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Cardboard Box
General Info
Release Date: 2010
Levels: 25
Episode No.: 1
Next Episode: Fabric Box
Stars to unlock: 0Star.png
Difficulty: Extremely Easy
Game: Cut the Rope

Cardboard Box is the first box the player gains access to in Cut the Rope. It is essentially a tutorial box for the players to get accustomed to the physics of the game. Its mechanics revolve around cutting ropes, using bubbles to lift candies, using automatic ropes to catch falling candies and using stretched ropes to gain velocity. The very first obstacle is introduced in this box: the spikes. If a candy falls onto the spikes, the level is restarted.

Notable levels

Level 1-1 is the first level the player sees. The task is as simple as cutting one rope with a swipe. The only way the player can get less than 3 stars in this level is by using the Telekinesis power-up and feed the candy to Om Nom while avoiding the stars.

Level 1-5 is the first use of a bubble. It lifts the candy upwards. The player can pop the bubble with a single tap on the screen, a candy falls down then.

Level 1-10 introduces automated ropes that appear when candy gets into the area. They allow the player to catch a falling candy in mid-air or stop a bubble from leaving the screen. The rope can then be cut just like any regular rope.

Level 1-12 introduces the concept of stretched ropes, shown in red. It might contract fast, accelerating the candy and throwing it into the air.

Level 1-16 introduces spikes for the candy to avoid. If a player disobeys, the candy shatters into pieces, leaving Om Nom hungry, and the player has to restart the level. Moreover, it's the first time the player can find a hidden drawing.

Level 1-20 hints that several ropes can be cut at once with a long swipe. Quick Finger and Master Finger achievements make use of this technique.


Main article: Cardboard Box/Walkthroughs

Level Design

Much like any modern cardboard, the design is brown and bland with patches of corrugated and solid cardboard making the box is cheap and makeshift.

Changes in level design

Level 1-21 (modified in ver. 1.4): Moved one of the stars.

Level 1-23 (modified in ver. 1.4): Candy has been shifted lower and the bubble has been shifted higher.



On completing the box, the player gets Cardboard Box Completed achievement. Getting three stars in each level gains Cardboard Box Perfect achievement.

Original game boxes

1st season: Cardboard | Fabric | Foil | Magic | Valentine | Invisible (Hidden)
2nd season: Toy | Gift | Cosmic | Toolbox | Buzz
3rd season: DJ | Spooky | Steam | Lantern | Cheese | Pillow | Mechanical
Bonus: Candy Feast