Cradle of Rome

Cradle of Rome

Build the gorgeous heart of Ancient Rome in this engaging puzzle game!
3.7  (59 votes)

Imagine that you are given a chance to build the ancient Rome! This legendary city was one of the most beautiful and powerful capitals ever existed in the history of the ancient world and you may become its Emperor! Sounds tempting, isn?t it? The game is easy to learn and play. All that you need to do is to match three or more tiles in a row by clicking on adjacent pieces to swap them. Below some of the tiles are marble plaques. Make matches over them to destroy them and finish the level. You have a limited amount of time to complete the level. Break all of the plaques before time runs out! When matched, some of the tiles give you resources that include gold, supplies and food. Each silver coin gives you 3 units of gold. Each gold coin gives you 5 units of gold. Collect coins and other resources to build the city. After each level you enter the shop where you may buy new buildings as soon as you get enough resources. New buildings give you tiles that are worth more and provide more gold, supplies and food.
Your achievements in the game will be awarded with bonuses - small inhabitants of Rome will appear in the City and bring you additional benefits! The faster you build the City the more chances you have to get to Olympus at the end of the game. Don't lose your chance to visit this legendary mountain!
There are five historical epochs in the game: The Seven Hills Epoch, The New City Epoch, The Birth of Empire Epoch, The Gladiators? Arena Epoch and The Age of Glory Epoch. Each of them offers you its own original buildings to buy. The diverse system of bonuses will make your game very fun and challenging to play. You will develop different strategies, depending on type of the level and bonus you get. Each new level will bring you more gold, supplies and food. And each new building bought will bring you closer to triumph! As soon as your city is built Roman people will proclaim you an Emperor of the great Rome!For those who are fans of the Rome Empire and everything that it represents, this game will be great. A very nice interface recreates the Rome epoch, together with the very well chosen music. But let’s talk about the game itself.
The objective of Cradle of Rome is to create matches of three in a row, by clicking on adjacent tiles to swap them. The game provides a board of tiles with different icons on them. Some of the icons are gold coins, bugs, leaves, among others. When you create the match, those tiles disappear and the tiles above them fall down. The holes created are automatically occupied by new tiles.
Some of the tiles give you resources, such as gold, supplies and food. You have to collect the coins in order to build the city.
When you first enter the game, you’ll see the welcome screen and you’ll be asked for a player name. In addition, the following options are shown:
- Change user: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Play: this option leads you to the epoch selection screen. Actually, the first time the only choice available is “Seven Hills”. The other epochs are: New City, Birth of Empire, Gladiators’ Arena and Age of Glory.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, full screen mode, and mouse sensitivity.
- Exit: no further explanation required.
When you’re playing the game, you can always click on the Pause/Menu button to access to a pop-up menu with these options:
- Main menu: it leads you back to the main menu.
- Return to game: you go back to the game.
- Help: it leads you to the cards-style help.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need to run this game. Take a look to the list:
- Windows Vista, XP
- CPU: Pentium III 1GHz, or better.
- Memory: 256 MB RAM
- Graphics card: 32 MB, Direct3D Compatible
- DirectX: 8.1 or higher.

Lionel Mira
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Review summary

Pros

  • Easy to learn how to play the game using the help
  • Affordable price
  • Nice interface and fun environment

Cons

  • It’s available only in English
  • It’s not a multiplayer game
  • Use on network not supported
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