Update: ZeptoLab released the following statement regarding the crashing bug found in the latest update to Cut the Rope: Experiments:

As some of you have noticed, there is a bug which is crashing our latest Rocket Science update to Cut the Rope: Experiments on some iOS 5 devices. We are very sorry for this problem, but we are working hard to fix it! For now, we suggest the workaround that many of you have already discovered: signing out of Game Center and launching the game after that. Again, we know this scenario is not ideal and we apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and your loyalty to the game.

The first update to ZeptoLab’s fantastic physics-based puzzle game, Cut the Rope: Experiments, has arrived, but fans of the series aren’t nearly as excited as they should be thanks to a bug that causes the game to crash during loading.

Cut the Rope: ExperimentsiTunes page and official Facebook page are loaded with comments from users claiming that the latest update causes the game to crash on the initial loading screen. According to these frustrated gamers, restarting your iDevice doesn’t seem to remedy the issue, either.

Rocket Science

The issue appears to have something to do with Game Center. If you go into the Game Center app, sign out, and then head back into Cut the Rope: Experiments, everything loads just fine. Of course, you won’t be able to earn achievements or see how you compare against your other Game Center buddies until the issue is fixed, but at least you’ll be able to play.

The other option appears to be reinstalling the game, although this isn’t much of an option for those of us who have three-starred all of the previous levels.

If you are one of the few people who are installing Cut the Rope: Experiments for the first time or decide to run it without being signed into Game Center, you’ll be happy to know that the new Rocket Science pack is a total blast. In this set of 25 new levels, you’re required to manipulate rockets in order to get them to deliver sweet treats directly into Om Nom’s mouth.

The update also introduces a new photo of Om Nom in the Professor’s album, achievements for the new levels, voice commentary from the Professor, and last but not least, iCloud support. With iCloud support you’ll be able to sync game data across all of your iDevices as long as they are running the same account.

You can pick up the latest version of Cut the Rope: Experiments in the App Store for $.99 (iPhone) and $1.99 (iPad). Hopefully ZeptoLab is able to work out the Game Center kinks sooner rather than later, because those achievements aren’t going to unlock themselves.