You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to buying a puzzle game for your ds. The market is awash with so many similar titles, particularly because the ds is so well suited to the genre of puzzle/logic games.
So with that in mind, each game has to provide something original and different to become a stand-out title, and persuade you to part with your money.
Does 'Cradle of Egypt' do this?
Yes, is the answer. But only just.
The premise of the game is simple enough - match coloured gems to make then disappear. In that respect it's very similar to games such as 'Bejeweled' and 'Puzzle Quest Warlords', but where Cradle of Egypt attempts to deliver it's unique selling point is in the adventure/strategy aspect of the game.
With each completed level, you are awarded that ability to construct a little piece of the Ancient Egyptian landscape. The more you complete, the more levels are unlocked. The more levels you unlock, the more you can build. ..and so it goes on.
This aspect of the game is a cross between a simple reward system, and a (very) basic simcity-esque affair. It could so easily feel like a gimmick, but the balance is set just right, and as the levels tumble you will actually find yourself looking forward to seeing which part of the city/landscape you can build next.
Cradle of Egypt, in my opinion is a very good game.
It is primarily a puzzle game. But the little extras that become evident while you play really do elevate this title from mediocre to enjoyable - something that is very admirable within such a saturated genre.
The only downside I can think of is that the game isn't terribly long. Hence why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. But that really is the only gripe.
Overall, if you like puzzle games then you will find Cradle of Egypt to be very enjoyable game indeed, and one that you will never want to trade-in. Recommended.