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Review: Cradle of Persia
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|Review Published On:||April 14th, 2021|
Your progress is automatically saved when you leave a level or close the game. This includes your progress within a level, so feel free to exit the game at any time.
This game depicts the Persian Empire, which means you'll be building a Mosque as well as a palace for your harem. Despite how it sounds, nothing indecent is shown or there to read about.
In this game, you'll match tokens to gain resources and clear spaces with background tiles. Each type of token represents a fixed amount of gold, food, and supplies, which you'll use to expand your empire.
Unlike most Match 3 games, you don't make matches by swapping adjacent tokens. Instead, you'll draw a line connecting three or more tokens of the same type, and then the entire group will be cleared. New tokens stream in, following the path you drew, and then you continue from there. This makes things tricky, as you're in control of how the tokens shift around the playfield, and at the same time, a small change in one place can shift the entire grid.
Some levels mix things up a bit by including three or more Magic Runes. Matching these special tokens ends the level instantly, earning you a huge amount of resources as a bonus. Getting them together is sometimes harder than clearing the level normally, so use your own judgement when trying to move them around.
All in all, this game is noticeably harder than Cradle of Rome thanks to the unique matching mechanic. This also makes me a bit hesitant to recommend it, as this style of gameplay might be too different for people's tastes. Still, it's a solid game, that's geared to the casual gamers out there. The other games in the Cradle Bundle are excellent, so I guess you could call this dessert.
Points of Interest
Most of the improvements are characters who work at that building, so as you build the civilization, your world comes more alive.
Without these upgrades being available, there's no way to really reach 100% completion in this game.
Concerns and Issues
That said, you will end up building a harem. The flavor text only states that polygamy was considered acceptable in Persia, and these buildings housed a person's many wives, neatly glossing over the less family friendly connotations of such a building.
Also, should you upgrade this building, a cartoon belly dancer will appear and hang around the entrance.