App of the Week: 'Cut the Rope: Time Travel'

Did you really think Om Nom didn't have any ancestors? The green candy-munching monster had to come from somewhere, didn't it? As the name suggests, ZeptoLab's "Cut the Rope: Time Travel" takes players on a trip through time, visiting On Nom's distant relatives and helping them get their historic candy fix.

As expected, gameplay is very similar to previous Cut the Rope titles, but ZeptoLabs has added some new features and obstacles to keep things fresh. The biggest change would have to be the addition of a second mouth to feed. Not only will Om Nom be expecting his treats, his various ancestors have a sweet tooth as well. One of the most interesting new features would have to be the time freeze button, which does just what you'd assume, freezing ropes and other swinging objects while stars are free to move.

Now that Om Nom has found this time machine it's no surprise that he'll be traveling to different eras, each of which introduces a new challenge. First up is the Middle Ages, where we first see the time freeze button. That's followed by the Renaissance where players will have to keep an eye for spikes as they retrieve those precious candies. From there its on to a pirate ship, filled with exploding mines and dastardly bouncing platforms. Ancient Egypt will have candies flying through the air and finally, the Stone Age introduces us to Om Nom’s dino ancestors.

If you're a fan of previous Cut the Rope games, or just want some quality puzzles for gaming on-the-go, "Cut the Rope: Time Travel" is a no-brainer. The only gripe I really have is the in-app purchases. At this point I expect to see them in just about every app I download, but Time Travel just won't leave it alone. It may be me, but during my time with the game it seemed like I was reminded to spend more money every few levels. After paying for a game right off the bat, continual pop-ups shouldn't be something you need to deal with.

"Cut the Rope: Time Travel" is avaiable now for $0.99 on iOS and Android devices. Download links can be found below.

Cut the Rope: Time Travel for iPhone

Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD for iPad

Cut the Rope: Time Travel on Google Play

Cut the Rope: Time Travel in the Amazon Appstore

Cut the Rope: Time Travel for NOOK

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