updated 08:00 pm EST, Wed February 22, 2012
Popular game features HD graphics, mouse play
The popular iOS game Cut the Rope is now available in a Mac App Store version for desktops and laptops that features high-resolution graphics, new layouts to accommodate widescreen monitors, new game mechanics to enable use of either a mouse or trackpad in gameplay, and a low price relative to many games on the MAS. The Mac version is the first time the game has come to any desktop platform, says creator ZeptoLab.
The game begins with players receiving a mysterious package that contains an alien named Om Nom who needs to be fed candy. Players must strategically cut ropes in order to collect bonuses and get the candy into Om Nom's mouth. Graphics have been adjusted for monitors up to 2560x1440 resolution and a landscape orientation, and some levels have incorporated longer reaction times for desktop gameplay. The game has also been adapted for use with mouses and trackpads, with players now clicking (or click-and-dragging) to cut the rope.
In another adjustment, players can opt to use Game Center for score-keeping, leaderboards and achievements. In addition to iOS, the original game and its spin-offs are available on Android (all smartphone devices and some tablets) as well as on the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet. The company says more platforms will be added later this year.
Cut the Rope for Mac costs $5 and requires OS X 10.5 or higher -- but because it is a Mac App Store exclusive at present, players must have 10.6.8 or higher in order to buy it. The game features 250 levels and 10 level boxes, and like the iOS version will be periodically updated with new levels for free. Hidden bonus levels are unlocked when players get gold stars on each normal level in a set.