Hoping to expand upon the successes of the first two games, Cut the Rope: Time Travel takes its protagonist little green monster Om Nom on a tour of the historical ages.
Retaining the same gameplay that made Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments so addictively entertaining, can the latest instalment in the series keep players interested?
Cut the Rope: Time Travel retains the same simple yet challenging gameplay of its forerunners, asking you to deliver candy to Om Nom by cutting various ropes and overcoming puzzles. In this way, the latest game borrows many features from its previous installments, but introduces a second monster to feed, and therefore additional candy to manoeuvre.
The duo of monsters will mean that you need to carefully plan how to feed the pair, utilising many multitasking gestures, simultaneously cutting ropes and pushing buttons.
Taking place across six time periods, Cut the Rope: Time Travel offers levels from the Middle Ages to the Stone Age, stopping in Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt along the way too to visit Om Nom’s ancestors.
Each time period adds increasingly complex new gameplay mechanics like bombs, portals, and the ability to freeze time and employ movement mimickers to make the levels progress and enhance the intricacy. These coupled with the old mechanics definitely make the game feel fresh and revitalised.
However, despite the new additions, anyone familiar with Cut the Rope will quickly become accustomed to the supposedly increased difficulty. The 90 new levels can be overcome very quickly, with three star scores fairly easily achievable. In fact, most of the new levels can be completed within a minute, with little more than a head scratch of frustration.
With each new time period, Cut the Rope: Time Travel introduces a new Om Nom ancestor. The game look identical to the first two games so is as visually appealing and well animated as originally presented.
Despite the new characters though, all the Om Nom varieties behave in the same way to the original little green monster. They are adorable and look great, but bring no change to the gameplay, which is a little disappointing.
The background music doesn’t seem dissimilar to the original two games, only adding a culturally different tone the memorable original soundtrack for each level. The sound effects are endearing, especially as one monster will fall asleep after you’ve treated it to its favourite candy, sure to appeal to Om Nom fans of all ages.
Maintaining some of the best parts of the original two games, Cut the Rope: Time Travel’s new range of features makes it an enjoyable addition to the series. However, it won’t take adults long to complete due to its low level of complexity, but children will enjoy the colourful animations and gameplay features. Definitely worth playing, but don’t expect it to keep you amused for too long.