‘Cut the Rope: Time Travel’ turns Om Nom into Marty McFly

cuttheropebanner

Let’s take a trip back in time, back to the distant year of 2010. Cut the Rope made it’s debut on iOS, introducing the physics based game that would eventually be found on the home screen of millions of phones and be responsible for a shocking amount of hours wasted. Cut the Rope gave players plenty of levels, cleverly designed challenges, and stars to collect. Now it has added a new element, which is introduced thanks to the new premise of a time-traveling Om Nom: A second hungry monster looking to gobble up candy. It doesn’t shift the gameplay too much, but it does send you back to a game that hasn’t gotten a new installment in two years and makes us remember exactly how much fun it was back when it first came out.

IMG_0359If you’ve played Cut the Rope before – and let’s be honest, you probably have – then there isn’t a whole lot to explain about how Cut the Rope: Time Travel works. The new subtitle doesn’t change the core gameplay. It’s your job to get pieces of candy into the mouths of your hungry monsters by navigating the obstacles and objects that exist within the physics-based level structure. The biggest change is requiring you to do this task twice now that Om Nom is being joined by his ancient ancestors who have collected candy hung from rope for generations.

Aside from the addition of a partner that needs feeding on each level, there are some additional elements to the level designs that players can interact with as they move the candy from it’s starting location and into the mouth of the green gobblers. Chains can lock up candy and require a blade to chop in to; a freeze button can stop the movement on screen and completely halt the momentum of an otherwise off track piece; bombs send anything in its radius flying; and bubbles will gently float candy upward. These elements are introduced gradually and integrated into bigger challenges as the game goes along. They are never too brain melting, but will definitely leave you scratching your head from time to time as you try to decipher how it all works together. Level design is as sharp as ever, requiring players to make smart decisions to get the candy to their monsters and even smarter ones to collect all three stars along the way.

Cut the Rope Time TravelThe big appeal of Cut the Rope: Time Travel, apart from giving players a new batch of levels of one of the most beloved mobile game franchises around, is the level designs based on different eras of history. The game takes you to the prehistoric era first, where you’ll see the Cro-Magnon version of Om Nom with a bone atop his head. You’ll also move around time to visit the Renaissance, ancient Egypt, visit a maritime pirate ship, and check out the lifestyle of the Greeks. The gameplay changes minimally throughout this, as new elements are introduced, but sadly they don’t related directly to the era you’ve traveled to. It would have been nice to see a little more done to make the gameplay a little more representative of the time-specific level themes, but hey, it’s still a heck of a lot of fun.

Cut the Rope was a huge success for a reason: The game is simple enough to pick up and play at any time but demands enough of a players attention to ever keep it from feeling like a mindless romp. There isn’t a level in Cut the Rope: Time Travel that doesn’t require players to make a decision, learn a new function, or manipulate the environment to create the desired result. It’s a game that requires some sort of focus and understanding while you play, but still maintains its game-y appeal by never asking too much of it’s players. Even when it does hit that rare point of feeling too challenging, it lets players “cheat” their way through it with a limited use superpower option. Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a game that never lulls you with repetition and never makes you want to take a hammer to your mobile device out of frustration. It’s a cute, fun, occasionally difficult game that will have you saying “just one more” after every level. If you’ve played the Cut the Rope franchise before, you’ll love this one as much as the last. If you haven’t, this is just as good a place to start as any.

You can download Cut the Rope: Time Travel for the iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fires, and Nook tablets. Download links are on the Zeptolab website

Cars

In Moab, Jeep isn’t just having fun off-road; it’s planning its future

Every year, Jeep travels to the Moab Easter Safari to unveil a handful of concept cars. Some are based on production models, while others are classic rigs upgraded with modern components. It's fun, but the company is also planning its…
Home Theater

The best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.
Gaming

Jump on your hog and use our guide to fast traveling in Days Gone

Days Gone has a large open world set in the Pacific Northwest, with the main means of travel being Deacon's motorcycle. Fast travel exists, but it's not as simple as it is in some other open world games. Here's what you need to know.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.
Health & Fitness

Google’s redesigned Fit activity tracker is now an iOS app

Google Fit has landed for iOS. The activity tracker offers the same clean design that arrived with the major revamp of the Android version a year ago, with features such as Move Minutes and Heart Points also included.
Mobile

Stunning photo shows Honor 20 will get the full Moschino designer treatment

Honor will launch the Honor 20 on May 21, at an event taking place in London. A special Moschino version will also be revealed, potentially with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.
Mobile

Leak says Huawei will supply 5G equipment to the U.K., but with a caveat

A leak from the U.K.'s National Security Council says Huawei has been approved to supply certain 5G infrastructure equipment, but not the core components related to secure aspects of the network.
Mobile

Smash your carrier shackles with the best unlocked phones

If you want the freedom to switch carriers at will or you prefer to get your phone directly from the company that makes it, you'll want to buy an unlocked smartphone. These are the best unlocked phones you can buy in the U.S.
Mobile

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.
Android

Here's how much it will cost to buy the Galaxy S10 5G, and when it releases

Samsung announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show, as it will be the first 5G-ready smartphone to hit the market.
Mobile

Verizon reveals 20 new cities that will get its 5G network in 2019

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it has also begun deploying mobile 5G. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network, including when it will be in your town.
Mobile

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

Communicating with Google Assistant can be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of fun questions and commands to add a little entertainment to your oft-rigid conversation. Here are some of our favorites.
Mobile

Protect your gadget with our rundown of the best iPhone 6S cases and covers

If you’ve been wondering what kind of stylish cover or protective case is still available for the iPhone 6S, take a step inside and look at our top picks for the best iPhone 6s cases. From style to protection, we've got you covered.
Computing

George Clooney and Microsoft’s TrialWatch hopes to put a spotlight on injustice

Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice unveiled the TrialWatch app Thursday during an event at Columbia University — a new tool in CFJ’s ongoing effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe.