Review: Cradle of Rome
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|Review Published On:||December 30th, 2017|
|Played on:||Martha & Thaddeus|
The only real issue with the content in this game comes from it being based around ancient Rome -- that is, you'll be building monuments to the Roman gods and eventually join them on Mount Olympus.
In each level, you're tasked with clearing a grid of marble plaques. To do this, you simply make a match over the plaques you want to clear. As you progress, things will become a little more challenging as tiles are tied down with chains, hidden by crates, or prevented from accessing part of the grid by locks. Eventually you'll be dealing with tiles tied up by double chains and you'll need to clear two matches to remove a marble plaque.
Along the way, you'll gain access to eight different powerups. These are charged up the same way you gather resources, and once fully powered, they can clear tiles, remove obstacles, alter the playing area, or just give you some additional time or resources.
Overall, this is quiet little game that's good for any fan of Match 3 games.
Points of Interest
Another interesting bit about the level design is that the backgrounds change to reflect the development of the city. They begin with woodland scenes, and as your city becomes an empire, they shift to elaborate palace rooms and temples.
Of course, one of the things that really lowers the difficulty is the star powerup. It clears every tile of a specific type from the board, including tiles that are locked behind chains. Since you can use and recharge it repeatedly in a single level, few obstacles can hold you back.
Concerns and Issues
However, the Romans believed that their Emperors were gods themselves, and once you make it far enough in this game, you end up ascending to godhood and joining the rest of the gods on Mount Olympus.