Cut the Rope is a physics-based puzzle video game for the iOS, Android and DSiWare.The objective of each of the game's levels is to maneuver a piece of candy into the mouth of a cartoon monster, called Om Nom, and also to pick up up to three stars per level by touching them with the candy.All you have to do is cut the rope to let the candy drop into Om Nom's mouth... at first. Later levels provide bubbles, automatically-appearing rope, sliding rope as well as hazards in the form of spikes, spiders and electrical traps. Its direct sequel, Cut the Rope: Experiments, builds on prior mechanics in the same vein, adding stuff like ropes attached to suction cups. A third game, Cut the Rope: Time Travel, adds the challenge of feeding two Om Noms. A fourth game, Cut the Rope 2, introduces some new friends to help Om Nom get his candy.Despite sounding similar, this game is completely unrelated to You Have to Burn the Rope, other than the fact that both games involve rope and breaking it.
Tropes used for this game:
A Winner Is You: The ending is pretty much bare bones, showing Om Nom on top of a massive mountain of candy and the words "Thank You For Playing".
Bandit Mook: The spiders, sort of. They will try to steal the candy once they reach the end of the rope they're on (which is attached to the candy). To prevent them from doing so, cut the rope they're on.
Excuse Plot: You have a monster, and he's hungry for candy.
Evil Laugh: The spiders do one when they nab your candy.
Gotta Catch 'Em All: The stars. Three of them are in each level, and the path to getting them is less than easy...
There's also the pictures. You have to click on suspicious parts of the background to find them, and those are very subtle.
On Cut the Rope 2 there are clovers that require special power ups to get to, as well as medals for completing levels a certain way (earning over a certain ammount of points, collecting only one or two stars, not using certain tools, etc.). Getting them unlocks bonus levels.
Gravity Screw: Present in the Cosmic Box, and also a few levels in the Magic Box.
The first episode of season 2 (episode 11) kicks off the "Time Travel" arc. Starting with episode 12, the episodes are fully animated. And we get to meet some of Om Nom's ancestors. D'awwwwwwwwwwwwwww... In the last episode of the season, he finally returns home. The last part of the episode shows him on a live-action background.
And in Cut the Rope 2, Om Nom meets some new friends (known as the "Nommies"), who also feature in season 3 of Om Nom Stories:
Roto, a flying creature
Lick, a creature who can make tightrope-like bridges using his tongue
Blue, a creature that can make copies of himself
Toss, a creature who can throw almost anything using the spring on top of her head
Boo, a creature who likes to swing on ropes, ride in bubbles and scare Om Nom.
Snailbrow, introduced in the "Fruit Market" update, a snail-like creature with one eye who can give Om Nom rides.
Spikes Of Doom: Present in many, many levels. Don't let the candy touch these - it will crack, and Om Nom will be sad.
Spin-Off: Zepto Lab, the creators of the game, made a series of short subjects called Om Nom Stories. As of this writing, 27 episodes (in three seasons, each corresponding to a game in the Cut the Rope series), a pilot, and two "Behind the Scenes" reels have been posted. Here is the first episode.
Timed Mission: Several of them, especially those where the stars disappear after a short time.
Also, if there's a spider involved, you have to get rid of it (by cutting the rope it's on) before it gets to the candy, otherwise, cue the spider grinning as it leaps off the screen with the candy, followed by Om Nom's sad face.
Time Stands Still: On Cut the Rope: Time Travel there's a "freeze time" button in some levels.