Om Nom is back in this new version of the classic Cut the Rope. This time around, the game is completely free, but with the addition of an energy system that (supposedly) is designed to frustrate you enough to pay for its removal, along with lifting the ads. However, in classic fashion, turning off your connection will remove the ads nonetheless. As an added bonus, running with no connection will also allow you to continue playing even though your energy (keys, in this instance) is at zero. Tough luck for ZeptoLab, great news for us!
For the uninitiated, Cut the Rope is a physics based puzzle game. In every level you will need to guide a piece of candy into the protagonist's mouth. The candy is usually hanged by one or more ropes, which can be cut off by swiping. Cutting the right ones at the right times will create the right trajectories for the candy to pick up the three stars that lie about and finally land in Om Nom's belly. Getting the stars is not necessary, but they add a lot to the score.
Solving the level is a fairly easy task, but getting one, two or all three stars will require more sophisticated approaches that often involve dexterity and timing. This means that Cut The Rope is not a game for analytic thinkers. Unlike other puzzlers, turn by turn thinking does seldom work here. You either perform your moves in a choreographed manner you you're back to square one.
That's not to say that Cut the Rope is a tedious experience. As long as you stick with simply solving the levels, you will discover enough variety of gameplay. For example, in some levels there will be bubbles that catch the candy then float upwards. In later levels you will have air bags that you can use to control the swing et caetera.
I admit. I haven't played the original Cut the Rope, but as it turns out collecting all three stars of a level is often extremely tricky. That's why there are three types of help that can only be obtained with money, money, money. There hints, which essentially solve an entire level, the kinetic superpower, which turns the level into an enclosed environment and allows you to push the candy in any direction, and finally there are the magnetic stars (which are self explanatory).
Considering the offline infinite plays bug, This version of Cut the Rope is essentially free. However, removing the energy system and ads is cheaper than a coffee, and you should do it if you like the game enough to care about advancing the levels. The graphics and sounds are cute, and there are enough brain exercises to satisfy anybody.