to grind out if you want, but most of these could even be completed by just playing the game through the rest of the boxes. None of the achievements are glitched at the time of writing, as I was able to complete the full 200G in the time I reviewed this game.
Overall, this is one of the top Windows Phone games available right now. The only issue with the game that I experienced throughout my review play-time was with the move-able rope tracks. I'm not sure if this is due to my large fingers, or an overly generous grab-box for these items, but I found myself having to make longer swipes to cut the rope during some stages with this mechanic present. Sometimes the swipe would register as a grab of the move-able handle, and would move the candy instead of cutting the rope.
Fans of this game from other platforms will feel right at home, and with the addition of Xbox LIVE leaderboards and achievements, this version will entice you to purchase it again. The graphics are some of the best available on the Windows Phone platform at present. The gameplay is great, and it is perfectly suited for those small amounts of time you might get while waiting for a table at a restaurant, or during those boring meetings at work.
The reviewer collected over 300 stars during his time with the game, fed Om Nom lots of candy, allowed the spiders to collect 100 pieces of candy, and completed all of the achievements in the game in approximately 10 hours of game-play.
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