Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift Mini-Review
'Tis the season of giving! ZeptoLab and Chillingo have left a present in your virtual stocking in the form of the aptly named free release of Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift.
Om Nom is back, redelivered to you in the winter in a holiday gift box. With 25 new levels and a total of 75 stars to collect, you are tasked with maneuvering a hard candy on a string in hopes you can land the candy in Om Nom's mouth, feeding the cute little monster for another day.
The new Christmas-themed levels add a new element to the original mix. The first thing you'll notice is the environment: the box is painted with holiday decals and the ropes have delightful little lights strung along them. But the game-changing addition is stockings, which borrow from Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem's pipe mechanic. Dropping the candy into one stocking has the candy pop out of the related stocking, sometimes identifying different paths by different colored fabric. The trick, however, is in the velocity. The candy will fly out of the next stocking at the same speed it traveled through the first.
Nearly all of the levels utilize the new stocking mechanic in tandem with bubbles (which float the candy upward) and air-blowers (to move the candy while within a bubble). Quick-timing is your best friend here, and while the game goes quickly it provides enough challenge to feel satisfying.
Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift also comes with its own GameCenter achievements as well as Crystal support (Chillingo's own achievement/leaderboard system accessible in-game) which are separate from the main Cut The Rope game.
Fans of the original will love this expansion, and for those who've never played this is a great place to start - and it's free.