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Cradle of Rome

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Cradle of Rome is a tile-matching game with a classical antiquity theme. The tiles have icons of city resources, for example piles of wood, wine barrels and coins. Matching three or more of these tiles collects them to their respective resources tab.

Three resources tabs are displayed at the top of the screen for money, wood and food. As the player progresses through the game buildings become available to build, their cost being a combination of those resources.

An amphora serves as the timer, slowly leaking water as time passes. If the player manages to finish the level before it is empty, the water remaining is added as a bonus to the resources. Otherwise, the player loses a life. Some of the board surface has marble underneath it. To complete a level, this marble has to be broken by matching the tiles over it.

Matching special tiles, like the ones with an axe, fills power-up gauges at the bottom of the screen. Once complete, these power-ups perform special actions: the axe removes single tiles, the lightning bolt destroys a random amount of them, the bomb explodes squares of nine tiles, the hourglass adds water to the amphora, etc. Once spent, their gauges must be replenished for another use. A tile with chains is immobile, stopping the flow of tiles to other parts of the board. It has to be matched once to break the chains, and again to be removed from the table.

The Nintendo DS version was ported from the PC. It has revised levels, gameplay adapted for the dual screens and an adjusted difficulty level. It also contain a new mode, Free Play, that allows the user to replay favourite boards.


Cradle of Rome Macintosh Game start
Cradle of Rome Windows Level complete
Cradle of Rome Windows Double marble
Cradle of Rome Windows Loading screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Naissance de Rome : Sur les Traces de C├ęsar" -- French title
  • "Jewel Master" -- Green Pepper budget release title
  • "Die Wiege Roms" -- German title

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The Press Says Windows Mar 21, 2007 83 out of 100 83
GamingExcellence Nintendo DS Apr 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamervision Nintendo DS Apr 03, 2009 7.25 out of 10 72
Cheat Code Central Nintendo DS 2008 3 out of 5 60
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Jan, 2009 6 out of 10 60
IGN Nintendo DS Dec 22, 2008 5.9 out of 10 59
Gamers' Temple, The Nintendo DS 2008 58 out of 100 58
Gaming Age Nintendo DS Jan 23, 2009 C 50 Nintendo DS Dec 20, 2008 4.4 out of 10 44
Pocket Gamer UK Nintendo DS Feb 02, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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