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King of Thieves - An Interview With ZeptoLab’s Co-Founder Semyon Voinov

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 23rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ahead of the release of ZeptoLab’s King of Thieves, we were able to ask ZeptoLab’s co-founder, Semyon Voinov, a few questions about the inspiration behind the game and what that means for the Cut the Rope franchise.


148Apps: What was the inspiration behind combining so many familiar genres into one package?
Semyon Voinov (SV): The initial idea was brought up by one of our team members. We created a quick prototype, and suddenly many people around the office were eagerly competing with each other, building their defenses and breaking into the opponent's dungeons. There was plenty of laughter and cursing in the process - and we immediately realized that the game had the most important component for success: it drives emotion!

You can find plenty of games in the App Store with the strategic "attack and defend" gameplay (including the famous Clash of Clans), but our game is vastly different because of the arcade skills-based experience at its core. It’s something we haven't seen in any other games and while building King of Thieves, we discovered why: it's a very challenging type of game to build. It took two years of time, dedication, and extensive testing to create a balanced and highly enjoyable game.

Hands-On With Cut the Rope Developer ZeptoLab's King of Thieves

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 23rd, 2015

Marking quite a departure from ZeptoLab’s past successes, namely the Cut The Rope series, King of Thieves is shaping up to be quite promising. Due for release in February, we were lucky enough to have some time with a preview build to see exactly what it’s all about.

Focused on multiplayer, King of Thieves is best described as part tower defense, part platformer. Your mission is to break into dungeons and steal the opposition’s treasure chest. This requires a certain amount of finesse when it comes to your platforming skills. Controls are fairly simple here, with a series of taps and double-taps being pivotal. You automatically run, with a change of direction only possible when you bounce away from a wall. At first it seems a little awkward, but it turns out to be reasonably effective.

As you’d expect, levels steadily get trickier the further you progress, with up to three stars for the taking depending on how well you perform. There’s a PvP side to things too, with you able to tackle other players' dungeons as well as needing to protect your own. The latter is where things turn more tower defense-like, with it being possible to place turrets and spikes around your dungeon in order to ward off attack. To save your creation, you have to be able to complete it twice to prove it’s possible. Something that may end up testing your own skills as well as other players’ abilities.

So far, King of Thieves is shaping up to be an interesting mixture of puzzle style elements and platforming that’s sure to test your reflexes. My only concern is whether or not it will be able to keep everyone hooked for an extended period of time. There’s the race to be top of the leaderboard and to have the most intricate dungeon, but it’s hard to say just yet whether or not that will keep people hooked for a long time to come.

We’ll be able to see how things unfold once the game goes live worldwide. For now, it’s certainly an interesting combination of genres.

King of Thieves is set for release in February. Of course, we’ll let you know when.

Cut the Rope 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STILL SWEET
It’s a little heavy-handed with some of the in-app purchase suggestions, but Cut the Rope 2 is still quite the delight.
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Cut the Rope 2: Om Nom's Unexpected Adventure Receives its First Trailer, Will Arrive Next Week with 120 Levels

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 13th, 2013

Cut the Rope 2: Om Nom's Unexpected Adventure gets its first gameplay trailer that takes a closer look at the game and its challenges. The game is set to release with 120 levels throughout new locations that take players to a forest, junkyard, city park, sandy dam, and underground. It's scheduled to release next week on December 19 for $0.99.

“With Cut the Rope 2, we’ve taken Cut the Rope to the next level, creating a game that not only does justice to the original, but enhances the experience in every possible way,” said Misha Lyalin, ZeptoLab CEO, in a press release. “It’s literally and figuratively a huge leap for Om Nom as he ventures out into the world for the first time.”

Cut the Rope 2 - Om Nom is Missing, Hopefully Won't Delay the Release of the Game

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 18th, 2013

Cut the Rope 2 is coming soon and we're plenty excited for its release. However, there is a problem as Om Nom seems to be missing. We want to make sure to keep you in the know and to pass along any news as we get it. Right now, the only source of information and clues comes from Om Nom's local newspaper, The Sweet Times. Read it over and see what you can discover!

Pudding Monsters Is Free, Adds 25 New Levels

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 16th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INSTANT PUDDING :: Read Review »

Pudding Monsters has been updated and is now available for free. In the Sky View update, it's your job to help the monsters climb mountains and reach the sky as you play through 25 levels with new gameplay elements. Mr. Powerlifter is a new available monster who has the ability to move mountains, helping you to collect all the available stars. Pudding!

Cut The Rope: Time Travel Is Now Available

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 18th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

What better time than now to begin your time traveling adventures? Cut The Rope: Time Travel is available in the App Store and follows Om Nom, the candy loving monster, as he discovers and uses a time machine to learn about his roots. ZeptoLab will also be expanding on the Om Now Stories animated series to expand on Om Nom's travels through time.

Pudding Monsters Gets New City Tour Level Box

Posted by Andrew Stevens on February 21st, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

Zeptolab has released new content for Pudding Monsters, a level box named City Tour that features 25 new levels and two new types of monsters. Also, after listening to critique, Zeptolab has mentioned that its new and brain-bending gameplay is much more challenging with this update.

Cut the Rope Adds Lantern Box to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 7th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Zeptolab has released an update to the favorite Cut the Rope that includes a new series of levels called the Lantern Box. These new levels, demoed below, have been released to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. It's nice to see a game like this still getting updated.

Pudding Monsters Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on January 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INSTANT PUDDING
Pudding Monsters is the new game from ZeptoLab that has the physical mechanics of fun figured out, it's just the content that needs work.
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Cut the Rope Developer Zepto Lab Reveal Next Game, Pudding Monsters

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 4th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Zeptolab, the studio behind the great Cut The Rope physics puzzler game has announced their next big game, Pudding Monsters. Another puzzle game, but very different from Cut the Rope, Pudding Monsters will be out December 20th.

Updates To Cut The Rope Just Keep On Giving

Posted by Blake Grundman on December 22nd, 2011

They always say that during the holidays it is better to give than to receive.  Cut The Rope developer ZeptoLab seems to have taken that to heart.  To show their unwavering dedication and appreciation to the fans they just released update version 1.6 to the App Store classic, entitled "Buzz Box," completely free of charge.

So over a year after this iOS mainstay debuted it is once again, both literally and figuratively, changing the game.  Here is what you can expect to find in the newest update:

"The award-winning, physics-based puzzler you can’t get enough of introduces Om Nom to a new box filled with 25 exciting levels. The update also introduces a Busy Bee feature with bees that never stop buzzing as they keep moving and stretching the ropes, bringing a challenging new element to the game..."

Just in case you were curious to see how the new "Busy Bee"s will mix things up, check out the trailer below.  For those out there without this installed on every iOS device under the sun, what the heck are you waiting for? We promise that you will not regret it.




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Cut The Rope Launches New Comic Series

Posted by Blake Grundman on December 22nd, 2011

When an iOS game has over 1.6 million unique users every single day, it is pretty safe to say that it might be successful.  One of the very few apps that can boast that kind of statistic would be the run away success Cut The Rope.  Just trying to wrap my brain around the absurdity of that many players in a single day is nigh impossible, so I don't even bother trying to comprehend the game's total download count of over 60 million across the iOS and Android platforms.

So with that many people being invested in the plight of poor little Om Nom, you might have wondered where the little critter came from, what exactly it is, and how it came to love sugary treats.  ZeptoLab decided that the best way to answer this and many more questions was to launch a new comic, explaining his entire origin story.  The series' companion app just launched yesterday on the App Store, with a completely free first issue.

If the first story strikes your fancy, the rest of the episodes will be available for two dollars.  There will also be a full print run of the comic coming next year, so there is a little bit of something for everyone.  Give the first issue a read and let us know if you like it in the comments.

Source: TechCrunch

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Cut the Rope: Experiments Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on August 4th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TESTS WELL
Cut the Rope: Experiments is a new entry in the Cut the Rope series featuring new gameplay mechanics.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 93

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 12th, 2011

You must have control!

On This Episode:

  • Carter speaks to Todd Hamilton of Joypad about their app that turns iPhones and iPod touches into game controllers for PC, Mac, and iPad games, and talks about what could come in the future for games that support Joypad.
  • Carter speaks to Semyon Voinov of ZeptoLab about the game's new Android release, and the content that's been added to the game since its original release.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Todd Hamilton, Joypad
  • Guest: Semyon Voinov, ZeptoLab
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  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


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