burn the rope

It's always nice to see popular, formerly iOS-exclusive games make their way to Android, a platform which, despite recent improvements, still needs all the help it can get where games are concerned. Therefore, we were delighted when Big Blue Bubble, a critically acclaimed iPhone developer, released its first Android game: Burn the Rope.

Update 7/2/11: Big Blue Bubble released Burn The Rope+, which is an ad-free version of the game for those who don't like the extra permissions in the original game that are required for in-app purchases.

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Burn the Rope has you, well, burning as much of a rope as you possibly can. However, the fire won't burn downward; it'll only go up. As a result, you'll be forced to tilt and turn the puzzle if you don't want the flame to die out (and trust me, you don't).

To add to the fun, some levels involve various critters that crawl along the rope. Depending on the type of bug, the effects on the flame could be as simple as a change in color or as complex as a web bridge, which will allow access to new parts of the level.

Best of all, the app costs precisely $0. If you want to grab it, simply scan or click the widget below - but be warned that it may take a while to download, as the file is 29MB.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • ParrisP

    Ok so why is this not compatible with the Droid Charge?! I have seen this with a few apps lately.

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    I'm not installing anything that needs SMS send/receive permissions (unless it's actually an SMS app).

    Don't care if it's from a reputable developer and for in-app purchases. If we say it's okay for games to have that permission then soon they'll all have it and we won't know the good ones from the bad ones.

    (It's bad enough that almost all apps now can read your phone identity, etc.)

    I don't see why they can't use the Android Market, and if they want a version for people who don't have access to that then make a separate SMS version. As I live in a country where Android Market works great, they have absolutely no reason for needing SMS permission on my phone.

    • David Ruddock

      You're telling a developer to fragment their application into regional editions? That's just not going to happen, ever.

      You give reputable software general runtime permissions on your computer all the time, isn't it *possible* that software is doing something without your explicit permission?

      As much as I appreciate the possibility than an SMS permission on a *malicious* app might cause you embarrassment or an unexpected texting bill, I think your concerns are bordering on tin-foil-hattery.

      If a major developer pulled something like this, don't you think people would find out immediately and that company would be shuttered in a matter of weeks (and probably get sued, as well as get criminal charges or a huge regulatory fine)? I certainly do.

      • Jeff Simpson

        But by that logic, if it's a major + reputable developer, why would they be asking for SMS/MMS access in the first place without disclosing what they are doing with it? I could almost see a new small-time developer accidentally including access they don't really need, but not a real company.

        • David Ruddock

          See my response to your other comment.

      • http://www.exonerated.net Jason

        It also makes it so you cannot install the application on a motorola Xoom. This is a bad move for the developer.

  • kjplaysguitar

    Not seeing it on the marketplace on my htc thunderbolt as well, what gives?

  • izone

    Will give this one a try for sure since it's also $0 hehe.

  • Jeff

    Just downloaded now on my 4G Tbolt, scanned barcode and found it in market immediately. Download took less than a minute.

  • Jeff Simpson

    Is this app legit? It wants a LOT of permissions that it shouldn't need.

    send SMS messages
    receive SMS
    read SMS or MMS
    edit SMS or MMS

    • David Ruddock

      This is for SMS-based carrier payment for in-app purchasing in many European and Asian countries without Google Checkout or direct carrier billing access in the Market.

  • Ashish Raj

    I'm not installing it unless they provide the option to move to SD.. 29Mb is just too much for my Evo!! :(

  • Rob

    That SMS permission is going to send a lot of people running. The app is also copy-protected so there's no way to move it to SD card, even if you've rooted your phone. Uninstalled.

  • Matt

    I cant even download it. The Market doesnt seem to like it.

  • John

    Copy protected = uninstalled

  • http://www.bigbluebubble.com Denise Matis

    Hi Everybody,

    The Burn the Rope team at Big Blue Bubble really appreciates your feedback and would like to thank you for bringing these issues to our attention.

    We are currently working on an update for these issues and we will keep you posted as to when the fix will be ready.

    Again, thanks so much for your patience!

  • Steven


    *rolls eyes and installs*

  • John

    Great developer. They quickly released an update to add app2sd and remove SMS permission. Support developers who listen.