Small puzzle games like Cut The Rope 2 challenge the player not just to beat each level, but to achieve the highest score possible. This kind of simple challenge can quickly turn into a monstrous task as you're faced with a number of obstacles preventing you from bringing the tasty sweet treat to Om Nom, along with obtaining enough stars to beat each level. Cut The Rope 2 isn't entirely original in it's layout, but the cute, adorable design, music and game play make this sequel absolutely addicting.

We begin Cut The Rope 2 with Om Nom hoarding a bunch of yummy peppermints. Suddenly they're taken away by a group of evil spiders who float away with them all in their hot air balloon. Now it's up to the green monster to get back all of his sweets before the spiders gobble them all up, and we don't want that to happen.

Cut The Rope 2 is very similar in its game play to Where's My Water? when it pertains to the main goal, which is giving Om Nom enough stars and the coveted peppermint in his belly. Thankfully there's no time limit, or else this game would easily get on everybody's nerves. The first few sub levels are simple to go through as the finger-pointing tutorial instructs new users how to properly play.

Did I mention that the characters that help you out along the way are absolutely adorable? Each one has a useful trait about them that helps your chunky green monster reach its destination. The character designs are just so cute, you feel bad for a few of them as you knock them over, or chuck them off the screen. It's okay little critters, it's all for the greater peppermint good! And yes, Om Nom expresses how he feels when he doesn't get his hands on a peppermint treat. His face turns into a big fat pouty frown and you have to start the whole sub-level over again.

Earlier in this review I mentioned the general layout of the game and the design of it all. Cut The Rope 2 is shiny, sweet and soft around the edges, whether that be a little patch of land or the shiny balloons suspending the sweet peppermint. Cut The Rope 2 contains the same adorable aesthetic feel that the previous game has, making it look as bright and cheerful as possible. When you combine that with the soft, surprisingly calming music, it sinks you into this joyful, animated little world that distracts you from a gross rainy day happening outside your window.

Cut The Rope 2 is a great time waster, but in the best way possible. You can get lost in the number of hours you'll spend trying to get enough points and stars for every little level that you swiftly go through. The cheerful little world of the game and the small obstacles you defeat in each level will keep you hooked. Welcome back, Om Nom! We've missed you!


App Store Link: Cut The Rope 2 for iPhone & iPad | By ZeptoLab UK Limited | Price: $0.99 | Version: 1.0 | 84.4 MB | Rating: 4+

9.5 out of 10 arcade sushi rating