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You Have to Burn the Rope
Developer(s) Kian Bashiri
Platform(s) Adobe Flash
Release date(s) April 2008
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player
Media online Flash game
System requirements Flash-compatible web browser, Adobe Flash
Input methods keyboard

You Have to Burn the Rope is a 2008 online Flash game developed by Kian Bashiri under the nom de plume Mazapán.



You Have to Burn the Rope is a simple platform game in which the player must guide the character through a short level through which text on how to beat the game is clearly visible. At the end of the level, the player has a boss fight against the "Grinning Colossus." To beat the boss, the player must jump to one of the torches on the wall and use it to burn the rope attaching a chandelier to the ceiling, dropping it on the boss. The character can throw axes which lower the Grinning Colossus' health bar. However, the health bar regenerates too fast for the player to completely drain.

At the end there is a short section of credits which includes the all-original song "Now You're A Hero", composed by Henrik Nåmark[1], which runs for 2:13.

Despite the simplicity of the game, both a text and video walkthrough have been released.[2]


You Have to Burn the Rope was a finalist for the Innovation Award at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.[3]

Joystiq praised the game for its "stunning character design, addictive gameplay, and breathtaking soundtrack," calling the game "a smörgåsbord of top-notch writing, programming, and design."[4][5]

Dan Hopper of Best Week Ever said "You Have To Burn The Rope Is By Far The Greatest Online Game I Have Ever Played."[6]

The game is referenced in a line of dialogue from the 2009 video game Brütal Legend, when the character Mangus explains the solution to a puzzle by yelling "You have to burn the rope!", whereupon the character Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black) declares incredulously "It can't be that simple!"


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