‘Cut The Rope 2’ Is A Fun, But Predictable Sequel To Keep You Feeding Om Nom [Review]

So close, and yet so far.

So close, yet so far.

Cut the Rope is one of the most popular App Store games of all time, and rightly so. When it launched way back in 2010, it was an original concept. Physics-based puzzlers are all the rage now, but Cut the Rope was one of the first good ones. Since then, ZeptoLab has continually updated the game with new features and levels, including spinoff releases like Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, Cut the Rope: Experiments, and Cut the Rope: Time Travel.

Cut the Rope 2 by ZeptoLab
Category: iOS games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99

The original Cut the Rope has been downloaded over 100 million times, which is insane. That’s why the full-blown sequel has been highly anticipated. And after months of teasing, it’s finally here.

“When we first created Om Nom and Cut the Rope three years ago, our goal was to make a game with which people would feel a strong emotional connection,” said Semyon Voinov, Creative Director and Co-Founder of ZeptoLab. “With Cut the Rope 2, we’ve focused on creating a game experience which would feel almost like an interactive cartoon – with the lively and diverse animations, rich sounds, and unexpected gameplay situations.”

The general concept of the game is the same: Om Nom is hungry, and you must feed him by cutting, you guessed it, ropes to get the candy into his agape mouth. This time around, not only can you move Om Nom in certain scenarios, but new obstacles have been introduced to keep his precious candy at bay. For instance, wooden platforms have to strategically fall into place so that pieces of candy can roll towards Om Nom.

a worthy sequel, but don’t go into it expecting a completely different game

There are 120 levels to play, and there’s a new series of characters called “Nommies” that help Om Nom collect candy. Backdrops include a forest, junkyard, city park, sandy dam and underground setting. I found all that all of these changes kept things interesting during gameplay, but they’re far from revolutionary. There’s enough included to label this a worthy sequel, but don’t go into it expecting a completely different game.

Cut the Rope 2 costs $0.99 for a limited time as a universal download in the App Store. At that price, it’s hard to not recommend. O, and for a little surprise, open the original Cut the Rope. Where did Om Nom go?

Game Name: Cut the Rope 2
The Good: Same fun gameplay from the original with more to offer.
The Bad: The new stuff is fun, but not very exciting.
The Verdict A solid sequel to a very established title that’s an impulse buy over the holidays.
Buy from: App Store

Cult of Mac rating: 4/5

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