Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift 2011 is here

Publisher Chillingo and developer ZeptoLab have released an update to their holiday-themed version of the popular physics puzzler with new levels and added extras to make it worthy of any Cut the Rope fan.

Cut the Rope, one of the hottest smartphone games, just got an update to the free standalone holiday version for both the iPhone and iPad (universal) featuring new challenges and holiday-themed levels.

Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift
Each level features the Christmas tree background, and adds new stockings that teleport candy. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Certain apps have staying power on the top-10 list at the iTunes App Store and Cut The Rope offers just the right mix of challenging physics-based gameplay, family-friendly graphics, and tons of levels to explore to keep it near the top.

Just like last year's Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, the 2011 version helps you get into the holiday spirit. Developed by ZeptoLab, the game comes with 25 new levels, holiday-themed obstacles, and a new Rocket level at the end to add to the fun. There's also a bonus feature that lets you make greeting cards by adding the game's mascot, Om Nom, to images from your iPhone image library.

Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift (free) comes with 25 holiday-themed levels to explore. Each level features holiday themed backgrounds with Christmas trees, and even the ropes themselves have been made to look like strings of lights. In later levels, new holiday stockings let you drop candy into one stocking, then watch it shoot out of the another to add to the challenge.

Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift
Jessica Dolcourt was a good sport and posed with Om Nom for a greeting card. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

As an added bonus, ZeptoLab has added a greeting card maker so you can add Cut the Rope art to your images. Start by snapping a photo or choosing one from your iOS image library. Once you're satisfied with the image, you can browse through a smallish pallet of Cut the Rope art including various poses of Om Nom, along with other holiday-themed art like bells, presents, Santa hats, and a few more. The extra photo enhancer is a lot of fun, but lacks a resizing feature for the art making it crucial to take your pictures at just the right distance to make it possible to pose with Om Nom. Still, as a free holiday-themed extra, we think people will have fun with the Greeting Card maker.

The game also acts as an advertisement for the other games in the franchise, letting you purchase the original Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments through in-app purchases.

Overall, Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift is a worthy addition to the popular franchise with new levels to explore and added features that will be fun for any fan of the game. Unfortunately, the holiday-themed version is only available for iOS devices at this time.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.