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I liked Cut the Rope on my iPod Touch, and was hoping it would take a hint from Angry Birds and transition to the web for playing online on my computer. Unfortunately, it took the wrong hint.

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Cut the Rope (playable here) is a simple puzzle game that involves – what else? – cutting ropes. Why are you cutting ropes? To get a piece of candy to Omnom, a cute little green monster with a sweet tooth. The controls are really well translated and I had no trouble getting into the game quickly. It’s also free to play which is nice.

Well, almost.

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Like Angry Birds and it’s ties to Google’s Chrome browser, you’re limited to the first two sets of levels unless you play in Internet Explorer. I wasn’t bothered personally by the Angry Birds’ browser tie-in because I was already using Chrome. Some people I know who weren’t, though, were forced to install and run Chrome just to play the game, which is a little obtuse. It’s not unlike installing Steam, Impulse or Origin, but it’s just a marketing push for on Microsoft (and earlier Google’s) part. You’re not going to use a browser you don’t like (similar to some people’s feelings on EA’s Origin), but unlike Angry Birds I don’t think CTR has enough appeal to overcome that. Time will tell, though. This may be the new way or marketing casual games in the future. If so, I’m not all for it myself. Is anyone else bothered by this?

5 Responses to Cut the Rope (Web) Opinion

  • z-sturgess

    I just shared this on my blog to make a point: http://blog.sturgessweb.com/
    That’s my way of saying I’m bothered by this too!

  • powerrave

    Internet Explorer, the program to download a decent/good web browsing program.
    Yep… And I think I might be able to fool this game using the browser called Lunascape, since I can select when engine it uses for what site or something. Didn’t dig to far into these options, but if it works, you can play this game in a better browser. =]

    Now I also wonder (Since you named Steam and Origin… And something I don’t know so won’t pull that in here)… How can people actually like Origin in any way? It’s yet another mess that EA tries to call good. What are the flaws that make this digital game store crap? Well, if you buy a game there, you only own it for 6 months or something. After that, you have to buy the game again. Then there is also the limit on number of installs. Used to be 5, but heard from Den that it was lowered to 3. So if there is some trouble and you would have to reinstall it for a 4th time, too bad, buy the game again.
    How much of a waste of money do you want something to become? And this is where Steam is already way better. Buy a game, it’s yours and you don’t need to buy it again. No limited time of ownership, no limited amount of installs. It’s just as it’s supposed to be. You buy it, it’s yours.

    • z-sturgess

      I cannot agree more with this. Other than the occasional downtime and a bit of in-app clumsiness, Steam is a wonderful platform, dare I provoke argument by saying Valve’s best creation?

      • powerrave

        That I do want to agree with. The source engine they made is also pretty good if you ask me.
        There is just 1 thing that Valve should really do. Upgrade their Steam servers. Really… With the big sales like the last Christmas sale, the servers keep getting overloaded. It’s insane.

        • z-sturgess

          On this topic, they are down again. I’mma trying to get on with some work whilst the distraction isn’t there!!!