Australian Council on Children and the Media

Cut The Rope - ZeptoLab

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This is a multi-level physics based puzzle game. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, gambling app adverts

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Cut The Rope was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Cut The Rope
Developed by: ZeptoLab
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: none
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Cut The Rope contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Season 1 to level 12 and Season 2 to level 7

App description

This is a multi-level physics based puzzle game, in which the player must work out how to get the candy into the frog’s mouth by cutting the ropes and collecting maximum stars in the process.

Reviewers comments

In this game, the player receives a box containing a frog called Om Nom. Om Nom must be fed candy. In each level, the candy is attached to one or more ropes. Three stars also are positioned on the screen. The player must work out how to cut the rope so that the candy falls into the mouth of the frog, picking up as many of the three stars as possible along the way. Each level becomes more difficult, with additional features and challenges introduced periodically, such as bubbles, spiders and balloons. If a player succeeds in feeding the frog, but does not collect all three stars, they can replay the game to improve their score.  If the player fails to feed the frog, they can keep trying. From time to time, the player may be awarded free superpowers to assist – more can be purchased.

This game requires players to analyse the puzzle, consider how any obstacles or other features may help or hinder and how to sequence their actions to achieve the goal. Players learn through trial and error.

In App purchasing

Players can unlock season 3 for $1.99.  Superpowers can be bought for $1.99 to $29.99.  The process to make a purchase requires moving through 3 screens before entering either card/debit card details or gift card number. Where GooglePlay credit already exists, the Google Account password is requested. Parents should be aware that if they enter the password, the player can make more than one purchase. The password remains valid for 30 minutes to continue purchasing, even after the game has been exited and resumed.

Online information

If players like the game on Facebook, they receive an Om Nom drawing as a reward. Players can share on Facebook and invite friends.

Gambling

Small ads appear on screen, which include ads for slots games. To earn free superpowers, the players can install a selection of games, which include simulated gambling games (casino and slots).

Advertising and product placement

Small ads appear on the screen. These may be for products, such as dental care products and books, or for other games, which include slots games and battle style games. Video ads are sometimes presented for other games. In the Google Play store version, the ads can be disabled for free in Options. To earn free superpowers, the players can install a selection of games, which include simulated gambling (casino and slots) and battle games.

Other

There are many cartoons about Om Nom the frog which players can watch and share with friends.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.