Developer: ZeptoLab UK Limited
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

IMG_0391Om Nom, everyone’s favorite candy consuming monster, has been on some wild journeys. Whether he’s just learning the ropes, (see what I did there?) experimenting with his abilities, or celebrating the holidays, this little beast has just about seen it all. Or has he? In ZeptoLab’s newest Cut the Rope incarnation, the time-traveling creature finds himself stepping into the past, all in the name of more sugary treats. Is this another totally excellent adventure, or has Om Nom’s sugar rush finally ran out?

It is really hard not to audibly, “AWWW,” at a character like Om Nom. He is adorable beyond all belief in a way that makes My Little Ponies look like hell-raising stallions of the night. Cut the Rope: Time Travel takes the adorability to a higher level because now there are two of the little beasts to satiate. Each era that the player explores unlocks a new breed of candy craver, each with just as big of a sugar tooth as the last. Oddly enough, though there are now two mouths to feed instead of one, it somehow manages to almost be less challenging than previous outings.

IMG_0384Pretty much anyone who has played a prior iteration in the series knows exactly what to expect from the franchise and it doesn’t disappoint, only now things must be done in duplicate. This proves to be far more straightforward than it could be, which probably speaks volumes to the tuning talents of the ZeptoLab team. Despite there being new mechanics ushered in like rockets, winged candy that mirrors movements and even the ability to freeze time, nothings seems out of place or too daunting of a challenge.

If there were two downfalls to the entire experience it would be that the puzzles, though challenging, seemed far simpler than previous installments, and the overall runtime seemed far too brief. Granted, there are still at least a couple hours of brain bending available for the $0.99 purchase, it still seems to lack the meat of prior outings. Complaints aside, if history is any indicator, this will surely be addressed through countless free updates down the road.

Fans of the Cut the Rope experience will certainly not be let down by the most recent time traveling outing. This is very much one of the cases where, “more of the same,” is perfectly acceptable. Don’t even think twice about ponying up for this sweet treat.

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