Microsoft unwrap Cut the Rope in JavaScript

We’ve already seen Angry Birds and Bejewelled in the Chrome store, but now Microsoft are joining the HTML5 casual games party with a JavaScript port of popular smartphone game Cut the Rope.

The end result is an authentic translation of the game for the web, showcasing some of the best that HTML5 has to offer: canvas-rendered graphics, browser-based audio and video, CSS3 styling and the personality of WOFF fonts.

The making-of video sometimes makes for slightly uncomfortable viewing – it comes across as a somewhat contrived Microsoft advert. So I was surprised to see the Creative Director playtesting it on what appears to be Chrome on OSX in the video

In Microsoft’s defence, it’s worth noting that IE seems to have the fastest 2D canvas implementation, and Visual Studio seems like a capable tool. It’s also really interesting to see Microsoft actively promoting JavaScript as a core language for creating apps in the new touch screen Windows environment, Metro.

But is that enough to justify locking certain levels to IE users? It seems a bit unnecessary to me. Stay classy Microsoft!

Play Cut the Rope and read about the making of.
[via @zambonini]

12 thoughts on “Microsoft unwrap Cut the Rope in JavaScript

  1. Some people just can’t leave Microsoft alone. Your choice is to either download IE and play the levels (oh wait you’re on a Mac) or remain silent. Sometimes saying nothing is the best thing to say.

  2. What, classier than Rovio with plastering the online game of Angry Birds with ads for Angry Birds(!), having a very slow and bad experience on mac and not even bothering to style the “Report a bug” link? I think the port is amazingly well done, I haven’t watched the video as it obviously would be very IE centric and I’d rather have the “see the pinned levels” as the IE slant than having to sign in the Google to play Angry Birds although it claims it to be optional.

    Yes, this is there to promote IE. But I still think it is classier than other failed ports of games, so let’s give them some credit.

    • I totally agree that Google did some unclassy stuff on Angry Birds, and I would have called them out on it too, but I don’t think this site existed then :)

      I also realise that MS want to get something out of this port, and they deserve to. I just think they could be a little more subtle about it – you should watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

      But you’re right, I should mention that it’s a high quality port and it’s really well made – they deserve credit for that.


  3. I have to give the devil his due, Microsoft does a great job at stealing ideas from other first to market companies. It started with Apple in the 80’s and seems to be how they just do business there and is Microsoft’s strategy for forcing people to use IE, instead of releasing new features. They use every tactic possible to lock you into that browser and other proprietary microsoft software. Its unfortunate how they manage IE. Say what you want about Chrome App’s, a good portion can work between browsers and OS’s.

  4. Haven’t used Microsoft IE for months (except for compatibility testing) – however, it will help us all if M$ actually starts supporting open web technologies (we do not have to love them ;-) ). In addition, their Chakra engine seems to work pretty well. I am a bit excited if I think about the additional boost HTML5 will get when Windows8 is being released. In the end I guess speaking of the HTML5 technology it’s another step into a bright future.

    That said, I am curious about Microsoft’s strategy concerning WebGL ?

    • Yes that’s all positive, and Microsoft are starting to support more and more HTML5 features, including 3D CSS transforms and WebSockets. Re WebGL, I think there are some internal conflicts with proprietary software but let’s hope they relent and finally decide to support it – it’d be a great step for the web.

  5. wether the arguments made are to point out the fact that IE sucks or not in general IE SUCKS PERIOD! it has made my life miserable for the past 4 years and I’ve spent at least 30% more time on each project I’ve worked for the last 4 years because of the bad product IE is.
    Oh but that doesn’t matter because there are reserved levels for IE users…

  6. Hmm… I watched the behind the scenes movie and am unclear what the dude could have possibly been thinking when he said JavaScript is not object oriented. Sure, it’s not C# but it’s DEFINITELY OO

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