I managed to grab Burn the Rope while it was free the other day. Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? You can probably see where I’m going with this.
Version 1.3.1 came out recently and it’s back up to 59p, but - on the plus side - Burn the Rope is worth each and every one of those 59 pennies.
Burn the Rope is one of the few games I’ve reviewed recently where the more I’ve played it, the more I’ve enjoyed it. It tends to be the other way about; ‘Yeah, that’s an ok-ish idea, but I’m bored now.’
Each of the 100+ levels in Burn the Rope consists of a network of ropes. You start each level by lighting a section of rope with a tap of the screen, and you simply have to burn as much as possible.
The twist is that the flame can only travel upwards, so you have to constantly spin your iPhone around like an idiot in order to keep the rope burning. If you don't, the flame dies. It’s not necessarily the kind of game you’ll want to play on a crowded train, but it is a lot of fun.
However, if you torch a coloured bug, the flame adopts its colour and can subsequently burn that colour of rope - as well as the good old brown stuff. If a flame reaches a different colour of rope (purple flame vs red rope, for example), it goes out.
This probably sounds like fairly simple stuff, and it is at heart, but pretty soon you’ll find yourself in levels where you’ve got half a dozen little flames all going at once, with multiple colours to consider.
There’s a minimum percentage of rope that must be burned in order to progress. Hitting the minimum gets you a bronze medal, but there are silver and gold medals up for grabs too. They don’t really serve any purpose, but some people (er, like me) won’t settle for anything less than Au.
As the game progresses it becomes increasingly challenging. It also introduces new gameplay elements and bugs, such as pairs of linked electro thingies, and spiders. There’s plenty to get stuck into here.
Big Blue Bubble promises more levels soon, and there’s even more bang for your buck with Puzzle of the Day. Each day you can download, play and rate a custom level designed by a random.
- Simple but highly effective idea
- Lots of levels
- Variety of game-changing bugs
- Uhm… it’s fairly tough, I guess
- Fellow commuters will think you're a knob
Summary: Burn the Rope takes a stupidly simple idea and throws in lots of interesting twists to hold your interest throughout the scores of levels. It’s pretty freakin’ good, man.
Developer: Big Blue Bubble
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.